Flags
MY JOURNEY

New Tournament Starting

How time flies! This morning I received my new pairings for the Veterans World Cup 10 tournament. I entered this because I played in the VWC 9 and found it a good event and the […]

Chess Database
ICCF

Quick Look at June 2016

I have downloaded the latest ICCF Server database of games ending in June 2016, the database contains 4,374 games played on their server by players of all standard. The database can be used without further […]

Joop van Oosterom Memorial Tournament
ICCF

Joop van Oosterom Memorial

Joop van Oosterom was the Correspondence Chess World Champion in 2005 and 2008. He sadly passed away in October 2016 and amongst his many achievements he leaves behind a remarkable chess legacy. In addition to […]

MY JOURNEY

Thirty Eight is Better

I looked at my list of ongoing games on the ICCF webserver and to my surprise I saw that the list was actually looking quite manageable with not a single game waiting for me to […]

Chess Database
MY JOURNEY

A New Database from Germany

I have purchased a new database of correspondence chess games, this is part of my plan for assisting my research in my aim of improving my results. The database contains 1.13 million correspondence games with […]

Plan B
MY JOURNEY

We Need a Plan B

Reading through my first posts it is clear that I am not making the progress that I wanted to at the start, perhaps that is harsh but that is how I feel. My aim is […]

Alan Turing Memorial
MY JOURNEY

Not So SMART

Thinking about my aim of attaining the IM title has been in my thoughts for a while but perhaps I am not being very smart about it. I often enter tournaments because I enjoy them […]

2300
MY JOURNEY

2300 Opens Doors

If like myself you have a thought that the ratings of your opponents influences your own rating, then you may agree that 2300 elo is a pivotal point for correspondence chess players. Some examples of […]

Chess Database
MY JOURNEY

Early Reflection Yields Little

The blog has been running for about a week and I am starting to get a better insight into where I am with my own correspondence games. Sometimes we think we know, but in reality […]

Quality Control
GENERAL

Rubbish In Rubbish Out

Correspondence Chess is a difficult game and unless you are exceptional you will need a decent database to play competitively. I would go so far as to suggest that even a strong player will need […]