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International Correspondence Chess Grandmaster
International Correspondence Chess Grandmaster is a correspondence chess title created by FIDE
FIDE
in 1953, second only to that of world correspondence champion
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New Zealand
New Zealand
New Zealand
(/njuːˈziːlənd/ ( listen); Māori: Aotearoa [aɔˈtɛaɾɔa]) is an island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. The country geographically comprises two main landmasses—the North Island
North Island
(Te Ika-a-Māui), and the South Island
South Island
(Te Waipounamu)—and around 600 smaller islands. New Zealand
New Zealand
is situated some 1,500 kilometres (900 mi) east of Australia
Australia
across the Tasman Sea
Tasman Sea
and roughly 1,000 kilometres (600 mi) south of the Pacific island areas of New Caledonia, Fiji, and Tonga. Because of its remoteness, it was one of the last lands to be settled by humans. During its long period of isolation, New Zealand
New Zealand
developed a distinct biodiversity of animal, fungal and plant life
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Bosnia And Herzegovina
Bosnia and Herzegovina (/ˈbɒzniə ... ˌhɛərtsəɡoʊˈviːnə, -ˌhɜːrt-, -ɡə-/ ( listen) or /ˌhɜːrtsəˈɡɒvɪnə/;[10][11] abbreviated B&H; Bosnian and Serbian: Bosna i Hercegovina (BiH) / Боснa и Херцеговина (БиХ), Croatian: Bosna i Hercegovina (BiH) pronounced [bôsna i xěrtseɡoʋina]), sometimes called Bosnia-Herzegovina, and often known informally as Bosnia, is a country in Southeastern Europe
Europe
located on the Balkan Peninsula. Sarajevo
Sarajevo
is the capital and largest city. It is bordered by Croatia
Croatia
to the north and west; Serbia
Serbia
to the east; Montenegro
Montenegro
to the southeast; and the Adriatic Sea
Adriatic Sea
to the south, with a coastline about 20 kilometres (12 miles) long surrounding the town of Neum
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FIDE
The Fédération Internationale des Échecs or World Chess Federation[2] is an international organization that connects the various national chess federations around the world and acts as the governing body of international chess competition. It is usually referred to as FIDE
FIDE
(/ˈfiːdeɪ/, FEE-day), its French acronym.[3] FIDE
FIDE
was founded in Paris, France, on July 20, 1924.[4] Its motto is Gens una sumus, Latin for "We are one people"
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Pertti Lehikoinen
Pertti Lehikoinen (born March 19, 1952 in Helsinki, Finland) is a Finnish grandmaster of correspondence chess
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Robin Smith (chess Player)
Robin Smith (August 17, 1952 – May 1, 2009) was an American chess Grandmaster of correspondence chess, a two-time US Correspondence Chess Champion, and an author of a chess book. His last and highest ICCF rating was 2642, which he achieved in only 64 games from 1997 to 2008. Books[edit]Smith, Robin (2004), Modern Chess Analysis, Gambit Publications, ISBN 1-904600-08-5 External links[edit]GM Smith, Robin: Player Details at International Correspondence Chess FederationAuthority controlWorldCat Identities VIAF: 290387261This biographical article relating to an American chess figure is a stub
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Olaf Barda
Olaf Barda (17 August 1909 – 2 May 1971 in Oslo), born Olaf M. Olsen, was a Norwegian chess player. He was the first Norwegian awarded the title of International Master, which he received in 1952. Barda won the Norwegian Chess Championship six times, 1930 (still with the name Olsen), 1947, 1948, 1952, 1953, and 1957.[1] Barda authored the Norwegian instruction manual "Sjakk!", and wrote the chess column for the newspaper Dagbladet. Barda was also a strong correspondence chess player, winning the Norwegian correspondence chess championships in 1946 and 1949/1950.[2] He received the title of Grandmaster in correspondence chess in 1953 and finished fourth in the First World Correspondence Chess Championship played between 1950 and 1953. This was the best Norwegian result in that contest until Ivar Bern won the 17th championship in 2006.[3] According to ChessBase, Barda usually opened with 1.d4 when he was playing White
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Belarus
Coordinates: 53°N 23°E / 53°N 23°E / 53; 23 Republic
Republic
of Belarus Рэспубліка Беларусь (Belarusian) Республика Беларусь (Russian)FlagNational emblemAnthem: Дзяржаўны гімн Рэспублікі Беларусь (Belarusian) Dziaržaŭny himn Respubliki Bielaruś (English: State Anthem of Belarus)Location of  Belarus  (green) in Europe  (dark grey)  –  [Legend]Capital and largest city Minsk 53°55′N 27°33′E / 53.917°N 27.550
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Cesar Augusto Blanco Gramajo
César Augusto Blanco-Gramajo is an ICCF chess grandmaster.[1] He primarily plays correspondence chess, and has twice been Latin American champion in this modality.Contents1 Early life 2 Chess career 3 Other occupations 4 Personal life 5 References 6 External linksEarly life[edit] Blanco was born January 14, 1959, in Guatemala City, Guatemala. Blanco received a business administration degree from San Carlos University in Guatemala, and his thesis was awarded as the best in the country (1985) in the economics area. He also got an MBA – graduated as cum laude – in Finance from Francisco Marroquin University, also in Guatemala City. Chess career[edit] Blanco started to play chess in 1972 when the Championship match between Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky called the attention of the world toward chess. He also represented his country in the 31st Chess Olympiad in Moscow, 1994. By post, Blanco started to play around 1974 (when he was only 15 years old)
