Welsh Correspondence Chess Federation

Rydym yn Ffrindiau - Amici Sumus

Premium: Project E

Russell Sherwood  Sunday, November 22, 2020

A posting for Premium/International members has been made - Log-in to view

WCCF Norm Invitationals

Russell Sherwood  Saturday, November 21, 2020

Following up on the invitation to qualified Welsh players we have had a great response with 17 players so far indicating an interest....

Balshaw, Claridge, Sherwood(3) , Jones I, Bishop, Jones R, Scott, Builen, Jones G, Wakeham, Bailey, Coles, Hurn, Flex, Robinson.

If you are not on the list and think you should be or would like to be added to the list please get in touch ASAP  . 

Much work to do buy currently looking at Cat 11,8,5,H and E events. As a reminder these are only open to Welsh flagged premium members

WCCF Invitationals

IM Norm for Nick Bishop

Russell Sherwood  Saturday, November 21, 2020

Congratulations to Nick Bishop for picking up an IM Norm in III TORNEO PABLO ATARS IM 2020 GRUPO 4D

Below is a nice win against the Bird from that event.

IM NormNick Bishop

States and Regions Clearing House

Russell Sherwood  Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Are you a player looking for a team or a team looking for a player?  Either way get in touch with Russell Sherwood 

WCCF Announces the Third States and Regions Correspondence Chess Championship

Austin Lockwood  Wednesday, November 18, 2020

The States and Regions Correspondence Chess Championship is a biennial team event organised by the Welsh Correspondence Chess Federation (WCCF) and open to representative teams from any country of the world. The tournament is started in the first quarter of alternate (odd) years.

Teams must represent a subdivision of a country; this could be a state, county, province, territory, etc. Eligibility to play for each team is determined by the team captain, however the WCCF Executive Committee retain the right to reject any individual or team entry. Multiple teams (for example “A” and “B” teams) may be entered from the same state or region.

Following the success of the second (2019) edition, the third (2021) edition will start on 17th January 2021, entries are now being accepted.


Teams will consist of four players; each player will play one game against each of the other players on the same board.

There will be one or more divisions, each division will consist of thirteen to fifteen teams. Allocation to the first division will be:

  • The first six placed teams from Division One, Season Two
  • The first two placed teams from Division Two, Season Two (Promoted)
  • Any vacancies will be filled strictly by rating order

The winning team of Division One will be declared the S&RCCC Champion, the winning team and first runner up of the lower divisions will be promoted to the next division.

New teams will normally enter at the lowest division except by agreement of the WCCF Executive Committee. Teams including fewer than three players from the previous season will be considered as new teams.


All relevant ICCF rules and procedures for international team events current at the start of the tournament will apply.  Team captains are strongly encouraged to arrange boards by rating order and WCCF reserve the right to enforce rating order to correct a detrimental effect on norm availability.  The same player may not represent more than one team in the event or occupy more than one board for the same team.

As the S&RCCC is an ICCF approved tournament, title norms may be available depending on the rating level of each board.

Time Control

The Triple Block time control of 50 days initial time, 50 days bank, and 5 days added for each of the first fifty moves will be used with Guaranteed Time applying after Move 50. There will be no adjudications except in the case of withdrawal.


The States and Regions Correspondence Chess Championship had been approved by ICCF as an Open tournament; international teams may enter by contacting the organisers directly.

The entry fee for each team is £20.00 GBP, however this is discounted to £15.00 where the team captain is a Premium or International member of WCCF; all entries should be sent to the WCCF Secretary ([email protected]). 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.

Entries will close on 3rd January 2021; games will commence shortly afterwards.

There are no prizes, however certificates will be awarded to members of the winning team of each division, and free entry will be offered to the winning team of the first division for the following season.

Previous Winners

Season One (2017)

Season one was played using the Hutton Pairing format

Season Two (2019)

From season two, the tournament moved to a more conventional all play all format


Rydym yn Ffrindiau - Amici Sumus


Austin Lockwood, WCCF Secretary

[email protected]




States and Regions

GUI & Engine Survey

Russell Sherwood  Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Dear Players,

Can you please complete this survey  https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/MSQ66Y3 

This will be used to determine the priority for video content creation!

Note: LC0 and Fat Fritz added!


The Skunkworks

New Article...

CCE Norm for Robert Hurn

Russell Sherwood  Sunday, November 15, 2020

Congratulations to Bob Hurn on picking up his first CCE Norm in Brian Jones Celebration


BobHurnCCE Norm

CCE Norm for Alex Bullen

Russell Sherwood  Friday, November 13, 2020

with a solid performance in Carlos Flores Gutiérrez Team Tournament SF4 Board 4 

Alex has secured his first CCE Norm against field typically 200+ elo higher rated!

Alex BullenCCE Norm

WCCF Invitational Events 2021

Russell Sherwood  Friday, November 13, 2020

I draw attention to the mail now being sent to all Welsh flagged players. If you want to be considered for insolvent for these events please respond ASAP.

Please note the requirements in the mailing.


WCCF Invitational
Welsh Correspondence Chess FederationBritish Correspondence Chess AssociationClergy Correspondence Chess ClubSchemingMind Internet Correspondence Chess ClubSocial Correspondence Chess AssociationNational Correspondence Chess ClubWelsh Chess UnionInternational Correspondence Chess Association