Welsh Correspondence Chess Federation

Rydym yn Ffrindiau - Amici Sumus

James O'Grady Memorial

Russell Sherwood  Sunday, December 10, 2017

Well done to Gareth Yeo in winning the James O'Grady Memorial with a score of 8/12.

Gareth was chased home by the two German representatives on 7.5/12



71st European Individual Championship

Russell Sherwood  Sunday, December 10, 2017



The 71st Finals are underway. Good luck to Tony Balshaw, flying the Welsh flag!


WCCF Congress completed.

Russell Sherwood  Sunday, November 12, 2017

Wales historic first International Title Tournament is now finished!

Congratulations to Lars Milde (Ger) on his fine win with 7.5/12 .

As one of the first tournaments to offer CCE/CCM Norm, this event generated 19 Title Norms!


Annotated game from 2017 Ward-Higgs County Championship by John Thornton

Austin Lockwood  Wednesday, November 1, 2017

John Thornton has submitted the attached game from the 2017 Ward-Higgs.  This tournament only started last month, this game was completed in under two weeks!

John writes:

The whole game took under a fortnight, which I'm sure is long in 'short correspondence games' terms, but the remarkable thing to me is that this and my 31 move Black game in the event had both finished with a mating attack before the last game in the event had been started.

Humanity's Last Stand?

Russell Sherwood  Wednesday, October 25, 2017

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Clean sweep in the Qualifiers for Andrew Smith

Russell Sherwood  Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Well done to Andrew Smith for achieving 12/12 in the Welsh Championship Qualifiers section https://www.iccf.com/event?id=68347.

This is a very difficult result to achieve in modern CC, regardless of the tournament!

Andrew has now booked his place for the next Welsh Championships!

Here we see the fine form in his win over likely 2nd place, Eleanor Collins.

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Three games from the Welsh CC Championship analysed by GM Jonathan Speelman!

Austin Lockwood  Sunday, October 8, 2017

John Thornton has had three of his games from the Welsh CC Championship included in GM Speelman's regular column on ChessBase, Speelman's Agony.


Glyn Sinnett, CCE Title Awarded!

Austin Lockwood  Sunday, October 8, 2017

Congratulations to Glyn on achieving the ICCF Correspondence Chess Expert title!

Glyn achieved his norms in the WCCF Congress Invitational and the Germany CCM/CCE 01 C invitational

Hopefully Glyn will now move on to the CCM title!

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WCCF Member Organisations Team Tournament II

Austin Lockwood  Tuesday, October 3, 2017

The 2015 edition of this tournament is now completed, congratulations to the BCCA Wildcats!


The annual WCCF member organisations tournament is free to enter for teams and open to all affiliated CC clubs, this is just one of the benefits of affiliation.  Please contact us if you represent any CC organisation which has Welsh members for more details.

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ICCF World Cup 22

Austin Lockwood  Thursday, September 28, 2017

The tournament will be played by webserver. ICCF standard time control 10 moves in 40 days with duplication after 20 days is used; 45 days leave per year, no special leave). Linear conditionals can be entered. It will be organized in three stages. Usually each group consists of 11-13 players in the preliminary round, 9-13 in the semi-final round and 9-15 in the final round. Each player plays one game with every player of his group simultaneously.

The event will be rated with title norms, which are usually possible at the semi-final and final stages.


Players may enter in the usual way through WCCF or via the ICCF Direct Entry system

Entries via WCCF are £9.00 and should either be sent via PayPal on the WCCF website or by cheque to the treasurer.

Allocation of players to the preliminary and semifinal groups 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 2017-12-15.

Registration will begin immediately and will close on 2017-11-10 to allow for pairings.

All preliminary groups will finish on 2019-06-30.

Any unfinished games that will decide promotional positions in the group will be adjudicated.

The semi-finals are expected to start on 2019-09-01 at the latest. 

The final is expected to start on 2021-09-01 at the latest.


As confirmed at the ICCF Congress 2013, the total prize fund for this event will be 6,000 EUR with, for the first time, prizes also awarded to winners of the Preliminary and Semi-final Sections (such prizes, each to the value of approximately 25 EUR, will be in the form of online vouchers or other chess material with tie-breaks to be applied if necessary to determine section winners).

In the Final medals and certificates will be awarded to the top 3 players (if necessary tie-breaks will be applied to determine the top 3 places). Also in the Final cash prizes of 1,000 EUR, 600 EUR, 300 EUR and 100 EUR will be awarded to the top 4 players. Tie-breaks will not be applied in respect of these cash prizes and instead those players scoring equal points will equally share any prize money due.


The number of promotions will depend on total entries received, but it is initially assumed that the first two players of each preliminary section will qualify for the World Cup semi-final. The winner of each semi-final section will qualify for the World Cup final.

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

In addition, those players who qualified for World Cup 21 and 22 Finals will also be entitled to play in the semi-final stage of World Cup 23 and the winners of WC 21 and 22 Finals will be eligible to participate in World Cup Final 23.

The following qualifications can be achieved in the final:

§  the winner and the runner-up may enter directly a World Championship Candidates (tie break applies) (upon payment of the entry fee) (ICCF Tournament Rules, Article 1.3.1.(d));

§  the winner of the World Cup Final 22 will qualify for the final of the next World Cup Tournament without paying any entry fee (ICCF Tournament Rules, Article 3.6) and will be awarded the SIM title (ICCF Tournament Rules, Article 10.6.(c));

§  participants in the final round have the right to take part in the semi-final round of the next correspondence chess World Cup tournament (upon payment of the entry fee) (ICCF Tournament Rules, Article 3.6)

§  the participants in a Final of the ICCF World Cup Tournament who finished in place 3 or 4 (tie break applies) or scored at least 60% of the possible points may enter directly a World Championship semi-finals (upon payment of the entry fee) (ICCF Tournament Rules, Article 1.2.1.(e));

§  the participants in a Final of the ICCF World Cup Tournament who scored at least 50% of the possible points may enter directly a World Championship Preliminaries (upon payment of the entry fee) (ICCF Tournament Rules, Article 1.1.1.(e)).

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:


Joop Jansen, Central Tournament Leader

Russell Sherwood ICCF Non-Title Tournament Commissioner

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