63 ( +1 | -1 ) New 18th Correspondence Chess World Champion!ICCF is very glad to announce that GM Joop van Oosterom (Netherlands) has just finished his participation in World Championship Final 18, in which he has achieved a tremendous score of 11 points in 14 games (8 wins, 6 draws). This makes his score impossible to beat or draw by another participant, thus making him the 18th World Champion!
Congratulations for GM van Oosterom on his excellent result, and to all other participants for putting up a very interesting event!
52 ( +1 | -1 ) joopHas also had to battle illness and is one of oldest players to win this. He also played against an extremely strong field - including Umansky and Rause and Achim - this achievement might be one of the finest ever. Some of the new champions might not be of this quality (or they might be , but they will not play against this competition) - this might be the last of the championships at the highest level. So a heartfelt cheer for Joop and a little sadness at the great days of correspondence chess that might be in the past.