Welsh Correspondence Chess Federation

Rydym yn Ffrindiau - Amici Sumus

WCCF 5 is complete

Russell Sherwood  Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Congratulations to Frank Schumaker (GER) on winning the event on 8.5 closely followed by Paul Keevil (WLS) on 8


12 Title Norms were earned in this event!


Event ReportPaul KeevilTitle NormsWCCF5

British Correspondence Chess Championship 2019-2021

Russell Sherwood  Wednesday, June 12, 2019

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 final, a candidates section and a number of reserves sections.

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

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


Last season’s crosstables can be viewed here:

  • Championship https://www.iccf.com/event?id=75888
  • Candidates https://www.iccf.com/event?id=75889
  • Reserves A https://www.iccf.com/event?id=75890
  • Reserves B https://www.iccf.com/event?id=75891
  • Reserves C https://www.iccf.com/event?id=75892
  • Reserves D https://www.iccf.com/event?id=75893

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 2018. Entries may be made via each National Federation or directly at http://efcchess.org.uk/  If a qualification to the Championship or Candidates is held then is should be stated with the entry.

Sent by Gordon Andreson (Scotland) Phill Beckett (England) and Russell Sherwood (Wales)

BCCCTournament Announcement

Champions League Clearing House

Russell Sherwood  Tuesday, June 4, 2019

To facilitate Welsh player's involvement in Champion's League 8 we will be running a clearinghouse for player's without teams. IF you dont have a team and wish to take part please get in touch at Russell Sherwood

Please note this service is open to Welsh flagged players, our international members and any friends they may wish to recommend. In addition, note that Champions League is not a free entry event, Team prices are shown here.

Champions League 8

Russell Sherwood  Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Champions League 8

ICCF is proud to announce ICCF Champion's League 8

The ICCF Champion's League is a Team event for Teams of 4 players. Three Divisions are utilised:

    Champion's League - A Division
    Champion's League - B Division
    Champion's League - C Division
The three divisions will be organised as followed:

    A Division: 1 section, 15 teams
    B Division: 4 sections, 13 teams per section
    C Division: many sections, 13 teams per section

Games are rated and where all necessary requirements are met, title norms may be possible.


Entries will be accepted from 01th of June until the 31th of July 2019 with a start date of 01th September 2019. End Date will be 31th August 2021.

Time Control

ICCF standard time control 10 moves in 40 days with duplication after 20 days is used.

30 days of leave per year are available to each player.

Entry Method

Rating List 2019/3 will be used for CL8. For an entry to be accepted, complete details must have been provided and required payment made.

Entries may be made via Direct Entry (DE) on ICCF.com.

All registrations (DE and MF) should be sent via the server, not directly to the TO.

The entry fees are listed in the ICCF Financial regulations valid from 01.01.2019 https://www.iccf.com/message?message=632

Entries must be for full teams - Individuals may not enter!


Regular updates will be posted at ICCF.com

If you have any questions not answered within, please contact Jörg Kracht at [email protected]

Promotion and Relegation for CL8
A Division

    Places 1-7 (After Tie Breaks resolved) remain in the Champion's division in CL9
    Places 8-15 (After Tie Breaks resolved) are related to the Challenger’s division in CL9
B Division

    Places 1-2 (After Tie Breaks resolved) are promoted to Champion's division in CL9
    Places 3-7 (After Tie Breaks resolved) remain in the Challenger’s division in CL9
    Places 8-13 (After Tie Breaks resolved) are relegated to the Promotional division in CL9
C Division

24 Teams will qualify for B division in CL9. These will be taken equally from the C Division - so if 6 Groups, 4 per group, if 8 Groups, 3 per group, etc.

!!Promotion and relegation rules may change based on the number of entries. Any change will be confirmed once the closing date for entries is reached!!

Champions LeagueCL8

2019 Welsh Correspondence Chess Championship

Austin Lockwood  Saturday, June 1, 2019

Is now underway, under the direction of new Austrian tournament director Berhard Lorenz.

Good luck to all participants!


Welsh Championship

EU Memorial Werner Stern (server)

Russell Sherwood  Thursday, May 30, 2019

ICCF Europa

Announcement – Memorial Tournament

ICCF Europa has the pleasure to announce a new memorial tournament.

To pay a permanent tribute to the memory of a great player in the history of  EU and World correspondence chess Werner Stern. He is the only player to have won the European Championship twice. We have already started a postal tournament and now it is time to begin server one.


