Welsh Correspondence Chess Federation

Rydym yn Ffrindiau - Amici Sumus

ICCF Congress Voting

Austin Lockwood  Wednesday, June 24, 2020

The final list of approved proposals for the 2020 ICCF Congress is now available on the ICCF website:


Because of the difficulties in organising a full Congress due to the disruption caused internationally by the COVID-19 virus, Congress will be held virtually this year, with member federations submitting votes electronically from 8-28 July.

The WCCF Executive Committee are currently discussing how Wales will vote for each of these proposals; if any WCCF member would like to raise an issue about any of the proposals, please contact the WCCF Secretary at [email protected] before 8th July and this will be fed back to the EC.

If any Premium member would like to join with the EC's discussions and contribute to the internal voting process, please also get in touch.

ICCF Congress

The British Correspondence Chess Championship (BCCC)

Russell Sherwood  Tuesday, June 23, 2020


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 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: http://efcchess.org.uk/bccc.html .

Last season’s crosstables can be viewed here:
Championship https://www.iccf.com/event?id=81192
Candidates https://www.iccf.com/event?id=81193
Reserves A https://www.iccf.com/event?id=81194
Reserves B https://www.iccf.com/event?id=81195
Reserves C https://www.iccf.com/event?id=81196

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 2020.

Entries can be made directly to Tournament Organiser - Phil Beckett or via the National Federation ;

EFCC - https://efcchess.org.uk/index.html (Online Fee Payment (use reference BCCC)),

Scottish - [email protected],

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

Entries and the entry fee of £12 should reach Phill Beckett no later than 31st August 2020.

Posted by Gordon Anderson (Scotland), Phill Beckett (England) and Russell Sherwood (Wales).


Marc Wakeham International Arbiter

Russell Sherwood  Friday, June 19, 2020

Congratulations to Marc Wakeham on being confirmed as Wales 3rd International Arbiter.

Should anyone wish to start out on the journey to this award please get in touch.

IAMarc Wakeham

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7th International Clergy Correspondence Chess Championship

Russell Sherwood  Tuesday, June 16, 2020

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7th International School Friendly

Russell Sherwood  Tuesday, June 16, 2020

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Rating Differences

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Wales - Brazil Friendly

Russell Sherwood  Tuesday, June 16, 2020

We are organizing a friendly match with our Brazilian Friends. We hope to field 20-25 boards with ratings paired as closely as possible  Time control is to be confirmed but will Time Control will be Triple Block utilizing guaranteed 3 day reflection time after Move 50. If you are interested please get in touch by 1st  of July 2020 

Expected start date August - September 2020. 

As a reminder Friendly matches are free to enter for Welsh flagged players.


Andrew Smith WCCF Friendly Match Coordinator

Sweden versus Rest of Europe

Russell Sherwood  Saturday, June 13, 2020

Dear Players,


ICCF Zone 1 and SSKK - Sveriges Schackförbunds Korrschackkommitté are delighted to announce that a friendly match Sweden versus Rest of Europe will be organized in September, 2020. 

1. The match will be played on ICCF webserver, ICCF Playing Rules will apply. Time control is 10 moves in 50 days with duplication after 20 days.

2. Number of boards is expected 50 to 60.

3. Any Zone 1 (Europa) National Federation (except for Sweden) may nominate up to 3 players for the Rest of Europe Team (usually some NFs are not represented in friendly matches, however it would be good if all players will be set in order). Deadline is August,31, 2020.

4. Each player will play two games (one with White, one with Black) against her/his opponent on her/his board.

5. Start date is September 30, 2020.

6. Team Captains are IM Sture Olsson (Sweden) and GM Artis Gaujens (Rest of Europe). 

7.Tournament Director is GM Mrkvička, Josef (Czech Republic).

8. Order of boards will be set in accordance with ICCF ratings being taken from

up-to-date rating list (i.e. 2020/3).


Any Welsh flagged play interested in taking part should get in touch with Russell Sherwood by the 24th of August 2020. 


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