Congress Report 3
Ostrava, Czech Republic,
October 14, 2003
| Below is the summary from today. I wasn't
able to get the simul game from Evelin today, it was a very busy day. However,
the GM drew quite a few and lost a couple too, I think. It lasted until
early morning and I had already gone to bed. :-)
-- Grayling Hill
(see photos below the report)
- The GM, SIM, IM, LGM, LIM, and IA were given to the
players or their delegate today.
- George Pyrich (SCO) retired as Qualifications Commissioner.
- Éric Ruch (FRA) was named as the next Qualifications Commissioner.
- Congress asked Chris Lüers, the new World Tournaments Director,
to review the complete ICCF tournament system and make proposals during
the 2004 Congress in India.
- Congress approved that the 20th World Correspondence Chess Championship
Final will be played by postal transmission.
- Congress approved Søren Peschardt (DEN) as the new Title
- Congress approved a new Tournament Office Structure under the
World Tournaments Director (WTC). There will be two principal
Commissioner (TTC) and
- The WTC will have direct responsibility for approval of
all invitational tournaments.
- The TTC will be responsibile for the World Championship
Cycle, Olympiad Cycle, Grand Master Norm, and Master Norm tournaments,
both Email and Postal.
- The NTTC will be responsibile for the World Cup Cycle (through
the organizing member federation), Master Class, Higher Class, Open
Class, and Thematic tournaments, both Email and Postal.
- Congress approved adding Fischer Random Chess tournaments to
the Thematic Tournament Office.
- Congress confirmed the Acting General Secretary's approval of a series
of invitational and open tournaments.
- Congress approved the concept of a staging large open tournament in
the off World Cup years.
- Congress received the Africa/Asia Zone Report.
- There was no European Zone Report. The Zonal Director was not present.
- Congress received the Latin America Zone Report.
- Carlos Cranbourne stated his intention to retire and not stand
for election as the Zonal Director.
- Congress received the North America/Pacifc Zone Report. Ruth Ann
Fay, Deputy Zonal Director delivered the report as Ralph P. Marconi,
Zonal Director was not able to attend Congress.
- Congress received the Acting General Secretary's Report.
- ICCF-US (http://www.iccfus.com)
was awarded the "Friend of ICCF" award.
Seated left: outgoing Vice President (Rules) Ragnar Wikman
Seated middle: Membership & Services Director Pedro Hegoburu
Standing middle: Deputy President & Development Director Max Zavanelli
Standing right: ICCF President Josef
Here Max Zavanelli, who is also the ICCF-U.S. Secretary and a
strong player, receives his SIM title from President Mrkvicka