Welsh Correspondence Chess Federation

Rydym yn Ffrindiau - Amici Sumus

Welsh Trios

Russell Sherwood  Sunday, September 27, 2020

The next round of Welsh Trios are planned to start in mid-October. If you wish to take part and are either a premium or international WCCF member please get in touch by the 4th of October


European Zone v World Zone Match

Russell Sherwood  Sunday, September 27, 2020

The number of slots per federation has increased to 10 - if you are interested in playing and have not got in contact please do so ASAP


European Team Cup - Semi-Final Team

Russell Sherwood  Sunday, September 27, 2020

The window for applications is now closed and we had many more wanting to play than spaces available. Successful players will be notified in the next few days. Span and Russia here we come!

Euro Team Cup

Wales vs Norway Friendly

Russell Sherwood  Sunday, September 27, 2020

We are planning a friendly match with Norway, starting in October. 

This will be suitable for all ratings and will involve 2 games per player. If you are interested in taking part contact Andrew Smth 

Friendly Match

New Event Starts

British Championship 2020

Russell Sherwood  Tuesday, September 15, 2020

The 2020 renewal is underway and this year is easily the strongest of the modern era and probably the strongest ever.

British Championship 20/22   Category 7 - 2407 Average Rating

Yeo (2482), Sherwood(2435), Lockwood (2401), Jones (2391) , Bishop(2375) represent Welsh Interests

British Candidates A 2020/22 Category 2 - 2300 Average Rating

Sherwood(2389), Sherwood(2368), Scott(2290) and Jones (2280) are the Welsh contingent

British Reserves A 2020/22 Category B

Bullen (2118( and Bailey (2086) represent Welsh Interests

British Reserves B 2020/22 Category B

Wakeham (2161) and Jones (2127) take on the challenge


WCCF AGM Technical Session

Russell Sherwood  Monday, September 14, 2020

Dear Players,

For those planning to attend or to tempt others as reminder that we will start with a technical session. I have a few questions from players:

  • Setting up LZ0
  • Setting up SF NNUE
  • Play Like Rallabandi
  • BluePrint 2300
  • What is backsliding and how does it work

If you have anything any burning questions let me know in advance, as it is far easier to give an reasonable answer in the limited time we will have with some preparation in advance



2nd EU Chess 960 Individual Championship

Russell Sherwood  Monday, September 14, 2020


ICCF Europa is delighted to announce new tournament at chess 960 - the second EU Chess 960 Individual Championship.

The tournament will be played by server and will be organized in three stages (might be in two stages depending from the number of the entries). The sections of the preliminary round will have 5 to 6 players (8 or 10 games) with 2 qualified for the next round. All sections will be with double round-robin (players will have the same position with Black and White but all positions will defer from one opponent to another). Time control will be Triple Block (Duration of Tournament: 302 days, Initial Clock: 50 days, Initial Bank: 51 days, Increment: 1 day). The event will be rated for Chess 960 rating system.


Players may enter the usual way through the ICCF Server Entry System. The closing of the registrations is 15th of October 2020. A player may apply for more than one preliminary section.

Allocation of players to their sections will be made as random as possible; however, geographical distribution as well as an achievement of reasonable equality of the average rating will be taken into account.

Tournament Organization

The tournament will start on November 15, 2020. The closing of the registrations is October 15, 2020 to allow for pairings

The semifinal stage is expected to be started not later than September 15, 2021.

The final is expected to be started not later than August 15, 2022.


The winner and the runner-up of each preliminary section will qualify for the next round. Qualifications to the Final depend on number of semifinal sections.

Although the number of preliminary sections which each player may enter is unlimited, no player will qualify for more than two semifinal sections or more than one place in the final.

Member Federations are asked to give the tournament wide publicity to all their players.

We wish all participants many interesting games and new connections with CC friends in other countries, based on the spirit of friendship and the ICCF motto AMICI SUMUS.

 Tournament Organiser: SIM Andrey Pavlikov, IA, EU Zonal Director

Zone 1 (Europe) Finance Director Election - Candidates Sort

Russell Sherwood  Monday, September 14, 2020

Due to the resignation of Jan Vosselman, ICCF Zone 1 Finance Director, for personal reasons, the mid-term election process is needed.

Nominations are invited from respective Member Federations for the following position:

Zone 1 Finance Director

It is the right of each member federation to nominate candidates for the above position, providing that:

1. The nominee is a current member of their Federation (which must be a full ICCF Member Federation), and

2. The nominee has confirmed his or her willingness to be nominated.

Any Welsh player interested in exploring this opportunity should contact Austin Lockwood by the 28/9/2020

Zone 1 vs World Zone Friendly Match

Russell Sherwood  Monday, September 14, 2020

ICCF Zone 1 and ICCF World Zone are delighted to announce that a friendly match Europe v World Zone will be organized in November, 2020.

1. The match will be played on ICCF webserver, ICCF Playing Rules will apply. Time control is 10 moves in 40 days with duplication after 20 days.

2. Number of boards is expected 100 to 150.

3. Any Zone 1 (Europa) National Federation may nominate up to 4 players for the Europe Team (usually some NFs are not represented in friendly matches, however it would be good if all players will be set in order). Deadline is October 1, 2020.

4. Each player will play two games (one with White, one with Black) against her/his opponent on her/his board.

5. Start date is November 1, 2020.

6. Team Captains are SIM Andrey Pavlikov (Europe) and IM Juan Alberto Martello (world Zone). 

7. Tournament Director will be announced later.

8. Order of boards will be set in accordance with ICCF ratings being taken from up-to-date rating list (i.e. 2020/4).


If you wish to be nominated for this event please get in touch with Russell Sherwood by 24/9/2020 

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