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Correspondence Chess

I used to have a site ... on another server ... that was completely dedicated to correspondence chess. That company apparently was bought and sold a number of times over the last few years. The point of the story? Eventually this site stopped offering free web pages, and my site was closed. (I refused to pay for the fee to keep it open.) After my big computer crash, I lost just about ALL of those files. What a pity. 

I have analyzed many good games of this type; to see one, please click  here.  

A really good place to play  FREE  chess of this type is Donato Lombardi's site(possibly defunct)  

My very first outing into postal chess was a Golden Knight's (beginners) section which I entered shortly after Bobby Fischer won the World's Chess Championship. (The very early 1970's.) I won this section with a perfect score. I have played dozens of matches in correspondence chess over the years - the vast majority of these were played using SURFACE MAIL (postal chess) ... long before the Internet became a regular fixtures in our day-to-day lives. But you cannot turn back the clock. (sigh) 

This is a page that will be dedicated to correspondence chess. The best sites, the best games, etc. I will also try to provide a link to any good site that centers on this activity.

The rules of correspondence chess  ... are pretty simple. A time limit ...  "x"  number of days per move. Generally it is considered OK to consult your own opening books/library. What is NOT considered correct - in fact, most organizations have rules strictly forbidding any such behavior! - is to consult outside parties, seek advice from other players, OR use a computer, (of any type); to analyze your games. 

Unfortunately, most people today BLATANTLY disregard such rules and conventions and use one or more computers to check out their games. (Dozens of postal players - many, like myself, who were playing chess  BEFORE  computers became strong enough to be of any use at all - have confirmed to me that the large majority of players today completely ignore the rules of correspondence chess and openly use a computer to help them play better chess.) A pity, as it greatly lessens the sporting value of these games. It has become annoyingly commonplace to see an extremely strong player lose to a player with an incredibly low rating. Of course in such circumstances, it just about goes without saying ... that this is not a reliable or creditable result.   ("Is it live, or is it Memorex?")   Many of these {artificial} players have never even had ONE really decent result in real, over-the-board chess!! To say that these players are  cheaters  is a vast understatement ... 

Right now, (September, 2003.); I am playing a game of corres. chess with Fabrício Hupp of Brazil, South America.  (Match: "WCE vs. CXV")  Stand by for updates and details. We play two games, one with White and one with Black. In the game where he is White, he has played 1.e4, and I have responded with a Sicilian. (1...c5) In the game where I am White, I played 1.d2-d4. ('!')  (The moves are posted below.)  Stay tuned. 

My opponent (in the game below) made the following joke, which accompanied his move on the twenty-sixth turn. I found it humorous, I hope you will as well:

"Our chess game is like driving a car at over 200 kilometers per hour ... 
   if I blink, or make one mistake ... I will not even see what happens to me!" 
Fabrício Hupp. 

  A.J. Goldsby I  vs.  Fabrício D. Hupp  
(Match: "WCE  vs.  CXV")began September, 2003.

 (I am White in Game # 1 and Black in Game # 2.) 


Game # 1:  1.d4, d52.Nf3, Nf63.e3, e64.Bd3, c55.dxc5, Bxc56.a3, 0-0; 
 7.b4, Be78.Nbd2, Nbd79.Bb2, a510.b5, Nc511.Be2, Nfd712.c4, Nb6;  
 13.0-0, 0-014.c4xd5, NxP/d515.Qc2, Kh816.Rfd1, Bd717.Ne4, Rc8;  
 18.Nxc5, Bxc519.Qe4, Qe720.Qh4, Rfd821.Bd3, h622. Qe4, f523.Qa4,  
 23...Nb624.QxP/a5, Ra825.Qe1, Na4!?26.Be5, BxP/a3!?27.Bf1!?, Bb4!?;  
 28.Qe2, Be8?29.RxR/d8!, QxR/d830.e4!!, Nc3?!;
('?')  31.Qe3!!, f4(tricky)  
 32.QxP/f4!, Kh7[]33.RxR/a8!?, QxR/a834.Qg3!, g6?!
(Less than best?) 
 Probably inferior.
  (>/= 34...Bg6; >> He loses here, but at least he is not mated.) 
, Kg8[]36.Qh3!, 
"+/-"   Black Resigns  ...  he is quickly mated. 
    --->  Received: (Friday), December 04th, 2003.       

 To answer those of you who have already written me, I did NOT always think I was winning in this 
 game, despite what you might think. In fact, I was concerned in the opening I was going to be on 
 the wrong side of a miniature - it took 13 moves to castle. Around move 27, I could not figure out 
 what was really happening in this game ... despite DAYS of analysis!! Normally I am able to predict 
 my opponent's moves fairly accurately. After move 25, my opponent failed to play the move I 
 thought he should play ... PRACTICALLY EVERY MOVE!!! (Black's 28th move was a mistake.) 

