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Polish CC Federation

Celebrating 80 years of the Polish CC Federation

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Logo of the Polish Chess Federation

Name of Federation: Komisja Szachowej Gry Korespondencyjnej PZSzach (KSzGK)

Year of Foundation: 1933

ICCF Delegate and E-Mail contact: Mariusz Wojnar (mariusz.wojnar@gmail.com)

Website: http://kszgk.com/

Article provided by: Mariusz Wojnar

 

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Polish Correspondence Chess Federation foundation

In 1930 Edward Arłamowski, student of law at that time, postulated establishment of Polish Correspondence Chess Federation. This idea gathered momentum in 1933, when master Henryk Friedman, editor and publisher of magazine “Szachista” (Chess player), pleaded for that project. As a result founding commitee was established. Board of PCCF was formed as following: president Henryk Friedman, vicepresidents Aleksander Wagner and Jan Hermanowski, secretary&treasurer Julian Madfes, members: M.Steifer, L.Tuhan-Baranowski, H.Salzman, B.Korenhlit, A.Sternak, L.Gerlicz.

Since 1951 Polish cc federation called Komisja Szachowej Gry Korespondencyjnej PZSzach (Correspondence Chess Commission of the Polish Chess Federation) – in short KSzGK – is an autonomous organization within Polish Chess Federation.

Polish CC Federation Presidents:

No Period President
1 1933-1939 Henryk Friedman
2 1951-1963 Henryk Swinarski
3 1963-1967 Cyryl Niewiadomski
4 1967-1971 Andrzej Gorzelewski
5 1971-1985 Stanislaw Kania
6 1985-1988 Tadeusz Peretjatkowicz
7 1988-1996 Ludwik Frey
8 1996-2003 Witold Bielecki
9 2003-2008 vacancy, Witold Bielecki (as vice-president and ICCF delegate)
10 2008-2010 vacancy, Józef Lubas (as vice-president and ICCF delegate)
11 2010-onwards Tomasz Stefaniak

 

Polish correspondence chess history outline

The oldest information related to organized chess life in Poland comes from Poznan and is dated back to 19th century. In the period of 1839-1840 correspondence match was played between clubs from Poznan and Berlin. Moves were transmited by press starting from 03.01.1839.

At the end of seveties of 19th century Jan Kleczyński (1837-1895, Polish pianist, composer, journalist and chess master) toghether with Szymon Winawer (1838-1920, leading chess player who won the German Chess Championship in 1883) was engaged in organizing the correspondence match Warsaw-Moscow, played in the period of 1879-1882, and finished – with his participation as a player – with a victory of Warsaw.

Expansion of correspondence chess had happend in the period of 1903-1914, when Polish leaders were: H.Bartmański, H.Zioło, A.Żuk-Skarszewski, L.Tuhan-Baranowski, St.Górawski, A.Hartman, A.Wagner. They participated in tournaments organized by newspapers (national and international). Many years fight for official leadership in Poland was not conducted.

After the first World War monthly „Świat Szachowy” (Chess World), edited by Dawid Przepiórka (1880-1940, prominent Polish chess player of the early 20th century, World’s Amateur vice-champion – behind Max Euwe – in 1928, won the gold medal with Polish team in 3rd Chess Olympiad 1930 and silver medal in 4th Olympiad in 1931), started to arrange correspondence play. First groups started to play in 1930, directed by Wiktor Geier, famous from international correspondence chess events, including Propaganda-Turnier (1928-1930) organized by ICSB, but concluded by its successor, the IFSB.

In the period of 1933-34 S. Czerniakow was considered to be an official champion of Poland. However, the first official Championship of Poland, organized by Henryk Friedman, started in 1934 with 3 semifinal groups. Final finished in 1936 and winner was M.Tomaszewicz, followed by H.Frideman and prof. A.Kościelak.

In a short time 6 game match was organized between Tomaszewicz and Czerniakow. Czerniakow won 3 games and tied 3 others. Thus S.Czerniakow was considered to be champion of Poland until post-war time, when he personally started from scratch to organize the correspondence chess in Poland.

The 1st Championship of Poland in post-war time was played in the period of 1948-1950, organized by Sergiusz Czerniakow from Torun, famous cc player and official. In the final 22 players participated, including top Polish OTB players from that time, like B.Śliwa or K.Plater and top cc players of pre-war time, like S.Hermanowski, S.Czerniakow, A.Zakrzewski. Champion of Poland became Aleksander Zakrzewski with 18,5, followed by Śliwa-18, Hermanowski-17,5, Czerniakow-17, Plater-16, Chądzyński-15.

Polish CC Champions

1st (before 2nd World War) 1935-36 M.Tomaszewicz.

