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://correspondencechess.com/campbell.tutorial and www.iccf-webchess.com.
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 www.ccla.asn.au) 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