Welsh Correspondence Chess Federation

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2019/1 Rating List Review

Russell Sherwood  Wednesday, December 12, 2018

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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.

Tournament Update

Russell Sherwood  Sunday, December 9, 2018

Welsh games in Esko Nuutilainen Memorial Team Tournament SF2 came to a conclusion win a win and draw for Peter Bevan.

Whilst still waiting for other games to finish, the worst we can now come in third place, so qualification is assured for the Finals, starting in Q2 2019.

Another fantastic result for Welsh CC, with the team having started as one of the lowest rated. and the team having amassed 4 CCE and 2 CCM Norms, plus two board first places!

2018 AGM, Draft Minutes

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Welshbase update

Russell Sherwood  Saturday, December 8, 2018

89 new games this month with a few interesting highlights:

Gareth Yeo adding draws against a GM, SIM and IM!

Russell Sherwood completing the longest Welsh CC game in ICCF History!



Bill Flew RIP

Austin Lockwood  Wednesday, December 5, 2018

It is with our deepest sorrow that WCCF announce the death of Bill Flew, who sadly passed away on 3rd December.  Our thoughts are with his family.

A memorial tournament will be organised in due course.

A New Membership Model

Austin Lockwood  Wednesday, November 28, 2018

On Sunday, WCCF voted to adopt a completely new model of membership.

The former model gave a vote to affiliated "member organisations", but none to individual players; this worked well when the federation launched in 2012, however as the number of active players has continued to expand, it has become clear that the membership model was out of date and far from democratic.  Nothing illustrated this more than the fact that of eight players attending the AGM, only two held voting cards.

We have now moved to individual membership.

This website will be updated over the coming weeks to reflect this change, and the minutes of the meeting published shortly, but essentially we now have three types of membership:

National Members: National members are any player who plays under the Welsh flag, and just wants to get on with playing chess.  National membership is free and gives members access to international ICCF tournaments and most Welsh national tournaments, however national members do not have a vote and neither can they hold office in the federation.

Premium Members: Premium members pay a small annual subscription (£5.00) to support the federation, they can vote at meetings and they can also hold office.  WCCF may organise touraments to which only Premium members may enter, or there may be a differential entry fee in favour of premium members.  Nominations to invitational events, or to the WCCC cycle, may be limited to premium members.

International Members: International membership is open to players who play under any flag other than the flag of Wales in ICCF, annual international membership costs £10.00; we are planning a series of open tournaments, which our international members will be able to compete in.

All members will have access to restricted areas of the website.

Premium and International membership for 2019 is now open; just log onto the website with your usual ICCF credentials, and follow the "My Membership" link from the dropdown at the top right.

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