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Irish Correspondence Chess Association

ICCA logo For the past three years, for the benefit of Irish players wishing to compete in international CC, three people have been running a skeleton organisation with no membership fee. It is now time for the torch to pass to a new generation.

So if you are one of our active players and are willing to do the small amount of work involved to keep Ireland in ICCF, please contact Tim Harding (via the email link on the left) to volunteer to take over as delegate and international secretary. If nobody volunteers the Irish Chess Union will probably have to be given responsibility to pilot Irish CC in future.

For somebody who is interested, this summer would be a good time to take over because the ICCF Congress will be held in Cardiff in August.

Irish players should go to the ICCF website to enter tournaments, paying through the direct entry system. Out of entry fees, we receive a small percentage which enables Ireland to maintain its membership of ICCF.

See below for a win by an Irish player!

At present we are not arranging any tournaments but we run Irish national teams in ICCF events and facilitate entries for Irish players. Please only enter tournaments for which the server allows you to pay your entry fee directly to ICCF.

Congratulations to Jonathan O'Connor. Jonathan has retired from active CC for the present, due to pressure of work and family life, but has now been awarded the title of International Master of Correspondence Chess at the 2013 I.C.C.F. Congress. This came about as the result of a rule change recognising his significvant over-score above the Im norms in the tournaments he played in, including the Olympiad Preliminaries from whoch Ireland qualified for a final in which Jonathan was unfortunately unable to play.

Congratulations to John M. T. Ryan. John was awarded the title of International Master of Correspondence Chess at the 2011 I.C.C.F. Congress. This was a long haul for John who achieved the first two norms in postal tournaments, the first beginning in 1995. He is hoping to achieve the further SIM norm he needs to complete his qualification for Senior International Master at a future date.

There follows a good win by a relatively inexperienced Irish player against an IM.

Steve Dunne (Ireland, 2090) – Albert Fekete (Hunary 2315)

9th European CC Team Championship semifinal, board 4, 2011-12.

Notes by Tim Harding.

1 e4 c5 2 d3 Nc6 3 Nf3 g6 4 g3 Bg7 5 Bg2 e6 6 0–0 Nge7 7 Nbd2 0–0 8 Re1 d6 9 c3 b5 10 e5!?

This aggressive option is consistent, opening lines for the KB and KR. Black is forced into a tactical battle because if he plays ...d6-d5 then he accepts long-term weaknesses at d6 and f6.

10 ..dxe5 11 Ne4 c4 12 dxc4 bxc4 13 Qa4 f5 14 Rd1

Possibly a novelty. 14 Nc5 e4 15 Ng5 Qd6 16 Be3 Ne5 17 Rad1 Ne5 sees Black's knights becoming very active.

14 ..Qa5?!

14...Qc7 15 Nc5 looks critical. The queen exchange does not diminish White's initiative.

15 Qxa5 Nxa5 16 Nc5 Nec6 17 Ng5 Re8 18 Rd6 e4 19 Ngxe4 Rb8 20 Ng5 Rd8 21 Rxd8+ Nxd8 22 Nf3 Bf8 23 b4 cxb3 24 Nxb3 Nxb3 25 Rb1 Bg7 26 axb3 Bxc3

Black appears to underestimate the danger; 26...e5 or 26...Nc6 might hold the balance.

27 Bf4 Rb4 28 Rc1 Rxb3 29 Bg5 a5 30 Nd4 Bxd4 31 Rxc8 Rb1+ 32 Bf1 Bb6 33 Bxd8 Bxd8 34 Rxd8+ Kg7 35 Rd7+ Kg8 36 Kg2 e5 37 Ra7 Ra1 38 Bc4+ Kh8 39 Be6 Ra4 40 h4 f4 41 g4 e4 42 h5 gxh5 43 g5 1–0.

Download game in PGN.

Officers of the ICCA:

President: David Salter

Secretary/Treasurer: Jack Killane

International secretary/ webmaster: Dr. Tim Harding

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