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Martin Lohse
Martin Lohse (born May 29, 1971) is a Danish 21st century classical composer and visual artist.[3]Contents1 Biography 2 Music2.1 Mobile 2.2 Numbering of works 2.3 Performances3 Works3.1 Orchestral works 3.2 Vocal works 3.3 Chamber works 3.4 Electroacustic works4 Correspondence chess 5 Notes 6 ReferencesBiography[edit] Martin Lohse was born in Copenhagen, where he began his education at the Musical Science Institute (1990–92). In 1995 he was admitted to the Royal Danish Academy of Music, Copenhagen, where he studied composition and music theory as a pupil of Hans Abrahamsen and Niels Rosing-Schow
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Jean Hebert
Jean Hébert (born November 11, 1957 in Quebec City, Quebec) is a Canadian International Master of chess, an International Grandmaster of Correspondence Chess, and a chess writer, journalist, and commentator. He is the 2009 Canadian chess champion, a title he first won in 1978. He tied for this title in 2007 as well, but lost in playoffs. He represented Canada at the 1979 Interzonal tournament, as well as seven times in chess Olympiads. He took part in the Chess World Cup 2009 and was knocked out by Peter Svidler in the first round.[1]Contents1 Early years 2 Canadian champion 3 At the Olympiads 4 Correspondence chess Grandmaster 5 Quebec successes 6 Legacy and writings 7 Competitive resurgence 8 References 9 External linksEarly years[edit] Jean Hébert made his first significant mark in chess when as a fifteen-year-old first category player, he won the 1973 Carnaval Open at Quebec City, ahead of several experienced masters
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Chile
Coordinates: 30°S 71°W / 30°S 71°W / -30; -71Republic of Chile República de Chile  (Spanish)FlagCoat of armsMotto: Por la razón o la fuerza (Spanish) (English: "By Right or Might") [1]Anthem:  National Anthem of ChileLocation of  Chile  (dark green) in South America  (grey)Capital and largest city Santiagoa 33°26′S 70°40′W / 33.433°S 70.667°W / -33.433; -70.667National language SpanishEthnic groups (2012[2])64% White 30% Mestizo 5% Mapuche 0.7% Aymara 0.1% Other 0.2% UnspecifiedDemonym ChileanGovernment Unitary presidential constitutional republic• PresidentSebastián Piñera• Senate PresidentCarlos Montes Cisternas• President of the Chamber of DeputiesMaya FernándezLegislature National Congress• Upper houseSenate
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World Correspondence Chess Championship
The World Correspondence Chess Championship determines the World Champion in correspondence chess. Men and women of any age are eligible to contest the title. The official World Correspondence Chess Championship is managed by the International Correspondence Chess Federation (ICCF). The world championship comprises four stages: Preliminaries, Semi-Finals, Candidates' Tournament, and Final. ICCF tournament rules define which players can access each stage
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Cuba
Coordinates: 22°00′N 80°00′W / 22.000°N 80.000°W / 22.000; -80.000Republic of Cuba República de Cuba  (Spanish)FlagCoat of armsMotto:  "¡Patria o Muerte, Venceremos!" (Spanish) "Homeland or Death, we shall overcome!"[1]Anthem: La Bayamesa Bayamo
Bayamo
Song [2]Location of  Cuba  (green)Capital and largest city Havana 23°8′N 82°23′W / 23.133°N 82.383°W / 23.133; -82.383Official languages SpanishEthnic groups (2012[3])64.1% White 26.6% Mulatto, Mest
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International Correspondence Chess Federation
International Correspondence Chess
Chess
Federation (ICCF) was founded in 1951 as a new appearance of the International Correspondence Chess Association (ICCA), which was founded in 1945, as successor of the Internationaler Fernschachbund (IFSB), founded in 1928. The current chairman is Eric Ruch.Contents1 Correspondence chess 2 Before ICCF 3 Current membership 4 Presidents 5 Tournaments 6 See also 7 References 8 External linksCorrespondence chess[edit] Correspondence chess
Correspondence chess
is a variation of chess played between towns, chess clubs and/or individuals, in settings where the opponents are not situated face-to-face
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Romanas Arlauskas
Romanas Arlauskas (11 June 1917, Kaunas, Lithuania – 22 September 2009 Adelaide, Australia) was a Lithuanian-born Australian chess master. Arlauskas played at sixth board (+4 –7 =7) in an unofficial Chess Olympiad at Munich 1936.[1] He tied for 1st–3rd, with Birmanas and Leonardas Abramavičius, ahead of Povilas Vaitonis, Povilas Tautvaišas, etc., at the 1943 Lithuanian Chess Championship in Vilnius.[2] At the end of World War II, Arlauskas, along with many other Baltic players (Leonids Dreibergs, Lucius Endzelins, Miervaldis Jursevskis, Leho Laurine, Edmar Mednis, Karlis Ozols, Ortvin Sarapu, Povilas Tautvaišas, Povilas Vaitonis, Elmārs Zemgalis, etc.) escaped to western Europe, just before the advancing Soviet forces arrived, to avoid deportation to Siberia or any other persecutions by the Soviet occupation (e.g., those of Vladimirs Petrovs).[3] In 1946, Arlauskas placed third, with 10/13, in a round-robin event at Meerbeck.[4] In 1947, Arlauskas tied for 6–7th in Kirchhei
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