|WHY CORRESPONDENCE CHESS?|
Do you dislike having to travel to chess tournaments, then pay high hotel bills and entry fees for just a few games?
Would you like more than the average 2 or 3 minutes for a move, so that you could really find the best move?
Correspondence chess offers
you the opportunity to play chess in the comfort of your own home, at a time of your choosing, with very little expense and no chess clock staring
you in the face. You can study the openings, middle games and endings in more detail, using books and data bases if you like, and improve your
over-the-board skills as well.
Our non-profit organization has been conducting postal chess tournaments since 1897, as CCLA since 1909. We are a
democratic organization operating under a member-approved Constitution and ByLaws, with leadership provided by member-elected Officers and Directors,
all of whom have limited terms of office. Thus CCLA guarantees leadership continuity, avoiding the chaos that wipes-out small orgaizations
when their owners become unwilling or unable to continue.
We offer a large selection of server, email and postal chess tournaments, and publish
the award-winning, quarterly Chess Correspondent magazine. In fact, the Chess Correspondent magazine has won the prestigious Chess Journalists of
America award for best postal chess magazine a record six times!
CCLA is the original U.S. affiliate of ICCF, the world-wide governing body of correspondence chess. Today, CCLA aims to provide North
American chess players with competitive chess play using all venues. Our mission is to promote friendly chess play by correspondence
for all rating classes. Under our Met League program, CCLA members may also organize teams from club or community affiliation and challenge other
teams to matches played on the ICCF webserver.
CCLA organizes "friendly matches" with teams from other countries; games are unrated and strictly for fun and experience with international play.
We also provide access to official international competition, including a qualifying path toward ICCF's world correspondence chess championship.
CCLA traditionally has a low drop-out rate so you are able to play most if not all of
your games to completion. We cordially invite you to join us and enjoy the world of correspondence chess the CCLA way!
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