1st (after 2nd World War) 1948-50 A.Zakrzewski; 2nd 1959-60 E.Golemo; 3rd 1962-63 J.Martyniak; 4th 1963-64 E.Golemo; 5th 1963-64 R.Sokołowski; 6th 1964-65 M.Braczko; 7th 1964-66 K.Pytel; 8th 1965-66 S.Brzózka; 9th 1966-67 J.Krzysztoń; 10th 1967-68 G.Szewczyk; 11th 1968-69 J.Górski; 12th 1969-70 J.Sokołow; 13th 1969-71 J.Widera; 14th 1970-72 Z.Pioch; 15th 1972-74 Z.Pioch; 16th 1973-75 R.Filutowski; 17th 1974-76 T.Frańczak; 18th 1975-77 Z.Leszczyński; 19th 1976-78 K.Pinkas; 20th 1977-79 J.Babiak; 21st 1978-80 D.Końca; 22nd 1979-81 M.Pogorzelski; 23rd 1980-82 R.Galicki; 24th 1981-83 R.Skrobek; 25th 1983-84 T.Karpik; 26th 1983-85 H.Lew; 27th 1984-86 A.Warta; 28th 1985-87 Z.Blak; 29th 1986-88 R.Kwieciński; 30th 1987-89 R.Dors; 31st 1988-90 Z.Marciniak; 32nd 1990-91 J.Zajączkowski; 33rd 1991-92 D.Studziński; 34th 1991-93 T.Chruszcz; 35th 1992-94 T.Chruszcz; 36th 1993-95 R.Tustanowski; 37th 1994-96 P.Tkaczyk; 38th 1995-97 R.Pierzak; 39th 1996-98 R.Ogiewka; 40th 1998-99 D.Gronkowski; 41st 1998-99 M.Jędrzejowski; 42nd 1999-2001 J.Tołłoczko; 43rd 2000-2001 R.Tustanowski; 44th 2001-2004 T.Szafraniec; 45th 2002-2003 A.Krzyżanowski; 46th 2003-2004 W.Kozłowski; 47th 2004-2006 T.Baranowski; 48th 2005-2007 M.Nowakowski; 49a (1st email) 2005-2008 R.Wojtkowiak; 49th 2006-2008 A.Schön; 50th 2007-2009 A.Schön; 51st 2008-2009 T.Sławiński; 52nd 2009-2011 Z.Szczepański; 53rd 2010-ongoing A.Dźwikowski; 54th 2011-2012 J.Staniszewski; 55th 2012-?.

Polish Ladies CC Champions

1st 1972-74 J.Kandora; 2nd 1975-78 A.Kopiec; 3rd 1979-80 H.Sałabun; 4th 1981-82 U.Maciejewska; 5th 1984-85 H.Sałabun; 6th 1986-88 B.Tomaszek; 7th 1987-88 S.Siwek.

Polish Team CC Champions

1st 1971-72 Opole I (E. Kocem, A. Demitrow, J. Kuczynski, S. Kaminski, W. Dobrzynski, J. Kies); 2nd 1973-74 Bialystok (J. Gorski, B. Bieluczyk, E. Radziszewski, R. Borys, T. Bieluczyk, J. Tupalski, M. Onichimiuk, S. Sokolowski); 3rd 1976-77 Bialystok (R. Borys, J. Tupalski, T. Bieluczyk, W. Olszewski, Z. Stolnicki, J. Gorski, M. Onichimiuk, D. Klimaszewski); 4th 1978-80 Bialystok (R. Borys, J. Tupalski, E. Radziszewski, W. Olszewski, T. Bieluczyk, J. Gorski, A. Krajewska, J. Raczkowski); 5th 1980-82 Bialystok (R. Borys, J. Tupalski, E. Radziszewski, J. Kosciuk, T. Bieluczyk, J. Gorski, M. Brzozowska, A. Raczkowski); 6th 1983-85 Bialystok (T. Bieluczyk, R. Borys, J. Tupalski, E. Radziszewski, J. Kosciuk, J. Gorski, M. Tupalska, Z. Bienkowski); 7th 1985-87 Konin (Z. Kulczewski, M. Maciejewski, A. Bialkowski, W. Walaszczyk, A. Swiatnicki, J. Kaczmarek, A. Szymanska, W. Meczynski); 8th 1988-90 ZNP (J. Babiak, S. Mierzejewski, S. Swierczynski, R. Izdebski, R. Probola, B. Kusinski); 9th 1990-92 Bielsko-Biala (M. Matlak, M. Jaworski, A. Mroz, J. Matlak, A. Szczesiak, A. Misiuga); 10th 1992-94 Bielsko-Biala (M. Matlak, M. Jaworski, H. Seifert, J. Matlak, A. Misiuga, M. Gorecki); 11th 1994-96 Bialystok (R. Borys, J. Kosciuk, J. Tupalski, J. Gorski, A. Raczkowski, D. Cimicki); 12th 1997-98 Kalisz (J. Marcinkiewicz, A. Marcinkiewicz, J. Litwin, A. Szczepaniak, A. Dera, K. Winiarski); 13th 1999-2001 Poznan (D. Szczepankiewicz, T. Baranowski, I. Krygier, I. Nowak, J. Dziel, W. Szczepankiewicz); 14th 2001-2003 Śląsk Piekary Śl. (T.Szafraniec, M.Jędrzejowski, S.Kasperski, A.Masternak, R.Pierzak, T.Lew); 15th 2003-2005 “Śląsk-HetMaN Szopienice” Katowice (R.Skrobek, T.Szafraniec, S.Kasperski, A.Masternak, R.Pierzak/M.Nowakowski, W.Kozłowski); 16th 2005-2007 Poznań (D.Szczepankiewicz, R.Wojtkowiak, I.Nowak, W.Szczepankiewicz, T.Baranowski, I.Krygier); 17th (1st email) 2003-2005 Imperium Szachów (W.Niewiadomski, D.Domagała/R.Wojtkowiak, G.Krawczyk, Z.Sanner); 18th (2nd email) 2005-2006 Imperium Szachów (W.Niewiadomski, R.Wojtkowiak, G.Krawczyk, Z.Sanner); 19th (3rd email/server) 2006-2009 Imperium Szachów (W.Niewiadomski, M.Jaworski, W.Ciążela, F.Stanach); 20th 2011-2012 “HetMaN Szopienice” Katowice (R.Pierzak, D.Szczepankiewicz, M.Nowakowski, J.Pietrzak).

