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16.01.2007: CL Unfinished Game Count
For a complete analysis of each group see the Promotion/Relegation Analysis and for a summary see the Analysis of critical games page. Both are continually updated, including counts of unfinished games. Here is a simple list of the unfinished game counts for all groups. Groups in bold with "*" have settled all promotion/relegation questions without additional results needed. The count of "Critical Games" indicates how many of the remaining games in the group will affect promotion/relegation and would need adjudication if they don't finish soon. A few key results in A-1 and A-2 could reduce the number of "Critical Games" significantly.
The following table shows that all promotion/relegation has been settled for all group "D" and group "FT" teams. Only 24 teams in 8 different groups have not determined their group (league) for next season, and 13 of those teams are in A-1 and A-2.
The number of teams that have not determined their position for next season:
Group "A": 15 (A1-7, A2-6)
4.01.2007: Sponsor News Release
Our generous CL sponsor has provided a December 2006 News Release. Congratulations to IPV ("Investiciju portfeliu valdymas") and its managed fund "ZPR US Small Cap Value Fund" on another successful year. There is a link to the press release under "Sponsors & Prizes" in the right column.
One highlight ... based on the excellent performance of the CL fund: the originally announced prizes have increased by 43%!
25.12.2006: New Summary Page Added
There is now a web page showing a summary of the remaining games with an analysis of how many games must finish to determine the groups for all teams for next season. See Analysis of critical games.
18.11.2006: CL Unfinished Game Count
The Promotion/Relegation Analysis page is continually updated, including counts of unfinished games. Here are the unfinished game counts for all groups for four dates. Groups in bold with "*" have settled all promotion/relegation questions without additional results needed. 123 of the unfinished games are in groups where all promotions/relegations have not been determined.
The number of teams that have not determined their position for next season:
Group "A": 15 (A1-8, A2-7)
24.10.2006: CL Web Site Reorganized
At the direction of CL Officer Valer Eugen Demian the links section at the right have been reorganized and some link names changed to make the links clearer.
17.10.2006: CL Support Team Gains Titles
During the recent ICCF Congress in Dresden several members of the Champions League support team received titles.
Frank Geider ... International Arbiter
The draft minutes listing the achievements of Congress (including all titles awarded) is now available at the ICCF Congress Web Site.
17.10.2006: Gino Figlio Appointed Webserver Commissioner
Congratulations to CL TD Gino Figlio on being appointed to the important post of Webserver Commissioner during the Dresden Congress. Gino was also recognized for his superb work on the ICCF Webserver Helpdesk. Thanks for all your excellent work, Gino!
News from the 2006 ICCF Congress in Dresden, Germany can be seen at the ICCF Congress Web Site.
8.10.2006: Update of unfinished game count
The Promotion/Relegation Analysis page is continually updated, including counts of unfinished games. Here are the unfinished game counts for all groups for three dates. Groups in bold with "*" have settled all promotion/relegation questions without additional results needed.
6.10.2006: Alfonsino Lannaioli Dead at 56
TD Thomas Schmelz reports this message from the team captain: "As Captain of Tuculca Team I must sadly announce that our friend Alfonsino Lannaioli passed away last 28 Sept., he was aged 56." Mr. Lannaioli played on board 2. His games are finished.
2.10.2006: Promotion/Relegation Analysis
The webmaster has performed an analysis on all groups in the Champions League to determine the prospects of the teams and the games that are important in determining promotion and relegation to the next season.
If you see any errors please report them: Contact Webmaster
As new results come in, the analysis page will be updated. Each group has an date of update listed.
19.09.2006: Team Web Site Update
13.09.2006: New Team Web Site
Congratulations to the NSEL30 team in group A-1 on their web site. The Team Captain of NSEL30 team Virginijus Grabliauskas just informed me of their site, which is available in Lithuanian and English. See NSEL30 or check their link on the Team Web Sites and Logos page.
10.09.2006: Update of unfinished games
The unfinished games for the groups have been recalculated. The updated numbers have been added to the table below in an added column shown in blue.
