Welsh Correspondence Chess Federation

Rydym yn Ffrindiau - Amici Sumus

WCCF Contact

Russell Sherwood  Sunday, March 26, 2023

Following changes in responsibility, effective immediacy, all and any player contact to WCCF should be sent to Russell Sherwood, ICCF Delegate 


Updated Saturday, April 1, 2023 by Russell Sherwood

Welsh Grand Prix

Russell Sherwood  Saturday, March 18, 2023


The WCCF is pleased to announce the Welsh Grand Prix. This series of events is only open to Welsh flagged or resident players and will be played over a series of Events

  1. Welsh Championships
  2. Welsh Rapid play
  3. Welsh 960 Championships
  4. Welsh Thematic
  5. Welsh Team Championship
  6. Welsh Friendlies
  7. States and Regions Team

Whilst the scoring in each event will be to the ICCF standard, an independent scorecard will be maintained combining scores for all the events.

Events will either be All play all or Silli format depending on the entries for each event. The Entry fee will be free to Welsh flagged players to all events except the States and Regions, which will have an entry of £15 per 4 player team.


1 – Entering each event – 1 pt

2 – A win in each event – 4 pts in Top or only tier of the event or 2 pts in other tiers

3 – A loss in each event – 0.5 pts in the Top or only tier of the event, 0.25 pts in other tiers 

4 – Winning each event (after tie break) – 5 pts (shared if players equal after tiebreak applied)

At the end of the Grand Prix, the player with the most points overall is declared Welsh Grand Prix Champion.

Any issues not covered in these rules will be decided by the WCCF Executive Committee.


Events will start in rapid succession, with the Rapid play starting in Early April.

Welsh Championship – Already started.

Welsh Rapid play – Unrated – This will utilise a 1/1 time control, 5 days leave, doubling after 5 days and will go to adjudication after 120 days it is not completed. [Note: This does not mean that the player has to make a move every day but will a day onto the clock for every move they make – this is not an ideal approach but TriBi is not really suitable for events being played at such a rapid pace)

Welsh 960 Championship – 960 rated  - Triple block time control

Welsh Thematic – Unrated – Theme(s) to be announced but will be 

Welsh Team Championship – rated – this will encompass 3 player teams, in an all play All format, with Tier allocation being dependent on Average team rating.

Welsh Friendlies – participation in each Welsh Friendly starting in 2023 will give the player a maximum of one point per friendly event.

States and Regions – the next iteration of this popular event 

We are running these events (except for the States and Regions) to utilise our allocation of free ICCF games and utilising an experimental scoring approach. 

Play one event or the lot, but who will come out on top?!

If you have questions or wish to enter - please contact Russell Sherwood


Updated Saturday, April 1, 2023 by Russell Sherwood

Friendly match with Australia

Russell Sherwood  Friday, March 17, 2023

We are arranging a friendly match with Australia

To sign up or for more details, get in touch

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

Andrew Smith 


Congress Proposals

Russell Sherwood  Sunday, March 12, 2023

We are coming to that time of the year to consider if our players have any rules change proposals they wish to take to Congress.

If you have any you wish to be considered, please get in touch - In general we can help you refine proposals or explain why they may be impractical. 



Francois Riva Memorial Team Tournament

Russell Sherwood  Sunday, March 12, 2023

The next incarnation of the <2300 Team tournament has been announced ICCF

Wales intend to enter two teams for the event and if you are interested in representing your country and expect to be rated below 2300 on the next rating list (2023/2) or rated below 2300 on the Fide rating list get in touch



CCE Norm and Title for Gerald Jenkins

Russell Sherwood  Sunday, March 12, 2023

Congratulations on achieving a 2nd Norm and the title to Gerald Jenkins in BdF Diamant 12(GER)

Welsh presence in World Championship preliminaries

Russell Sherwood  Sunday, March 12, 2023

Good Luck to Tom Gunn and Josh Robinson in the preliminaries...





CCE Norm and Title for Michael Bowley

Russell Sherwood  Friday, February 24, 2023

Congratulations to Michael Bowley in achieving a 2nd CCE Norm and the Title in BdF Diamant 12(GER)


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Phill Beckett - Get Well Soon!

Austin Lockwood  Friday, February 17, 2023

The Welsh Correspondence Chess Federation extends best wishes to our good friend and international member, Phill Beckett, who recently suffered a heart attack.  Phill is the ICCF National Delegate for England, member of the British Tri-Nations Committee, member of the ICCF Arbitration Committee, and a well known personality in correspondence chess.

He is currently recovering at home, and we send him our best regards and hope for a speedy recovery.  We look forward to seeing him again at the next ICCF Congress in Amsterdam.

Phill Beckett
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