Welsh Correspondence Chess Federation

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British Correspondence Chess Association (BCCA)

Austin Lockwood  Thursday, November 30, 2023

A number of rumours are currently circulating about the WCCF affiliated organisation, the British Correspondence Chess Association (BCCA), and we have received a number of enquiries from concerned WCCF members who have had their membership renewals inexplicably refused by BCCA.

Unfortunately, there is a disturbing lack of transparency from BCCA; their secure website has been unavailable for several months, and all requests for further information have been declined. We do, however, know that members were disenfranchised from the recent AGM by having their membership renewals refused by the BCCA executive in the months leading to the AGM.  WCCF seriously questions this approach to democracy, and there is a proposal at our forthcoming AGM to expel BCCA as an affiliated member organisation.  WCCF expects a much higher standard of democracy and transparency from our affiliated organisations, and we do not wish to be associated with an organisation embroiled in potential legal challenges.

However, this expulsion may be purely symbolic; following a recent announcement by EFCC, the most likely scenario appears to be the dissolution of BCCA as a British CC organisation after over 100 years of activity and "amalgamation" into EFCC.

WCCF will continue to monitor the situation closely and represent the interests of Welsh players where necessary; if BCCA has indeed dissolved or amalgamated with EFCC, we will provide alternative international playing opportunities for all affected players, and rigorously defend our players in any appeals to ICCF against withdrawn qualifications for successor events.

Furthermore, under Article 13 of the ICCF Statutes, WCCF will not permit the use of the word "British" in the name, titles, or tournaments of any successor organisation not willing to meet our standards of affiliation.

On behalf of the WCCF Executive Committee


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Friendly match with England

Russell Sherwood  Saturday, November 4, 2023


To finish off 2023, we are arranging a friendly match with England

To sign up or for more details, get in touch. Start date, December 2023

As England has a larger player pool, we should be able to match ratings closely, Opponents are available for all ratings. 

As a reminder, participation in friendly matches is one of the criteria for selection to Team and Invitational events.

If you wish to play more than one board, please let me know.

I encourage all Welsh players to get involved, as Champions of Europe, we have a reputation to maintain!!

Andrew Smith 


CCM Norm for Michael Bowley

Russell Sherwood  Friday, November 3, 2023

Congratulations to Michael on picking up a 2nd CCM Norm in Cross Table (iccf.com).

Unfortunately, due to the low game count, a third will be required for the title.

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CCM Norm for Peter Grayson

Russell Sherwood  Friday, November 3, 2023

Congratulations to Peter on achieving a CCM Norm in Cross Table (iccf.com)

I am sure the hunt continues for the 2nd!


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WCCF Potential new Events

Russell Sherwood  Sunday, October 15, 2023

A suggestion has been made for potential events the WCCF could offer.

For several years we have had the Trio events, but these have been dormant due to inactivity.

There are two potential events:

  1. A 5 player, single round-robin event with each player playing a single game against each opponent – four games in total.
  2. A Ladder event where players two games against a single opponent, in a limited number of pairings. The overall results of games are calculated for each player, up to a total of 20 games, to create a leaderboard.

In both cases, only Welsh-flagged premium members would be able to take part (as otherwise, these would be Open events, which have severe limitations)

We would look to include a limited number of events within the premium membership fee, with additional entries at a flat rate to be determined.

Below is a link to a survey with a few questions related to the potential events. Whilst the first event could run when 5 players are interested, the second would realistically need 15-20 players to be viable.

Below is the link for a short survey, which will remain Open until 17/11


Russell Sherwood


Champions of Europe!

Austin Lockwood  Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Wales are now officially the undisputed Champions of Europe, having a now unassailable score of 50.5 in the 11th European Team Championship

Gold medals will be awarded to each team member at ICCF Congress, which, in a beautiful twist of fate, will next be held on home soil in Llandudno!

Congratulations in particular to Tony Balshaw and Helen Sherwood for completing their final norms for the SIM and IM titles respectively in the event and to John Claridge for fininishing first on Board Three and Ian Jones for finishing joint first on Board Four.

The event was completed without a single defeat.  An incredible result for the lowest seeds in the event against some of the European CC giants, for a title which has never before been won by a British team.

The Gold medal gives an automatic qualification for the final of the 12th Championship, and bragging rights for many years to come.

Cymru am byth!

Silver Bertl von Massow Medal for Russell Sherwood

Austin Lockwood  Tuesday, September 12, 2023

Congratulations to Russell for being awarded the Silver Bertl von Massow Medal at the recent ICCF Congress in Amsterdam.

The Bertl von Massow Medal in Silver is awarded for ten years meritorious service to ICCF and well deserved!

2nd SIM Norm and Title for Tony Balshaw

Russell Sherwood  Monday, September 11, 2023

In completing Wales games in the European Team Championship, Tony picked up a 2nd SIM Norm and hence the Title. Excellent!

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