Welsh Correspondence Chess Federation

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2017 Welsh Championship & Qualifiers Update

Russell Sherwood  Sunday, December 31, 2017



With only 11 games remaining the Championship continues to deliver with a close finish looking very likely.

Currently, Paul Hatchett leads on 8/12 with 1 game remaining, closely followed by Craig Evans, Alex Sherwood and Paul Scott of 7.5/12 again with 1 game remaining.

Chasing this pack are Helen & Russell Sherwood and Gareth Yeo on 7/12, with Helen having an edge with 3 games remaining compared to 2 for the others.

It would appear the Games Hatchett v Yeo, Sherwood v Sherwood and the performance of Andrew Robertshaw in his remaining games will decide the Title!




With only 2 games remaining the result is finalised with Andrew Smith winning the event with an excellent perfect score of 12/12! Andrew was chased home by Eleanor Collins on 10/12. Both Qualify for the next Championship section of the next cycle

Rating Blues

Russell Sherwood  Monday, January 1, 2018


Back to the Future

Russell Sherwood  Monday, January 1, 2018


Blwyddyn Newydd Dda!

Russell Sherwood  Sunday, December 31, 2017

"No no... That's not how chess works."

Craig Evans  Sunday, December 24, 2017

The near-immortal words of GM Peter Svidler (now 8-time Russian Champion, and one of my favourite players, nay, people of all time), in a streamed online Banter Blitz game against IM Lawrence Trent. Peter went on to get utterly smashed in that game as Lawrence hacked and sacked his way to a very fun and impressive win.

Since I'm a bit short on offers from others to rip their games apart, I've offered this one instead as a Christmas treat, fresh from the WCCF 4th Invitational where I've secured the CCE Title and a CCM norm. So, in typical Welsh/me tradition, I've ripped into the victor as much as I can, whilst also providing a (hopefully) fun and interesting game against fellow Welshie, Danny den Drijver. I'd like to think I played in the spirit of Lawrence, and that Peter would here, too, give his famous (but, fortunately, not last) words.

Do not go gentle into that Good Night.

Russell Sherwood  Friday, December 22, 2017


Invitational Events

Russell Sherwood  Friday, December 22, 2017

Our friends in the German Chess Federation (Bdf) have made a number of offers for invitational places (for Welsh players!) listed below:




04 Cat/15

Player Iccf Elo 2018/2 2340+



03 Cat/16

Player Iccf Elo 2018/2 2315+



01 Cat/17

Player Iccf Elo 2018/2 2265+


BdF Diam 09

03 Cat/16

Lady Iccf Elo 2018/2 2310 +





BdF Sma 09


Player Iccf Elo 2018/2 -1900<


Criteria are based upon 2018/2 rating list. If you meet (or will meet on 2018/2) the criteria please get in touch

Friendly Matches

Russell Sherwood  Friday, December 22, 2017


It’s that time of year again. I will be looking to arrange a number of International Friendly matches in the New Year.

Remember its only two games, against opponents of approximately the same grade.

If you are interested please get in touch!

Nadolig Llawen

Russell Sherwood  Friday, December 22, 2017

Nadolig llawen a blwyddyn newydd hapus ar gyfer 2018 gan y Ffederasiwn gwyddbwyll gohebiaeth Cymraeg


Tri-Bi Thinking

Russell Sherwood  Friday, December 22, 2017


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