Welsh Correspondence Chess Federation

Rydym yn Ffrindiau - Amici Sumus

Glyn Sinnett, CCE Title Awarded!

Austin Lockwood  Sunday, October 8, 2017

Congratulations to Glyn on achieving the ICCF Correspondence Chess Expert title!

Glyn achieved his norms in the WCCF Congress Invitational and the Germany CCM/CCE 01 C invitational

Hopefully Glyn will now move on to the CCM title!

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WCCF Member Organisations Team Tournament II

Austin Lockwood  Tuesday, October 3, 2017

The 2015 edition of this tournament is now completed, congratulations to the BCCA Wildcats!


The annual WCCF member organisations tournament is free to enter for teams and open to all affiliated CC clubs, this is just one of the benefits of affiliation.  Please contact us if you represent any CC organisation which has Welsh members for more details.

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ICCF World Cup 22

Austin Lockwood  Thursday, September 28, 2017

The tournament will be played by webserver. ICCF standard time control 10 moves in 40 days with duplication after 20 days is used; 45 days leave per year, no special leave). Linear conditionals can be entered. It will be organized in three stages. Usually each group consists of 11-13 players in the preliminary round, 9-13 in the semi-final round and 9-15 in the final round. Each player plays one game with every player of his group simultaneously.

The event will be rated with title norms, which are usually possible at the semi-final and final stages.


Players may enter in the usual way through WCCF or via the ICCF Direct Entry system

Entries via WCCF are £9.00 and should either be sent via PayPal on the WCCF website or by cheque to the treasurer.

Allocation of players to the preliminary and semifinal groups will be made as random as possible; however, geographical distribution as well as an achievement of reasonable equality of the average rating, will be taken into account.

Tournament Organization

The tournament will start on 2017-12-15.

Registration will begin immediately and will close on 2017-11-10 to allow for pairings.

All preliminary groups will finish on 2019-06-30.

Any unfinished games that will decide promotional positions in the group will be adjudicated.

The semi-finals are expected to start on 2019-09-01 at the latest. 

The final is expected to start on 2021-09-01 at the latest.


As confirmed at the ICCF Congress 2013, the total prize fund for this event will be 6,000 EUR with, for the first time, prizes also awarded to winners of the Preliminary and Semi-final Sections (such prizes, each to the value of approximately 25 EUR, will be in the form of online vouchers or other chess material with tie-breaks to be applied if necessary to determine section winners).

In the Final medals and certificates will be awarded to the top 3 players (if necessary tie-breaks will be applied to determine the top 3 places). Also in the Final cash prizes of 1,000 EUR, 600 EUR, 300 EUR and 100 EUR will be awarded to the top 4 players. Tie-breaks will not be applied in respect of these cash prizes and instead those players scoring equal points will equally share any prize money due.


The number of promotions will depend on total entries received, but it is initially assumed that the first two players of each preliminary section will qualify for the World Cup semi-final. The winner of each semi-final section will qualify for the World Cup final.

Although the number of preliminary groups which each player may enter is unlimited, no player will qualify for more than two semi-final groups or more than one place in the final.

In addition, those players who qualified for World Cup 21 and 22 Finals will also be entitled to play in the semi-final stage of World Cup 23 and the winners of WC 21 and 22 Finals will be eligible to participate in World Cup Final 23.

The following qualifications can be achieved in the final:

§  the winner and the runner-up may enter directly a World Championship Candidates (tie break applies) (upon payment of the entry fee) (ICCF Tournament Rules, Article 1.3.1.(d));

§  the winner of the World Cup Final 22 will qualify for the final of the next World Cup Tournament without paying any entry fee (ICCF Tournament Rules, Article 3.6) and will be awarded the SIM title (ICCF Tournament Rules, Article 10.6.(c));

§  participants in the final round have the right to take part in the semi-final round of the next correspondence chess World Cup tournament (upon payment of the entry fee) (ICCF Tournament Rules, Article 3.6)

§  the participants in a Final of the ICCF World Cup Tournament who finished in place 3 or 4 (tie break applies) or scored at least 60% of the possible points may enter directly a World Championship semi-finals (upon payment of the entry fee) (ICCF Tournament Rules, Article 1.2.1.(e));

§  the participants in a Final of the ICCF World Cup Tournament who scored at least 50% of the possible points may enter directly a World Championship Preliminaries (upon payment of the entry fee) (ICCF Tournament Rules, Article 1.1.1.(e)).

Member Federations are asked to give the tournament wide publicity to all their players.

We wish all participants many interesting games and new connections with CC friends in other countries, based on the spirit of friendship and the ICCF motto:


Joop Jansen, Central Tournament Leader

Russell Sherwood ICCF Non-Title Tournament Commissioner

British Championship 2016-2018 Completed

Russell Sherwood  Friday, September 22, 2017

Congratulations to IM Tony Balshaw (WLS) on winning the event by the tightest of margins!!