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In several dozen years correspondence chess in Poland have had a great popularity with a pik in 1984, when the bigest boom in Polish cc happened with a huge number of active players above 5,000! It is worth to mention that many top Polish OTB players participated in cc tournaments at that time.

Correspondence chess is a difficult discipline, especially in computer era, and currently not so much popular, Poland has only around 300 active players (at the end of 2012). Maybe the reason is that cc requires a lot of patience and preciseness. And not always these are the virtues of OTB players. Another reason might be the fear of worse result.

Participation in ICCF work

Many Polish delegates participated in ICCF work, but the most known are:

  • Stanisław Kania – liaison officer to FIDE, chairman of the FIDE/ICCF Commission and member of Qualifications and Rules Commission;
  • Witold Bielecki – member and chairman of several ICCF working groups and committees/ commissions (Tournaments, Tournament Rules, Playing Rules, Appeals), TD for hundreds of tournaments, including World Championship finals, WTD;
  • Mariusz Wojnar – Polish delegate to ICCF and deputy Ratings Commissioner since 2010, World Cup 18 organizer and TD, project leader for ICCF Diamond Jubilee Web Book called “Celebrating 60 years of the ICCF“.

International arbiters (IA) from Poland: W.Bielecki, J.Danieyko, S.Górkiewicz, A.Huchla, S.Kania, J.Lisak, J.Lubas, A.Nowicki, T.Peretjatkowicz, J.Pośpiech, W.Sapa.

ICCF Congress was hosted by Poland 3 times:

  • 1973-Warsaw
  • 1983-Poznań
  • 1993-Gdańsk

Bertl von Massow Medals for faithful service to ICCF:

  • in Gold (for 15 years)
    • 1998 Witold Bielecki
    • 1987 Stanisław Kania
  • in Silver (for 10 years)
    • 1987 Tadeusz Peretjatkowicz
    • 1986 Stanisław Górkiewicz
    • 1985 Witold Bielecki
    • 1984 Stanisław Kania
    • 1984 Jan Danieyko

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Principal Achievements

Poland as a team gained 3 beautiful and exceptional results:

  • Gold Medal in 8th Ladies Olympiad (2008-2010)
    • team: 1.B.Skonieczna, 2.A.Szczepaniak, 3.B.Lubas, 4.B.Wójcik-Wojtkowiak
  • Bronze Medal in 13th Olympiad (2004-2009)
    • team: 1.R.Skrobek, 2.M.Jędrzejowski, 3.W.Krzyżanowski, 4.D.Szczepankiewicz, 5.T.Szafraniec, 6.W.Kozłowski
  • Bronze Medal in 4th Ladies Olympiad (1992-1997)
    • team: 1.K.Radzikowska, 2.D.Pietrzak, 3.W.Zając-Makowiecka, 4.A.Szczepaniak

GM Jerzy Krzysztoń and ladies Ewa Gór­ska and Maria Gór­ska were the first Poles who played in World Championship finals. It deserves to be mentioned here participation of three Poles (Wiktor Geier, Alexander Wagner and Camenzind) in Propadanda Turnier 1928-1930.

Title holders

There is 91 titled players in Poland (January 2013): 9xGM, 38xSIM, 38xIM, 2xLGM, 4xILM. In addition 11xIA comes from Poland. Full list you can find at page “Tytuły ICCF nadane Polakom“. List is updated on regular basis.