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IECG: The International Email Chess Group
IECG: free email and web server chess for all players


We are a professionally run organisation offering free email and web server chess for players of all standard.

We have been providing free email chess since 1994. Beeing always at the front end of new developments in 2002 we started to offer our server tournaments.

IECG World Championship Page

Last Update: 8th August, 2006

This page should give you latest information about the upcoming IECG World Championship Stages. It should be updated every couple of days just before a stage starts, and less regularly in the meantime. Updates are always shown in RED.


The IECG Tournament Calender will change from 2004 onwards. This means that the starting dates of the different IECG World Championship Stages will change as well. Here is the new schedule:

  • Preliminaries
    • Qualification Deadline: TS Data for January Rating List (31st December)
    • Response Deadline: 31st January
    • Creation of Pairings: latest 8th February
    • Tournament Start Date: 15th February
  • Semi-Finals
    • Qualification Deadline: 20th June
    • Response Deadline: 30th June
    • Creation of Pairings: latest 8th July
    • Tournament Start Date: 15th July
  • Candidates Finals
    • Qualification Deadline: 1st December
    • Response Deadline: 6th December
    • Creation of Pairings: 8th December
    • Tournament Start Date: 15th December
  • Finals
    • Qualification Deadline: 1st May
    • Response Deadline: 6th May
    • Creation of Pairings: 8th May
    • Tournament Start Date: 15th May

All dates are approximate dates and can vary by 2-3 days backwards or forward. The new schedule allows all IECG players to start in WC stages as well as in Cup stages.

Due to the non-availability of a Chess Server for IECG Tournaments during the past months, we had to modify timings for some stages in different cycles.

With the new schedule, we have the following alignment for the oncoming and running IECG WC Cycles:

  • IECG WC-2006 Finals will start 15th May 2007, deadline for qualification is 1st May, 2007 ---> This Final will be either an Email or a Server Tournament
  • IECG WC-2007 is cancelled
  • IECG WC-2008 Candidates Final will start 15th December, 2006
  • IECG WC-2008 Finals will start 15th May, 2008 ---> This Final will be played on the LSS Server, Consolation Finals will be either Email or Server Groups
  • IECG WC-2009 Semi-Final will start 1st September, 2006  ----> Groups will be played by Email or on the LSS Server
  • IECG WC-2009 Candidates Final will start 15th December, 2007
  • IECG WC-2009 Finals will start 15th May, 2009 ---> This Final will be either an Email or a Server Tournament
  • IECG WC-2011 Preliminaries will start 15th February, 2007

Color Explanations:

  • Tournament is running
  • Tournament is next but one to be started
  • Tournament is next to be started

Qualification lists for oncoming tournaments

The following links direct to pages where the current status of qualifications to the oncoming tournaments are listed. This lists are informal, unless the link shows the comment "Invitations distributed!". Especially qualifications through the rating list are based on the actual rating list and are for information only. This lists are updated on a monthly basis, unless the invitations have sent out. Then updates will take place more often.

Qualifications to the IECG WC-2006-Final - Start: 15th May, 2007

Qualifications to the IECG WC-2006-Consolation Finals - Start 15th May, 2007

Qualifications to the IECG WC-2008 Candidates Final - Start 15th December 2006 

Qualifications to the IECG WC-2009 Semi-Finals - 1st August, 2006 ---- Invitations are send

Qualifications to the IECG WC-2011 Preliminaries - Start 15th February, 2007

Comment on "Email or Server Group":
Players selecting "Email or Server Groups" in the invitation will be distributed between both section so that the average of the sections are as close as possible. There is no need to tick this option if you want to play on the Server.

Players who have accepted the invitation and requested Server Play, but did not register until the deadline, will be paired in an Email group.

Ortwin Paetzold

TD IECG World Championship




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