I Earned ICCF's Correspondence Chess Expert Title

Saturday January 20, 2024

•  chess •  correspondence chess •  awards • 

As a lover of chess and an avid participant in the realm of international correspondence chess, I’m thrilled to share I’ve beeg awarded the prestigious first title of Correspondence Chess Expert.

The road to this achievement has been both challenging and rewarding. Correspondence chess, for those unfamiliar, differs from traditional chess in that players have days, sometimes even weeks, to make a single move. This format requires a deep strategic understanding, patience, and an analytical mindset that challenges even the most seasoned players.

Earning a norm in correspondence chess is no small feat. It involves competing in high-level tournaments and achieving results that surpass standard expectations against other skilled players from around the world. To earn the title of Correspondence Chess Expert, a player must accumulate multiple such norms, demonstrating consistent performance across several events.

My journey involved countless hours of studying chess openings, middlegame tactics, and endgame strategies. But beyond the technical skills, correspondence chess has taught me the art of patience and the importance of meticulous planning. Each move is a decision that could take weeks of consideration, relying heavily on thorough analysis and future forecasting.

The use of chess engines is permitted in correspondence chess, but this adds an extra layer of strategy rather than detracting from the skill of the game. Players must not only understand the best theoretical moves but also need to move deeper into understanding why each move is considered strong, and how to counteract sophisticated computer-generated strategies.

With the title of Correspondence Chess Expert now under my belt, my sights are set on further achievements. The next goal is achieving the title of Correspondence Chess Master. Knowing the hard work and dedication it takes to reach even this point, I am more motivated than ever to continue my growth and contribute to this beautiful, intellectual sport.

For anyone inspired to try correspondence chess, I encourage you to dive in. It’s a world that tests your limits, expands your horizons, and connects you deeply with others who share your passion for the game.

Here’s to many more moves, matches, and milestones!