Welsh Correspondence Chess Federation

Rydym yn Ffrindiau - Amici Sumus

News from the Front

Russell Sherwood  Saturday, May 19, 2018

In this new monthly feature, we will bring a roundup of performance in a number of events. It will run in Four  sections:

  1. Non-National Team Events
  2. National Team Events:
  3. Individual Events: International Team Events and similar
  4. Friendly Matches:

So first up we have Non-National Team Events

Fourth British Webserver Team Tournament now completed

Austin Lockwood  Saturday, May 19, 2018

Congratulations to the winners, ICCF Warriors!

Engraved trophies will be awarded at the ICCF Congress in Llandudno, in August.

Entries are now open for the Fifth edition of this tournament, please see the annuncement lower down the page.

Book Review

Russell Sherwood  Friday, May 18, 2018

Book Review

My 120 selected Correspondence Games - SIM Mike Read


Fifth British Webserver Team Tournament

Austin Lockwood  Tuesday, May 15, 2018

The Welsh Correspondence Chess Federation (WCCF) are pleased to announce that entries for the Fifth British Webserver Team Tournament are now open; this tournament will start on 1st July 2018. The entry fee remains £20.00 per team. Entries should be sent to [email protected] and include the team name and the names, board numbers, and ICCF ID numbers of the team captain and each of the four players. The closing date for entries is Friday 29th June 2018. We will inform you of payment arrangements on receipt of your entry.

The full rules of the tournament are available on the WCCF website:


The most significant rule change since the fourth edition is the use of the new ICCF Triple Block time control.

The winner of the fourth edition is still to be decided between SchemingMind B and ICCF Warriors, however all promotion and relegation places have now been decided.

Division One

  • Champions: ICCF Warriors or SchemingMind B
  • Relegated: BCCA Kings and Social CCA A

Division Two

  • Champions: Y Gweilch NiMo
  • Promoted: Y Gweilch NiMo and BCCA Sovereigns
  • Relegated: BCCA Griffins and Herts & Minds

Division Three

  • Champions: White Rose B
  • Promoted: White Rose B and Natcor A
  • Relegated: Social CCA B and BCCA Cavaliers

Division Four

  • Champions: SchemingMind C
  • Promoted: SchemingMind C and Civil service B

Please note that each team should include at least two players playing under the flags of Wales, Scotland, England, Northern Ireland, or a British crown dependency or overseas territory; there are no restrictions on the nationalities of the other two players. Returning teams should include at least two members from Season Four, or they will be considered to be a new team.

New teams are very welcome, and will normally start in the lowest division, however the WCCF Executive Committee reserve the right to allocate teams to higher divisions where there are vacancies.

For further information, please do not hesitate to contact me at [email protected]

Austin Lockwood

WCCF Secretary

Being Sociable

Russell Sherwood  Sunday, May 13, 2018

Want to keep in touch with the latest developments at WCCF and ICCF?

1) Make sure you keep your email up to date at ICCF.com!

2) If Twitter is your thing then follow @WCCF_Official 

3) If you frequent Facebook then join  the WCCF (Closed) Group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1968683540024705/?ref=group_header


Italian Friendly Team Update

Russell Sherwood  Sunday, May 13, 2018

Latest on the Italian Friendly Team. 

Closing date is Weds 16th, so Don't delay apply today!

810209 CM Yeo, Gareth 198 2407
810160 IM Claridge, John B. 268 2404
211672   Lockwood, Austin 196 2393
211672   Lockwood, Austin 196 2393
810202 LG Sherwood, Helen 520 2386
810202 LG Sherwood, Helen 520 2386
810183 CM Jones, Ian 226 2360
810161 CM Sherwood, Russell 671 2355
810161 CM Sherwood, Russell 671 2355
810212 CE Sherwood, Alexander 290 2332
810233 CE Scott, Paul 174 2271
810057 CE Sinnett, Glyn 163 2239
810259   Denton, Sean 13 2176
810259   Denton, Sean 13 2176
810165   Bailey, S. 48 2154
810075   Wakeham, Marc R. 374 2128
810195   Bevan, Peter M. 84 2105
810248   Hurn, Robert 16 1994
810197   Thomas, Vaughan 52 1942
810156   Ricketts, Martin 28 1883
810187   Wilson, Mark 30 1787
810251   Soar, Timothy 24 1711
810205   Meara, Paul 29 1651
810102   Guy, David T. 221 1645
810188   Flew, Bill 92 1628
810198   Thomas, Dennis 18 1582
810176   Chugg, Malcolm 118 1318
810241   Sipho, Donovan 6 0
212222   Morgan, Philip D. 4 0
810240   Jones, Dewi 0 0
810268   Mccarthy, Maurice 0 0

Book Review Scoring System

Russell Sherwood  Sunday, May 13, 2018

Explaining our new scoring system for book reviews, which will start to drop in the next few days

Player Interview

Russell Sherwood  Saturday, May 12, 2018

 Today we have an interview with one of ICCF (and CC) long time stalwarts   Gino Figlio


p.s. - If you have any player's interviews you would like to see, get in touch, we can only ask.....



Return of the Man!

Russell Sherwood  Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Not content with his other exploits, Ian Jones continues his run of form retaining the West Walles Closed Championship (E.J. Clarke Trophy)!

This does raise the (semi) serious question - Can CC help improve your OTB Game? Watch this space for thoughts on the matter!

North Atlantic Team Tournament VII

Russell Sherwood  Wednesday, May 9, 2018

With Adam Davies drawing out our last game, Wales are now uncatchable in NATT/7, the 7th Edition of the North Atlantic Team Tournament.

Despite being the 2nd lowest seed in terms of average rating a great team performance has generated this unprecedented win, easily the best result for a Welsh team in Correspondence Chess.

A full tournament report will follow but for now Congratulations to the Team:

Board 1: IM Tony Balshaw Cat 9  5/11 

Board 2: Russell Sherwood Cat 7 6/11 

Board 3: LIM Helen Sherwood Cat 6 6/11 

Board 4: John Claridge Cat 5 8/10 

Board 5: Mark Adams Cat 3 6.5/11 

Board 6 Ian Jones Cat 2 6/11 

Board 7 Phillip Dean Cat 1 7.5/10 

Board 8 Adam Davies Cat L 6/11 

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