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16 April (previously 3 April) 2018: Updated Irish news, with the latest title norm achievements and announcing our teams for the World Senior Championships in July.

16 April 2018: Updated our Seniors news and calendar pages.

28 March 2018: Tim Harding's new book British Chess Literature to 1914 went to press today! The first copies are expected to be available by late April or early May.

28 March 2018: Fantastic performance by young Irish brother and sister in the European Championships.

25 March 2018: Update about British Chess Literature to 1914. Added a page with the Table of Contents and additional background notes.

18 March 2018: New release of our UltraCorr-2018 database with more improvements to data and the February games integrated. (Customers earlier this year have already been sent those games free as a separate file.)

18 March 2018: We added additional notes about the compilation of the database.

16 March 2018: Dr. Vlastimil Fiala has reviewed Joseph Henry Blackburne for his Quarterly For Chess History journal.

16 March 2018: Updated Irish news and restored page for the Irish Correspondence Chess Association.

16 March 2018: Updated our pages about upcoming Senior OTB tournaments.

12 February 2018: Updated info about Tim's work in progress

11 February 2018: Release of our new correspondence game database UltraCorr-2018. There are many new games and extensive improvements to the database compared with the 2017 version. Old customers have been sent a limited-time upgrade offer by email.

9 February 2018: First page proofs arrive from McFarland for Tim Harding's new book which is due to go to press in March.

31 January 2018: Updated our Seniors pages and senior event calendar again. (Previously on 13 January.)

31 January 2018: We are now busily working on an updated version of UltraCorr-X, our mammoth CC database which should be available in the first few days of February. Customers who bought since August will be able to upgrade for a nominal sum. We have collected many new games for the update.

27 January 2018: The death occurred of Max Zavanelli, a leading figure in ICCF and American correspondence chess for decades, and a major supporter of Chess Mail in the years when we published our printed magazine. Max had been battling cancer for a long time. The ICCF website has an obituary. Along with George Pyrich and CarlosFlores (see below), who both died just before Christmas, Max was a major figure in guiding the transition of ICCF from the postal to the internet era.

13 & 31 January 2018: Updated our Irish news page.

13 January 2018: Updated Dr Tim Harding's homepage and the site homepage.

13 January 2018: Made numerous minor corrections to our pages about 7-man endgames. There is a wealth of chess here for anyone who has not yet studied these endings.

24 December 2017: Updated our main page with Christmas greetings and sad news of the death of an old friend, CC-IM George Pyrich (1951-2017), the Financial Director of ICCF (pictured right). We met George at numerous ICCF Congresses between 1994 and 2015 and always enjoyed his company. Latterly he lived in Spain but he was a native of Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland. His death is a sad loss to the correspondence chess community worldwide. The ICCF website carries an obituary by Scottish CC Association President, Iain Mackintosh, and also an obituary by Alan Borwell of Carlos Flores Gutierrez, another old friend and major figure of his generation in CC.

7 December 2017: Information about the Marienbad congress (January 2018) added to our Seniors calendar.

7 December 2017: Also updated my personal home page.

5 December 2017: Updated our links page including how to contact the Social Correspondence Chess Association. Please inform us of any broken or new links.

5 December 2017: Updated information about UltraCorr-X.

5 December 2017: Updates on the progress of Tim Harding's next book and work in progress.

26 November 2017: Major upgrade to the Seniors section of our website, including a text report, photographs and games from the 2017 FIDE World Seniors Championships, a Senior News page, and a fuller list of events scheduled for 2018 and even 2019.

26 November 2017: Irish chess news updated.

24 November 2017: Updated our Seniors tournament calendar.

21 November 2017: Sales of our UltraCorr-X database have reopened following our return from Italy.

6-19 November 2017: Away for the FIDE Senior World Championships at Acqui Terme, Italy.

24 October 2017: Updated Blackburne book information, with the recently rediscovered finish to the game Blackburne-Jacobs from the 1904 British Championship. (Thanks to John Saunders.) Also Blackburne's last published game, from his final visit to Glasgow.

24 October 2017: Updated our information about Senior tournaments and our Senior calendar. We hope to extend this section of the site after we return from next month's World Senior Championships in Italy.

4 October 2017: We have now implemented PayPal's new streamlined payment system, Pay-Pal-Me on this site, for readers wishing to buy our UltraCorr-X database. If this works as smoothly as expected, we may start selling some chess books on this site soon.

28 September 2017: Chessbase announce their new Corr Database 2018 at a price of €189.90 - three times the price of our UltraCorr-X. Even owners of their 2015 database must pay €99.90 for the upgrade, almost double our price.

Why pay much more for less? Buy UltraCorr-X today.

25 September 2017: Irish chess news page updated. Irish Chess Union has announced a Seniors tournament for January 2018 which overseas players are welcome to enter.

23 September 2017: Additions and corrections to the Senior tournament information.

21 September 2017: New pages on Seniors Chess including a calendar of upcoming events. Please send in details of other events if you have them.

15 September 2017: Release of revised correspondence chess database, UltraCorr-X version 2 with improved delivery method.

18 August 2017: Release of original version of UltraCorr-X.

More details about it, and the download and payment pages.

A major overhaul of this website, pending a redesign, began in August. It includes the removal of many old pages, and updating of others. We expect to soon add a special section on Seniors Chess and other new features.

We apologise for the fact that this website was rarely updated earlier this year. This was due to our being extremely busy writing a new book (see below).

27 July 2017: Pages updated include:

    Announcing a new chess history book

    Irish chess news

    Tim Harding's bibliography

11 July 2017: Pages updated include:

    Further games by Blackburne discovered.

    Tim's future projects including a new book on the way.

    Update on Steinitz research.

    Tim's personal homepage.

20 January 2017: Obituary of Hans Berliner, the 5th ICCF World Champion.

11 January 2017: Various updates including adding a Blackburne game from 1914 British Championship.

5 October 2016: Introduction to Dvoretsky's chess books and an annotated Dvoretsky bibliography.

19 June 2016: More 7-man endgames analysed.

9 September 2015: Blackburne biography by Tim Harding is published and already attracted some favourable comment. Table of Contents. Further Blackburne material.

14 May 2014: Second part of Tim's research article about the important London 1883 Vizayanagram tournament that was played alongside the master tournament won by Zukertort. Part 1 has also been slightly revised.

14 April 2014: The great MacDonnell-Wisker 1874 match: more information added to article, also concerning their short match in 1873.

8 April 2014: Research article about the important London 1883 Vizayanagram tournament that was played alongside the master tournament won by Zukertort.

14 February 2014: Return of our popular chess horror story: Frankenstein and Dracula at the chessboard.

Many older articles are now in the process of being removed pending the reorganisation of this site.