Correspondence Chess FAQ
Q: If I play Correspondence Chess (CC) will I get a chess rating?
A: Yes! As soon as you finish your first game, notify the Correspondence Chess Director (CCD) at USCF and a provisional rating will be calculated. After you have 25 CC games rated, your rating is recognized as Established.
Q: I am unrated, how do I determine what Class to start in?
(Note: If you have a USCF over-the-board rating, use this as a guide.)
|A:||Class A:||very strong (1800-1999)|
| ||Class B:||strong (1600-1799)|
| ||Class C:||average (1400-1599)|
| ||Class D:||Novice (beginner to playing chess) (1399- below)|
Q: Can I use my chess computer?
A: No. Computers with chessplaying algorithms of any form, except when such computers are expressly permitted by special rules, are prohibited.
Q: Can I refer to chess books?
A: Yes. Players are free to consult chess publications or literature but are not permitted to consult with other players.
Q: What equipment do I need?
A: Suggested items to purchase are move-mailing postcards and a
Post-a-log. Move-mailing cards are designed for playing chess through the mail.
The Post-a-log is designed to enable you to keep track of each game separately
on a scoresheet with a chessboard for easy record keeping.
Q: How to I contact my opponent?
A: You will receive a pairing sheet w/playing instructions from the CCD. If you are playing in a chess-by-mail event, it will be sent through the Post Office. If you are playing in an e-mail event via the Internet, the pairings will be sent to you at your e-mail address. You will exchange moves with your opponent via the same manner in which you receive your pairings from USCF.
Q: How do I get started?
A: Contact USCF, Correspondence Chess Director, Alex Dunne:Mail: PO Box 367, Sayre, PA 18840
Tollfree to enter: 1-800-903-USCF (8723) - ask for Stephanie Colley
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or
Official USCF Correspondence Chess Rules can be found here.
Suggested USCF equipment / books for Correspondence Chess players:
These Items are available in our
USCF Online Store.
Or call toll-free in the US to order by phone at 1-800-388-5464.
- Correspondence Chess Move-Mailing Cards
- Post-A-Log Refills
- Get the winning edge with Informants!
- USCF's Official Rules of Chess