Welsh Correspondence Chess Federation

Rydym yn Ffrindiau - Amici Sumus

ICCF Congress Proposals 2024

Russell Sherwood  Monday, July 22, 2024


The time has now come to review ICCF Rule change proposals for Congress


WCCF Premium members please review the list and let me know your views ( For or Against). If you have any strong views on any please let me know and this will be added to the spreadsheet.

For those involved we will then review and debate until a common view is achieved.

It is important this year that we get maximum input as there are some "interesting" proposals this year, which could have significant implications.

Out of interest - my own initial view has 21 for and 11 against!

Closing date for Input 31/7/24

Send your input to Russell Sherwood

IM Norm for Alex Sherwood

Russell Sherwood  Saturday, July 20, 2024

Congratulations to Alex Sherwood on picking up an IM Norm in Ubirajara Oliveira Barroso Memorial - B  

and on completing a 1st year at University!

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4th States and Regions Team Tournament

Russell Sherwood  Saturday, July 20, 2024

32 teams entered so far...... don't miss out on your chance to enter the strongest Open Team Tournament, outside the Champions League!

If you don't have a team and would like to take part please get in touch with Russell Sherwood


Valleys Fire
Pawn Sacrifice Bremen
Philippines North
Lokomotiv Mezdra
Westhoughton Schemers
Southern Ukraine
Subcarpathian - Rymanów City
Southeast Brazil A
Florida Knights
Western Ukraine
Valleys Power
Central Hungary
Cuban Fighters
I Toscanacci
Costa da Morte
Zemgale Latvia
Mindanao Team
Isabela Knight Raiders
Warriors of the Perla del Sur
Yorkshire A
Le Roc de France
Wartburg Thüringen
CAPEA - Tartessos
Cuban Lions
Philippine Rise
Caimanes del Caribe


States and Regions

British Correspondence Chess Championship 2024-26

Russell Sherwood  Friday, June 21, 2024

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 Championship section, one or more Candidate sections and a number of Reserve sections.

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

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

Entries close on 31st August 2024 with play due to commence in September 2024.  Entries can be made directly to the Tournament Organizer, Russell Sherwood or via your national federations.  Please note that these are the only entry routes for this event. This event should not be confused with the William Mason Championship

The BCCC is a highly competitive event, and we are unable to confirm a player's final allocation at the time of entry.  Entries and the entry fee of £12 should be received  Russell Sherwood, no later than 30th August 2024.  If you have a qualification to a specific division, please state this at the time of entry.

If you have any enquiries, please direct them to Russell Sherwood, whose email address is [email protected]


WCCF Announces the Fourth States and Regions Correspondence Chess Championship

Russell Sherwood  Thursday, June 20, 2024

The States and Regions Correspondence Chess Championship is a biennial team event organized by the Welsh Correspondence Chess Federation (WCCF) and open to representative teams from any country of the world. 

Teams must represent a subdivision of a country; this could be a state, county, province, territory, etc. Eligibility to play for each team is determined by the team captain, however, the WCCF Executive Committee retain the right to reject any individual or team entry. Multiple teams (for example “A” and “B” teams) may be entered from the same state or region.

Entries at now accepted at ICCF.com – New Events/Wales


Teams will consist of four players; each player will play one game against each of the other players on the same board.

There will be one or more divisions, each division will consist of thirteen to fifteen teams. Allocation to the first division will be:

  • The first six placed teams from Division One, Season three
  • The first two placed teams from Division Two, Season Three (Promoted)
  • Any vacancies will be filled strictly by rating order

The winning team of Division One will be declared the S&RCCC Champion, and the winning team and first runner-up of the lower divisions will be promoted to the next division.

New teams will normally enter at the lowest division, except by agreement of the WCCF Executive Committee. Teams including fewer than three players from the previous season will be considered as new teams.


All relevant ICCF rules and procedures for international team events current at the start of the tournament will apply.  Team captains are strongly encouraged to arrange boards by rating order and WCCF reserve the right to enforce rating order to correct a detrimental effect on norm availability.  The same player may not represent more than one team in the event or occupy more than one board for the same team.

As the S&RCCC is an ICCF approved tournament, title norms may be available depending on the rating level of each board.

Time Control

The Triple Block time control of 50 days initial time, 50 days bank, and 5 days added for each of the first fifty moves will be used with Guaranteed Time applying after Move 50. 


The States and Regions Correspondence Chess Championship had been approved by ICCF as an Open tournament; international teams may enter by contacting the organisers directly.

The entry fee for each team is 20.00 Euro Direct Entry. Entry may be made via the ICCF Website only – for teams who wish to enter via their National Federation, contact should be made with them to confirm the necessary payment.

Entries will close on 3rd August 2024; games will commence shortly afterwards.

There are no prizes, however, certificates will be awarded to members of the winning team of each division, and free entry will be offered to the winning team of the first division for the following season.



Division 1

Cardiff A


Windy City

Cardiff B

Quattro Tori Lazio


Subcarpathian - Rymanów Cit

Western Ukraine


Division 2

Philippines North

Westhoughton Schemers


Division 3

Volga Moscow

Salzberg 2



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Check the ICCF Website!

Russell Sherwood  Wednesday, June 19, 2024

ICCF is currently having issues with its mailing system.

Several events have been advertised recently which may be of interest to Welsh players.

In addition a mailing was sent to qualified Welsh players with regard to the North Atlantic Team Tournament, a response would be appreciated from those who have already not done so.

Keep an eye our for announcements regarding the British Championships and States and Regions Team tournaments coming soon.


CDCCC 2024

Russell Sherwood  Sunday, June 2, 2024

After some less-than-fun issues to deal with , this event should be underway in the next few days, followed by the start of the process for others


Congress Proposals 2024

Russell Sherwood  Sunday, June 2, 2024

As we move towards the ICCF Congress 2024, we are calling for any proposals members wish to submit for the review of the WCCF

Any suggestions should be sent to Russell Sherwood


ICCF CongressProposals

Friendly Match vs the Netherlands

Russell Sherwood  Sunday, April 14, 2024

We have a friendly match planned v the Netherlands, starting late July.

They can match most ratings closely, so we want to field a large team.

If you are interested in taking part, please get in in touch. It may be able to play two boards (4 games total) - if you would like to do this let me know.

Players are reminded that friendly participation is considered in selection criteria for other events. We are particularly interested in players above 2350 taking part.

Russell Sherwood


Captain for 2nd Rudolf Kolesnikov Memorial Team Tournament Team

Russell Sherwood  Sunday, April 14, 2024

We are looking for a non-playing Captain for the 2nd Rudolf Kolesnikov Memorial Team Tournament Team.

The ideal candidate should be rated 2350+, a premium member  and able to work well with a team.

If you are interested, get in touch 


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