Welsh Correspondence Chess Federation

Rydym yn Ffrindiau - Amici Sumus

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

Tournament Update

Russell Sherwood  Thursday, December 13, 2018

The early exchanges in the British Correspondence Chess Championship are now over. After the initial smoke has cleared....

British Championship 2018/20

SIM Rallanbandi (ENG) has scored the only win so far (over CCM Cummings (SCO) so still a very tight group with everything still to play for the Welsh contingent.

British Championship 2018/19 Candidates

CCE Sherwood (WLS) has the only decisive game in this section so far (see below), so again still very tight

British Championship 2018/19 Reserves A​

British Championship 2018/19 Reserves B

British Championship 2018/19 Reserves C​

British Championship 2018/19 Reserves D​

David Guy and Marc Wakeham make up Welsh representation in this group



Back in the Engine Room

Russell Sherwood  Thursday, December 13, 2018

New Article

New Title Tournaments: An Overview

Russell Sherwood  Wednesday, December 12, 2018


2019/1 Rating List Review

Russell Sherwood  Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Article Link

New Welsh Title holders

Russell Sherwood  Wednesday, December 12, 2018

With the publication of the new rating 2019/1 rating list we find a glut of new Welsh CC Titleholders. 5 new Welsh CC Experts are named:

Paul Hatchett

John Thornton

Peter Bevan

Sean Denton

Stephen Bailey


Well done all!

Applications sought.......

Russell Sherwood  Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Our friends in the BdF (German Federation) have issued a number of invites to us for their Invitational events in 2019. Details are shown below.

If you wish to be considered please get in touch with Russell Sherwood by the 31st January 2019.

Two clarifications: (1) Entries are based on the 2019/2 rating list - This is the one based on results up till the end of February 2019 and (2) Only ICCF or FIDE ratings will be considered.





Player ICCF Elo 2019/2 2435+

1 Player





Player ICCF Elo 2019/2 2415+

1 Player





Player ICCF Elo 2019/2 2385+

1 Player





Player ICCF Elo 2019/2 2365+

1 Player


BdF D 10



Player ICCF Elo 2019/2 2315+

1 Woman



BdF S 10



1 Woman


Norm Watch

Russell Sherwood  Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Congratulations to Mark Adams in picking up his first IM Norm in WS/MN/169

States and Regions Correspondence Chess Championship

Austin Lockwood  Monday, December 10, 2018

Congratulations to "US West" for a clean sweep of Division One (US West 1) and Division Three (US West 2).



Congratulations also to Štajerska from Slovenia for winning Division Two.


Season Two of the States and Regions will resume in April 2019 and will again be open to international teams representing specific regions, however following a number of concerns raised about the Hutton pairing format, the second season will take a more conventional all play all format.

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