ICCF 50 years Jubilee Tournaments
In celebration of the 50th Jubilee, it was decided to organise some special tournaments, in which all CC players could participate, without entry fees, each with very attractive prizes, kindly provided by our Sponsors. As well as a unique tournament in which all nine living World CC Champions are playing, and an Elite GM tournament which includes 9 other top rated Grandmasters, there are two completely open tournaments for all standards of chess players worldwide, one being played by Email and the other by post and, finally 6 tournaments for ICCF delegates and officials (to recognise their immense voluntary contributions to internatonal CC and ICCF). All the tournaments were initiated during the ICCF 50th Jubilee Year and introductory reports on each of them, are included hereunder.
Here is the list of these events:
- ICCF 50 years World Champions Jubilee Tournament (2001-2004)
- ICCF 50 years Jubilee Elite Grandmasters Tournament (2002-2004)
- ICCF 50 years Jubilee E-Mail Open Tournament (2001-2012)
- ICCF 50 years Jubilee Postal Open Tournament (2001-2010)
- ICCF 50 years Jubilee Officials’ Tournaments (2001-2004)
ICCF 50 years World Champions Jubilee Tournament (2001-2004)
This event, generously sponsored by the Max Euwe Association (Monaco), began on 1st July 2001, with the participation of all 9 living World Champions (in draw order): GM Vytas Palciauskas (USA), GM Tõnu Õim (Estonia), GM Mikhail Umansky (Russia), GM Hans Berliner (USA), GM Gert Timmerman (Netherlands), GM Horst Rittner (Germany), GM Grigory Sanakoev (Russia), GM Fritz Baumbach (Germany) and GM Jørn Sloth (Denmark).
Start date: 01-07-2001, End date: 21-12-2004
TD: Nol van ‘t Riet (NED)
Average rating 2620; Category 15; GM-norm: 4/8
ICCF 50 years Jubilee Elite Grandmasters Tournament (2002-2004)
This double-round event, also sponsored by the Max Euwe Association (Monaco), began on 15th January 2002, with the participation of the following active top Grandmasters, all with more than 100 rated games (in draw order): GM Joop van Oosterom (Netherlands), GM Olita Rause (Latvia), GM Harald Tarnowiecki (Austria), GM Hans-Marcus Elwert (Germany), GM Volker-Michael Anton (Germany), GM Erik Bang (Denmark), GM Tunc Hamarat (Austria) and GM Ove Ekebjaerg (Denmark).
Start date: 15-01-2002, End date: 08-04-2004
TD: Nol van’t Riet
Average rating 2675; Category 17; GM-norm: 6,5/14
|1=||Oosterom, Joop J. van||NED||2714||½||½||♔||♔||½||½||1||½||1||½||1||½||1||½||1||1||10||62,00|
ICCF 50 years Jubilee E-Mail Open Tournament (2001-2012)
Sponsored by ChessBase GmbH, this is one of the largest CC tournaments ever organised, containing 2233 players participating in 203 preliminary groups, each of 11 players, with the top two players in each group qualifying for the Quarter Final Stage which will be organised in approximately 35 groups. The top two players in each Quarter Final group will progress to the Semifinals (probably 6 groups) and the top 2 players from each Semifinal group will qualify for the ICCF Email Jubilee Open Final.
There are players from 77 different countries, with Brazil leading impressively, with 284, then Germany with 221 and United States with 206, followed by Netherlands 92, England 87, Czech Republic 85, Russia 83, France 81 and Italy 80.
Email Tournament Office Commissioner, Chris Lüers, assembled an enthusiastic team of 30 TDs from 15 different countries, with each TD controlling several groups (ranging from 2 to 20!), with Chris himself acting as overall Tournament Controller.
E-mail 50 Jubilee final standing:
|50 Jubilee Email Final (2009-2012)||TD Hofer, Rudolf|
|Category 11 GM=9 SIM=7 IM=6||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||10||11||12||13||14||15||Score||SB|
|3||ESP||SIM||Cánovas Pordomingo, Miguel Angel||2538||½||½||♔||½||½||½||½||½||½||½||1||1||½||½||1||8.5||56.75|
|4||GER||SIM||Schubert, Dr. Frank||2393||½||½||½||♔||½||0||½||½||1||1||0||1||½||1||1||8.5||55.75|
ICCF 50 years Jubilee Postal Open Tournament (2001-2010)
Also sponsored by ChessBase GmbH, this celebration postal tournament attracted 728 players from 54 countries. These were divided into 7 groups, each with 104 players. The groups have been arranged according to the “Silli System” of pairings, with each player having 10 opponents, and no one player has the same opponents as any other (maximum: 2 same opponents!). The nations with most entries were USA 91 players, Germany 80 players and Brazil 62 players.
Each group had a different TD, chosen from all over the world (Brazil, Canada, Czech Rep., England, France, Italy & Norway). Central Controller was Gian-Maria Tani (ITA).
Jubilee Postal Open – Final (2006-2010), TD Canibal, Jaromír - in the final played 104 players – below results of 12 top players:
- Dothan, Yoav (ISR) 10 points from 10 games
- Edelmann, Helmut (GER) 9,5
- Campant, Bernard (FRA) 9
- Teichmann, Čeněk (CZE) 8 (43,0)
- Krüger, Hilmar (GER) 8 (36,0)
- Pheby, Ian M. (ENG) 7,5 (36,0)
- Shablinsky, Mikhail (BLR) 7,5 (34,5)
- Agomeri, Gianluca (ITA) 7,5 (34,0)
- Hofstetter, Hans-Joachim (GER) 7 (42,5)
- Auzinš, Maris (LAT) 7 (41,0)
- Kulling, Winfried (POL) 7 (39,5)
- Baldomero García, Julio (ESP) 7 (38,5)
ICCF 50 years Jubilee Officials’ Tournaments (2001-2004)
Generously sponsored by the Dr. Werner Bayer Stiftung (Foundation), these six title tournaments contain 90 member federation delegates/Email contacts and other ICCF officials, including tournament directors, recognising their voluntary and valued services to ICCF and international correspondence chess. There are two GM groups and four IM groups, each with excellent prizes and title norm opportunities. Details and results for the tournaments can be found on ICCF website.