Austin Lockwood Friday, January 11, 2019
In memory of Bill Flew, who sadly passed away in December 2018, The Welsh Correspondence Chess Federation announce the Bill Flew Memorial Tournament, starting 1st March 2019.
Bill learnt to play when he was young, but really started playing at Pennard Chess Club in the 1970’s. After moving to the Midlands for a while, he returned to Gower and spent the last two decades or so playing over the board for Upper Killay Chess Club, at times being captain of both the 1st and 2nd teams. He was also actively involved in Correspondence Chess as one of the first players associated with the fledgling Welsh federation on its formation in 2012. A prolific correspondence player and a team player, Bill represented Wales at correspondence chess in friendly matches against Netherlands, Spain, Venezuela, Latvia, USA, Poland, Australia, Germany, Finland, France, Austria and Italy; he also represented West Wales in the British Counties and Districts Correspondence Chess Championship. He will be sadly missed by all his team mates and the correspondence chess friends he made around the world.
The Bill Flew Memorial Tournament will be played using the Silli System, this allows an unlimited number of players, who each play eight different opponents (four as White and four as Black). The tournament will be played online on the ICCF webserver (https://www.iccf.com) and the standard ICCF time control will be ten moves in forty days with forty five days leave available per calendar year.
Games will be unrated, and we ask that players refrain from using chess computers for this tournament.
There will be no entry fee, and the winner will receive a trophy.
WCCF warmly invite all Bill’s friends, from over the board and correspondence chess, to participate in his memory.
To enter, please email your name and ICCF number to the WCCF secretary ([email protected]) before Friday 22nd February. Games will be started on the webserver shortly after this date.
If you do not have an ICCF ID, please register online at iccf.com (follow the “New Player” link to register). If you register under the Welsh flag, WCCF will approve your account as soon as possible.
Updated Saturday, January 12, 2019 by Russell Sherwood