Welsh Correspondence Chess Federation

Rydym yn Ffrindiau - Amici Sumus

7th WebChess Open Semi-Finals

Russell Sherwood  Saturday, December 22, 2018

Welsh interests in these events are with:

Mark Adams - https://www.iccf.com/event?id=77331

Alex Sherwood - https://www.iccf.com/event?id=77332 & https://www.iccf.com/event?id=77335

Helen Sherwood https://www.iccf.com/event?id=77336  & https://www.iccf.com/event?id=77340

Gareth Yeo https://www.iccf.com/event?id=77338

Ian Jones https://www.iccf.com/event?id=77339


All sections are headline Category 4 , however due to the nature of individually calculated Norm requirements, quite a wide spread of Norm opportunities and requirements can be observed , which could not be avoided as the average rating sits just about the Norm boundary, meaning roughly half the players are in a Cat 3 and other half are in a Cat 4 event in practice

An interesting player mix with 2 GM, 11 SIM, 13 IM, 53 LGM/CCM and 34 CCE Entries from 39 Nations.  Welsh players continue to perform well, placing us 6th in the league table of entries and much higher when population Is taken into account!

With the spread of ratings, Welsh opportunities look interesting! Also whilst same familiar faces are represented it should be a fairly new set of opposition on the whole!

SICALM - December

Russell Sherwood  Tuesday, December 18, 2018

New Article

All that glitters.......

Russell Sherwood  Sunday, November 11, 2018

Here we have an annotated game from John Thornton which highlights the pitfalls in believing the Engine evaluation to the detriment of your own chess knowledge!

Updated Tuesday, December 18, 2018 by Russell Sherwood

43rd World Correspondence Chess Championship - Preliminaries

Russell Sherwood  Tuesday, December 18, 2018

The Preliminary round for the next World Championship cycle has been announced. We have a limited number of nominations available. If you would like to be considered then please get in touch  by 28th January 2019. Please note (a) This event is not a free tournament (Details are on the website) and (b) A minimum rating of 2250 on the 2019/1 



Better Thinking, Better Chess: How a Grandmaster Finds his Moves - GM Joel Benjamin

Russell Sherwood  Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Book Review

ICCF Rule Changes from Jan 1st

Russell Sherwood  Monday, December 17, 2018


Y Dreigiau Cymreig are the Champions

Russell Sherwood  Sunday, December 16, 2018

Following a spate of results in other games, Y Dreigiau Cymreig are confirmed as the Champions in the British Correspondence Chess Team Championship 2017, as they now cannot be caught!

Unfortunately, the EFCC has decided not to run the event in 2018, however, an exciting new opportunity will be communicated in the near future.

As a side note, the Counties and Districts Championship is expected to start in Early January.


Tournament Update

Russell Sherwood  Sunday, December 16, 2018

The 11th European Team Championship Semi-Finals continue to move towards a nail-biting finish with almost all team's still in contention for Qualification.

Wales remain in contention with 35.5 points and 4 remaining games.

A fascinating result from Ian Jones is shown below.....

Correspondence Chess in Britain and Ireland, 1824-1987

Russell Sherwood  Saturday, December 15, 2018

Book Review

10th Inter-Zonal Team Tournament

Russell Sherwood  Saturday, December 15, 2018

The ICCF's 10th Inter-Zonal Team Tournament is primarily for those players >2200 as at 30/11/2018 (2018/4), who want to earn the ICCF Titles CCE, CCM, IM and possibly SIM/GM, although entries rated between 2150 and 2199 will be considered for the lower boards. Players with a rating above 2200 at any time during the previous twelve months will be considered for the tournament, however, the entry must indicate the qualification and date.


Initially, entries for the event are to be forwarded to your National Delegate by  1st February 2019. 

The anticipated playing strength of the various Boards will be as follows: -

Board 1                 2400+

Board 2                 2350 - 2399

Board 3                 2300 - 2349

Board 4                 2250 - 2299

Board 5                 2200 - 2249

Board 6                 2150 – 2249

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