Welsh Correspondence Chess Federation

Rydym yn Ffrindiau - Amici Sumus

Catherine Pyrich

Austin Lockwood  Sunday, September 30, 2018

The thoughts of all delegates and attendees at the recent ICCF Congress in Llandudno were with the sad loss of the former ICCF Finance Director and National Delegate for Scotland, George Pyrich.

ICCF and the Welsh Correspondence Chess Federation were honoured that George's wife, Catherine, accepted our invitation to attend Congress.  George's sister Irene, and brother Ronnie also attended the excursion to Llanberis and the closing banquet of Congress.

Many Congress attendees have told me how much they appreciated meeting members of George's family at Congress.

Catherine wrote to me recently to ask me to announce publicly her thanks to ICCF and WCCF for making her feel welcomed and supported.


Russell Sherwood  Sunday, September 30, 2018

Congratulations to WCCF President Peter Bevan in winning the South Wales Autumn Blitz with a perfect score of 11/11!


Russell Sherwood  Sunday, September 30, 2018

New Article

Match Captain Report: Esko Nuutilainen Memorial Team Tournament

Russell Sherwood  Sunday, September 30, 2018

The Welsh Team are well placed to qualify for the Finals in this event, despite losing two games via a silent withdrawal early on. An excellent team performance!

Keep an eye on....

Russell Sherwood  Sunday, September 30, 2018

New Article

Team Captain Report: 11th Euro Team Championship Preliminaries

Russell Sherwood  Sunday, September 30, 2018

Wales are currently in 3rd place, behind Slovakia and England but with games in hand!

A strong performance has put us in a commanding position with all to play for (Remember the +/- score is most important) in terms of Qualification. Slovakia and Germany look to be fighting for 1st/2nd, with the 3rd place up for grabs between a number of nations!


Not bad for the 2nd lowest rated team!


Trio 26

Russell Sherwood  Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Good Luck to Peter Merrifield, Philip Jones and Martin Ricketts in WCCF Trio 26


Russell Sherwood  Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Today our 8th Invitational event started.

As part of our ongoing programme to forge links with new federations and make new friends, this event includes representatives of nations new to WCCF Invitationals:: Venezuela and Cuba, alongside our regular partners: Germany, USA, Australia, Scotland, Indonesia and Panama. This brings our count to 26 Federations represented in WCCF Invitationals

Good Luck/Viel Glück/Buena suerte/Pob lwc/Gur math a thèid leat/Semoga berhasil


Russell Sherwood  Monday, September 24, 2018

New Article


Russell Sherwood  Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Recently an interesting conversation took place on the WCCF Facebook Group (incidentally if you want to join and are Welsh registered, get in touch!) about the number of Welsh wins against GM's.

After some preliminary research, this led to some interesting results, one being that there are quite a few Welsh players with good results against GM's, SIM's and IM's.

Creating Welshbase had a number of significant challenges:

1) Most games pre-2000 are not easily available.

2) In many older games, Welsh players are incorrectly identified as British or worse still English! (Some of this due to ignorance of the difference and in other cases due to the periods without a Welsh Federation, where our players were kindly represented by our neighbours)

3) To process the database quickly I have used some quite coarse techniques, so some errors are certain to exist.

4) Chessbase seems to have a dislike of Wales (if you search for Nationality WLS jumps to Saarland!)

5)  ICCF Titles or ratings do not show in the database.

Anyway, the ICCF Title is shown in the Annotator Column.

Currently wins and draws are included, I will add losses sometime before the next rating list and I will then update with each archive update. 




Updated Monday, September 24, 2018 by Russell Sherwood

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