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Tips :: Playing Correspondence Chess on ICC

One of the features of ICC is correspondence (postal) chess. Instead of playing the entire game at one sitting, you and your opponent will exchange moves by message. A single correspondence game can last for several weeks, or even months. A typical time control for correspondence games is 10 moves in 30 days. The time control will be determined either by the tournament director, if it is a tournament game, or by agreement if it's a non-tournament game.

There are a number of ICC commands that you need to use for playing correspondence games:

  • cc-list -- Gives a list of your correspondence games.
  • cc-move #number move -- Makes move in correspondence game number
  • cc-start-as-white player -- Starts a correspondence game with player; you play white.
  • cc-start-as-black player -- Starts a correspondence game with player; you play black.
  • examine #number -- Examines correspondence game number, from the end.
  • smoves #number -- Gives a move list for correspondence game number. Includes time used by each player in days, for each move, and overall.
  • draw #number -- Offers (or claims, if possible), a draw in correspondence game number.
  • resign #number -- Resigns correspondence game number.
  • abort #number -- Offers an abort in correspondence game number. If the game is only on move 1, it will be aborted immediately.
  • cc-delete #number -- Removes correspondence game number from your correspondence game list.
Most of the correspondence chess commands will ask for confirmation. In particular, when you make a move, it will display the move on a board and ask you to confirm that you wish to make that move.

If you do not want to be open to correspondence requests from other players, use the command set ccopen 0. This will still allow you to start correspondence games with other players by using the cc-start-as-white and cc-start-as-black commands.

If you accidentally start a correspondence game that you do not want to play, use abort #number to abort the game. To clear the game from your cc-list, use cc-delete #number. Your cc-list can have up to 50 games in it. This includes both ongoing games, and completed ones.

Your cc-list is not accessible to other players. Even admins cannot see the moves of your correspondence games. Also, when you examine one of your correspondence games, it is private, and no other players can observe it. If you want to save the game to your personal library, you should use libsave #correspondence_number %library_number.


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