The ICCF Congress 2005, in conjunction with meetings of the ICCF Executive Board and the
Management Committee, took place in the Resort Bahia Manzano, Villa La
Angostura, Neuquén Province, Argentina
Congress was arranged and hosted by the "Liga
Argentina de Ajedrez por Correspondencia" (LADAC) and its President Carlos Cranbourne,
and the hotel facilities and hospitality offered by LADAC were
meeting was originally planned for the Convention Centre, but that was
for very large groups (450 people) so the hotel location was more
appropriate. The hotel management and cooperation was excellent and
they made sure everything was always ready and well prepared. Also,
the resort had a beautiful view of the Manzano Bay on Lake Nahuel
Huapi, with outdoor dining facilities.
of the Congress, and accompanying families and friends, were offered
an extensive programme of events, including an excursion to the city
of San Carlos de Bariloche (ski resort town). There was also a
programme for ladies and families provided by the hosts.
Opening Banquet took place at Mesidor, the summer residence of the
Governor of the Neuquén Province. Everyone was treated to typical
local dishes (empanadas, asado and salads) in this wonderful property
by the shores of the Nahuel Huapi Lake. Additionally, a new musical
entertainment of popular songs was performed by the same two musicians
who had previously done so during the short cultural programme on
was the traditional ICCF Blitz Tournament, with chess sets kindly
provided by Círculo de Ajedrez “Torre Blanca” in Buenos Aires,
which was won by GM Fritz Baumbach.
optional post-Congress tour to Southern Chile (organised by Liga
Chilena de Ajedrez Postal and its President Guillermo Toro) was
Acting President Max Zavanelli (USA) gave a speech in
English language which was also read in Spanish by GM
Guillermo Toro. The Acting President said that the major
decisions for ICCF had been taken by past Congresses,
and it was our task to only deal with minor changes and
improvements at this congress: ICCF needed to continue
with what had already been started - we could draw upon
our successful past to move forward in the future.
said we must keep in mind that ICCF is an organization
of federations, not individuals, and that one person is
not so important. We must also remember that every
federation has a different environment, structure, and
situation. Our ability to accommodate all, the true
meaning of Amici Sumus, is the secret of our success.
This means that when we have a democratic vote and it is
not unanimous, then we must pay attention to even a
single dissenting voice. Of course there can be
philosophical differences. But we should avoid
disagreements and instead allow players to choose what
suits them best. We can let players play by post, by
email, by webserver or by any other means. We should
encourage organizers to be flexible and creative in
their design of tournaments and time control. We must
support all forms of correspondence chess. We must not
argue over what form as that - like a chess opening –
is a matter of preference, but we can recommend and tell
others of improvements.
ICCF should not forget that the needs of ordinary
players can be quite different from that of the top
players. The ordinary player wants an entertaining and
pleasant experience with the minimal amount of
accounting, recording, distractions, and difficulties in
getting timely moves from his opponent, and ICCF must
provide that. Too many of our rules are designed for the
World Champions and not for players who wish to just
enjoy a game of Chess. The web server technology is a
huge step in the right direction toward this goal.
lastly, we must not forget the organizers and
administrators who work long and hard on a volunteer
basis so we can have tournaments. Without organizers, we
would have no tournaments and our great players would
have no opportunity to show their ability and win glory.
In correspondence chess, we have been blessed with
another type of top player, world champions who are
humble, who are human beings, who are true to Amici
Sumus. ICCF has been blessed with great workers and
organizers – especially in the world tournament
office. The work of Pedro Hegoburu, Daniel Finkelstein,
and many others this year had been extraordinary.
the heat of competition, sometimes a player can have
misunderstandings and abuse the tournament director if
he does not get his way. Also our TD’s are human; they
must interpret the rules and guidelines and make
decisions. We should encourage even our most experienced
TD’s to ask advice of other senior TD’s when the
situation is unusual. And as the former President Josef
Mrkvička, correctly pointed out, we must not shout
at our volunteers.
the Acting President proposed that our theme for this
Congress would be the spirit
of Amici Sumus, that of accommodation to the views and
opinions and situations of others.
President then paid tribute to the memories of all CC
friends who had passed away since the Mumbai 2004,
including the CC Grandmaster Simon Webb (ENG),
long-year ICCF Tournament Director Harro Otte (GER),
Vaclav Rut (CZE), Alvaro Rosa (POR), Giancarlo
De Lorenzo (ITA), Alberto Laurencena (ARG)
and delegate and Senior International Master Ilja
Hristov (BUL). Delegates stood in two minutes
silence to the memory of all departed CC friends.
the two-minute silence, the ICCF Acting President
declared the 2005 ICCF Congress, duly opened.
Javier Gonçalves 17 votes
the ICCF President-elect Med Samraoui (ALG) and Honorary President
Alan P. Borwell (SCO) could not make it to Congress due to airline
troubles, and they sent their apologies and best wishes to Congress.
former ICCF President Josef Mrkvicka gave a short report on his work
between the 2004 Congress in Mumbai and his resignation in late
December 2004. He said that he hoped to be able to contribute to ICCF
in the near future, in other positions. He was thanked for the work
done and Congress gave him a round of applause.
Membership and Services Director reported that an application for
membership had been received from Burkina Faso (BFCCF - Burkina
Faso Correspondence Chess Federation). It was agreed unanimously by
Congress that Burkina Faso should be admitted to ICCF membership.
Federations were in arrears for two years for their dues, caused by
communication problems. The Executive Board proposed they be allowed
to vote during Congress sessions, and to give them until December 31,
2005 to resolve their obligations with the Financial Director,
otherwise their membership would be suspended and they would not be
able to nominate individuals or teams to ICCF competitions.
Award of Bertl von Massow Medals
The Bertl von Massow medal
in Gold & Silver was awarded to: Santiago Cardoso Contreras
Joachim Walther (GER) and Jorge Eduardo Deforel (ARG) for this
meritorious work in the organization of ICCF for more than 15 years.
The Bertl von Massow medal in Silver
was awarded to: Dimitry Lybin (BLR), Egbert Boesenberg (GER),
Jose Daniel Finkelstein (ARG), Guido Bresadola (ITA), Thed
Klauner (LUX) and François Riva (LUX)