I started to play Correspondence Chess at ICCF in 2016. I play both in thematical tournaments, in normal tournaments and in other events like team matches for Team Sweden. My favorite thematical tournaments are Najdorf 6 Be3 and Petroff events since I like this kinds of positions with both sides. I have also played in thematical events where I dont know theory at all in the thematical opening.
First I played in a friendly mini match to get used to ICCF server where I won with 2-0. After that I mainly played in thematical tournaments since almost all other tournaments requires a Corr Elo to be able to participate in or a FIDE Elo either bellow 1700 or above 2000 and I had about 1900 FIDE Elo. By playing in a rated class H tournament and by playing in several team matches I got a Corr Elo in 1 october 2018.
My plan is to slowly switch from lots of thematical events into fewer but rated events instead, but I will still play in thematical events from time to time since one can learn, test and improve ones repertour in a self selected line without risk of losing rating points.
Official photo from Swedish Chess championship 2017. Photo by Lars OA Hedlund.
|2016||ICCF FM/28422||2/2: +2 =0 -0||Victory in the mini match .|
|2016||WSTT/SEA/22 - Sicilian, English Attack, B90||6/8: +5 =2 -1||2nd place .|
|2016||WSTT/RD/19 - Russian Defence, C42||4,5/8: +2 =5 -1||3rd place .|
|2017||WSTT/2/17/3 - Caro Kann - Panow Variation, B13||7/12: +3 =8 -1||4th in section with same points as 3rd .|
|2017||WSTT/RD/22 - Russian Defence, C42||6/8: +4 =4 -0||1st place .|
|2017||WSTT/SEA/26 - Sicilian, English Attack, B90||7/8: +6 =2 -0||1st place .|
|2017||WSTT/GD/29 - Grünfeld Defence, D80||5/8: +3 =4 -1||3rd place .|
|2017||WSTT/RD/23 - Russian Defence, C42||5,5/8: +3 =5 -0||2nd place .|
|2017||WS/H/633||3/6: +0 =6 -0||5th place with same points as 4th .|
|2018||FIN-SWE 2017 S Board 60, Finland-Sweden||2/2: +2 =0 -0||Victory in my mini match for Team Sweden .|
|2018||WSTT/7/17 - Sicilian Dragon, B70-B79||6,5/12: +1 =11 -0||4th in section .|
|2018||WSTT/SEA/29 - Sicilian, English Attack, B90||5,5/8: +4 =3 -1||3rd place .|
|2018||SWE - USA 2018 Board 49||1/2: +0 =2 -0||Match drawn in my mini match for Team Sweden .|
|2018||WSTT/3/18/2 - Center Game, C22||4,5/10: +2 =5 -3||I have no games left but the tournament is not completed yet .|
|2018||WSTT/SEA/30 - Sicilian, English Attack, B90||5,5/8: +3 =5 -0||1st place .|
|2018||PAN-SWE 2017 Board 17||1/2: +0 =2 -0||Match drawn in my mini match for Team Sweden .|
|2018||WSTT/SEA/31 - Sicilian, English Attack, B90||5,5/8: +3 =5 -0||1st place .|
|2018||ENG-SWE 2018 Board 27||1/2: +0 =2 -0||Match drawn in my mini match for Team Sweden .|
|2018||WSTT/RD/28 - Russian Defence, C42||4,5/8: +2 =5 -1||3rd place .|
|2018||SWE-RoW 2018 Board 53||1,5/2: +1 =1 -0||Victory in my mini match for Team Sweden .|
|2018||WSTT/RD/Final 05 - Russian Defence, C42||3/6: +0 =6 -0||I have 2 games left in this 8 game tournament .|
|2019||WSTT/SEA/Final 06 - Sicilian, English Attack, B90||4/7: +1 =6 -0||I have 1 game left in this 8 game tournament .|
|2019||WS/H/705||3/5: +1 =4 -0||I have 1 game left in this 6 game tournament .|
|2019||WSTT/2/19/Final - French, Teisha Gambit, C02||3/5: +2 =2 -1||I have 1 game left in this 6 game tournament .|
|2019||WSTT/RD/30 - Russian Defence, C42||4/6: +2 =4 -0||I have 2 games left in this 8 game tournament .|
|2019||SCO-SWE 2019||0/0: +0 =0 -0||I play a mini match of 2 games for Team Sweden .|
|2019||Sweden - Asia + Australia + Africa 2019||0/0: +0 =0 -0||Starts 2019-10-01. I play a mini match of 2 games for Team Sweden .|
|2019||Sweden - Spain 2019||0/0: +0 =0 -0||Starts 2019-12-01. I play a mini match of 2 games for Team Sweden .|
|2019||WSTT/7/19 - Sicilian, Accelerated Dragon, B27||0/0: +0 =0 -0||Starts 2019-12-15. 10 game tournament .|
|????||WS/M/??||0/0: +0 =0 -0||Starts when filled. 10 game tournament .|
|????||WSTT/SEA/Final ?? - Sicilian, English Attack, B90||0/0: +0 =0 -0||I qualified to this event by winning WSTT/SEA/31 .|
|????||SSKK klass M||0/0: +0 =0 -0||Starts when filled. 6 game tournament .|
Official photo from Påskturneringen Norrköping 2018. Photo by Lars OA Hedlund.
In normal tournaments one plays only a single game vs the same opponent and all games are played at the same time. In mini matches one plays vs the same 2 games vs the same opponent, 1 with white and 1 with black where both games are played at the same time. Team matches are played as mini matches where every board plays a mini match of 2 games vs a single opponent.
The standard time control varies even between similar events. Most of times the time control is 10 moves in 40 days with duplication after 20 days but sometimes the time control is instead 10 moves in 50 days with duplication after 20 days. One is also allowed vacations or leave days when the clock is not ticking. When opponents has made a move one is notified by mail with the entire game score. Draw offers are usually restricted to 1 per player and game until the opponent offers a draw where one can offer a draw again.
However in some events it is possible to offer a draw again if at least 10 moves has passed since ones latest draw offer. It is possible to claim wins or draws based on 6-men Nalimov tablebases. One is allowed to use any sort of equipment like books, databases, engines, tablesbases, dvds, magazines, read theory forums or annotations from web sites etc etc and use in ones game.
The games are however secret to the public with a few exceptions for a few events like team matches. In some events the completed games between other playes are viewable if a given number of games in the event are completed.
Thematical tournaments are not rated. In the thematical tournaments one usually plays mini matches from a given start sequence of moves where one plays 1 game with white and 1 game with black vs the same opponent, but in some rare cases it is only 1 game per opponent from a given start sequence of moves.
It is legal to transpose into other openings from the start postion, both me and also some opponents have for example transposed Petroff to Spanish Four Knights by after 3 Nc3 Nc6 4 Bb5. I have also transposed Najdorf 6 Be3 to Najdorf 6 Be2 after 6 Be3 e6 7 Be2 and one opponnet transposed to 6 Be2 Najdorf after 6 Be3 e5 7 Nb3 Be6 8 Be2 followed by 0-0 and one other opponent transposed Najdorf 6 Be3 to Najdorf 6 h3 after 6 Be3 e5 7 Nb3 Be6 8 h3.
All mini matches and all games are played at the same time. The standard is 5 players in each tournament. However some tournaments has more players and in some tournaments the tournament is divided into sections where a given number of the best players from each section qualify to final or semifinal.
The standard events has become tougher and tougher since I started since in 2018 ICCF made it more stimulating by adding that the winner reaches the final even in the smaller standard events thus attracting more stronger and more serious players.