KindredSpirit’s Kaleidoscope: CCLA News

The Correspondence Chess League of America (CCLA) announced Five CCLA Champions in five major CCLA tournaments where competition is keen and demands determination, skill, and a fearless heart in what many term “the best competitive spirit in chess play” is often illustrated in the pages of THE CHESS CORRESPONDENT.

  1. 2006 CCLA Championship:  Grayling Hill (7.5-2.5) managed the top rung with both Jim Brailsford and Mike Foust biting at his heels, falling short by a half-point.
  2. 2006 EMAIL Championship: Ken Reinhart (4.5-1.5) bested Grayling Hill by a half-point. This event was played on the ICCF server. Crosstables and games can be viewed at Click on the result of each game to view and replay the game. Also you can click on”Get PGN” to view all games.
  3. 2003 Grand National: Daniel Woodard tops the field with 234 point out of a possible 252 to beat out Ted Houser and William Merrell, both whom trailed with a respectable 245.
  4. 2004 Grand National: John Menke axed the entire event with a perfect 252 total. Some games still in play.
  5. 2005 Grand National: Laurence A. Anderson won by a large margin with 243 points followed by Danny Horwitz with 211.

Every year the CCLA has a contest for BEST GAMES which has run for many years. All games completed in 2008 by members may submit their best games for consideration. The games selected are then printed in the magazine with no names for the general membership to cast their votes. (Its really a sneaky way to get games for publication of course!)

The long time queen and team secretary Verna Fausey once more shows her astute and professional aptitude for love of cc play by guiding the team league once more to a 22-team, 4 division league kick-off. She relates that there is usually room for subs who can play for free.

To celebrate the 100th CCLA anniversary, the Armed Forces Services Postal Chess Club (ASPCC) accepted a special invitation by Ms. Fausey to participate and they accepted with Captain Kristo Miettinen, entering two-teams. The total listing of team captains is listed in the magazine issue for July-September2009, Vol. 82, No. 3.

                                         A SAD OBIT

Ira Lee Riddle, a director on the CCLA Board since 2006, has died while on a holiday cruise around England with his wife Polly. Many will know him from his achievements in chess circles which are numerous.

  1. Former editor of The Chess Journalist;
  2. Former President of The Chess Journalists of America;
  3. Vice President of the Pennyslvania State Chess Federation;
  4. Former editor of its quarterly, The Pennswoodpusher.

Dedicated to serve his fellow chess mates and public, he exemplifies the best of character and makeup of its past, present and future talents. Rest in Peace.

CCLA announcement for the 25th CCLA Championship & the annual Leadership Tournament (semi-class event) has a deadline for entries to be postmarked by September 15th 2009. Play begins October 6, 2009.

The Championship is closed to the top 11 rated entrants, one game with each opponent. Entry fee is $8.00. Prizes lst $50, 2nd $25, 3rd $10. The winner also receives a trophy.

The Leadership is a semi-class event with 7-9 players, entry fee is $8.00, this is a ladder type event where the players are assigned a section by decending ratings. (Years ago I enjoyed this event most of all and have fond memories of the many friends met and friendly note exchanges that crossed the mails.)

If you want to try either of these events and not currently a member of CCLA with an established rating of at least 10 games under your belt, consider joining the club. CCLA serves North America’s woodpushers. “Serving the North American postal and email chess community since 1909.”

Inquiries to: President Herbert Hickman, 15 Crossbrook Place, Livingston, NJ 07039-0142 USA.


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