Welsh Correspondence Chess Federation

Rydym yn Ffrindiau - Amici Sumus

CCM Norm and CCE Title for Rhys Jones

Russell Sherwood  Monday, February 22, 2021

Rhys has achieved a CCM Norm in Carlos Flores Gutiérrez Team Tournament SF1 Board 1 and in doing so has over-scored enough to finalize his CCE Title!

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Tournament Invites

Russell Sherwood  Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Keep your eyes open for an ICCF mailing.

We have been invited to propose players for a number of events, including fairly unique ones with cash prizes. If interested in gaining our nomination please get in touch.

Note: The nominations are only open to Welsh flagged players and preference will be given to those with premium membership



WCCF Invitationals

Russell Sherwood  Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Dear players,

If you registered for the WCCF Invitational events 2021 and have not received a mail in the next 24 hours please get in touch. 

If you are rated above 1950 and interested in these events, there is still time to get involved! If Interested please get in touch ASAP

Russell Sherwood

WCCF International Secretary


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CCE Norm and Title for Aytaç Yüce

Russell Sherwood  Friday, February 5, 2021

Congratulations to Aytaç Yüce on picking up his 2nd and final norm in Esko Nuutilainen Memorial Team Tournament Final Board 4  

qualifying him for the title!


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CCE Norm for Alex Bullen

Russell Sherwood  Friday, February 5, 2021

Congratulations to Alex on picking up CCE Norm with two games to spare in  British Reserves A 2020/22 

Although this is his 2nd Norm, the title requires 24 qualifying games, so a third will be required.

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CCCA-100 International Open

Russell Sherwood  Thursday, February 4, 2021

To celebrate the CCCA’s (Canadian Correspondence Chess Association) 100th Anniversary this year, 2021, the CCCA is proud to announce the CCCA-100 International Open.

To read a brief on-line history article on correspondence chess in Canada and of the CCCA please go to https://www.iccf.com/country?country=CAN

This event will be a server event played on the ICCF webserver. It is open to all players from all countries around the world regardless of rating.

Structure: There will be two rounds, the Preliminaries, and the Final. The format will be either a round-robin with multiple sections or a Silli depending upon the number of entries; if the number of entries exceeds 165, then there will be one Silli section.

Preliminaries: Round Robin Format: The number of players expected per section will be 11. Sections winners advance to the Final round. Baumbach tie-break system to determine first place.

Silli format: Top 15 advancing to the Final. Buchholz tie-break system used.

Official Start Date: Expected 1 June 2021.

Final: Expected number of players will be 15.

Official Start date: Expected 1 September 2022.

Time Control: 10/50
Tablebase: 7 piece claims allowed

Conditionals will be allowed

Vacation Time: 45 Days per calendar year

Live viewing of Games, with 5 move delay.

Prize Fund
A total prize fund of $2,000 in Canadian dollars will be guaranteed as follows in the Final round:

1st place: $600

2nd place: $500

3rd place: $400

There will be additional prizes for the lowest-rated player with the best result, $250. And the best game played prize of $250. The best game prize will be split 50-50 between White and Black. Submissions for this prize should be done by the participating players. The limit is one game (the best one) per player.

Entry fee per section: $25 for CCCA members. $40 for all other players. In Canadian funds. Players can enter more than one preliminary round section, but can only advance to the Final from 1 preliminary section.

How to enter (Registration): By Paypal to Manny Migicovsky using the email address: [email protected] Please add $1 (minimum) if you are a CCCA member paying $25.

All others, please add $1.60 (minimum). So the entries fees will be $26 for CCCA members for one section. $41.60 for all others for one section entry. For multiple entries add 4% Exp. For CCCA members, 2 sections: $25 x 2 = $50; additional fee $2. Total $52. For all others, 2 sections: $40 x 2 = $80; additional fee $3.20. Total $83.20. And so on.

(For reference $41.60 is around £24-£25 - Russell)


* Please include your full name and ICCF ID#.  And send to Ralph Marconi, [email protected]

The closing date for entry into the preliminaries is 20 April 2021

Tournament Organizer

Ralph Marconi

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T. Martyn Whiteside 1947-2020

Austin Lockwood  Sunday, January 31, 2021

WCCF are saddened to learn of the passing of Martyn Whiteside; our sincere condolences go to Martyn's family and friends.

The following obituary was provided by Martyn Griffiths.

Writing a series of chess club histories for the WCU website I was well aware that Martyn Whiteside was the go-to man in relation to Aberystwyth but tracking him down was another matter.  Thankfully I spoke to him by e-mail last October and much of the town’s chess history came from him.  He told me that he had not been involved with over-the-board chess for the past 30 years due to the banning of smoking in the 1980s.  He carried on playing postal chess but gave that up when he became a single-parent father in 1996.

Martyn was a Yorkshireman and arrived in Aberystwyth in 1966 joining the University chess team and playing for their club for the next three years.  Postgraduate he joined the Aberystwyth town club playing in the Mid Wales Chess League.  The League degenerated due the withdrawal of  teams because of the cost of travel and other difficulties.  The club however found some serious competition in the British Club Championships where they were led by George Botterill and Martyn recalled matches against Oxford University and Lerwick! (by phone).

The decline of the league meant local players were mostly bereft of competitive matches so Martyn started an Aberystwyth Chess League for three-man teams.  He single-handedly drove this league forward and one article in a national newspaper by George Botterill reckoned that about 10% of the local population was playing chess in the league.  At its peak the Aber League had several Divisions of ten teams each and included schools, pubs, colleges etc…

In 1982 Martyn was involved in trying to start a Commonwealth Chess Association.  He sent out the invitations for the first Conference in Nigeria but had to personally withdraw as the conference date clashed with the date of his wedding.  In his email to me Martyn sounded amazed that his future wife objected even though there was an all expenses paid week in Lagos on offer!!

Martyn was a fine over-the-board player winning the town championship about six times and you only have to read the Club History to see the high standard of opposition.  He also organized a Lightning Tournament for the league (which he won twice).

He excelled at postal chess, playing in friendly matches for BCCA and BPCF.  Around 1986 he topped the BCCA International Players’ table with a 95% record.  He also played for Mid Wales in the Welsh Interzone Postal Chess Championships and, as a result, was selected to play for Wales in a European Team Championships,  the preliminaries of the X1 Chess Olympiad (1987) and on Board 2 for the X11Olympiad (1992) ,.  In the latter he scored 6/11, a high enough rating to gain the title of Welsh Master and half International Master.  He started play in the World Individual Championships but ‘unexpectedly’ became a father in 1996 and his attentions were somewhat diverted.  He finished with a score of about 50% which did include the biggest win of his career against World No. 28 Valentinas Normantas of Lithuania (Martyn was at the time rated 503rd).  (The game can be seen on https://players.chessbase.com/de/player/whiteside )

After his retirement from chess he became much involved in running a local quiz league and a Fantasy Football League.  He became a single parent again to a son born 2011 and as a result retired from his quizzing activities.

Friendly Match with Spain

Russell Sherwood  Sunday, January 17, 2021

We are looking to play a Friendly match with Spain  starting February 2021. If you are interested in taking part please get in touch ASAP


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CCE Norm for Gareth Jones

Russell Sherwood  Sunday, January 17, 2021

Gareth picked up his first CCE Norm in Carlos Flores Gutiérrez Team Tournament SF4 Board 6

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