The 1997 Congress, in conjunction with meetings of the Presidium and the Committees, took place in the Club Argentino de Ajedrez, Buenos Aires from 6th to 11th September 1997
For the participants of the Congress and accompanying ladies and friends, the hosts from Argentina offered excursions around Buenos Aires, including visits to the Bolsa Comercio de Buenos Aires and to the Theatre Colon (provided by CAPA)
of New ICCF President
The ICCF General Secretary advised that nominations for ICCF President had been invited from all member federations, according to Statute and established practice, but that only one had been received. Nevertheless, it was specified by Statute that elections of persons would be by secret ballot, unless it was otherwise agreed unanimously. It was agreed unanimously to proceed by open voting, and Mr. A.P. Borwell (SCO) was elected as ICCF President unanimously and with acclamation. Mr. Borwell expressed his sincere appreciation of the honour bestowed upon him. He dedicated himself to continue the best traditions of ICCF and also to provide democratic leadership to take ICCF forward to meet challenges and opportunities into the future
Opening the meeting, the ICCF Acting President expressed very
great pleasure that the first Congress to be held in the Southern
Hemisphere was taking place in South America and that so many CC friends
had come to Argentina for the occasion.
He considered that it heralded a new era for ICCF and was a
unique opportunity to promote correspondence chess in all its forms in a
very important Zone of ICCF and worldwide. He commented on the extremely
important decisions reached at the meeting of CADAP immediately prior to
Congress, and on the new co-operation between the two federations in
Argentina - LADAC and CAPA.
Sadly during the last year many distinguished CC friends had
passed away, and he referred in particular to Ing. Paul Diaconescu
(ROM), Dick Smit (NLD), Sture Nyman (SVE), B.A.
Rosinov (RUS), I. Eglitis (LAT), C.G. Pappier (ARG), Liisa
Vayrynen (FIN) and also the world-famous chess personality, Miguel
Najdorf, who had lived in Argentina for much of his life.
The Congress paid its respects to the memories of all departed
friends by observing a minute’s silence.
The Acting President then welcomed many old and new friends
attending the 1997 Congress, including the ladies and friends
accompanying delegates and officials.
He expressed the hope that the traditions established by Herr H-W
von Massow of encouraging families and friends to come to ICCF
Congresses would be regenerated in the years ahead.
He also invited Congress to send its best wishes to those
“absent friends” who were not able to attend, and in particular Mr.
H.J. Mostert, ICCF Honorary President, who was still recovering in
hospital, and his partner Janny Tibboel, who had undergone a recent
operation, expressing the hope that they would both be able to attend
future Congresses. A message with greetings had been received from Mr
Mostert and this was read to the Congress. According to ICCF tradition, the Acting President selected as
his main theme the opportunities available to ICCF through the Internet
to extend its range of tournaments, to shorten the duration of its title
events and to take advantage of the enormous potential of communicating
much more effectively and speedily with chess players in all parts of
the world. He expressed
confidence that by working together according to ICCF’s fine
traditions and friendships ICCF could become an even more vibrant,
successful and enlightened organisation into the next Millennium.
The President then reported that a comprehensive agreement had been reached between the two federations in Argentina, LADAC and CAPA, and the documents of agreement were signed by the respective Presidents Mr. C.J. Gonçalves and Mr. J.S. Morgado and witnessed by the ICCF President and the Zonal Director for Zone 2. The President wished to place on record the contribution made by Mr. A.R. Ramirez (ARG), as special ICCF Commissioner, in helping to achieve the agreement and he expressed a sincere hope that ‘Amici Sumus’ would prevail in the future between the two ICCF member federations in Argentina
The ICCF President reported that Mr. C.A. Rinaldi (ARG) had
tendered his resignation as Zonal Director earlier in 1997 due to
health and personal reasons. The
President, on behalf of ICCF, thanked Mr. Rinaldi for his work and
expressed best wishes to him for the future. Confirmation had been received from the CADAP meeting held on
5/9/97 that Mr. J. Dorner (GUA) had been elected to become the
new Zonal Director for Zone 2 and Congress unanimously
confirmed his election. The
ICCF President expressed a warm welcome to Mr. Dorner as a new member
of the ICCF Presidium. The ICCF President then proposed, after prior consultation
within the Presidium, that Zone 2 should be more accurately defined as
“Latin America” and this was agreed unanimously.
The change to Schedule A of the ICCF Statutes would be
confirmed under agenda item 12, “Matters pertaining to ICCF Statutes.”
The Report of the General Secretary
The report of the General secretary contained a proposal to accept an application for membership from the Federation of Kazakhstan (KAZ) and this was agreed unanimously by Congress. Kazakhstan would be included in Zone 4 (Africa/Asia). Following a recommendation from the ICCF Treasurer, it was also agreed that Colombia (COL) and Panama (PAN) would be reinstated as full members, having now paid outstanding fees to 31/12/96. Two other countries, Andorra and Monaco had not paid their fees and had become totally inactive in ICCF tournaments, and it was agreed by Congress that Andorra and Monaco should be transferred to the suspended list. The ICCF President reported that the Presidium would initiate an urgent review of the membership criteria and fees, particularly for small countries with few active players and no CC organisation or ones which were relatively inactive. The General Secretary referred to the decreasing numbers in traditional ICCF tournaments, limited interest in Fax events but a rapid increase for Email competitions. The www had also given ICCF the opportunity to publicise its activities more effectively and he commented on the excellent work of the ICCF Webmaster, Eckhard Lüers, and the World Email Tournament Office managed by Argentina (CAPA). The new ICCF Cup tournament had attracted over 1000 entries for postal, email and fax play.
The Award of Bertl von Massow Medals
The Bertl von Massow medal in Gold was awarded to: Mr. G. Perpirakis (GRC) and Mr. Ubirajara de Oliveira Barroso (BRS). These well deserved medals were handed over to Mr. Mastrojeni (ITA) representing Greece and Mr. Costa Neto (BRS) to forward to the recipients with the thanks and congratulations of the ICCF Congress.