Welsh Correspondence Chess Federation

Rydym yn Ffrindiau - Amici Sumus

New Season: A New Hope?

Russell Sherwood  Tuesday, July 31, 2018

As the new season approaches us a few reminders:

  • Make sure you know the deadlines for entries for events you are interested in
  • Look at your current game load, how many new games can you take on?
  • Do you have an adjudication dates on any of your current games approaching? If the position is drawn then agreeing terms before the date will save work!
  • Do you know the new events coming up: (British Champs, WCCF8, Club (BCCA, SM, Natcor……), Counties and Districts, European Champs (Open and Prelim). If not then ask!

British Correspondence Chess Championship 2018

Russell Sherwood  Monday, July 30, 2018

The British Correspondence Chess Championship (BCCC) is the premier tournament on the British CC calendar. Running continuously since 1921 and open to all British players, the BCCC has carried ICCF title norms since 2016.

The BCCC caters for players of all levels and consists of a final, a candidates section and a number of reserves sections.

The BCCC is organised jointly by the English Federation for Correspondence Chess (EFCC), the Welsh Correspondence Chess Federation (WCCF) and the Scottish Correspondence Chess Association (ScoCCA).

Further details of the tournament, including the full rules and a list of previous winners, are available on the EFCC website:


Last season’s crosstables can be viewed here:

There is a first prize of £100 and a second prize of £50

WCCF can nominate up to 2 participants who met the entry criteria, part of which is holding a minimum ICCF grading of 2300. Those players rated less than 2300 may wish to enter the Candidates and Reserves Sections.


Entries close on August 31 and play is due to commence in September 2018. Anyone interested in entering should contact Russell Sherwood for further information. Entries and the entry fee of £10 should be sent to Russell Sherwood, both no later than 15th August 2018.



Cutting Edge

Russell Sherwood  Monday, July 30, 2018

New Article - trends in engine development

Under the Table(bases)

Russell Sherwood  Sunday, July 29, 2018

As an addendum to my prior article on tablebases it is worth knowing that 7 piece bases are now available for download. 

Prior to running off looking for them, make sure your broadband is fast enough (or cooperate with friends) and your choice of engine supports them!

The location will be published here in a few weeks time. Welsh players can get in touch beforehand! 

Norm Watch

Russell Sherwood  Saturday, July 28, 2018

Congratulations to Paul Hatchett on opening his Norm account in style with a CCE Norm in WCCF 5th Invitational

Paul is on target for a CCM Norm as well in this event but will need one more for the titles!

Wales v Italy - Game On!

Russell Sherwood  Thursday, July 12, 2018

Our largest Friendly to date, started today https://www.iccf.com/event?id=75262.

The official start date is the first of September but games can start now (your clocks will be frozen until the 1st of September)

Good Luck to All our players. Whilst our aim is always to win, remember Friendly matches are meant to encourage international comradeship, so enjoy a conversation with your opponent.

As we are, on average, out graded our performance target, based on current ratings is 28.5.




Russell Sherwood  Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Congratulations to Eric Nettles on winning the BCCA 2017 Postal Gold Medal Tournament and Russell Sherwood the BCCA 2017 Webserver Gold Medal Tournament

Book Review

Russell Sherwood  Sunday, July 8, 2018

Applying Logic In Chess

5th British Webserver Team Tournament

Russell Sherwood  Monday, July 2, 2018

The 5th incarnation of this event is underway......

This time we see 1 GM, 5 SIM, 18 CCM and 7 CCE taking part.

Division 1 appears to be a mouth-watering prospect with most teams able to harbour genuine title hopes!  Will Y Gwelich NiMo continue their march up the table or reinforced BCCA teams (with some players field trialling IMS!) be able to challenge the dominance of ICCF Warriors and Pawn Stars seen in recent seasons?

Division 2 looks equally interesting with Social CCA A and BCCA Kings looking to bounce back after relegation vying with ambitious Civil Service and Natcor Teams.

In Division 3 Herts and Minds and Schach Dragons look to be likely contenders but as we all know ratings don't always tell the story!

The two Division 4's  A B look to be interesting encounters and almost difficult to call at this point!

This event is so popular that 3 games have already finished!  

Let battle commence!



Adam Davies - CCE

Russell Sherwood  Saturday, June 30, 2018

Following controlled performances in a World Championship preliminaries and as part of Wales victorious North Atlantic Tournament team has achieved his Correspondence Chess Title, the first of many I am sure!

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