15.08.2006: Announcement by Valer Eugen Demian, end of event
We are monitoring closely the last part of 2004-2006 season. Based on the count done by Franklin, here is the latest situation:
318 unfinished games is an extremely high number, with a high percentage of those games deciding qualifications/ relegations for the next season. For the time being it is impossible to deal with so many potential games for adjudication. The potential closing date for this season is currently December 1st, 2006. However this date is subject to change as needed.
Please allow me to ask for players interested in acting as volunteer adjudicators, since we are approaching this stage of the season! Requirements for potential candidates are: titled players, minimum rating of 2500. Send your offers by email directly to me.
Would like to remind everyone that any questions, suggestions, corrections or opinions you might have about ICCF-CL, can be directed to me at anytime. Thank you!
-- Valer Eugen Demian (NTTC)
3.08.2006: "Best Team Web Site"
The prestigious judging panel has turned in their selections and the final scores have been tabulated and double checked/confirmed by the judges. The "Best Team Web Site" prize has been awarded to the Four Wise Arbiters web site.
For a full report read Best Team Web Sites
Our generous sponsor has provided a Best Team Web Sites Press Release concerning this award and also reminded us that the "Best Game" competition is coming up in the near future. Please start selecting your best game and annotating it so you can send it for consideration for this prize. See Prize Announcement for a full description of the prize fund. An announcement giving specific submission details will be posted here in the future.
23.07.2006: Nomenclature change (this is "Season 2")
In order to avoid confusion and bring the Champions League into line with server terminology this season will be referred to as Season 2 and next season will be Season 3. The Qualifying season was Season 1.
11.07.2006: TD Thomas Schmelz on leave
27.05.2006: 87.6 % of all games now finished
25.05.2006: Updates to groups C-5 and C-6
The new TD for groups C-5 and C-6 has made some updates to the server versions of the tables and these results have also been added to the tables on this site. If the Team Captains have additional results or corrections, please email them to TD Laurent Tinture. Due to a missing feature on the server, the tables on the server for the team standings still show an incorrect TD. An update to the server is being tested and will soon allow Mr. Tinture's name to be placed on the team table pages.
For a photo of our new TD, who graciously took over C-5 and C-6, see Support Team.
22.05.2006: TD Raymond Boger at FIDE Chess Olympiads in Turin
GM Raymond Boger, TD for all the server groups in the Champions League, will be in Torino, Italy to observe the Chess Olympiad and takes a leave 20-May-2006 to 1-June-2006.
21.05.2006: Laurent Tinture replaces Phillipe Pansier as TD for groups C5 and C6
Mr Phillipe Pansier (TD for groups C5 and C6) is replaced effective immediately! His replacement is Mr. Laurent Tinture (France) with contact email address: email@example.com
ALL Team Captains (TC) from these groups are requested to immediately contact Mr Tinture, updating him with their current email addresses. Once Mr Tinture confirms your messages, please provide him with all results not shown on our website. Also, provide him with all outstanding claims (and proofs) not solved by Mr Pansier to date. Do not write to Mr Pansier anymore. If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Valer Eugen Demian
9.05.2006: TD/TO Guide published
18.03.2006: CL Email crosstables now link to server
Thanks to our special consultant (and TD) Frank Goebert for updating the macros used to generate these crosstables.
17.03.2006: CL Email section crosstables now on server
For now, the regular crosstables will be maintained on this site. The Tournament Directors are asked to continue sending results to the webmaster for updating the current tables. You can view the new server crosstables using the links on this page: Server Crosstables. They may be out of date for a few weeks.
1.03.2006: 235 players finished schedule
19.02.2006: Free 2-game server matches
18.02.2006: Opinions by players not wishing to play be server
10.02.2006: Sections C-2, C-3, C-4 being updated
3.02.2006: Reasons Wanted for not playing on server
If you have voted "No" in the poll, please send me your reason(s). Please keep it simple. I won't reply to each email, but I will list your reasons on the web page. [Note: special email address for sending your "No" reasons has been removed. Reasons received have been posted on the Voted No page.]
