Welsh Correspondence Chess Federation

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John Claridge - IM not going to mock him...

Craig Evans  Sunday, July 16, 2017

It seems to have become the Welsh way that, when one of our strongest players plays a blinder of a tournament and earns a title, instead of celebrating this and congratulating them, I am asked to mercilessly taunt them through a 'comedy roast' of their play. With people like Glyn and Gareth this was easy, but surely not someone as respected as John?

Well... he was up for it, and submitted this game (from the tournament which earned him his first IM norm) which he admitted to being very proud of. As well he might be, as he played a beautiful game... I can only assume his opponent was hoping for a share of the brilliancy prize though, as he goes wrong from the very first move... Enjoy!

The British Correspondence Chess Championship

Austin Lockwood  Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The British Correspondence Chess Championship (BCCC) is the premier tournament on the British CC calendar. Running continuously since 1921 and open to all British players, the BCCC has carried ICCF title norms since 2016.

The BCCC caters for players of all levels and consists of a final, a candidates section and a number of reserves sections.

The BCCC is organised jointly by the English Federation for Correspondence Chess (EFCC), the Welsh Correspondence Chess Federation (WCCF) and the Scottish Correspondence Chess Association (ScoCCA).

Further details of the tournament, including the full rules and a list of previous winners, are available on the EFCC website:


Last season’s crosstables can be viewed here:

There is a first prize of £100 and a second prize of £50

To enter, please contact the tournament director, Phill Beckett (phillipbeckett@yahoo.com), with your ICCF ID number; the £10 entry fee can be sent by PayPal through the EFCC website (under “Online Fee Payment” in the left-hand margin) or by cheque (payable to EFCC) to:

Phill Beckett
Brough House
Church Laneham
Notts DN22 0NQ

The closing date for entries is 31st August 2017, the start date will be 1st October 2017.


Hill Street Blues

Russell Sherwood  Sunday, July 9, 2017

Interesting information for Welsh Players

The Great Escape

Russell Sherwood  Saturday, July 8, 2017

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International Master title for John Claridge!

Austin Lockwood  Thursday, July 6, 2017

Congratulations to John, for a final IM norm and the title from a very strong performance in the 7th North Atlantic Team Tournament (Board Four) - an event which Wales are now looking completely in control of.

Tooting My Own Horn

Craig Evans  Monday, July 3, 2017

This week for a change (and somewhat inspired by Russell's interesting discussion on the British penchant for self-deprecation), I thought it would be interesting to analyse one of my own games. Not only this, but to choose a game I won, and be positive about it. I have spent a lot of time over the years putting myself and my chess-playing down, so I've picked a game I am quite proud of, and instead of picking holes, looked for the moments I am happy with. It is far from perfect I'm sure, and in years to come I'm sure the opening I chose to play will be picked apart... but until then, this was one of my first 'good' wins.

There is little in the way of substantive analysis - there isn't meant to be really. It's more the psychological side that I am interested in beyond the opening, as it was one of the first CC games where I played with confidence and aggression from the get-go.

One other interesting sub-plot was the speed at which my opponent was moving - another issue that Russell has commented on elsewhere is players playing too quickly (something I am also prone to!). It was this, in part, that tempted me to play in such enterprising fashion. So, here's the game - I hope it is entertaining in some way.

Season Planning

Russell Sherwood  Saturday, July 1, 2017

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No Bragging Please, We're British!

Russell Sherwood  Wednesday, June 21, 2017

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Form is Temporary, Class is Permanent

Russell Sherwood  Tuesday, June 20, 2017

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Esko Nuutilainen Memorial Team Tournament

Russell Sherwood  Sunday, June 4, 2017

Good Luck to the Welsh Team

Drawn in a tough group with the Czech Republic, Russia, Romania, Lithuania, Slovenia, Latvia, France, Canada, Venezuela and Turkey.


1. CCE Dale Cannon

2. Aytac Yuce

3. Paul Scott

4. Paul Keevil

5. Craig Evans

6. Colin Denham


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