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COR­RE­SPON­DENCE chess can be traced back to let­ters be­tween mer­chants in the 17th cen­tury and to let­ters car­ried be­tween cities by mail coach in the early 19th cen­tury. This form of the game spread more widely af­ter Bri­tain in­tro­duced penny postage in 1840.

Postal chess was of spe­cial im­por­tance to Aus­tralia be­cause of the tyranny of dis­tance and reached a high point in 1953 when chess leg­end C. J. S. Purdy won the in­au­gu­ral world cor­re­spon­dence chess cham­pi­onship con­ducted un­der the aus­pices of the In­ter­na­tional Cor­re­spon­dence Chess Fed­er­a­tion.

Nowa­days, email and the in­ter­net are the favoured means of trans­mit­ting moves be­tween in­di­vid­ual res­i­dences, though some play­ers still cher­ish the slower but more per­sonal let­ter or post­card.

New­com­ers to cor­re­spon­dence chess are ad­vised to learn more about web servers from http://cor­re­spon­­bell.tu­to­rial and www.iccf-we­

This fast and cost-ef­fec­tive method of trans­mit­ting moves was used for last year’s Aus­tralian Cor­re­spon­dence Chess Cham­pi­onship, won by John Paul Fen­wick with a tally of 10.5/13, ahead of Stephen Kerr, a CC se­nior in­ter­na­tional mas­ter, and Clive Bar­nett, a CC in­ter­na­tional mas­ter, on 9 points.

The Cor­re­spon­dence Chess League of Aus­tralia (GPO Box 2360, Syd­ney, NSW 2001; web­site or­gan­ises a wide range of com­pe­ti­tions, and pub­lishes re­sults and games in its

The 10th and fi­nal round of the five-board, dou­ble round robin Ris­ing Stars v Ex­pe­ri­ence match in Am­s­ter­dam saw the vet­er­ans

G. Zakho­dian: White to play and win in­crease their lead over their young ri­vals and tri­umph by 27.5 points to 22.5.

Rus­sian cham­pion Peter Svi­dler added to the woes of young US cham­pion Hikaru Naka­mura, who per­formed well be­low ex­pec­ta­tions. The only player to achieve a plus score for the Ris­ing Stars team was Jan Smeets, who re­ceived, as a spe­cial prize, an in­vi­ta­tion to play in next year’s Am­ber Blind­fold and Rapid Tour­na­ment at Nice.

Here is a short win by one of the vet­er­ans. White: A. Beli­avsky (2662). Black: F. Caru­ana (2670). Open­ing: Queen’s In­dian De­fence. 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.a3 Ba6 5.Qc2 Bb7 6.Nc3 c5 7.e4 cxd4 8.Nxd4 Bc5 9.Nb3 Be7 10.Bf4 d6 11.Rd1 0-0 12.e5 Nh5 13.Be3 Bg5 14.Qc1 Bxe315.Qxe3 Nc6 16.Rxd6 Qh4 17.Rd7 Rab8 18.g3 Qg4 19.h3 Qf5 20.Rxb7 Rxb7 21.Bg2 Rc7 22.Bxc6 f6 23.Be4 Qxe5 24.f4 Qd6 25.Nb5 1-0.

The sixth Dato Arthur Tan Malaysia Open in Kuala Lumpur (100 play­ers) was won by 16-year-old In­dian grand­mas­ter Pari­mar­jan Negi on a tie breaker from in­ter­na­tional mas­ter Ron­ald Da­belo of The Philip­pines, af­ter they tied for first on 7/9. Da­belo se­cured his third and fi­nal grand­mas­ter norm. There was a large Aus­tralian con­tin­gent. FM Igor Goldenberg and Do­magoj Drag­ice­vic both scored five; Steven O’Reilly, Phachara Wong­wi­chit, FM Brian Jones, Sam Grigg and Justin Tan each 3.5; and Emma Guo 3.

Last week’s so­lu­tions: (1) 1.Kb7 Qd6 (black’s plan is to com­pel the white bishop to aban­don its se­cure post at f7) 2.Kc8 Qe7 0-1. (2) Key 1.Qh5, wait­ing. If 1. . . Kxe3 2.Bc5#, or 1. . . gxh5 2.Nf5#, or 1. . . N(d3)e5 Bc5#, or 1. . . N(d3) else­where 2.Qh8#. Phil Viner

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