Welsh Correspondence Chess Federation

Rydym yn Ffrindiau - Amici Sumus

7th WebChess Open

Austin Lockwood  Sunday, November 27, 2016

Dear Friends,
ICCF is delighted to announce the start of the 7th WebChess Open tournament on the server. This announcement is posted on the ICCF website and distributed to all national federations. The following Frequently Asked Questions clarifies all information applicable for this edition.
  1. What is the Webchess Open Tournament? It is a tournament open to all correspondence chess players around the World, with or without any previous ICCF experience. Dependent upon entries the Tournament is played over three rounds (Preliminary, Semi-Final and Final). Winners from each group in each round advance to the next round.
  2. What are the Timings? The Preliminary round will commence in January 2017, Semi Finals will commence in Jan 2019 (sooner if all prelimary groups are completed) and the Final in January 2021 (sooner if all Semi-Final groups are completed) 
  3. What are the Prizes? Total prize fund is 6000 Euro – Each Preliminary group winner shall receive a 20 Euro Voucher, Each Semi- Final Group winner a 50 Euro Voucher and the Final shall have a 2000 Euro prize fund. 
  4. Who to contact Russell Sherwood , Non-Title Tournament Commissioner ([email protected]) is happy to a handle general questions  on this event. 
  5. How and when to enter? Multiple entries are allowed. Go to the ICCF Webserver main page www.iccf.com click on “New Events”, find the tournament in the main list and click “Enter”. It allows you to register with a click of a button using one of the three methods available:
    1. Contact your national federation (NF). Provide your ICCF-ID (if you have one) and a valid email address you will use for this tournament. Your national federation will forward your entry.
    2. Qualified players may use Direct Entry (DE). This method is available for new players to ICCF:
    3. New players to ICCF are allowed to enter 1 section for free. They should send their contact information: name, email address and country to Russell Sherwood NTTC. ([email protected]) If they wish to enter more than one section, all extra entries should be paid for as described above. 
  6. When does the registration close? Registration is open immediately and it closes on Dec 31st, 2016.
  7. When does play start? Preliminary Rounds will be set up in early January with a start date of 31st January 2017. 
Russell Sherwood Non-Title Tournament Commisoner

Two games annotated by SIM Mike Donnelly

Austin Lockwood  Saturday, November 26, 2016

English Senior International Master Mike Donnelly was a welcome guest at the 2015 ICCF Congress in Cardiff; Mike took the opportunity to meet for the first time a friend with whom he had corresponded for many years, Thomas Johansson from Sweden, who was in Cardiff to receive his International Master medal and certificate.
Included in the Welcome Pack for guests at Congress was a booklet written by Martyn Griffiths and Austin Lockwood (attached to this post in PDF format), describing the history of correspondence chess in Wales.
Mike has now annotated two of the games from this booklet and posted these on his website, he has kindly agreed for us to reproduce his annotations here.
Mike writes:
In 2015 I was invited to the ICCF Congress held in August of that year in Cardiff. This  was an ideal opportunity to meet, in person for the first time, with Thomas Johansson from Malmo after corresponding for over 15 years only via e-mail. Thomas was to be presented with his ICCF International Master certificate and medal at this event and pictures may be found on this web site in section 8 (My Stuff-Memorabilia Corner for the years starting from 2014).
I may add the whole event was very well run and a pleasure to attend. Apart from Thomas I chatted to several players who I had played correspondence chess against and also met many of the organisers who work hard for this form of chess but were previously only names on notifications and tournament tables etc.
Each attendee of the ICCF Congress received a rather fine "welcome pack" which contained all sorts of chess material as well as information about Cardiff and the places worth seeing both locally and in other parts of Wales. Chess related items in the pack included a very well written and researched booklet entitled " A History of Correspondence Chess in Wales 1835-2015" by Martyn Griffiths and Austin Lockwood.  The bare scores of two games given in the booklet caught my eye and I subsequently played them over on a board. They are both very high quality games from a time when there was no help from modern technology such as Informator or computers. These have thus been annotated in detail for this site.


Fourth British Webserver Team Tournament

Austin Lockwood  Wednesday, November 9, 2016

The fourth season of the British Webserver Team Tournament will start on 1st January 2017.