The tournament is reserved for EU players and will be played by the server and will be organized in two stages. The sections of the preliminary round will have 9-15 players (8 to14 games). The Final will be played in few groups – main group for the winners of each section; one to three consolation Finals will be organized for runner-ups. A number of qualified players will depend on the number of entries and will be announced prior to a start date. The event will be rated.



Players may enter in the usual way through the ICCF Server Entry System. A player can apply for more than one preliminary group.

The closing of the registrations is the 15th of June 2019.

Allocation of players to their sections 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 25 June 2019. Time control will be Triple Block (Duration of Tournament: 350 days; Initial Clock: 50 days; Initial Bank: 75 days; Increment: 1 day). Registration will close on 15 June 2019 to allow for pairings. The event will be rated. No Title norms in preliminaries.

Finals (13-17 players in each section) will start not later than 1 May 2020. Time control will be Triple Block (Duration of Tournament: 500 days; Initial Clock: 50 days; Initial Bank: 50 days; Increment: 3 days). The event will be rated. It is expected norms for ICCF SIM, IM, CCM, CCE will be set in the main Final and norms for ICCF IM, CCM, CCE will be set in Consolation Final.



All winners of preliminary sections redeemable against entry fees to qualifying tournaments on the ICCF Website.

There will be a prize fund for top three finishers in the main Final (total amount will be announced later).

Top three finishers of each consolation Final redeemable against entry fees to qualifying tournaments on the ICCF Website.

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 AMICI SUMUS.


TO: IA Andrey Pavlikov (Zonal Director for Europe)

TD: IA Uwe Staroske


In memoriam GM-ICCF Werner Stern

Werner Stern recently passed away at the age of 86 years. Werner was a physicist by profession and lived in Bremen for many years. Werner played correspondence chess for more than 50 years and celebrated many successes; he was the first European Champion (individual) and achieved this title for a second time to become the 7th European Champion. Werner obtained the IM title in 1990, the SIM title in 2001 and gained the Grandmaster title in 2009.

In national championships, Werner became the 20th Veterans Champion of Germany (2002 - 2005)

Werner is the only player to have won the European Championship twice. The confident way, in which he won both tournaments is remarkable; in the first European Championship, he achieved 13,5 Points/14 games - 3,5 points ahead of the second and third placed players Risto Kauranan and H. Ernst. In the 7th European Championship, he again won with a remarkable 12 points/14 games (11 wins, 2 draws, 1 loss) 2 points ahead of the following players. In finale no. 28 Werner became Vice European Champions, only 0,5 behind the winner Janis Vitomskis.

Also in the World Championships Werner played many interesting and nice games; he won his group in the Candidates Tournaments of the 15th  World Championship and achieved a further qualification to Final in the 19th Candidates Tournament. Werner played two finals, ended in the upper midfield and played lots of wonderful games. He repeatedly beat top world-class players in an impressive manner.

We will always honour his memory. Rest in peace, dear Werner!

ICCFMemorialWerner Stern

CCM Norm and Title for Alex Sherwood

Russell Sherwood  Thursday, May 30, 2019

With a win in 5to ANIVERSARIO FEDAPVEN IM CELSO SANCHEZ GRUPO B2, Alex Sherwood picks up his 2nd CCM Norm and the Title

Below is the win that secured the title

Alex SherwoodCCM TitleNorm Watch

43rd World Championship Semi-Finals

Russell Sherwood  Sunday, May 26, 2019

The Semi-Final's of the 43td ICCF World Correspondence Championship have commenced. Welsh Interests are in SF6 and SF7

In WCCC43SF 6  Gareth Yeo has the opportunity to continue his run of excellent form

In WCCC43SF 7 John Claridge has another opportunity to become the 2nd Welsh SIM

In Gareth's case 8/12 is required for a GM Norm and for John 7/12 for the SIM

Gareth YeoJohn ClaridgeSemi FinalWCCC

SIM Norm and Title for Gareth Yeo

Russell Sherwood  Thursday, May 23, 2019

In a genuine landmark for Welsh CC, Gareth Yeo has scored his second SIM Norm in WS/GMN/64 

This secures the Senior International Master Tile for Gareth, a first for Welsh CC.

Below we have the win, which secured the Title.

Gareth YeoNorm WatchSIM Title

2019 Welsh Correspondence Chess Championship

Austin Lockwood  Tuesday, May 21, 2019

A reminder that entries are due by 1st June.

Please send your details to [email protected]

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