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Server Chess

Absolutely no software to download and install. Everything happens in your own browser! Log on to the ICCF chess server using the ID# and Temporary Password that ICCF has emailed you *, 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 (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.)

We strongly recommend players new to server play read CCLA's "Server Rules" and "Server FAQ". Our pages on server chess rules and server chess faqs are designed to answer many if not most of your questions and help make CCLA server chess a positive experience. If you have additional questions, please use the CONTACT link.

* ICCF cannot guarantee delivery of email. If your ISP is one which indiscriminantly blocks and blacklists every high-volume emailer, be prepared to obtain a different email address from a different service provider and use that for your server games. This does NOT require you to give up your regular email account. Members who are brand new to server play should register well ahead of the advertised tournament start date, to allow for possible problems with certain email providers. Happily, these companies are in the minority; best news of all, the work-around is both easy and free!

Why not become a member of CCLA and enter a server chess event today?

CCLA Server Chess

- Open Events -

Regular Quads. Open year 'round to all players rated 1800 and below. Four-player section, two server chess games per opponent. Play begins when section is filled. Entry fee $6 per section, multiple entries permitted.
Entry:  enter anytime!

Premier Quads. Open year 'round to all players rated 1600 and above. Four-player section, two server chess games per opponent. Play begins when section is filled. Entry fee $6 per section, multiple entries permitted.
Entry:  enter anytime!

- Seasonal Events -

Summer Server Series - one round, semi-class server chess event open to players of all ratings. There are usually six server chess games played. Entries are lined-up according to their ratings. Multiple entries are permitted.
Entry fee $6.
Entry  deadline: July 15th.

2017 Server

Team Championship

One of our most popular events. Teams will consist of six players. Team and individual applications accepted. If you apply as an individual we will assign you to a team based on your rating and the team needs. The number of divisions, teams per division and games played per opponent depend on the number of entries. Teams are assigned to divisions based on the average team rating. Each player plays one or two games against opponents on his board ( Board 1 plays all other Board 1 players, etc.)
Entry fee $8.
Entry  deadline: October 1.

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04 / 30 / 2017
RatingNr. of 
ClassPlayers   %
Master  5212.5
Expert  7217.1
Class A  8119.4
Class B  8620.5
Class C  5914.2
Class D  5112.3
Class E  17 4.0
Paul D. Shannon, perennial favorite in CCLA's Grand Prix Contest, photographed at his chessboard

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

2017 - 2018



Leaders as of 04 / 30 / 2017
Visit Grand Prix for the full list of participants in point order.

Questions about

"Advanced Chess" ?

Although we use the ICCF server, consulting chess engines for selection of your moves in live games is prohibited in CCLA tournaments. However, 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 sponsored 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 be sure to review Advanced Chess   -   Hints to Get Started and our Chess on the Server blog.

Official Staunton pattern chess pieces pictured on to Play Chess

How to Play Chess

Are you just learning to play chess? If so, here's good news. CCLA offers a How to Play Chess Tutorial, indexed by topic: Glossary of chess terms, 24 Standard Tactics with live pgn demos, 25 Standard Checkmates with live pgn demos and, for advanced students, a comprehensive study plan for the endgame, plus a link to FIDE's Rules of Chess. For veteran players, reviewing chess fundamentals is worthwhile, especially the endgame.

Important: all players must understand the Laws of Chess, CCLA's Rules of Play and be able to read/write standard chess notation before entering any CCLA tournaments. Please review our complete description of all CCLA server chess tournaments.

CCLA chess ratings are based on your actual tournament results in CCLA events. No rating calculator needed! Past ratings and chess-results are archived for convenient search.


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Visit the HIARCS Chess Forums for today's hot topics and discussion of advanced chess issues. GM Arno Nickel is forum moderator (note: you will need your ICCF ID# to access the ICCF section of the forum.)

The ICCF-US logo appears on The Friendly Post, a publication devoted to arranging matches between USA and other countries

"The Friendly Post"

The latest news about ICCF-US Friendly Matches from around the world - Issue 19, December, 2016. Back issues are archived on the ICCF-US website: click "Features", then "The Friendly Post" in the drop-down menu.