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UC 2022 advance news

We are now at an advanced stage of preparing the 2022 edition of our UltraCorr correspondence chess database which we expect to release in the second half of January. It will not be released until all the games completed in 2021 on the ICCF and other major servers have become available.

UltraCorr2021, which was on sale until August this year, contained over two and a quarter million games played between the years 1800 and 2020, thousands of them annotated, collected and edited from a wide variety of sources by historian and CC master Tim Harding.

It was the latest in a long series dating back twenty years. One satisfied customer, Australian GM Max Illingworth (of the Illingworth Chess Academy), described it as"... the best correspondence chess database in the world."

We are aware that ChessBase has just released its 2022 correspondence CD at a shockingly high price for a smaller number of games than our collection. UltraCorr2020 and UltraCorr2021 were priced at just 55 Euros and we have no plans to charge more in 2022. We would urge you to wait for our bigger, better and much cheaper alternative.

The 2022 edition will not only have at least 100,000 new games played in 2021 but also a significant number of historic CC games from the 19th and early 20th centuries which we finally had time to digitise from printed sources during the Covid lockdowns. For the first time, UltraCorr will include all the historic matches between clubs that were collected by the late Professor Carlo Pagni as well as games from Deutsche Schachzeitung, Shakhmatny Byulleten and other sources that had to be carefully worked through seeking correspondence games.

The 2022 edition of UltraCorr has also benefited from our purchase of a faster new computer wich, together with ChessBase16, has enabled faster and more thorough double kill operations. Also much time was spent during the lockdowns in improving the editing of tournament and player metadata.

Therefore even readers who bought our 2021 edition should find it worthwhile to upgrade to UltraCorr2022, taking advantage of the half-price discount which we always offer during the first few weeks the new edition is available.

Please watch out for further announcements early in the new year.