Chris Lüers (GER) - Founder
Chris Lüers (25 at the beginning of this event) lives in Cologne,
Germany. In 2001 he invented and started the ICCF Champions League
which soon became the largest and most popular team tournament
in the world of CC. Chris served as the ICCF World Tournament
Director and supervised all ICCF tournaments with, of course,
a particular and special eye on the CL. :) Chris also maintained
the websites of the ICCF
Executive Board. Even though he resigned as WTD in December
2004, his legacy will live forever!
Chris Lüers (on left) with
Danish delegate Søren Peschardt (DEN)
at the 2002 Seixal ICCF Congress
Valer Eugen Demian (CAN) - Non-Title Tournaments Commissioner
Eugen lives in Vancouver, beautiful British Columbia, Canada.
Between family life, work, community work, chess lessons, his
crazy chess games and TD assignments, he has been given in 2003
the opportunity to improve ICCF Non-Title tournaments. That's
a long way since 1974 when he started CC carefully guided by his
father ICCF-IM Valer Vasile Demian (Romania), and hopefully there's
much more ahead.
"As a member of the ICCF-CL Support team it is my goal to offer
another top notch competition to my fellow CC friends. Hope it
will rub it in on my play as well"
My family consists of:
Felicia - her hobby is singing
Mike (Mihai) D. - plays one tournament a year (organized by his
father) and loves the Dragon!
Michael (Mihai) C. - his hobby is artistic drawing
Email: Eugen Demian
Rudolf Hofer (AUT) - Administrator
I'm 39 years old. Married since 1986. I have two children, one
boy and one girl. We live in Vienna. My work : Service manager
in a car mechanic shop. I have played correspondence chess regularly
since 1996. My current rating is 2427. Since 2000 I have been
a TD in Austria. In the ICCF I'm the Email-Jubilee-Administrator
since some time before the quarterfinal was started. My other
hobby is football referee.
Email: Rudolf Hofer
J. Franklin Campbell (USA) - Webmaster
I have been playing chess for 45 years and cc for 40 years. My
degree is in mathematics and I studied celestial mechanics at
Yale Observatory. I've been married to Anne since 1969, one daughter
Meg and two grandchildren (my family web site is http://www.jfcampbell.us/hazel/hazel.htm).
I have worked as a software engineer, systems engineer and systems
programmer. I am currently retired, due to health and a bad economy.
Besides chess my hobbies are photography and astronomy. I have
maintained my personal web site The
Campbell Report since 1998 and was webmaster for the ICCF-U.S.
national federation site, which received the "Friend of ICCF"
award for 2003. I still serve the USA as games/crosstables archivist.
I am also webmaster for Chess
Journalists of America and APCT.
I have served ICCF as Press Officer 1999-2000, served on the webserver
commission, took over the CL webmaster job in 2003 when Klaus
Wrba was unable to continue, and have directed several tournaments,
including the 4th
NAPZ Championship and the 4th
Pacific Area Team Tournament. My proudest moments in OTB were
winning the Kansas State Championship tournament in 1967 and being
official match photographer for the Nigel Short-Lev Alburt match
in 1985. I received the International Arbiter title at the 2004
ICCF Congress in Mumbai, India.
Email: Franklin Campbell
The webmaster reveals
his secret identity!
With WC V and X
Berliner & Palciauskas
Raymond Boger (NOR) - Assistant Webmaster & TD (all server
GM Raymond Boger earned his GM title in 2003 and has finished
almost 200 ICCF games. He maintains a personal web site Raymond
Boger Chess Web where you can see his complete set of playing
title certificates (IM, SIM, GM), photographs, games (replayed
using a Java aplet) and crosstables. Raymond also serves ICCF
as both webmaster and editor of its e-zine ICCF
Email: Raymond Boger
Frank Goebert (USA) - Consultant/Technical Expert
In 1966, I was born in a little town (Arnsberg) in the German region called Sauerland. The next biggest city is Dortmund, where my favorite soccer team comes from. Today, I live together with my wife and two kids (son and daughter) at the US east coast, close the Philadelphia in Pennsylvania. I work as an IT specialist for a pharmaceutical company in the area managing projects and supporting its global supply chain and manufacturing processes.
I learned the moves at the age of 6, when I developed an interest in chess
by just following the chess column in our TV magazine. Soon, I
started (trying) to solve the chess problems posted in the weekly
magazine and played the game of the week on my own chessboard.
