Welsh Correspondence Chess Federation

Rydym yn Ffrindiau - Amici Sumus

2019 Welsh Correspondence Chess Championship

Austin Lockwood  Saturday, June 1, 2019

Is now underway, under the direction of new Austrian tournament director Berhard Lorenz.

Good luck to all participants!

https://www.iccf.com/event?id=80236

Welsh Championship

EU Memorial Werner Stern (server)

Russell Sherwood  Thursday, May 30, 2019

ICCF Europa

Announcement – Memorial Tournament

ICCF Europa has the pleasure to announce a new memorial tournament.

To pay a permanent tribute to the memory of a great player in the history of  EU and World correspondence chess Werner Stern. He is the only player to have won the European Championship twice. We have already started a postal tournament and now it is time to begin server one.

 

The tournament is reserved for EU players and will be played by the server and will be organized in two stages. The sections of the preliminary round will have 9-15 players (8 to14 games). The Final will be played in few groups – main group for the winners of each section; one to three consolation Finals will be organized for runner-ups. A number of qualified players will depend on the number of entries and will be announced prior to a start date. The event will be rated.

 

Entries

Players may enter in the usual way through the ICCF Server Entry System. A player can apply for more than one preliminary group.

The closing of the registrations is the 15th of June 2019.

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 25 June 2019. Time control will be Triple Block (Duration of Tournament: 350 days; Initial Clock: 50 days; Initial Bank: 75 days; Increment: 1 day). Registration will close on 15 June 2019 to allow for pairings. The event will be rated. No Title norms in preliminaries.

Finals (13-17 players in each section) will start not later than 1 May 2020. Time control will be Triple Block (Duration of Tournament: 500 days; Initial Clock: 50 days; Initial Bank: 50 days; Increment: 3 days). The event will be rated. It is expected norms for ICCF SIM, IM, CCM, CCE will be set in the main Final and norms for ICCF IM, CCM, CCE will be set in Consolation Final.

 

Prizes

All winners of preliminary sections redeemable against entry fees to qualifying tournaments on the ICCF Website.

There will be a prize fund for top three finishers in the main Final (total amount will be announced later).

Top three finishers of each consolation Final redeemable against entry fees to qualifying tournaments on the ICCF Website.

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.

 

TO: IA Andrey Pavlikov (Zonal Director for Europe)

TD: IA Uwe Staroske

 

In memoriam GM-ICCF Werner Stern

Werner Stern recently passed away at the age of 86 years. Werner was a physicist by profession and lived in Bremen for many years. Werner played correspondence chess for more than 50 years and celebrated many successes; he was the first European Champion (individual) and achieved this title for a second time to become the 7th European Champion. Werner obtained the IM title in 1990, the SIM title in 2001 and gained the Grandmaster title in 2009.

In national championships, Werner became the 20th Veterans Champion of Germany (2002 - 2005)

Werner is the only player to have won the European Championship twice. The confident way, in which he won both tournaments is remarkable; in the first European Championship, he achieved 13,5 Points/14 games - 3,5 points ahead of the second and third placed players Risto Kauranan and H. Ernst. In the 7th European Championship, he again won with a remarkable 12 points/14 games (11 wins, 2 draws, 1 loss) 2 points ahead of the following players. In finale no. 28 Werner became Vice European Champions, only 0,5 behind the winner Janis Vitomskis.

Also in the World Championships Werner played many interesting and nice games; he won his group in the Candidates Tournaments of the 15th  World Championship and achieved a further qualification to Final in the 19th Candidates Tournament. Werner played two finals, ended in the upper midfield and played lots of wonderful games. He repeatedly beat top world-class players in an impressive manner.

We will always honour his memory. Rest in peace, dear Werner!

