Welsh Correspondence Chess Federation

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11th European Team Championship Update

Austin Lockwood  Monday, September 11, 2023

The Welsh team have now finished all games in the 11th European Team Championship, securing a final score of 50.5 points (+5).

With only twelve games remaining in the event, no other team can now better that total and only two from Slovenia, Germany or Italy can equal it and finish above Wales on tie breaks.  Wales are therefore now guaranteed a podium finish, a medal, and qualification for the 12th Final, making this team the most successful ever British team in a European Team Championship... an outstanding achievement!

The only open question now is... which medal... We await the final results with eager anticipation!

Hopefully the final places will be known in time for the medals to be produced and awarded to the team on home soil at the 2024 ICCF Congress in Llandudno next August.

CCE Norm and Title for Peter Grayson

Russell Sherwood  Sunday, September 10, 2023

Congratulations to Peter on achieving a 2nd Norm and the CCE Title.


A New (New) British Record

Austin Lockwood  Saturday, September 2, 2023

Some months ago I posted an article congratulating Scotland on the best ever British performance in a European Team Championship... unfortunately (for Scotland, not for Wales!), that record didn't stand for very long.  In the same tournament, Wales are now +4 with only two games remaining, which is guaranteed to exceed Scotland's score by at least three points.

The British Record table now looks like this:

FinalTeamScore+/-Percent ScoreFinal PositionGoldSilverBronze
11thWales50.5+552%No lower than 3rdOngoingOngoingOngoing
1stGreat Britain43-544.79%7thSoviet UnionGermanyAustria
5thEngland52-1643.33%10thGermanyLithuaniaCzech Republic
6thEngland60.5-2342.0112thGermanyLithuaniaCzech Republic
2ndGreat Britain42.5-11.539.35%8thSoviet UnionGermanyNetherlands

So, with two games to go, Wales are already the most successful British team ever in the European Team Championship, easily beating Great Britain's 7th place in the first final and England's 47.92% in the 9th.

Can Wales go on to challenge the giants of Germany or Italy and win a podium position?... The next ICCF Congress will be in Llandudno next August, and it would be wonderful for the team to be presented with medals on Welsh soil.... Watch this space!

Unfortunately Wales are now the only British team which can qualify for the 12th final.

2nd IM Norm and Title for Helen Sherwood

Russell Sherwood  Wednesday, August 23, 2023

With a (probably!) crucial victory in the European Team Championships, Helen secures a 2nd IM Norm and the Title


ICCF Congress comes to Wales in 2024!

Russell Sherwood  Wednesday, August 23, 2023

The 51st ICCF Congress will come to Wales again in 2024, around August 11-15th in Llandudno

Details are to be confirmed but we encourage Welsh Correspondence Chess players to get involved!


Wales Top the Table in the European Team Championships

Russell Sherwood  Tuesday, August 22, 2023

With only a handful of games to go, Wales move to the Top of the Leader board.

Will we stay there? Cross Table (iccf.com)




BCCC Entries to date

Russell Sherwood  Sunday, August 13, 2023

As of 15th August 2023 the following entries have been received so far for the 2023-25 British C.C. Championship:

Peter Ackley, Matthew W. Bailey, Paul A. Batchelor, Phillip J. Beckett, William Bishop, Trevor S. Brotherton, Alastair Cowan, Valerie Craven, Les Ellis, Allan Gardner, Oliver Graham, David J. Grobler, Terry Hart, Gregory Hughes, Kay Joslin, Steve Law, Arnold Marchant, Ian J. Mason, Richard David Perrin, Kevin D. Plant, Eugene Raby, Alan J. C. Rawlings, Steven Roberts, Josh Robinson, Robert Różański, Alan Ruffle, Helen Sherwood, Russell Sherwood, Iain Sneddon, Alan B. Sutton, Kevin J. Thurlow, James Toon, John Vivante-Sowter, Marc R. Wakeham, Richard Ward, Francis Watson, Richard Webster, Ben A. Wood, Stephen Woodhouse.

If you have entered and your name is missing, please get in touch

Closing date 31st August


Updated Tuesday, August 15, 2023 by Russell Sherwood

British Correspondence Chess Championships 2023-2025

Russell Sherwood  Sunday, July 30, 2023


The British Correspondence Chess Championship (BCCC) is the premier tournament on the British CC calendar. Running continuously since 1921 and open to all British players, the BCCC has carried ICCF title norms since 2016.

The BCCC caters for players of all levels and consists of a Championship, one or more candidate section and a number of reserve sections.

The BCCC is organised jointly by the English Federation for Correspondence Chess (EFCC), the Scottish Correspondence Chess Association (ScoCCA) and the Welsh Correspondence Chess Federation (WCCF).

Further details of the tournament, including the full rules and a list of previous winners, are available on the EFCC website:


There is a first prize of £100 and a second prize of £50

Entries close on August 31 and play is due to commence in September 2022. Entries can be made directly to Tournament Organiser, Kieth Kitson  or via the National Federation. Please note that these are the only entry routes for this event.

The BCCC is a highly competitive event, and we are unable to confirm a player’s final allocation at the time of entry.

Welsh https://welshccf.org.uk/content/18

For more details, please contact your National Federation or Keith Kitson

 Entries and the entry fee of £12 should be received by Keith Kitson, no later than 31st August 2023. If you have a qualification for a specific division, please state this at the time of entry.

Sent by Dave Kilgour (Scotland) Phill Beckett (England) and Russell Sherwood (Wales)


WCCF Banking details are changing

Russell Sherwood  Sunday, July 30, 2023

WCCF’s Bank Accounts are changing. If you have to make any payments, please contact Russell Sherwood


Fred Clough achieves 1st CCE Norm

Russell Sherwood  Sunday, July 30, 2023

Congratulations to Fred Clough on achieving his first CCE Norm in Horst Rittner Team Tournament SF 5 Board 5  Here is one of the wins from the event 

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