ICC Guide :: What's a Chekel?
Chekels are a convenient way to buy online services on the ICC
Many Grandmasters (GM), International Masters (IM) and FIDE Masters (FM) have applied for and been awarded what the Internet Chess Club calls "Chekel Vendor Status". Achieving this status allows vendors to provide services such as chess lessons and lectures. Only those approved by ICC management may accept chekels as a form of payment. If you would like to purchase one of the above mentioned services you must buy chekels and offer them to a vendor.
Buying chekels to receive lessons and view lecturesFirst, you have to purchase the chekels from the ICC. Type: c-buy in the white text-strip of your Main Console. Press "Enter". Follow the instructions.
Next, you need to offer your chekels to a vendor.
These commands also must be typed in the white text-strip of
your Main Console.
Example:c-offer schroer 10 to play in a simul
Transactions between customers and vendors are private transactions. ICC does not guarantee the quality of the services provided, but will record complaints.
There are also ways to see the current status of your chekels:
Becoming a Vendor
The ICC is currently only adding new vendors who have FIDE, GM, IM or FM titles. If you would like to apply to be a vendor, please send an email to LateKnight at firstname.lastname@example.org . Please include your FIDE title, handle, real name, email address, postal address, telephone number and a description of your chess teaching experience.
Using chekels to change an ICC handle
It is possible to change your ICC handle after paying a transfer cost of $10 U.S.D. You may use chekels to do this -- the cost would be 10 chekels. The ICC will transfer the time you have remaining from one handle to another handle. The ICC will not transfer ratings, histories or finger-notes to a new handle.
Only you can change your handle. To change your handle you must type the following:c-offer BrianSP 10 Handle change from my-old-handle to my-new-handle
Using chekels to extend a membership
Chekels can be used to extend a membership. To do this, offer the chekels to BrianSP, the ICC office manager:c-offer BrianSP 49 for ICC membership handle: "handle"
You must have already created the handle for BrianSP to credit the account.
Purchasing additional chekelsIf you want to purchase additonal chekels -- more than 100 in a two-week period -- the following information must be faxed (412) 521-5575 or mailed to BrianSP, Office Manager, ICC:
See also: customer-agreement