ICC News Item #1856
NEWS 1856 (8-Jul-06)
NEW MEMBERSHIP FEE FOR ICC
As of August 1, 2006, the annual adult membership fee for the Internet
Chess Club will change, for the first time since 1995, to $59.95
($29.95 for students). During the month of July, current members will
not only have an opportunity to renew at the old rate, but they will be
able to add more years at an additional discount!
Beginning this past year, ICC has renewed its commitment to bring you
the best chess service on the Internet with a considerable investment
in additional content, improved software, and a generally better user
experience. For example, ICC is giving its members:
- Increased coverage of chess events around the world, including more
ICC Webcast audio and new video coverage--all for ICC members only.
For instance, ICC sent a representative to the World Chess Championship
in San Luis, Argentina for on-the-spot reporting and player interviews.
- Special events with the world's top players, such as a simul by former
FIDE World Champion Vishy Anand last year that raised $8,000 for charity.
Coming up on July 25, World Champion Vladimir Kramnik will be conducting
a simul on ICC for qualifying members (watch for details).
- More online tournaments of every variety than ever before, including
qualifying events for major OTB tournaments like Dos Hermanas and the
U.S. Championship. Over the next year, watch for new opportunities to
play OTB-rated games on ICC.
- New content and easier access to existing content through the new ICC
weekly newsletter, new ICC Web window in BlitzIn, the new event list,
and ongoing improvements to the ICC web site.
- A major new interface called Dasher to be launched in coming weeks
("looks impressive," says TWIC), which features a dramatically improved
look and feel and a long list of new features, such as a built-in chess
engine for game analysis and off-line play, a new tournament interface,
and extensive customization.
- Improved support for a diversified member community, beginning with
the addition of Spanish-speaking members from Chess21. We have added
more Spanish-speaking helpers, more Spanish-language activities and
coverage, Spanish radio, a Spanish newsletter, a Spanish ICC Web, and,
this week, Spanish lectures! Coming soon are Spanish Trivia, full
Spanish-translation of server messages, Spanish input, and improved
Spanish client support.
To help fund all of the new activities, ICC has decided to raise its
price for the first time since its inception in 1995--just $11 after
11 years! However, we know that the success of the Internet Chess
Club depends upon the continued support of our most loyal members.
Therefore we are offering the opportunity to renew now at the $49 rate
for the first year ($24.50 for students) and up to four more years are
just $40 each (adults only), one-third less than the new rate! This
offer is good through midnight, July 31. New members are welcome,
too, so be sure to tell your friends that now is the time to join ICC.
I want to tell you about one more change that will be happening at the
same time. As of August 1, we will no longer allow anonymous guests
to chat or play games on ICC, although they may still talk with admins
for technical support or other assistance. Free trials will continue
to be available for those who want to try out the full service. We
are announcing this change now to give any guests who would like to
join an opportunity to take advantage of the lower prices this month.
If you have any questions, please direct your email to email@example.com.
Thank you for your support.
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