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2016 FIDE

The 2016 (over-the-board) World Chess Championship will be televised from the newly-rennovated Fulton Market Building, South Street Seaport in New York City. The match will consist of 12 games, played from Nov. 11 to Nov. 30, 2016.

Magnus Carlsen wins (rapid) play-off match 3:1 and retains his title. Congratulations, Magnus! The regular 12-game match had ended in a 6-6 tie.


- Open Entry -

Regular Quads. Open year round to all players rated 1800 or below. Four-player section, two games per opponent. Section started when filled. Entry fee $6 per section, multiple entries permitted. Entry  deadline: December 31st.

Premier Quads. Open year round to all players rated 1600 or above. Four-player section, two games per opponent. Section started when filled. Entry fee $6 per section, multiple entries permitted. Entry  deadline: December 31st.

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Leaders as of 11 / 30 / 2016
Complete list of Grand Prix points.

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CCLA member Paul D. Shannon photographed at chessboard

Paul D. Shannon** (pictured above,) Errol Acosta, John Smail & Leonids Dreibergs are currently featured in Highlights.

RatingNr. of 
ClassPlayers  %
Master  6813.1
Class A10319.8
Class B11021.1
Class C  6312.1
Class D  6011.5
Class E  1502.9
    CCLA Teaches the Basics

Are you just beginning to play chess? We cover the basics for novice players, in a How to Play Chess tutorial indexed by topic, Glossary of chess terms, 24 Standard Tactics with live pgn demos, 24 Standard Checkmates with live pgn demos and a link to FIDE's Rules of Chess.   Important: all players must understand the rules of chess and be able to read/write chess notation before entering CCLA events. Please read our complete description of all CCLA tournaments. Why not join CCLA and enter a server event today?

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For questions about Serverchess, please use the [Contact] link. Before logging onto the server to register and / or begin play, we strongly recommend that players new to server play read "CCLA Server Rules", and the "Server FAQ" These pages are designed to answer many if not most of your questions and help make server chess a positive experience.

Absolutely no software to download and install. Log on to the iccf chess server using the ID# and Password we supply, select My Games, make your next move(s) on the graphical interface and log off. The server automatically notifies players via email when an opponent has moved, eliminating the need to log on / off the server looking for opponents' latest moves. Note: do not disable "email notification" in your player profile, but do select "remember ID and pasword" on the logon screen (the latter also requires "cookies" enabled in your browser.) Be sure to keep your email address up-to-date in your player profile (never displayed for public viewing.)

If you are signing-up for ICCF Friendly Matches, or any other ICCF tournament, be aware ICCF rules are different than CCLA's. Be sure to review the ICCF Web Rules beforehand. Caution: unlike CCLA events, use of chess engines to help select moves in live games is condoned in all ICCF events.

Do not be naive about this fact: your ICCF opponents will be playing advanced chess and are using the latest chess engines as well as the most up-to-date computer hardware money can buy. If you are not thoroughly prepared for this type of competition you will lose the vast majority if not all of your games. For additional insight please review Advanced Chess   -   Some Hints to Get Started and also our Chess on the Server blog.

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"The Friendly Post"

News about ICCF-US Friendly Matches from around the world - Issue 17, September, 2016. Back issues are archived on the ICCF-US website. Click on "Features", then "The Friendly Post" in the drop-down menu.