States and Regions Correspondence Chess Championship (S&RCCC)

Austin Lockwood  Friday, August 4, 2017

Entries are invited to the States and Regions Correspondence Chess Championship (S&RCCC); this is an international tournament for teams of eight players from any country of the world, representing subdivisions of that country (counties, states, provinces, etc.).

The tournament will use the Hutton Pairing System, so each player will only have two games against the same opponent.

The Triple Block time control of 50/75/1 will be used; all games will be completed within 350 days, there will be no adjudications except in the case of withdrawals.

The entry fee for each team is £10 GBP; all entries should be sent to the WCCF Secretary ([email protected]) by 30th November 2017. Payment can be made by PayPal (via the WCCF website or directly to [email protected], please state the name of your team), direct bank transfer, or by cheque.

The start date will be 1st January 2018 (please note the updated deadline and start date).

Further details are available here: http://welshccf.org.uk/content/120

Teams already entered are:

  • Australian Kangeroos (other states) Australia
  • Chiriqui (Panama)
  • Lancashire (England)
  • New South Wales (Australia)
  • Panama City (Panama)
  • Panama West (Panama)
  • Queensland (Australia)
  • US East (USA)
  • US West (USA)
  • Victoria (Australia)
  • West Wales (Wales)
  • Yorkshire A (England)
  • Yorkshire B (England)


Updated Wednesday, September 13, 2017 by Austin Lockwood

2017 Honorary Members Fred Clough and Martyn Griffiths

Austin Lockwood  Monday, September 11, 2017

To celebrate the West Wales victory in the 2016/7 Ward Higgs British Counties and Districts Championship, WCCF would like to offer honorary membership to two members of the victorious team, Fred Clough and Martyn Griffiths, both of whom have been stalwarts of Welsh correspondence chess for many years. Citations by Ian Jones.

Counties and Districts Correspondence Chess Championship

Russell Sherwood  Saturday, September 9, 2017

Following on the from the superb performnces from West Wales A (winning the event), East Wales A (gaining promotion to the top tier) and West Wales B (gaining promotion to the 2nd tier) it is now time to finalise teams for the coming season.

A Lancashire team is being raised as well, which might be of interest to those living around the Northen border!

If you are interested in taking part and have not already registered an interest , please get in touch by the 19th of September to register your interest at [email protected]

If you are unsure about eligibility get in touch at the above address!




Title certificates from ICCF Congress

Austin Lockwood  Thursday, September 7, 2017

The awards of International Master (John Claridge) and Lady Grand Master (Helen Sherwood) were presented this week at the ICCF Congress in Albena, Bulgaria; the medals and certficates will be on their way to the recipients shortly!

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ICCF Congress Report 2017 - Day Two/Three

Originally Published by Lancashire Correspondence Chess Association

Austin Lockwood  Sunday, August 13, 2017

Number Proposal For Against Abstentions Outcome
003 Allow Congress to Fix Known Problems 39 1 15 Passed
022 Combining 8 ICCF Rule Documents into 1 22 11 23 Passed
021 Move All Playing Rules Only Described in the TD Manuals to the Playing Rules       Withdrawn
007 Delete Unnecessary Sentence from TR 5.1 38 0 18 Passed
008 Clarifying Player Eligibility 28 10 18 Passed
034 Two Clarifications for the Playing Rules - Server 30 6 20 Passed
006 One Team per Team Captain 33 5 18 Passed
004 When an Active Player Fails to File an Adjudication Claim 38 1 16 Passed
027 Claims in Cases of Withdrawal 33 3 20 Passed
030 To Extend Usage of Nalimov TB up to 7-man 14 18 24 Defeated
015 Eliminate 50-Move Rule when a 7-Piece Ending is Present 25 13 18 Passed
005 Simplifying Adjudication/Cancellation Procedures 38 0 18 Passed
029 Alleviating the Draw Offer Rule 27 8 21 Passed
017 Proposal Regarding Live Transmission of Moves 19 15 22 Passed
014 Establishment of ICCF World Zone 31 7 18 Passed
013 Regulating Zonal Membership Changes 31 2 23 Passed
Internal Matters
018 Use of the Online Voting System Should Not be Compulsory        
026 Increase ICCF Governance of Member Organisations        

Updated Wednesday, September 6, 2017 by Austin Lockwood

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West Wales have won The Ward Higgs

Ian Jones  Tuesday, September 5, 2017

West Wales are the new British County and District Correspondence Chess Champions.

Winning the Ward-Higgs trophy.

It’s the first time that a Welsh team has won this event in its 95 year history.

The team has been undefeated in the last two years with a plus 17 score.

Thank you it’s been and honour to have captained and played for this team.

Martyn Griffiths,Russell Sherwood,Gareth Yeo,Andrew Gibbons,Adam Davies,Fred Clough,Glyn Sinnett and Ian Jones.

Wales have in the last two seasons won The Ward-Higgs, The Sinclair twice and the Butler-Thomas Trophies.

If you are interested in playing in this event next season please e mail us [email protected]

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