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Correspondence Chess
November 30, 1999
The United States Chess Federation (USCF) offers officially rated chess play through a variety of medians, one being Correspondence Chess (CC). The USCF offers members events played through the mail and email. Once you have completed a game the USCF calculates an official USCF CC rating for you! This rating is separate from one you may achieve through over-the-board (OTB) play. Although CC offers many unique benefits to playing chess the major one is that a player can use chess books and chess software provided the program does not use a chess-playing algorithms. In other words, you can do research using books and the equivalent software but it must be your decision as to what move to one nor any program can tell you what move to make!

CC players have the opportunity to achieve Master level ratings and also to compete internationally through the International Correspondence Chess Federation (ICCF). Why not give USCF CC a try?   

Special service: As games are rated you can check here using your USCF ID# to review your cc result history. If you have any questions pertaining to ratings, please email: or CCD Alex Dunne at For all other matters related to Correspondence Chess please contact Alex Dunne at

We appreciate your patience.

General Information About Correspondence Chess:

  How Does Correspondence Chess Work?

  Frequently Asked Questions?

  CC Ratings Explanation

  CC Rules

Correspondence Chess Events:

  Details for all CC Events

  Special Rules for Golden Knights Championship

  Special Rules for Electronic (e-mail) Knights Championship

  Enter online from our website. Click on "Register for a Tournament"

  Order your move mailing cards here.

CC Ratings:

  Ratings Search Page. As CC games are rated you should be able to find your rating history here!

2009 CC Annual Rating List [in rating order] or [alphabetically]. Current members who had at least one CC game rated in 2009. 25 games or less is Provisional; more than 25 games represents Established.  

2008 CC Annual Rating List. Current members who had at least one CC game rated in 2008. 25 games or less is Provisional; more than 25 games represents Established.

  Top 100 US CC Players. This list is updated using a bi-monthly schedule.

CC News:

  Monthly CC News and "Check is in the Mail" columns provided by Correspondence Chess Director (CCD) Alex Dunne.

  SIM Edward Duliba Wins 15th USCCC Final

Special CC Games Area and Recognition of CC Champions:

  Absolute CC Championship Review which offers Absolute player bios and over 500 games to play through online!

  Recognition of Golden Knight, Golden Squire and Absolute Champions

Contact information:

  CCD Alex Dunne handles the day-to-day tasks related to Correspondence Chess for the USCF. Please send your game results, vacation notices, time complaints to Alex Dunne, P.O. Box 367, Sayre, PA 18840. Email Alex.

  If you wish to enter a CC event you can mail your entry to: US Chess, Attn: Joan DuBois, P.O. Box 3967, Crossville, TN 38557 or Enter online from our website. Click on "Register for a Tournament". You can also call our tollfree hotline, 1-800-903-USCF (8723) between the hours of 8am & 5pm (CT) and speak to one of our USCF representatives.

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