Welsh Correspondence Chess Federation

Rydym yn Ffrindiau - Amici Sumus

43rd World Correspondence Chess Championship - Preliminaries

Russell Sherwood  Tuesday, December 18, 2018

The Preliminary round for the next World Championship cycle has been announced. We have a limited number of nominations available. If you would like to be considered then please get in touch  by 28th January 2019. Please note (a) This event is not a free tournament (Details are on the website) and (b) A minimum rating of 2250 on the 2019/1 



Better Thinking, Better Chess: How a Grandmaster Finds his Moves - GM Joel Benjamin

Russell Sherwood  Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Book Review

ICCF Rule Changes from Jan 1st

Russell Sherwood  Monday, December 17, 2018


Y Dreigiau Cymreig are the Champions

Russell Sherwood  Sunday, December 16, 2018

Following a spate of results in other games, Y Dreigiau Cymreig are confirmed as the Champions in the British Correspondence Chess Team Championship 2017, as they now cannot be caught!

Unfortunately, the EFCC has decided not to run the event in 2018, however, an exciting new opportunity will be communicated in the near future.

As a side note, the Counties and Districts Championship is expected to start in Early January.


Tournament Update

Russell Sherwood  Sunday, December 16, 2018

The 11th European Team Championship Semi-Finals continue to move towards a nail-biting finish with almost all team's still in contention for Qualification.

Wales remain in contention with 35.5 points and 4 remaining games.

A fascinating result from Ian Jones is shown below.....

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


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