Sunday, January 1, 2017: New Year's Message
International Correspondence Chess Federation
To all Correspondence Chess Friends,
As 2016 ends, I would like to extend my warmest wishes to you and all those dear to you for a very healthy, happy, and successful New Year. I also want to extend my sincere thanks to all officials and delegates for their devoted work on behalf of ICCF during the last year.
The 2016 ICCF Congress in Bremen has approved some important decisions. Some of these decisions have already been included in the end of December 2016 major release of the server for example the new Tournament Office manual. Others will be released during the 2017 year such as the new time control system (the so-called Triple Block system), the revised norm calculation, and the revised rating rules.
It is too early to present the complete figures, but it is likely that 2016 will be another record year for ICCF tournament entries and I thank all volunteers who are given their time for the benefit of the development of correspondence chess and of course the players who are enjoying playing in ICCF tournaments.
I look forward to meeting you in Bulgaria in September for the 2017 ICCF Congress.
In closing, let me once again extend to you my best wishes for the New Year. I hope that 2017 will bring satisfaction in all your endeavors, personal, professional, and chess!