Welsh Correspondence Chess Federation

Rydym yn Ffrindiau - Amici Sumus

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.


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.


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


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%


Double Trouble

Russell Sherwood  Tuesday, May 7, 2019

The British Ladies Correspondence Chess Championship 2017/18 concluded with a tie fo 1st place between pre-event favourites, LGM Helen Sherwood (WLS) and LGM Dawn Williamson (ENG)

On the same day, Helen achieved a minimum of shared 1st place in the 2018/19 event, with a likely shared 1st place, also again with LGM Williamson!


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British Correspondence Chess Championship 2017-2019

Russell Sherwood  Tuesday, May 7, 2019


A strong Welsh performance in this event from Gareth Yeo in 2nd place and Ian Jones in 3rd, both following Praveen Rallabandi in 1st place.

Great play from both Gareth and Ian, with Ian reversing the result with Russell Sherwood from the previous year.

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Entries are now being accepted for the 2019 Welsh Correspondence Chess Championship

Austin Lockwood  Sunday, May 5, 2019

The 2019 WCCC will start on 7th June.

Entry is free for all WCCF Premium Members, please send your name and ICCF ID to [email protected] before 1st June 2019.

Please note that in order to qualify for the WCCC, you must play under the Welsh flag in ICCF.

If you do not have an ICCF ID, please visit https://iccf.com/ and follow the "New Player" link (there is no fee to register as a Welsh player on ICCF); we usually aim to confirm the accounts of new Welsh players within two days.

Once you have a confirmed ICCF account, upgrade to WCCF Premium Membership is quick and easy using PayPal; log onto https://welshccf.org.uk/ using your usual ICCF ID and password. From the menu in the right-hand corner of the screen, select "My Membership" - from there you can pay £5.00 for membership using PayPal, and this will be confirmed immediately.

The rules of the championship are available here:


Previous winners are listed here:


Please send any enquires to [email protected]

Austin Lockwood

WCCF Secretary

Norm Watch

Russell Sherwood  Saturday, May 4, 2019

Hot on the heels of his IM Title, Gareth Yeo has both joined and become the front runner in the SIM Title race with a Norm in George Pyrich Memorial Section 2

Below is the win that crossed the line!

Tournament Update: 2nd States and Regions

Russell Sherwood  Sunday, April 28, 2019

Despite the start date not being until the 1st of May, the play has been brisk with 8 games completed in the 1st Division and 34 in the Second. Unusually for modern Correspondence Chess over 50% of the games have been decisive.

The offer of Norms on all boards in this popular and well-received tournament seems to have prompted positive play and planning for the next renewal is underway, considering that enquires have already been received!

States and Regions CCC 2019 Division One

Still plenty of manoeuvring taking place. Stand out result so far is Sherwood - Vivante- Sowter 1-0, with some poison found in an off-beat Nimzo-Indian line, although still a while before this game becomes public! 

States and Regions CCC 2019 Division Two

Early days but Wes Wales Dragons (Jean, Scott, Denton and Smith) are  the standout team so far 


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Austin Lockwood  Saturday, April 13, 2019

The 300th follower of the WCCF Twitter account signed up this weekend (not bad, as we still have fewer than 100 members!).

For anyone with an interest in the articles published on this website, Twitter is a great way of keeping up to date - sign up here:


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IM TItle

Russell Sherwood  Friday, April 12, 2019

Congratulations go to Gareth Yeo on achieving thee ICCF IM Title with a fine Norm in WS/GMN/64  

Gareth took the hard route to the title, achieving three Norms to gather the necessary games. In achieving the Title, Gaeth took the Welsh IM count to six!

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