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States and Regions 2019 Division Two Completed

Austin Lockwood  Monday, April 6, 2020

Following last week's announcement about the completion of the States and Regions First Division, we can now announce that the Second Division has now also completed.


Congratulations to the Italian team Quattro Torri Lazio for finishing in first place; along with the second placed team The Cubans East Rookies they now qualify for promotion to the first division of the next championship.

Following feedback from players, the States and Regions now runs on a two year schedule, with a more generous time control.  The next season will commence in 2021. Teams looking for a new tournament to enter may consider the British Webserver Team Tournament, which is still recruiting.

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States and Regions 2019 Division One Completed

Austin Lockwood  Thursday, April 2, 2020

Congratulations to Tirol, from Austria, for winning the 2019 States and Regions Correspondence Chess Championship.  This is the premier international team event organised by WCCF for states, regions, counties, districts, etc. from anywhere in the world.

In joint second place were Menorca Talaiòtics from Spain and Pawn Sacrifice Bremen from Germany.


Division One produced four IM norms, twelve CCM norms, and five CCE norms.  Congratulations to these players for their successes.

Tirol will receive a free entry to the 2021 tournament.

States and Regions

Game on!

Russell Sherwood  Monday, March 30, 2020

The William Davies Evans Correspondence Cup is underway  https://www.iccf.com/event?id=84815

Additional details can be found at https://www.welshccf.org.uk/article/807

William Davies Evans Correspondence Cup

Russell Sherwood  Monday, March 30, 2020

Welcome to the WDECC!

The tournament has been paired using the Silli system and pairing are totally random.

Th event will be playing “Engine Free” on a honour basis. I have had a number of questions of what is allowed and what is not. In practice we are looking to playing this in the style of a Correspondence event from the early 90’s  so:


AllowedNot Allowed
Your own brainpowerChess Engines or any move generating method
Paper BooksMove checking software (e.g. Aquarium’s blunder check mode)
Instructional Videos, DVD;s, etcElectronic Opening Books
 Electronic Databases
 No other players “consulting”
 Sharing or discussing active games before they are completed.


If you are unsure, ask.

General thoughts:

  • Take your time – playing moves instantly tends not to give good results in CC
  • CC tends to be a game of analysis – so look at the position as per analyzing a postmortem. (You are of course free to play “Touch move”)
  • Decide you will play on a physical board or “on screen”.
  • Have fun!

If you have any questions get in touch.

(And for anyone reading this after the start date, No I cannot add players or change pairings

Russell Sherwood,

p.s. Should you decide this event is not for you , get in touch, do not go “silent”. This is both disrespectful to the other players and organizers.


Last Call for Entries to the William Evans

Russell Sherwood  Saturday, March 28, 2020

Anyone wishing to enter should be in touch by 5pm Sunday 29th March - the event will be set up in the eventing

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William Evans Cup Entries

Russell Sherwood  Wednesday, March 18, 2020

ICCF NameICCF RatingWCU RatingEntry Route
810165Stephen Bailey20041418WCCF
810183Ian Jones23932007Dual
 810248Bob Hurn19671697Dual
810209Oscar Elksnis  WCU
810278Rhys Jones2176 WCCF
810276Jon Coles19831589WCCF
810102David Guy15491924Dual
810202Helen Sherwood2330 WCCF
810189Alex Bullen19392106WCU
810283Mark Paffard 1603WCU
810282Jared Williams   
810284Gavin Jones 1563WCU
810285Chris Fox 1763WCU
810286Josh Robinson 1439WCU
810075Marc Wakeham2209 WCCF
810233Paul Scott23011698Dual
810287David Parsons 1732WCU
801289Daniel Jaberansari 1567WCU
810290John Waterfield 1984WCU

Updated Sunday, March 22, 2020 by Russell Sherwood

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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