30.01.2006: "Best Team Logo"
Our prestigious panel of judges has made the decisions and our sponsor has prepared an announcement. Congratulations to the winner of the "Best Team Logo" competition. The judges have selected the top two logos for each League and the best overall team logo. For full information read:
30.01.2006: CL Qualifying Season Finished
20.01.2006: Player Poll for Next Season
There is a good chance that all games will be played on the server in the next Champions League season, so your input is important. If you are not familiar with the ICCF server see the ICCF Server Tutorial. Most people who have played on the server really like it. It is so much easier to play by server than by email.
18.01.2006: 71.7% of CL games now completed
16.01.2006: New photo on CL Support Team page
5.01.2006: All 2005 results reported to Ratings Commissioner
1.01.2006: CL Sponsor Issues Press Release
Entries to the "Best Team Logo" contest are closed.
30.12.2005: New Team Logo
27.12.2005: New Team Logo
24.12.2005: Seasons Greetings!
12.12.2005: Gino Figlio TD Leave
9.12.2005: Team logo/website deadline approaches
See Logo/Web Site Judging for full information. Note that there is a 100 USD prize for the Best Team Logo and for the Best Team Web Site.
20.11.2005: 62% Games Finished
19.11.2005: TD Raymond Boger Back On-line
17.11.2005: TD Raymond Boger Off-line
3.11.2005: New title for Champions League Official
2.11.2005: News from ICCF Congress
President ... Med Samraoui (ALG)
3.10.2005: Tournament Update ... 51% finished
3.09.2005: Tournament Update ... 45% finished
3.08.2005: On-line tables updated
ALFA Team has a new web site. The link has been added to the Logos/Links page.
24.07.2005: Webmaster on leave
28.06.2005: Server Tutorial now available
20.06.2005: CL Sponsor Issues Press Release
12.06.2005: Over 27% of Games Now Finished
3.06.2005: Guestbook at Champions League!
1.06.2005: Promotion/Relegation System Announcement
13.05.2005: Title Norms Changed for A1-3
7.05.2005: Welcome Kieran!
5.05.2005: Fortune Teller
4.05.2005: Title Norms Correction for A2-bd1
23.03.2005: Title Norms Corrections
The title norms for A1-bd2 have been corrected (they now agree with the values supplied by Qualifications Commissioner Eric Ruch) . Please note that unrated players in groups A1 and A2 have been assigned ratings of 2400 for rating calculation purposes. However, the title norms are calculated using 2200 for the unrated players, which leads to different norms than would be obtained from using the displayed average ratings. This currently affects three boards: A1-2, A1-4, A2-2.
20.03.2005: CL Qualifying Season Nears Completion
19.03.2005: Joachim Zunke ... Rest in Peace
18.03.2005: Title Norms Calculations
15.03.2005: Title Norms in Champions League
6.03.2005: New Rating List Now Available
Note that for rating results of this event, the player ratings in the list effective 1.10.2004 are used, and the ratings from that list are shown in the crosstables.
7.02.2005: 137 Game Results Recorded
1.02.2005: Judging Criteria Posted for Best Logo/Best Web Site
Teams still have plenty of time to create a logo and web site. Logos and web sites must be submitted by 31.12.2005. For full information see: Judging Criteria for Best Team Logo and Best Team Web Site.
5.01.2005: ICCF Web Site Updated
4.01.2005: Champions League Enters New Year
24.12.2004: Season's Greetings!
22.12.2004: New Email Address for Tournament Director
The tables and other pages containing his email address have been updated.
21.12.2004: Contact List for Tournament Directors
A number of results have been reported. Team Captains are reminded that 31.12.2004 is the end of a rating period. Please be sure all finished games are reported promptly to your TD.
9.12.2004: Crosstables Updated
6.12.2004: All Crosstables Now Posted
3.12.2004: Sponsorship announcement in Spanish
Prizes for Best Logo and Best Team Web Site!
1.12.2004: Champions League competition officially underway! First result reported.
Today is the official start date for the 2004-2006 Champions League
competition! TD Thomas Mirbach has announced the first result:
The (non-server) crosstables have not yet been posted but they should be available soon.
Updated Sponsor Announcement
The sponsorship announcement has been updated. Please read the New Sponsorship Announcement. A link to an English Language version for ZPR has been provided.
