Some etymological considerations
The name of our team takes inspiration from the famous novel "The Three Musketeers" of Alexandre Dumas.
In the 17th century, the Musketeers were proud soldiers who had to take care of the royal crown. In Alexandre Dumas' novel, the three Musketeers Athos, Porthos and Aramis meet D'Artagnan, a young Gascon arrived in Paris to become Musketeer, and build a strong friendship with him. Together, these four Musketeers will fight hard to defend the crown and save the queen.
Hence our team name: Les Mousquetaires du Roi, paying homage to those four proud Musketeers but also to the King, which at chess is the main piece.
Alexandre Dumas is one of the greatest french writers of the 19th century and he is the god-parent of our team.
About correspondence chess
Correspondence chess game is similar to the traditional chess game, but instead of playing face to face around a table, the players are separated by distance and send their moves using postal mail, e-mail, fax or even now using a dedicated server (which receives, checks and records the moves).
The game rules as established by FIDE (International Chess Federation) apply, only the way to transmit the moves is different. It enables to play games that can last from several weeks for the quickest players to several years for the slowest players (yet rarely more than 2 years).
In the particular case of this ICCF Champions League, we are four correspondence chess players associated in a single team and each one of us plays against his/her counterpart of each of the opponent teams (see "Our team" page), but outside this association between us, play proceeds as in individual tournaments.
Following "over the board" play, a lot of tournaments are organized for correspondence chess, at national level (each country has got its own federation, e.g. in France this is AJEC) as well as international level. This Champions League naturally belongs to the international tournaments and sees fights between teams and players from all countries around the world.
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Page updated on March 8th 2006