ICCFMemorialWerner Stern

CCM Norm and Title for Alex Sherwood

Russell Sherwood  Thursday, May 30, 2019

With a win in 5to ANIVERSARIO FEDAPVEN IM CELSO SANCHEZ GRUPO B2, Alex Sherwood picks up his 2nd CCM Norm and the Title

Below is the win that secured the title

Alex SherwoodCCM TitleNorm Watch

43rd World Championship Semi-Finals

Russell Sherwood  Sunday, May 26, 2019

The Semi-Final's of the 43td ICCF World Correspondence Championship have commenced. Welsh Interests are in SF6 and SF7

In WCCC43SF 6  Gareth Yeo has the opportunity to continue his run of excellent form

In WCCC43SF 7 John Claridge has another opportunity to become the 2nd Welsh SIM

In Gareth's case 8/12 is required for a GM Norm and for John 7/12 for the SIM

Gareth YeoJohn ClaridgeSemi FinalWCCC

SIM Norm and Title for Gareth Yeo

Russell Sherwood  Thursday, May 23, 2019

In a genuine landmark for Welsh CC, Gareth Yeo has scored his second SIM Norm in WS/GMN/64 

This secures the Senior International Master Tile for Gareth, a first for Welsh CC.

Below we have the win, which secured the Title.

Gareth YeoNorm WatchSIM Title

2019 Welsh Correspondence Chess Championship

Austin Lockwood  Tuesday, May 21, 2019

A reminder that entries are due by 1st June.

Please send your details to [email protected]

Welsh Championship

George D. Pyrich Memorial Team Tournament Preliminaries Underway

Russell Sherwood  Sunday, May 19, 2019

The George Pyrih Memorial Team Tournament is underway.

Wales have been drawn as 6th seeds in George D. Pyrich Memorial Team Tournament SF1

Wales group includes : Switzerland, France, Spain, England, Italy, Finland, Slovenia, Panama, Lithuania and Slovakia

Good Luck to The Welsh Team of 1) Paul Scott 2) Nick Bishop 3) Andrew Smith 4) Peter Bevan 5) Stephen Bailey and 6) Marc Wakeham

George Pyrich Memorial

The smallest of margins.....

Russell Sherwood  Saturday, May 18, 2019

The Germany Candidate Master 04-C has completed with a win for Alexander Lipecki (GER). In 2nd place by the smallest of SB margins is IM John Claridge.

Below is a fine win of John's from the event

John ClaridgeTournament report

1st EU Chess 960 Individual Championship

Russell Sherwood  Sunday, May 12, 2019

ICCF Europa is delighted to announce new tournament at chess 960 - the first 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). The 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.

Entries

Players may enter in the usual way through the ICCF Server Entry System. The closing of the registrations is 5th of June 2019. A player may apply for more than one preliminary section.

Entry fee is 6.00 Euro to be paid via National Federation; 9.00 Euro to be paid via DE Program.

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 15 June 2019. The closing of the registrations is 5th of June 2019 to allow for pairings

The semifinal stage is expected to be started not later than 1 May 2020.

The final is expected to be started not later than 15 March 2021.

Qualifications

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

Andrey Pavlikov, Zonal Director for Europe

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5th British Webserver Team Tournament

Russell Sherwood  Tuesday, May 7, 2019

 

5th British WS Tournament - Division 1

8 games remaining and a tight finish with all bar one team still capable of achieving first place.

Stand game appears to be Rhodes- Relyea on Board 3

5th British WS Tournament - Division 2

The division has completed with the BCCA Kings and Civil Service A promoted and Natcor A and White Rose B relegated.

A most interesting game was Gareth Yeo' win against James Mansoon

5th British WS Tournament - Division 3

Lots still to play for with 16 games remaining. Schrach Dragons and Herts and Minds appear to have secured the promotion spots but could still be caught by the BCCA Rooks and BCCA Griffins. Cannon-Scott could well prove a decisive game

5th British WS Tournament - Division 4A

BCCA Tacticians secured easy promotion with a 90% score! Credit goes to Michael Farmer and JDM Tymms on 100% scores!

5th British WS Tournament - Division 4B

BCCA Cavaliers performed almost as well as BCCA Tacitians by scoring 85% with Pablo Mourjan and David Elwood also scoring 100%

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