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- - By pawnslinger (****) [us] Date 2018-12-02 03:14
If you were planning on playing in an ICCF Norm event next year, you may wish to reconsider and enroll this month.  On the 1st of January, I believe, new rules will go into effect that may not be favorable to you.

For example, the required elo for the GM Norm event will be increased (to the point at which I will no longer qualify for it).  So I have altered my plans.  Instead of waiting to play in a GM Norm event in mid-2019, I am enrolling now, while I still qualify.

I am not aware of the full scope of the changes, if you are interested I refer you to your national secretary (or whomever is in charge of inquiry in your zone).  I sent a query to Thomas Biedermann, one of the officials I am familiar with in my zone.  He explained the changes coming for the GM Norm events, as follows:

Begin Quote
On Saturday, December 1, 2018, Thomas Biedermann wrote:

Dear Ed,
These are the current rules
There are two reasons for this message
1.Too many players are entering using their forecast instead of their current published rating.  Many players enter then their new rating is below and it gets rejected
2.In January there will be the new Norm tournaments and many players will be confused which one they really qualify for.
GMN/A are for players rated minimum 2485.
GMN/B are for players rated from 2455 to 2484
There will be GMN/A GMN/B,SIM/A,SIM/B.CCE Norm,CCM Norm so to prevent a bunch of confusion they made message

End Quote

I have no further information.  If you are interested in any of these events, I advised you consult one of your local ICCF officials.
Parent - - By ChiefPushesWood (**) [us] Date 2018-12-02 15:48
Unfortunately, I'm not yet rated high enough to worry over this. Wish I were but... it takes time.


Parent - - By pawnslinger (****) [us] Date 2018-12-02 17:24

You might be... I think there are some new norm events that you might be interested in... but I do not have detailed information.  If you look close at Tom's message to me, you will see CCE and CCM events.  One of those might be just right for you.

I just received my entry confirmation from the TO, I am looking forward to a strong event (probably the strongest I have ever played against).
Parent - By ChiefPushesWood (**) [us] Date 2018-12-02 22:33
Thanks 'Slinger.
I reached out to Tom to see if there were any I'm eligible for.

Parent - - By ChiefPushesWood (**) [us] Date 2018-12-03 13:08
Unfortunately, Tom told me there are no CCE or CCM events that I'm currently eligible to join. Have to wait until January.

Parent - - By pawnslinger (****) [us] Date 2018-12-03 14:33
Yea, but that is not far away... less than 1 month now.

Are you planning to enter 1 of them?  Which ones are open to you?  Tom didn't tell me the elo requirements for them.

I know you have been itching for tougher competition (the only way to go up the ladder).
Parent - - By ChiefPushesWood (**) [us] Date 2018-12-03 18:24
He didn't tell me the ELO requirements specifically but said I'd be eligible for CCM tourneys.

>I know you have been itching for tougher competition

In the worst way. Looking forward to it very much.

Parent - - By pawnslinger (****) [us] Date 2018-12-04 05:48
Sounds great!  I wish you all the best.
Parent - By ChiefPushesWood (**) [us] Date 2018-12-04 13:52
Thanks, 'Slinger.

- - By buffos (Silver) [gr] Date 2018-12-04 18:34
Those GM norm tournaments are kind of obscure.

If you look at the requirements for a norm, besides the rating, it says you need at least 3 GMs (5 to be exact but 3 can be replaced by SIMs).

This is hardly ever met in those tournaments.
Parent - By pawnslinger (****) [us] Date 2018-12-05 01:29
Having never played in one... I really have no idea if it is worth it or not.  I am hoping to attain a SIM norm.  I am well on my way to my 2nd IM norm already, and would like a shot at the next step up the ladder.  If I am GM caliber, I am sure I will get my chance (actually I think I will have to earn it:cool:).  I have no idea if I can make the grade, but I am taking the step-by-step approach, and my next step would be SIM.
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