ICCF Congress 2006, in
conjunction with meetings of the ICCF Executive Board and Management
Committee, took place in the Ramada Hotel, Dresden, Germany.
The Congress was arranged
and hosted by the Deutscher Fernschachbund (BdF) as a part of
its 60th Anniversary celebrations.
The hotel, meeting facilities and hospitality offered
by BdF were outstanding
Participants of the
Congress and accompanying persons were offered an extensive programme
of events, including a boat trip on the River Elbe to Sächsische
Schweiz in the Bastei region and then to Die Festung Königstein.
There was a special visit to the grave of Hans-Werner von Massow and
to the City of Dresden and an excellent programme for ladies and
families, was provided by the host organisation.
the ICCF President Med Samraoui responded to the warm
welcome by Dr Fritz Baumbach BdF President, Mr. Lehmann,
Mayor of the City of Dresden, and Mr. A. Schlya, the
President of the German Chess Federation.
The ICCF President referred to the cultural
diversity of the City of Dresden, which was currently
celebrating its 800th anniversary, and how
pleased he was that ICCF was holding its 2006 Congress
in such a fine City, which would also be hosting the
FIDE Congress and Olympiad in 2008.
informed delegates that it would be the 6th
ICCF Congress to be held in Germany, mentioning that the
previous ones had been in Leipzig (1960), Berlin (1968),
Munich (1978), Bad Blankenburg (1990) and Bad Neuenahr
1996 Congress had seen the start of a transition to a
new generation of younger officials and this would be
perpetuated into the future.
President referred to the unique history of chess in
Germany and its famous players and German correspondence
chess had an even richer heritage.
It had happened due to the immense contribution
made by Hans-Werner von Massow, who was ICCF President
for 27 years, and creator and editor of the renowned CC
Germany still occupied an impressive position at
the top of ICCF playing countries, with the largest
number of active participants.
It had produced two World CC Champions in Horst
Rittner (WCVI) and Dr. Fritz Baumbach (WCXI) both of
whom were present, there had been 15 European Champions,
4 ICCF World Cup winners and the German team had won 3
Gold medals in Olympiads and the Ladies team had won 3
Silver medals. He
congratulated BdF on achieving its 60th
Jubilee and he was particularly happy about the success
of its international World Open, which would start with
circa 800 players.
ICCF President then referred to the sad passing of Mr. Hermann
Heemsoth, who had died earlier in the year at the
grand age of 9?? Hermann
had been BdF President from 1956 until 1988 and had
become a GM at the age of 78, the oldest player in the
history of ICCF to achieve the title. Hermann attended his last Congress in 1999 but had been
active since then, publishing correspondence chess games
in various CC magazines.
The ICCF President also reported the recent sad
death of Alfonsino Lannaioli (ITA) at the early
age of 55, who would be remembered by delegates who met
him during the 2001 Congress in Rimini.
Other CC friends who had died were GM Enrico
Paoli (ITA), Gaspar
Darwin Soria (ARG), Mrs. Raimondi (FRA), Shigeo
Hayakawa (JAP), Paul Darmodray (UKR) and Czsaba
Meleghegy (HUN). Delegates
stood in silence to the memory of all these and other
departed CC friends.
ICCF President emphasised that his main focus would be
to initiate and implement reforms which were needed to
improve ICCF performance and give a better service to CC
mentioned he had been unable to attend the 2005 Congress
due to travel problems and therefore wished to express
his thanks for his appointment and appreciation to those
who had helped him, on becoming President. He
intimated that good progress had been made on some very
important issues and expressed thanks to Michael
Millstone for delivering the Direct Entry system, which
was already bearing fruit. He thanked
Martin Bennedik for his excellent systems
programming work for the Webserver and Franklin Campbell
(USA) and Gino Figlio (PER), for the webserver tutorial
and guidelines and for operating the helpdesk. Although
aspects of the ICCF financial situation remained
unsatisfactory, he thanked Ruth Ann Fay for her efforts
in handling accounting matters, since the resignation of
the previous ICCF Finance Director.
The President referred to the lack of
contributions for the webzine ICCF Amici and urged all
delegates and officials to contribute more articles to
assist in the promotion of ICCF.
He referred to tremendous marketing opportunities
available and that much more urgency was needed in
evolving and activating an ICCF marketing strategy.
ICCF President referred to difficulties of the last two
years since his predecessor had resigned and to many
vacancies which had arisen in key positions.
He stated that many good officers had resigned,
but thanked those who would be leaving this year,
including Deputy President & Development Director
Max Zavanelli (USA) and Title Tournaments Director
Daniel Finkelstein (ARG).
Michael Millstone (USA) had also resigned as
Finance Director, but would be continuing as Direct
He referred to the issue of non-participation of
an ICCF team in the FIDE Olympiad and to the need to
improve relationships with FIDE into the future.
President emphasised the very important proposals which
the Presidents Council had made concerning updating
of the ICCF Statutes and some other important topics. He
hoped that there would be very constructive discussions
and decisions taken on the proposals, during the Dresden
referred to the creation of a proposed ICCF Anthem
composed by Dmitry Lybin (BLR) which would be played
during Congress and hopefully thereafter adopted as the
official ICCF Anthem.
hope that all delegates and friends would enjoy Dresden
and a very happy and successful Congress, with a true
Amici Sumus spirit prevailing throughout, the ICCF
President declared the 2006 ICCF Congress, duly opened.
Membership and Services Director reported that Algeria
and Ghana had applied for membership and they were approved by
Congress and welcomed as the 65th and 66th
members of ICCF.
ICCF Honorary President, proposed that ICCF Honorary Membership should
be awarded to: Mohammed
ICCF President, on behalf of the Executive Board, proposed that ICCF
Honorary Membership be awarded to: Iván Bottlik (HUN)
both in recognition of their
substantial contributions to ICCF and international correspondence
chess for more than 25 years. The two proposals were carried
unanimously, and with the acclamation of Congress.
Correspondence Chess Champions Ivar
Bern (NOR) and Christophe
Leotard (FRA) were awarded certificates and medals.
Their trophies would be prepared for presentation at the 2007
ICCF Congress. Ms.
Olga M Sukhareva (RUS), the
winner of the VII Ladies World Correspondence Chess Championship, was
awarded her certificate and medal.
The ICCF President and the Tournament Director Joachim
Walther awarded the certificates and prizes on behalf of the Rochade
5171 club (BdF member)
Award of Bertl von Massow Medals
The Bertl von Massow medal
in Gold was awarded to: Per Söderberg (SWE, Fritz Baumbach (GER), Gianni Mastrojeni (ITA) and Georg Walker (SUI) for this
meritorious work in the organization of ICCF for more than 15 years.
The Bertl von Massow medal in Silver
was awarded to: Karel Glaser
Pedro Federico Hegoburu (ARG)
and Zdenek Nıvlt (CZE)
meritorious work in the organization of ICCF for more than 10 years.
and GM Annemarie Burghoff
Matthias Kribben (Team Captain), Andreas Brenke
Busemann, Horst Broß, Peter Hertel, Fritz Baumbach
(President and coach)
Annemarie Burghoff) Missing: