Valer Eugen Demian (CAN) - Non-Title Tournaments Commissioner
Eugen lives in Vancouver, beautiful British Columbia, Canada.
Between family life, work, community work, chess lessons, his
crazy chess games and TD assignments, he has been given in 2003
the opportunity to improve ICCF Non-Title tournaments. That's
a long way since 1974 when he started CC carefully guided by his
father ICCF-IM Valer Vasile Demian (Romania), and hopefully there's
much more ahead.
"As a member of the ICCF-CL Support team it is my goal to offer
another top notch competition to my fellow CC friends. Hope it
will rub it in on my play as well"
My family consists of:
Felicia - her hobby is singing
Mike (Mihai) D. - plays one tournament a year (organized by his
father) and loves the Dragon!
Michael (Mihai) C. - his hobby is artistic drawing.
J. Franklin Campbell (USA) - Webmaster
I have been playing chess for 45 years and cc for 40 years. My
degree is in mathematics and I studied celestial mechanics at
Yale Observatory. I've been married to Anne since 1969, one daughter
Meg and two grandchildren (my family web site is http://www.jfcampbell.us/hazel/hazel.htm).
I have worked as a software engineer, systems engineer and systems
programmer. I am currently retired, due to health and a bad economy.
Besides chess my hobbies are photography and astronomy. I have maintained
my personal web site The
Campbell Report since 1998 and was webmaster for the ICCF-U.S.
national federation site, which received the "Friend of ICCF"
award for 2003. I still serve the USA as games/crosstables archivist.
I am also webmaster for Chess
Journalists of America and APCT.
I have served ICCF as Press Officer 1999-2000, served on the webserver
commission, took over the CL webmaster job in 2003 when Klaus Wrba
was unable to continue, and have directed several tournaments, including
NAPZ Championship and the 4th
Pacific Area Team Tournament. My proudest moments in OTB were
winning the Kansas State Championship tournament in 1967 and being
official match photographer for the Nigel Short-Lev Alburt match
in 1985. I received the International Arbiter title at the 2004
ICCF Congress in Mumbai, India.
The webmaster reveals
his secret identity!
With WC V and X
Berliner & Palciauskas
Webmaster on right as Team Captain
of USA Olympiad Team on cover of
Chess Life magazine, January 2007
Thomas Mirbach (GER) - Tournament Director
My Nick-name is Tom. I am 34 years old and married since 5 years with
Elke. We live in a small town between Cologne and Aachen, near the border
to the Netherlands. I play correspondence chess since 1987 with less
success ;-). My current rating is 2355 and I am TD since 3 years, starting
with the Jubilee Tournament. We have 5 dogs (Cavalier-King-Charles Spaniels),
4 cats and 2 horses. I am working half-time as a social worker and the
rest in my wife`s veterinarian surgery.
I like sports, especially soccer (I played in the 3rd league in Germany)
and running (Marathon). I collect chess computers. So, if you have one,
you don`t need ... let me know ;-)
Our websites are: www.millcreek-cottage.de
(dogs) and www.tierarztpraxis-mirbach.de
[October 2006 update: Tom received his International Arbiter
title at the 2006 ICCF Congress.]
Tom Mirbach at the board
Tom Mirbach running in
the Cologne Marathon 2002
Raymond Boger (NOR) - Tournament Director
GM Raymond Boger earned his GM title in 2003 and has finished almost
200 ICCF games. He maintains a personal web site Raymond
Boger Chess Web where you can see his complete set of playing
title certificates (IM, SIM, GM), photographs, games (replayed using
a Java aplet) and crosstables. Raymond also serves ICCF as both
webmaster and editor of its e-zine ICCF
Gino Figlio (USA) - Tournament Director
I was born in Lima, Peru in 1961. Married my high school sweetheart,
Carla in 1983. We have 5 children (Renzo, Carlo, Gino Jr., Adriana
and Andrea) and 2 dogs (Angel and Mallow). Immigrated to USA in
1991. Finished my training in Pediatric Medicine in Brooklyn,
NY in 1995. Relocated to Lamar, Colorado with all the family and
been here ever since. I have a very busy pediatric practice in
Lamar, and also work in Denver as a pediatric Emergency room physician.
My correspondence chess life started in 1995 and I expect that
maturity will come one of these days (my wife of course disagrees
...). I enjoy working as a TD and am convinced that giving back
to the system promotes equilibrium and longevity.
Other interests besides chess include poetry and sports (soccer
and American football are the main ones).
tell me something I know
help me pronounce these flavors
piercing the silence in the room
(deleted poems, 1960)
[October 2006 update: Gino has been appointed to the important
post of Webserver Commissioner. He has also been doing
a superb job on the Webserver Helpdesk and is a moving
force in the design and implementation of the ICCF Webserver.
Gino also received his Senior International Master (SIM)
title at the 2006 ICCF Congress.]
The Figlio Family
Front row, left to right:
Adriana, Carla and Andrea
Back row: Renzo, Gino Jr., Carlo and Gino Sr.
Thomas Schmelz (GER) - Tournament Director
Profession: Pastor in St.Mary's in Bad Rodach (Northern Bavaria/Upper
OTB: Until 1989 - Landesliga North/Bavaria (the second highest
league in Bavaria), 1st board.
Correspondence: Final of the 16. german youth championship
(1979/80) was my first tournament.
IM since 2001
SIM since 2002
ICCF rating (2004): 2488
Arbitor in EM/J50 and CL
Frank Goebert (USA) - Tournament Director
In 1966, I was born in a little town (Arnsberg) in the German region called Sauerland. The next biggest city is Dortmund, where my favorite soccer team comes from. Today, I live together with my wife and two kids (son and daughter) at the US east coast, close the Philadelphia in Pennsylvania. I work as an IT specialist for a pharmaceutical company in the area managing projects and supporting its global supply chain and manufacturing processes.
I learned the moves at the age of 6, when I developed an interest in chess
by just following the chess column in our TV magazine. Soon, I
started (trying) to solve the chess problems posted in the weekly
magazine and played the game of the week on my own chessboard.
Unfortunately, I was born a little bit too late for the great
Fischer-Spassky match. but in 1975 and 1978, I followed the Karpov-Korchnoi
matches very closely, and that is also the time when I joined
a local chess club. I soon got better and better, and even today
I still enjoy looking at my first trophy for the local club championship.
Then I stopped playing chess at an age I suppose a lot of people do. First it was college (university), then romance, trying to make a living and starting my career. I might have never played again, if it had not been for a friend of mine visiting me from Germany. We spent a night playing chess on the internet, and that got me hooked again. I started looking for a local chess club, but with two young kids it was not something my family would have enjoyed. So I stumbled upon an interesting alternative: correspondence chess, in particular correspondence chess via e-mail.
I first joined IECG, but since nobody could remember my rating, I had to start at the bottom. Soon I learned about ICCF and APCT. My ratings are climbing and with that, my opponents become stronger. I know that I made the right decision.
Currently, I am taking aim at reaching a World Championship Semi-Final...
Michael Millstone (USA) - Tournament Director
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