Most of the ICCF National Delegates know Eric Ruch very well and have met him during the last 20 years, but for those who do not know Eric, let's start some brief bio data:
Eric has started his correspondence chess activities thirty years ago, in 1984 playing in various promotional tournaments organized in France by the magazine Europe Echecs while he was student in Paris and became member of AJEC in 1989.
In this pre computer time, it took him almost a decade to progress from the 4th and last division to the French Correspondence Chess championship title that he has won in 1998. In parallel, he played in a few international tournaments and obtained the IM title in Rimini in 2001 and the SIM title in Seixal in 2002. He is also International Arbiter since 2006 and organized many events (invitational tournaments, team tournaments such as Mare Nostrum II & III, NATT VI , Copa Latina World I & II…)
Opening Master is proud chess database sponsor of International Chess Correspondence Federation and we asked Eric few personal questions. Enjoy the reading and as always give us a feedback.
1. Tell us about your story, how you came to ICCF? Why did you make the move from the classical chess (FIDE) to correspondence chess?
2. What is the vision 2025 for ICCF?
3. Some FIDE players "complain" that correspondence chess is all about stronger engine and stronger CPU/hardware and software, there is very little human left. How do you fight this message?
4. How many tournaments are currently run the ICCF server?
5. How is/was pandemic age for ICCF, have you experienced the increase in online presence of the players?
6. ICCF will celebrate this year 70th anniversary and its predecessorIFSB (Internationaler Fernschachbund) almost 100 years, any special events planned for the members?
7. How difficult is to get GM title in ICCF these days? How many GMs doyou award per year approx?
8. Can FIDE player be good at correspondence chess and vice versa, can strong correspondence chess player become a good FIDE? (I don't like tocompare these two, sometimes people ask us)
9. What are you going to do next weekend?
Busy weekend as usual. A couple of hours to work for ICCF and of course play oa few moves on the server! You may know that I am also collecting antiquarian chess books (I have about 3000-4000 books, magazines, newspaper that date back before 1900) and I will collect a parcell at the post office with a few new acquisition. And beside that a tennis this afternoon and some work to do on the garden!
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