24.11.2004: New Links
Today I added two new links (see right panel) to items referenced in the start documents sent to the Team Captains. The links are to information about the Appeals Commission and the Guide to Numeric Notation. These items are also available on the main ICCF web site. Note: Chris Lüers' World Tournament Director (WTD) site also added on 25.11.2004).
The crosstables for the email groups are nearing completion. Most players should have their assignments by now, but there is a continuing problem with bad email addresses and email servers not accepting emails with attachments. These issues are being sorted out by the tournament directors.
16.11.2004: New CL Season Gets Green Light!
"Today, Nov 16th, we have been given the green light for the new season. Email groups will be played under the old version of Email Playing Rules. Those playing by server will be playing based on the provisional Server Rules established before Mumbai 2004. The main reason for this is the new rules voted in Mumbai 2004 will be in effect starting 01.01.2005 It was not desirable to delay the start one more month. Please be so kind and wait for your assignment packages. We are fixing some unexpected glitches such as computer failures, or travels of TDs to another continent. You will receive the assignments! Some minor details such as webtables of all groups and norms for each board will be sorted out as soon as possible. Some delegates and Commissioners have just got back home after the Congress and they do their best to clear the backlog of tasks. If you need any information of lesser importance, please consider asking for it after Dec 1st, 2004. Thank you! On behalf of the ICCF-CL Support team I wish you good games and an enjoyable season!" -- Eugen Demian
(Webmaster note: crosstable links in the left navigation bar will be added as crosstables become available. Four server group crosstable pages marked * are now ready. Links to the ICCF server and to the server help page with the Interim Rules have been added to the right navigation bar.)
13.11.2004: An announcement from Eugen Demian
"Division A, B and all server groups assignments have been finished. You should receive your assignments in these groups in the next few days. Division C and D assignments will follow soon, but they might reach you closer to Dec 1st, 2004. The main undecided issue is which Email Playing Rules should be used for the new season: the old ones, or the new ones voted in Mumbay 2004. We do not have an official version of the new ones just yet, plus it looks like they come into effect on 01.01.2005. A final decision will be announced as soon as it is detemined. Also, we do not yet have the server rules available!
"Please refrain from sending any changes to your team lineups until you receive the assignments from your TDs; then you can get in touch directly with them. Last but not least we cannot accept additional requests from teams to switch from email to server play. It is too late to make any additional changes."
01.11.2004: Qualifying Season Appeal Decision
27.10.2004: Three more "D" teams needed to play on server
By the way, a number of teams have sent their logos for the Team Logos/Links page. Be sure to send yours ... and the link to your team web page. Check out some of the other team web sites ... perhaps your team should have its own! The logos added for the new season so far are:
Several divisions: Rochade 5171
26.10.2004: List of Teams Updated Again
19.10.2004: Logos Page Updated
16.10.2004: List of Teams Updated
15.10.2004: Four Wise Arbiters Logo Received
14.10.2004: List of teams, New start date
13.10.2004: New Logos Page
12.10.2004: Knight Fighters Team Logo Received
11.10.2004: Calendar of Events
05.10.2004: Team Logos Received
01.10.2004: Team Registration Closed
24.09.2004: Team Pegas of Group 16 to appeal.
20.09.2004: All Qualifiers Now Determined. The final adjudication has been finished and all teams in the Qualification Season have determined their places. Some teams may yet be able to move up due to teams not using their qualifying positions. All qualifying positions are listed on the Qualifiers Page.
17.09.2004: Entry Date Extended Engen Demian has announced the extension of the deadline for entering teams to play in the new season of the CL. Entries must be received by 30 September 2004. There are already over 200 teams entered, but there is still room for more. Don't forget the $5,000 prize fund. To enter see the FAQ and send in your entry form.
6.09.2004: Moa Chess Club Torino (ITA) has sent its team logo and web site link for the new season. It has been added to the Links & Logos page for the Qualifying Season.
27.08.2004: Team Entry Form
15.08.2004: First New Team Logo Received
14.08.2004: Qualifiers Pages
29.07.2004: New FAQ Posted!