Unfortunately, I was born a little bit too late for the great
Fischer-Spassky match. but in 1975 and 1978, I followed the Karpov-Korchnoi
matches very closely, and that is also the time when I joined
a local chess club. I soon got better and better, and even today
I still enjoy looking at my first trophy for the local club championship.
Then I stopped playing chess at an age I suppose a lot of people do. First it was college (university), then romance, trying to make a living and starting my career. I might have never played again, if it had not been for a friend of mine visiting me from Germany. We spent a night playing chess on the internet, and that got me hooked again. I started looking for a local chess club, but with two young kids it was not something my family would have enjoyed. So I stumbled upon an interesting alternative: correspondence chess, in particular correspondence chess via e-mail.
I first joined IECG, but since nobody could remember my rating, I had to start at the bottom. Soon I learned about ICCF and APCT. My ratings are climbing and with that, my opponents become stronger. I know that I made the right decision.
Currently, I am taking aim at reaching a World Championship Semi-Final...
Email: Frank Goebert
Frank Geider (FRA) - Tournament Director
In October 2005, at the ICCF Congress in Villa La Angostura Neuquen,
Argentina, Frank Geider became the new ICCF World Tournament Director
(WTD) and therefore a member of the ICCF Executive Board. Congratulations
to Frank on his new (and very important) position!
[October 2006 update: Frank received his International
Arbiter title at the 2006 ICCF Congress.]
Email: Frank Geider
Thomas Mirbach (GER) - Tournament Director
My Nick-name is Tom. I am 34 years old and married since 5 years with
Elke. We live in a small town between Cologne and Aachen, near the border
to the Netherlands. I play correspondence chess since 1987 with less
success ;-). My current rating is 2355 and I am TD since 3 years, starting
with the Jubilee Tournament. We have 5 dogs (Cavalier-King-Charles Spaniels),
4 cats and 2 horses. I am working half-time as a social worker and the
rest in my wife`s veterinarian surgery.
I like sports, especially soccer (I played in the 3rd league in Germany)
and running (Marathon). I collect chess computers. So, if you have one,
you don`t need ... let me know ;-)
Our websites are: www.millcreek-cottage.de
(dogs) and www.tierarztpraxis-mirbach.de
[October 2006 update: Tom received his International Arbiter
title at the 2006 ICCF Congress.]
Email: Thomas Mirbach
Tom Mirbach at the board
Tom Mirbach running in
the Cologne Marathon 2002
Thomas Schmelz (GER) - Tournament Director
Profession: Pastor in St.Mary's in Bad Rodach (Northern
OTB: Until 1989 - Landesliga North/Bavaria (the second
highest league in Bavaria), 1st board.
Correspondence: Final of the 16. german youth championship
(1979/80) was my first tournament.
IM since 2001
SIM since 2002
ICCF rating (2004): 2488
Arbitor in EM/J50 and CL
Email: Thomas Schmelz
Gino Figlio (USA) - Tournament Director
I was born in Lima, Peru in 1961. Married my high school sweetheart,
Carla in 1983. We have 5 children (Renzo, Carlo, Gino Jr., Adriana
and Andrea) and 2 dogs (Angel and Mallow). Immigrated to USA in
1991. Finished my training in Pediatric Medicine in Brooklyn,
NY in 1995. Relocated to Lamar, Colorado with all the family and
been here ever since. I have a very busy pediatric practice in
Lamar, and also work in Denver as a pediatric Emergency room physician.
My correspondence chess life started in 1995 and I expect that
maturity will come one of these days (my wife of course disagrees
...). I enjoy working as a TD and am convinced that giving back
to the system promotes equilibrium and longevity.
Other interests besides chess include poetry and sports (soccer
and American football are the main ones).
tell me something I know
help me pronounce these flavors
piercing the silence in the room
(deleted poems, 1960)
[October 2006 update: Gino has been appointed to the important
post of Webserver Commissioner. He has also been doing
a superb job on the Webserver Helpdesk and is a moving
force in the design and implementation of the ICCF Webserver.
Gino also received his Senior International Master (SIM)
title at the 2006 ICCF Congress.]
Email: Gino Figlio
The Figlio Family
Front row, left to right:
Adriana, Carla and Andrea
Back row: Renzo, Gino Jr., Carlo and Gino Sr.
Laurent Tinture (FRA) - Tournament Director
(Biographical information not yet available)
[October 2006 update: Laurent received his International
Arbiter title at the 2006 ICCF Congress.]
Email: Laurent Tinture