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    Correspondence Chess - The road to improvement

    This is a shameless plug for the Correspondence Chess League of Australia (CCLA). The CCLA is
    running short of members (less than 500 now) and is asking that those who do play (such as
    myself) to encourage others to join up.
    The cost is only $16 a year ($8.00 for students and pensioners) and for that you get the
    Australian Correspondence Chess Quarterly (4 issues a year) and the opportunity to play in
    CCLA organised tournaments.
    The general tournaments are free to enter, while championship events have a small entry fee
    (usually $10). There is also a number of email tournaments (my usual choice of event), which
    are free to enter. Further details are available at http://www.ccla.asn.au . To join just send
    $16 (or $8) the CCLA, GPO Box 2360, Sydney NSW, 2001

    Why play correspondence chess? For players already playing over the board (OTB), the obvious
    answer is "To Improve". Especially for younger players, good study habits and analysis
    techniques are something that you need to really leap ahead. By playing correspondence chess
    you get to develop these skills instead of being caught up in the "thud and blunder" of
    endless blitz games. You will also be playing a number of games at once (11 in championship
    events or 6 in more casual events), which keeps you constantly working on your chess. And of
    course the time limit (usually 2 or 3 days per move) gives you the chance to develop a more
    thoughtful approach to analysing your games.
    So my suggestion to players who wish to improve, and haven't found a good approach to doing so
    is: Try Correspondence Chess, you'll be suprised at what you discover.

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    CC resident nutcase Trent Parker's Avatar
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    I intend on joining at some time or another. I made enquiries last year but didnt get around to joining. Earlier this year i tried to download a form from the website but it was not working... have to check again.

    I also have been interested in correspondence chess since reading CJS Purdy's "How Purdy Won". Have not had the time to play through all the games but it does seem interesting.
    Last edited by Trent Parker; 13-06-2004 at 01:29 PM.
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    CC resident nutcase Trent Parker's Avatar
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    I really want to Join the CCLA.

    But on the CCLA Website if you click on "Join the CCLA" it all it gives you is "Write to the Secretary, CCLA, GPO Box 2360, Sydney, NSW, 2001"

    Now What is the point in writing to the secretary for them to return some information to me so then i can write back to them to join???

    It doesn't make sense.

    Why not just put the forms on the web and keep the to-and-fro-ing to a minimum.
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    Yes, sometimes it isn't that clear. But what I did was just send a money order for $16 plus my name/address to the Secretary and everything was fine.

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    CCLA also has email tournaments and members can now play on the new ICCF web server.
    Which from my experience is the best thing that ever happen to CC!

    Web server takes care of all time keeping, has a chess board for making moves etc..

    URL is..
    http://www.iccf-webchess.com/

    You can enter tournaments online or you can contact the international secretary direct.

    Tim Runting
    runting@bigpond.net.au

    Regards
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    CC resident nutcase Trent Parker's Avatar
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    Thanks Shaun and Sutek

    Is the membership rates on the ccla webpage anywhere?
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    CC Candidate Master Sutek's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by the chess nut
    Thanks Shaun and Sutek

    Is the membership rates on the ccla webpage anywhere?
    Membership is $16 per a year (pensioners & students $8) which includes the magazine as well.

    More details are on the first post by Shaun.

    But you my be right about the rates not being on the web site.

    Regards
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    CC resident nutcase Trent Parker's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sutek
    Membership is $16 per a year (pensioners & students $8) which includes the magazine as well.

    More details are on the first post by Shaun.
    Oops

    thanks again....
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    I have converted the CCLA Order form into a PDF file that I would be happy to e-mail to anyone interested. Please send me an e-mail and I'll return it with the file and the CCLA's postal address.

    AB
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    Correspondence Chess League of Australia (CCLA) Bulletin Board - http://ccla.caissa.cc/forum

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    A friend of mine wanted to know where he could get games of John Kellner's. He thought he was a correspondence master in the 50's & 60's. Can anyone point him in the right direction, are there any books with his games in them?

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    Smile kellners games

    Check out ozbase on the acf.

    I have a book the first 50 years of the CCLA or something like that.
    There are some Kellner games, all these games are probably in Ozbase.

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    correspondence chess with on line database move entry

    There are two sites which are now running Internet tournaments where you enter moves and they are recorded on an on-line database, ICCF and Chessfriend.com I am playing on both and they both work seamlessly.

    Both overcome the big hassles of correspondence and Email chess.

    1) people cheating on time

    2) moves going astray

    3) Windows crashes

    Log in as guest and look at them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bergil
    A friend of mine wanted to know where he could get games of John Kellner's. He thought he was a correspondence master in the 50's & 60's. Can anyone point him in the right direction, are there any books with his games in them?
    There are 27 of Kellner's games and a few paragraphs of biography at this url:
    http://www.chessgames.com/player/john_kellner.html

    The last time I saw Kellner he was comparing young Ian Rogers' simul at Circular Quay (about 1979/80).

    I had the distinction being the first person to lose their game and the TV crew wanted to get a pic of my game -- but I called the presenter "Love" and got totally ostracised...
    Visit my chess blog: http://blog.chess.com/Dozy

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    I would get my son to play but cant people cheat by asking others what to do or using the computer

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Walker
    I would get my son to play but cant people cheat by asking others what to do or using the computer
    Sure but that should not be a reason not to play, unless the only reason to play is to win.
    When I play CC I assume my opponents are NOT using a chess computer or other outside assistence. And even if they are I am not concerned, simply because my reason for playing CC is to see how well I can play, not how many people I can make lose. So if it turns out I am playing someone whose ability has been enhanced by a silicon brain, all the more challenge.

    Having said all that , based on post game analysis of my games I could count the number of opponents who I believe broke the "no computer" rule in CCLA events on 1 finger.

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