Edward Duliba Achieves Correspondence Chess GM Title
By Joan DuBois   
July 27, 2009
OFFICIAL ICCF PRESS RELEASE
Contact: Robert Rizzo

ICCF-US Titles Officer
Phone 516 984 7438
rrizknight@juno.com


Dr. Edward P. Duliba has met the qualifications for the title of Correspondence Grandmaster, confirmed by ICCF Titles Commissioner, Ron Langeveld.  In doing so Dr. Duliba becomes only the ninth ICCF-US Federation member to attain this lofty height.  His Medal and Title Certificate will be awarded at the ICCF Congress to be held in September in Leeds, England.

The two Norms needed for this title were earned in the 7 th PanAmerican Team Championship where he played on board 1 and in Section 05 of the 27th World Correspondence Chess Championship Candidates Tournament.   The PanAm tournament was a category VII event.  Ed went undefeated with a score of 9-0-5 exceeding the GM Norm of 11.0 by one-half point.  In the category XI WCCC27CT05(WS) Candidates Tournament he has won 5 games and drawn 6 thereby equaling the GM Norm despite still having one game remaining to complete.  The crosstables can be located at the following sites:

www.iccf-webchess.com/EventCrossTable.aspx?id=12377&order=p
and www.cxeb.org.br/pan07f01.htm


In those two qualifying tournaments Dr. Duliba faced 26 opponents including a combined 13 titled players - 3 GMs and 10 SIMs.  Here is an example of how he made short work of one of those GM opponents.
ECO: E32
White: GM Muzyka, Nikolai Avraamovich (RUS)
WhiteElo: 2479
Black: SM Duliba, Dr. Edward P (USA)
BlackElo: 2549
Event: WCCC27CT05 (Candidates Tournament)
Location: ICCF WebServer
Date: 20.10.2007
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 0–0 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.Qxc3 b6 7.Bg5 Bb7 8.e3 d6 9.f3 Nbd7 10.Bd3 h6 11.Bh4 e5 12.Ne2 e4 13.fxe4 g5 14.Bf2 Nxe4 15.Bxe4 Bxe4 16.0–0 Qe7 17.d5 h5 18.Nd4 f5 19.Nc6 Qh7 20.h4 Rf7 21.b4 Qg6 22.Ra2 Kh7 23.Kh2 Rg8 24.Rg1 Nf6 25.Qe1 Ng4+ 26.Kh1 f4 27.exf4 gxf4 0–1

In his November 2008 “The Check is in the Mail” column, Alex Dunne noted that Ed had captured the “Grand Slam” of US Correspondence chess having won all three premier tournaments, the Golden Knights (1992), the Absolute twice (2007 & co-champ 1998) and the USCCC (15th).  Now he has added an International “Grand” prefix to his name and we trust there are more to come as he ascends toward the World Championship final.  Congratulations Ed!