Welsh Correspondence Chess Federation

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Bill Flew Memorial

Austin Lockwood  Saturday, March 21, 2020

The Bill Flew Memorial is now completed; congratulations to Ian Jones for winning this event with 7.5/8


William Davies Evans Correspondence Cup

Russell Sherwood  Wednesday, March 18, 2020

The Welsh Correspondence Chess Federation and Welsh Chess Union are pleased to announce the William Davies Evans Correspondence Cup.

With the widespread disruption of Over the Board Chess events due to the Covid-19 Virus, we are partnering to organize a server-based Correspondence Chess Tournament.

The event will be held utilizing the Silli Tournament system, where each player will play 8 simultaneous games against players drawn from a pool of all competitors. 

An example of this is:


Entry is open to members of either the WCCF or WCU, who are either resident in Wales or play under the Welsh Flag. In all cases players will be required to register on ICCF.com (which is both free and where the games will be played)

The tournament will be Engine Free (on an honour basis) and unrated and played at a rate of 3 days per move plus a 10 day buffer, otherwise played under ICCF Tournament rules.

To support this event a series on articles on how to play Engine-Free Correspondence Chess will be published on https://www.welshccf.org.uk/

Entries will be accepted until 28th March, with an expected start date of 29th March 2020.

The winner of the event will be awarded with a small trophy.

If you are interested in entering the event please contact Russell Sherwood, WCCF Treasurer at [email protected] 

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WCCF Trios

Russell Sherwood  Sunday, March 15, 2020

The next round of WCCF Trios will commence in April.

All Premium or International members are entitled to enter two Trios per membership cycle, otherwise the cost if £2 per Trio.

Any player wishing to take part in the next set of trios should contact Russell Sherwood

Examples can be seen at https://www.iccf.com/event?id=58305


4th Individual Zonal Tournament

Russell Sherwood  Saturday, March 14, 2020

Dinand Knol, the organizer of Individual Zonal Tournament, has announced the 4th edition of IZT. There will be 12 groups of 9 players each,


Each National Federation is guaranteed to have one participant and may nominate few additional players to fill vacancies. 

Entry fee is 5 Euro per player.

This event will start with a preliminary stage consisting of groups of 9 players each in categories 1-3. 

Players can qualify for CCE, CCM and IM title norms.

The top three finishers of each group will qualify for the semi final stage in at least category 4.

Participants must have a fixed ICCF rating of between 2200 and 2375.

Start date is March,31.


Any Welsh player interested in entering should get in touch at [email protected]


Norm Watch

Russell Sherwood  Friday, March 13, 2020

Congratulations to Phillip Dean on picking up both a SIM and IM Norm in WCCF 7th Invitational

Phillip DeanSIM NormWCCF 7

6th British Web server Team Tournament Team-Player Matching List

Russell Sherwood  Sunday, March 8, 2020

To be added to the list or to make contact with a player/team on the list contact [email protected]


ICCF IDTitleNameFed2012/2 RatingComment
 810278 Rhys JonesWLS 2149 
 620778 Benjamin MajorSCOUnrated 
 160017IMJose Maria Lanz Calavia ESP2329 

6th British Web server Team Tournament

Russell Sherwood  Sunday, March 8, 2020

The Welsh Correspondence Chess Federation (WCCF) are pleased to announce that entries for the Sixth British Webserver Team Tournament are now open; this tournament will start on 12th April 2020. The entry fee remains £20.00 per team. Entries should be sent to [email protected] and include the team name and the names, board numbers, and ICCF ID numbers of the team captain and each of the four players. The closing date for entries is Friday 10th April 2020. We will inform you of payment arrangements on receipt of your entry.

The full rules of the tournament are available on the WCCF website:


There are two significant changes from the 5th season.

  1. Guaranteed time of 3 days per move will be utilised. (In simple terms this means that a player cannot be “timed out” as long as they make a move every 3 days)
  2. Only 1 player in the team is required to be British registered (Welsh, Scottish or English)

We will be operating a Player-Team matching service, so any team looking for player or players look for a team should contact make contact on the address above.


Division One

  • Champions: Y Gweilch NiMo
  • Relegated: ICCF Warriors and BCCA Sovereigns

Division Two

  • Champions: BCCA Kings
  • Promoted: BCCA Kings and Civil Service A
  • Relegated: Natcor A and White Rose B

Division Three

  • Champions: Schach Dragons
  • Promoted: Schach Dragons and Herts and Minds 
  • Relegated: BCCA Endgamers and Civil Service B

Division Four A

  • Champions: BCCA Tacticians
  • Promoted: BCCA Tacticians and Social CCA B

Division Four B

  • Champions: BCCA Cavaliers
  • Promoted: BCCA Cavaliers and BCCA Bishops


Please note that each team should include at least one player playing under the flag of Wales, Scotland, England, Northern Ireland, or a British crown dependency or overseas territory; there are no restrictions on the nationalities of the other two players. Returning teams should include at least two members from Season Four, or they will be considered to be a new team.

New teams are very welcome, and will normally start in the lowest division, however the WCCF Executive Committee reserve the right to allocate teams to higher divisions should it be merited.

For further information, please do not hesitate to contact me at [email protected]

Russell Sherwood

WCCF Treasurer



11th Euro Team Championships Final

Russell Sherwood  Thursday, March 5, 2020

To be confirmed but recent results appear to have qualified Wales for the 11th Euro Team Championship Final.  We are in good company with Scotland also qualifying from Group 1. Sadly England were unable to progress, finishing 6th in our group.







ICCF Congress, 2020

Austin Lockwood  Tuesday, March 3, 2020

ICCF is now soliciting proposals for the 2020 Congress, to be held in Glasgow from 23-27 August.  The list of proposals for discussion and voting at Congress can be seen here:


WCCF is a democratic ICCF member federation, with an open and transparent decision making process; Premium members may submit their ideas and suggestions to the Executive Committee to be considered for official Welsh submissions to ICCF Congress.  This is your opportunity to use your voice and to influence change for the better.

The deadline for submitting proposals is 23rd June; WCCF will then run a consultation with Premium members to determine which of the proposals we will support with our vote.

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