The BWSTT is an event organised by the Welsh Correspondence Chess Federation for teams of correspondence chess teams of four players.  As there are normally four divisions, the tournament is suitable for chess players of all standards.  There are no membership requirements, and teams representing chess clubs, workplaces, or just groups of friends are very welcome to enter.

The full tournament announcement can be downloaded below.


A Queen sacrifice by Paul Scott in the European Server Championship Open Round 163!!

Peter M. Bevan  Saturday, November 5, 2016

Here is Paul Scott's spectacular Queen sacrifice game!!

Counties and Districts Correspondence Chess Championship

Russell Sherwood  Monday, October 17, 2016

An interesting season awaits for Welsh County Teams in the CDCCC!

Division 1 – Ward-Higgs https://www.iccf.com/event?id=61532

Bouncing back with immediate promotion following their relegation to the Sinclair last season West Wales A are looking to challenge for the Title this season. This will be no easy task with the two front runners – Yorkshire A and Essex A both having average ratings over 2300 and counting CC GM’s amoung their numbers.

However the draw has not been unkind and anything is possible!

West Wales A Team are:

1. Russell Sherwood 2326

2. Ian Jones 2333

3. Gareth Yeo 2252

4. Adam Davies 2236

5. Glyn Sinnett 2229

6. Andrew Gibbons 2094

7. Fred Clough 2149

8. Martyn Griffiths 2127

Division 2 – Sinclair https://www.iccf.com/event?id=61579

The East Wales A Team are:

1. John Claridge 2346

2. Helen Sherwood 2317

3. Mark Adams 2269

4. Alex Sherwood 2242

5. Dale Cannon 2183

6. Colin Denham 2112

7. Andrew Robertshaw 2033

8. Marybeth Baron 1991

Following successful promotion (as East Glamorgan) last season the EW A team are runaway favourites for promoton this season with an team rating almost 200 elo above their nearest rivals. Things are rarely so straighforward but anything less than promotion would not meet expectations!

Division 3 - Butler Thomas https://www.iccf.com/event?id=61584

Welsh interests here are both the East and West Wales B Teams. The division is always difficult to call with so many players new to CC but both teams are in the running for promotion!

East Wales B

1. Mark Slupski 1940

2. Margaret Baron 1835

3. David Roberts 1711

4. Marc Wakeham 1532

5. Arthur Wilding 1511

6. Michael Richards 1453

7.Malcom Chugg 1372

8.Edwin Allen 1800

West Wales B

1. Paul Scot 1945

2. Peter Bevan 1990

3. Adam May 1900

4. Andrew Smith 1863

5. Vaughan Thomas 1842

6. Mark Wilson 1808

7. David Guy 1726

8.Bill Flew 1621

Good Luck to All!!

Victory for Wales in Czech Republic-Wales Friendly Match 2015

Russell Sherwood  Sunday, October 16, 2016


Wales win 35-21!

Congratulations to the team and especially: Helen Sherwood, Ian Jones, Gareth Yeo, Adam Davies, Alex Sherwood, Colin Denham and David Guy on scoring 100%


Scheming Mind and Yorkshire Friendly Matches

Russell Sherwood  Tuesday, October 11, 2016

We have been challanged to Friendly matches by Scheming Mind and Yorkshire.

Both will have oppotunities for all ratings.

If you wish to play please get in touch by Sunday 23rd October

Russell Sherwood

[email protected]



Gareth Yeo - Second Welsh Correspondence Chess Expert

Austin Lockwood  Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Congratulations to Gareth Yeo on becoming the second Welsh player to earn the ICCF title of Correspondence Chess Expert!

Adam Davies win against Surrey for West Wales

Peter M. Bevan  Sunday, September 25, 2016

Here is Adam's game against the Morra Gambit.

Paul Lamford Wales First Correspondence IM challenges you to solve this White to Play and Win !

Ian Jones  Sunday, September 25, 2016

With computers now beating top players at Go, and having long conquered chess and backgammon, it is slightly gratifying to find that the world's leading chess computers cannot solve the puzzle below. They might, given powerful enough hardware, no doubt. Yet four of the world's leading players at the time, Kasparov, Nunn, Speelman and Timman solved it in under half an hour when given it 35 years ago.Maybe there is some hope for mankind yet.

Paul Lamford.

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