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A dozen reasons to play your server chess here!

• is mobile friendly! Play server games on your desktop pc, tablet, iPad or iPhone.
•   Convenient and easy to use. No complicated software to download, install or update. Everything happens in your own browser or handheld device.
•   Log on the server, select My Games, make your next move(s) in the graphical chess interface and log off. It's that easy!
•   The server automatically notifies players by email when a new section starts and / or an opponent has played a new move, eliminating the need to log on and off the server, looking for opponents' latest moves.
•   100% free access to both web sites and "Chess on the Server" blog - all content. No annoying log ons required.
We never demand a credit card number.
•   No intrusive pop-ups, banner ads, screen highjacks or app store. CCLA doesn't sell merchandise or accept commercial advertising.
•   No cookies, tracking codes or web bugs (see our privacy statement.)
•   Players must use their real names -
no anonymous opponents or fake user names. No chess engines allowed!
•   Membership includes your choice of a quarterly printed magazine or pdf version sent via email attachment. Our bi-monthly email newsletter is free...send your email address to the business office.
•   Contact us using your own email program. No irritating Captchas, online forms or log-ins required.
•   Updated chess ratings, results and Grand Prix standings are published monthly on our websites, quarterly in Chess Correspondent magazine.
•   Don't have an established chess rating? No problem! If you don't have a FIDE, USCF or other traditional numeric rating, just pick your class (A,B,C,D or E) and CCLA will assign your initial rating so you can begin server play right away! Please check out rating classes on our Rating System Explained page.

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- 2017 events -
2017 CCLA Championship (ICCF Rules) has concluded.
1st place - Peter Zaas   7 \ 10
2nd place - Don Zaas   6.5 \ 10
3rd place - Aaron Anderson   6 \ 10
Harry Miktarian is the 2017 Server North American Class A Champion.
Philip Disque is the 2017 Server North American Class B Champion.
Wallace Mann and William Perry are the 2017 Server North American Class C Co-Champions.
Bruce Dolan wins the 2017 Server North American Class D Championship.
Ken Edwards' Desperados have won 1st place in Division I of the 2017-2018 Server Team Championship.
Robin Selby's Snowbirds have clinched 1st place in Division II of the 2017-2018 Server Team Championship.
Stuart Belanoff has won the 2017 Server Championship (CCLA Rules) with a 9-1 total score (no losses!) Gary Deskin has placed 2nd at 6½-3½ and Jerry Weiner's 5½-4½ takes 3rd place on tie-break over Ken Ziemak.
- 2018 events -
Gerald K. Thomas wins the 2018 Server North American Class A Championship.
Bobby C. Taylor is the 2018 Server North American Class B Champion.
Pablo Moujan is the 2018 Server North American Class C Champion.
Jonathan Lartigue wins the 2018 Server North American Class D Championship.
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When you enter any CCLA event you are automatically enrolled in our Grand Prix. Contest. Final standings are based on results from 04/01/19 - to 03/31/20. Wins count +3 pts, draws +1 pt. Note: results from foreign team matches are not counted.

Prizes: $100 for 1st, $50 for 2nd, $30 for 3rd, $20 for 4th and $10 for 5th.
  04 / 30 / 2019
Our Grand Prix page lists the Grand Prix Contest Rules and all participants to date in GP point order.



Complete years of server games are playable in our live chess viewer. Any completed section may be obtained as a pgn download by clicking the section #.
     World Correspondence Chess Championship (1st - 29th ) games are playable in our live chess viewer and also as pgn downloads by event number.


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"White on the right" and "Queen on her color." Are you just learning to play chess? Use our link to FIDE's official Rules of Chess. Do you know the Arabian Mate or the X-ray attack? CCLA offers a free How to Play Chess Tutorial, indexed by topic, Glossary of chess terms, 24 Standard Tactics with live pgn demos, 25 Checkmate Patterns with live pgn demos, Mate-in-2, Mate-in-3 and Mate-in-4 Puzzles and a comprehensive study plan for many types of endgames.

Note: New players must understand the Laws of Chess, CCLA's Rules of Play and be able to read and write standard algebraic chess notation before they enter tournaments. New server players are strongly advised to review our Server Faq, Adjudication FAQ and, of course, the Server Rules of Play.

Server Rule Changes!
•   All Server Events now have Scheduled Start Dates
•   Rules 3c, 6 and 11 have been revised. Changes apply to all new server sections beginning after March 5, 2019.

 Seasonal Server Series - there are four seasonal tournaments, Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall Server Series. One round. No prizes. Entrants grouped by rating. Players paired as either a 7-player single round robin, or as a 4-, 5- or 6-player double-round robin. Total number of games played is six to ten, depending on number of entrants and pairing option. Multiple entries permitted.
Time limit: 10 moves/30 days.
Entry fee $6 per section.

Entry deadline - (Winter): Feb 15.

Entry deadline - (Spring): May 15.

Entry deadline - (Summer): Aug 15.

Entry deadline - (Fall): Nov 15.

See complete tournament schedule for descriptions, entry deadlines and entry fees for all CCLA server events.