IECG Tutorial Document

The following is the document many of our tutors typically send to a candidate member.

(Version revised by Olle Ekengren, 1998.06.24)

Welcome to the IECG!

My name is [...] and I will be your "TE" (short for Tutor/Evaluator)
or "Coach" for your first game.  I am at your disposal for any questions or
problems you may have regarding the IECG, chess by e-mail, or basic
rules of chess.  I am here to help, so please do not feel you are
bothering me if you ask me something. Our game has only the purpose of
giving me the opportunity to help you, so the result will not influence
your rating and the game could be stopped before the end. Don't be worried
about that !

Good luck in your new club !


 International Email Chess Group
 Introductory Game    Class: T/E      Pace: 10 moves in 40 days

 Event: TE..AAA

 ............  (...)   unrated    .........@..................
 XXXXXXXXXXXX  (...)   T/E      .........@..................


 Dear chess friend,

 Welcome to the IECG Introduction Program!

     a.  White: PoChun Zhang
     b.  Black:  T/E: XXXXXXXXXX <.........@..................>


     The purpose of this introductory program is:

     a.  to introduce the candidate to email chess.

     b.  to offer the candidate the opportunity to play rated matches
         as soon as possible, after accomplishing the objectives.


     After finishing the tutorial game, the candidate will have
     accomplished the following program objectives:

     a.  Be proficient in algebraic notation, using English piece

     b.  Be proficient in maintaining an accurate time record.

     c.  Maintain an email chess game at the prescribed rate of play.

     d.  Adhere to a proper PGN format for reporting games.


     a.  In the GAME  the new player will have the White side.
         To begin the Match, the player sends his/her first move to Black
         and a carbon copy to either the American (Albrecht Fester) or the
         European Office (Robert Dournes), whichever applies.

     b.  While the game is in progress, your T/E will evaluate your moves
         and when you have proved that you are capable of following proper
         reporting and notational procedures, the T/E will recommend that
         you be graduated from the Evaluation program.  This may happen at
         any time during your game.

     c.  If notational errors are present in the moves, the T/E will send
         a notice of correction to the player, outlining the proper procedures that
         need to be complied with. Remember - the main objective of this
         introductory game is to acquaint the player with all aspects of
         IECG game reporting procedures. If in doubt about your move, or
         your opponent's move, move description, time record or anything
         else, ASK your T/E for assistance with the move.

     d.  Rate of play for this T/E game is ten moves in forty days.

     e.  If you do not receive a reply - or a notice of a leave of
         absence - from your T/E after seven days, please RESEND
         your last move. The message should clearly indicate that it is a

     f.  If you do not receive a reply 7 days after this resend, please
         contact either the American (Mario Cocozza) or the European
         Office (Robert Dournes), whichever applies to you.

     g.  Promptly reply to any status requests from this European Office.


     a. If you are not familiar with the Algebraic notation, request the
        document "Algebraic Notation" from your T/E.

     b. If you are not familiar with reflection time calculations, please
        request the document "Reflection Time Made Easy" from your T/E.

     c. Direct all questions to your T/E.


    "PGN Format" is short for "Portable Game Notation Format", referring
    to the fact that game records can be transferred between two or more
    data bases. "Paragraph Style" refers to a certain way of arranging the
    lines that make up the preamble of a game, the records of the game,
    and the completing lines.

    Please send your opponent COMPLETE move lists with each move
    transmission. To reduce the need for screen scrolling, and to
    facilitate ease of import of your games into a chess database, it is
    REQUIRED that your game notations conform to the PGN format and
    PARAGRAPH style, either below or above the game diagram if
    applicable. The following is an example of an ongoing game in PGN
    format and PARAGRAPH style:

    (Information contained within the '{}' braces are explanations
    for this example only and should NOT be included in your game
    records. Information contained within the '[]' brackets MUST be
    included, including the '[]' brackets AND quotation marks.)

 WHITE EMAIL: ......@......
 BLACK EMAIL: ......@......

 [Event "TE...."]             {Enter the event ID - will begin with TE for T/E game}
 [Site "IECG"]
 [Date "1998.??.??"]          {at the END of the game, complete as YYYY.MM.DD}
 [Round "1"]                  {Round 1 = Game 1}
 [White "L,f"]                {Last name, first name}
 [Black "L,f"]                {Last name, first name}
 [Result "*"]                 {*=in progress; finished: either 1-0, 0-1 or 1/2-1/2}

 1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 c5 3.Nf3 e6 4.d4 d5 5.cxd5 Nxd5 6.e4 Nxc3
 7.bxc3 cxd4 8.cxd4 Bb4+ 9.Bd2 Bxd2+ 10.Qxd2 *

 Your move received: 1998.06.13       White time: 2/23
 I replied on:       1998.06.14       Black time: 1/21

{all dates: YYYY.MM.DD)

In the above example the figure before the slash means the time taken for
the move being sent, and the figure after the slash gives the total time
of reflection since the start of the game.

In matches, where two opponenents play two games simultaneously, we
recommend you to write as follows instead of "White time, Black time":
Time taken Name A  2/23 Name B  1/21


     a.  It is strongly recommended that each player maintain more than
         one record of each game in case messages are lost. At least the
         last post to your opponent should be saved - this also
         facilitates resends if necessary. Manual records (pencil and
         paper) or game printouts can also be useful.

     b.  An offline mail reader program is also strongly recommended.
         This will avoid having to re-type the game records for each new
         message - and will also greatly reduce typos!

     c.  There are many chess reader programs available to assist with
         record keeping. These are usually more practical than setting up
         chessboards for viewing games.

     d.  Direct all questions concerning the above to your T/E.


     a.  After graduation, the players may continue the game if they
         wish, of course, but this decision - and the final game score -
         does not concern the IECG.

     b.  Players who do not conform to or meet the IECG reporting and PGN
         Standards by the 25th move will not be recommended for


     Once graduation has been recommended, your T/E will submit the
     recommendation to the Tutorial Office. Accepted new members who
     ALREADY HAVE an established rating with a recognized OTB or Correspondence
     Chess Federation will then be advised by the T/E how to request rated
     two-game matches and how to enter regular tournaments.


     The Tutorial Office will give accepted new members who DO NOT HAVE an
     established rating an initial rating of 800, unless more information
	 on chess history is provided on the registration form.

 11. Good luck in your games, and we are sure that you will make many new
     chess friends in the world with us in the IECG.

Last modified on Wednesday, November 15, 2000

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