20 October 2010

ICCF World Championships (2010 Status)

It's time for my annual look at what's happening in the world of correspondence chess. The current status is shown in the following table, which is based on last year's post, ICCF World Championships (2009 Status). As before, the asterisk ('*') means the winner is known and the PGN game scores are available.

20 2004-Started 2004-10-25
21*2005-08Oosterom, Joop J. van (NED)
22*2007-10Dronov, Aleksandr (RUS)
23 2007-Started 2007-12-31
24 2009-Started 2009-06-10
25 2009-Started 2009-12-10
26 2010-Started 2010-06-10

What's changed? The 22nd championship has finished, while the 25th and 26th have started. I now have two final crosstables to add to my page on the World Chess Championship : Correspondence Chess.

The ICCF crosstable for the 22nd championship shows Dronov tied with Bücker, Jürgen (GER), but leading on SB tiebreak. A thread on the ICCF forum, World Championship 22 Final, confirmed that Dronov was awarded the title. The same thread has a relevant discussion on the merits of adjudication, which played a key role in determining the top finishers.

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