In June this year the AICCF server completed 12 years of operation. These 12 years have seen prolific tournament participation and growth of new members as would never have been possible without our own dedicated CC server.
The server host QualiSpace was troublesome right from its start in 2009. There were 3 major server crashes, the first instance being 2nd March 2012. Our discussions with QualiSpace never resulted in a solution to our satisfaction. Consequently we were always thinking of migrating to another server.
The final decision to change the server host was made towards the beginning of this year. We also decided to change the domain name and consequently the name of the federation would change. The word “Correspondence” carries with it a memory of the post-card era and we had stopped all postcard play since 2011. We decided on AIWCF (All India Web Chess Federation) instead of AICCF (All India Correspondence Chess Federation). We selected GoDaddy as the new host as they have the reputation of being the best service provider in India and perhaps globally. We selected the domain name aiwcf.org.
The transition to the new provider took place on 21st July 2021. The table below shows the time-line. In the table, “Members informed” indicates bulk email to all members and message on WhatsApp group.
|21 July 2021||08:07||aiccf-chess.com/server closed|
|21 July 2021||08:16||Members informed about server migration|
|21 July 2021||08:51||aiwcf.org/server operational. Testing done.|
|21 July 2021||09:10||Redirect notice on aiccf-chess.com|
|21 July 2021||09:20||Members informed of new server
YourMove Phone App not functional
|22 July 2021||06:04||YourMove mobile App updated
First Moves on the New Server
On 21st July:
- At 10:01 AM R.K.Chauhan made his 29th move against Gautam De in 1518.
- At 10:07 AM Sameeh Nazrulla made his 12th move against S.Anpazhakan in M099.
- At 11:40 AM Arnab Sengupta reported that he was able to login but could not see his games. This was quickly resolved. Since then, the new server is running smoothly.
- At 06:15 AM Amit Kumar Sharma was the first user of YourMove mobile App on the new server, delivering mate to his opponent in M093.
With a view towards better and more reliable service, we moved the AICCF server to GoDaddy hosting. At the same time we changed our name from AICCF to AIWCF since “Web” better represents the way we play compared to postcards and email of a bygone era.