(Note: a new link has been added at the upper left of this page to the Direct Entry facility. Thanks to John Knudsen for providing this service.)
19.07.2004: Reminder: Confirming play for the 2004-2006
season was/is required to clarify if there will be any teams withdrawing.
Registration for the 2004-2006 season (with complete team list) is different.
You cannot play without being registered! See the First
Season Announcement. Here is a repeat of an earlier announcement
by Valer Eugen Demian concerning this registration: "Registrations
for the new season start July 1st, 2004. Please follow the posted
schedule at all times! When submitting your team list as per FAQ
27 from "First Season Announcement" document, please mark if any
of your team players is a female. This will help us calculate title
norm requirements. Any other question, please direct them to me. Thank
15.07.2004: Announcement from CL Office:
We will do our best to finalise it in a timely manner and begin registrations
for the new season. An important announcement about the new season will
follow shortly. Your patience is very much appreciated. Thank you!
17.06.2004: Group 10 has now finished play. MagnitChess (RUS) 19.0 has qualified to League "C" while The President's Chessmen 19.0 (SCO) goes to League "D" based on tie-break points.
10.06.2004: The Correspondence Chess Message Board (TCCMB) has moved to a new location (a new link is provided at the bottom of the left navigation bar on this page). Unfortunately, this wiped out the existing CL Team/Player Finder function. When (and if) a new facility is created there will be an announcement here. I suggest just posting a message on TCCMB if you are looking for a team/player.
07.06.2004: "Registrations for the new season start July 1st, 2004. Please follow the posted schedule at all times! When submitting your team list as per FAQ 27 from "First Season Announcement" document, please mark if any of your team players is a female. This will help us calculate title norm requirements. Any other question, please direct them to me. Thank you!"
- Valer Eugen Demian
04.06.2004: All four qualifiers pages A, B, C, D for the Qualifier Season have been updated to show new confirmations. All 22 teams qualified to League "A" have confirmed participation in the First Season.
02.06.2004: Congratulations to The Good Knights (GER), who just claimed the last League "A" spot edging out Blue Team (ITA) and Telaxoza (ROM) by ½ point in Group 13. All League "A" positions and all but three League "B" positions have now been filled.
02.06.2004: The former Team/Player facility has been shut down. To search for a team or player for your team, post a message on TCCMB (The Correspondence Chess Message Board) in the existing topic "CL Team/Player Finder".
01.06.2004: This new web site for the Champions League First Season (2004-2006) was officially launched today. 50 games remain unfinished in the Qualifying Season. 25 games, which affect the qualifications for the new season, are being called in for adjudication by July 1, 2004. The other games will continue without adjudication. To see which games must be submitted for adjudication, Click Here. The First Season Announcement has just been updated to describe the adjudication process.
30.05.2004: Prototype crosstable page added for Group A-1. This is a work in progress which will be used for exchange of ideas and refinement. The other crosstable links are dummy links.
28.05.2004: One finished game decided the final two team qualifications for Group 22 for League "C" and League "D". Group 4, Group 10, and Group 16 have also had updates for leagues "C" and "D".
18.05.2004: Initial version of Hall of Fame and 2004 Awards pages added to site.
14.05.2004: John Knudsen has set up a forum to allow players to find teams and teams to find players for this new CL season. If you are looking for a team or player, post a message on the Champions League Team/Player Finder.
9.05.2004: The Qualifier pages for all four leagues have been updated again. Many teams have confirmed their intention to play in the First Season. Only 70 games remain open in the Qualifying Season.
30.04.2004: GM Raymond Boger (NOR) has joined the CL team as a webmaster. Welcome to the team, Raymond!
28.04.2004: Frank Goebert (USA) has joined the CL team as our Excel and automation expert. Frank will make our table updates faster and more accurate. Thanks, Frank!
28.04.2004: Philippe Pansier (FRA) joined the CL team as a TD, replacing Wes Underwood (USA). Thanks to Wes for his service, and welcome to Philippe to the team!
20.04.2004: The Qualifier pages for all four leagues have been updated.
29.01.2004: The First Season Announcement posted.