 I have already started to annotate this game. (Dec. 11th, 2003.) But the early indications are that 
 this game may be harder to analyze {correctly} than it was to play! Stay tuned! (03/05/2004) 


Game # 2:  1. e4, c52.Nf3, d63.d4, cxd44.Nxd4, Nf65.Nc3, g66.Be3, Bg7; 
7.f3, 0-08.Qd2, Nc69.g4, e510.Nde2, Be611.0-0-0, Qa512.a3, Rfd8;  
13.g5, Nd714.Nd5!, QxQ/d2+15.RxQ/d2, Rac816.b4!?(Maybe - '?!/?') 
This move is the start of the WRONG PLAN ... K-side play is strongly indicated here. 
16...Kf8!?17.c4?!, ('?')  17...b5!!;  18.Rc2?, bxc419.h4?!, Nd4!20.Bxd4?!,  
20...e5xd421.Nef4, (Pawn-to) ...d3;  
22.RESIGNS.    0 - 1   
(Game completed in October, 2003.)   

My opponent resigned, he felt his game was pretty much without any real 
(The computer agreed with this assessment.) 

White looked to be HUGELY better after his 14th move. How he lost so quickly is 
really still a mystery to me. (Of course, this will all be revealed when I get around 
to analyzing these games in depth.) 

Now that both games are completed, I hope to annotate them (in some depth) soon. 

I am considering just how deep I should go into these game ... any feedback would be greatly helpful!! 

Click  HERE  to read an important article on chess, computers, and cheating on the Internet. 

In October and/or November of 2005, I was annotating several games in the "Four Knights" Game; a few were for my web sites, and one was for a friend's website. 

Anyway, I wanted to see if I had played any interesting games in this line ... so I began going through my games. [ I wanted to see what I could dig up. (I thought I remembered that I had played a nice ending ... with the White pieces, but I never found the game that I originally went looking for!) ] As I began researching ... and digging through databases, scorebooks, postal books, etc; I ran across the following, (somewhat interesting); little contest.  
  (Posted here: Nov. 17th, 2005.)  


  Robert Schinkmann (1950) - A.J. Goldsby I (2200)  
  Internet Correspondence Tournament (e-mail)  
  Pensacola, FL USA / (R4), 2001.  

1.e4 e5;  2.Nf3 Nc6;  3.Nc3 Nf6;  4.Bc4 Bc5;  5.d3 a6;  6.0-0 d6;  7.a3 Nd4;  8.Bg5 h6;  9.Bh4 g5;  10.Bg3 h5;  11.Nxg5 h4;  12.Nxf7 hxg3;  13.Nxd8 Bg4;  14.Qd2 Nf3+;  15.gxf3 Bxf3;  16.Bf7+ Kxd8;  17.h4 Rxh4;  White Resigns, 0-1.  (If you would like to see this game lightly annotated, click here ... and see the note after White's fourth move.)  

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  A list of good websites that offer correspondence chess or chess by e-mail   

  • - A list of links ... sites that feature correspondence chess. (By Chessopolis.)

  •  - Practically all the best links of correspondence chess by  About

  •  - A nice article on e-mail chess on the  "About"  server by Mark Weeks. 

  •  - A nice section of  links  of Correspondence Organizations by  U.S.C.F.
       (You have to scroll down just a bit.) 

  •  - A  place  to play Correspondence Chess by e-mail, with strict time controls. 

  •  - The ultimate  site  for Corres. Chess.  (A pay site, but with free e-mail.) 

  •   - One of the better (sub?) websites about Correspondence Chess.  
        (The Campbell Report.)  

  •  - A web  site  with news ... just for correspondence or postal chess players. 
        (Correspondence Chess News) 

  •  - The Grand-Pappy of all correspondence chess. (ICCF, their web site.) 

  •  - The web  site  for the Correspondence Chess League of America. 

  •  - This web site also offers e-mail chess. (I believe.)  Check it out!! 
        (Free online chess - from "chess maniac.")  

  •  - A website ... devoted to this topic.  (July, 2004);  This one has a lot to offer.  
       (Scheming Mind.)  

  •  - A website I found doing a web search ... I think I used to be a member here ... 
       ("Playchess" is not strictly a correspondence website, although a handful of players use it for this.) 

  •  - Play chess?  Via e-mail?  Well ... check out "International Email Chess Group." 

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