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According to friends who play correspondence chess they report the following benefits: Variety - you play lots of games all at the same time. Although you might not match Claude Bloodgood, who allegedly had hundreds of games in play at the same time when his postage costs were paid for by the US taxpayer because he was on death row, you will play all your ...


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Frankly, the biggest con is that today's correspondence game has turned into computer vs. computer contests. So yes, you learn how to use the computer well, but you may as well play your own computer daily since there is very little difference.


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Yes. ICCF: Says nothing about it, or assistance of any kind, and you can even use computers legally. Here are their rules. USCF: "3. You may consult chess books and periodicals but not other players." Here are their rules. With regards to the ICCF rules, my guess is that they just decided it was too hard to police computer used, so they just allow it. ...


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Obviously, as long as they are permitted within the rules of the organization, here is how I would use a computer. First, realize that different programs are better at different things, and I will divide them into two categories. I heard GMs Peter Svidler and Jan Gustafsson discuss this during the Firouzja-Carlsen game just yesterday. The first program is ...


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Yes. All correspondence chess always allowed written materials. Now they may also allow computers, and AFAIK also do so as it would be impossible to know if someone was using one or not. Many people now complain that CC is just one computer versus another. I always suspected that Hans Berliner had used a computer when he worked at FSD in Gaithersburg ...


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Note: This was answered before the OP edited the question, and specified it was an online competition. According to ICCF (international) rules, yes, it is still a draw. 6.7 Except where one of the Articles 5.1 or 5.2 applies, if a player does not complete the prescribed number of moves in the allotted time, the game is lost by the player. However, the ...


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This is by no means complete, but here's a few things. Use at least 2 engines. More different is generally better. Lc0 and SF would be an obvious pair. Especially with leela, look at the point of view of the engine. Dig into disagreements. Realize most of your games will be draws Make sure you have tuned your engines for long time control. For leela, that ...


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My understanding of modern correspondence chess is that it's mostly a computer vs. computer slugfest. Everyone will be using computer assistance - in arenas where computers are "banned", there are many, many cheaters - and the winner is the one who feeds their computer better ideas (although they are very strong, computers still have blind spots where human ...


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Yes, mainly due to more advanced theory that wasn't known five (or more) years ago. Also, while top Correspondence players do indeed combine engines with their own ideas, having an Engine that is a few hundred rating points higher is a definite factor. I find it hard to believe the person you quoted uses the same engine he has for 10 years. If he means the ...


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There is traditional correspondence and now a version played over the internet. You appear to be talking about the internet version. For me there is no real advantage. You might find it less stressful to take more time for a move. Con is that you will really not improve by doing that. If you want to play OTB better then you will need to learn openings. ...


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You can play correspondence chess (and I believe set up tournaments) on chess.com. While the site is free, paid members do get more features. I'm not sure if any of these features would be relevant to a correspondence tournament though.


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You may want to use the echecsemail website. You can create round-robin tournaments for up to 9 players. For bigger player-pools, you'll have to split them in groups (or maybe talk to the admins). They also offer the possibility of choosing an alternative starting position (for opening practice purposes mainly) I hope those kids speak French, though!


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Is there a way I can easily use both reference databases when in a board? The obvious way is to create a new database by merging MegaBase and your correspondence database and use this new database as your reference database.


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