Sunday, June 28, 2015: CANDIDATE’S TOURNAMENT – 35th WCCC

Gian-Maria Tani

Title Tournaments Commissioner

E-mail: ttc@iccf.com




Following the decisions of the ICCF Congress 2011, all Candidates‘ Tournament Sections of the World Correspondence Chess Championship shall start on the same day and only once per year.


The start date of the Candidates‘ Tournament of the 35th WCCC is September 20, 2015.


All entries will be accepted according with ICCF Tournament Rules valid as from January 1st, 2015, to be received not later than August 19, 2015.


Rating numbers will be taken from the ICCF Rating List as at July 1, 2015 and/or from the current FIDE Rating List.


Candidates‘ Tournament Sections normally have 13 players with the possibility for the TTC to extend them to 15 or 17 players (or reduce to 11 players) if appropriate in special situations.

Normally, only four Candidates sections are started each year with 1st & 2nd qualifying for a Final. However, if the number of entries received exceeds the maximum number of players for four sections, then additional sections may be started at the discretion of the TTC. In this situation, the number of qualifiers for the Final may be reduced from two to one.


If the number of the entries won’t be a multiple of 13 (or 11, 15, 17), the players who have been entered according to point 1.3.1.(h) and who have the lowest ICCF ELO rating won’t be admitted to the Candidates‘ Tournament.


Players entering more than one section will be accepted only to fill vacancies.


All entries must include the following: name of the player, ICCF ID number, email address, country code.

It is also mandatory that the qualification right under Tournament Rules 1.3 should be specified for each entry.


The ICCF Executive Board asks that all ICCF Delegates ensure that this important information is made available in all national CC magazines and websites. It is the responsibilty of Delegates to ensure that all players are made aware of these arrangements.


Any questions and/or requests for clarification should be directed to the ICCF Title Tournaments Commissioner, Gian-Maria Tani, ttc@iccf.com.



Torino, June 28, 2015                                                                                                     


Appendix. Section 1.3 of the Tournament Rules



1.3 Candidates' Tournament

1.3.1 The following will be entitled to enter the Candidates' Tournament:

(a) the participants of one of the previous or running Finals who scored at least 50% of the possible points

(b) the participants in one of the previous or running Candidates' Tournaments who finished in place 2 (in the exceptional event of only one qualifying place for the Final being available), 3 or 4 or scored at least 60% of the possible points but did not qualify for the Final

(c) the first and second placed players in every Semi-Final group

(d) the first and second placed players in a Final of the ICCF World Cup Tournament

(e) the first and second placed players from the acknowledged Zonal Championships of Category IX or higher

(f) all previous World Correspondence Chess Champions

(g) the holders of the Grandmaster Title with at least 5 Grandmaster norms

(h) those players who have a fixed rating of 2600 (*) and above.


(*)  ELO ratings used in these Rules refer to any of those rating lists published in the preceding 12 months when submitting the entry to the TTC.



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