Welsh Correspondence Chess Federation

Rydym yn Ffrindiau - Amici Sumus

Entries now being taken for British Championship (BCCC) and British Veterans Championship (BVCCC)

Austin Lockwood  Friday, June 10, 2016

Entries are now being taken for the 2016 British Championship (BCCC) starting in September. Entries cost 10 pounds; last date for entry 1 September.

Entries are also being taken for the 2016 British Veterans Championship (BVCCC). Entries are at a reduced fee of 6 pounds: last date for entry is 14th September. Players must be age 60 or over as at 14th September.

Both tournaments can be entered online at the EFCC website (http://iccfengland.org.uk/) - see Tournament entry in the left-hand menu. Alternatively, you can post a cheque (payable to "EFCC") to the respective tournament organisers: BCCC- Phill Beckett, Brough House, Church Laneham, RETFORD, NOTTS DN22 0NQ. For the BVCCC - Ian Pheby, Oaklea Cottage, Horsham Road, Capel, Dorking, RH5 5JH. Also, BCCA members can enter either of these tournaments via their BCCA Renewal form or on the BCCA website.

IA Title

Austin Lockwood  Friday, June 10, 2016

Congratulations Russell Sherwood on achieving the title of ICCF International Arbiter!

Free Entry to ICCF Promotion Events

Austin Lockwood  Saturday, January 23, 2016

The Welsh Correspondence Chess Federation are offering all Welsh chess players free entry to an ICCF promotion event:

  • Aspirer - 7 player, 6 game event for beginners and <1700 rated players
  • Open - 7 player 6 game event for <1900 rated players
  • Higher - 7 player, 6 game event for >1900 and <2100 rated players
  • Master - 11 player, 10 game event for players rated >2100

(One free entry per player)

These are ICCF internationally rated events and are played on the ICCF webserver; please email Austin Lockwood or Russell Sherwood for further details.

IM Anthony Balshaw

Austin Lockwood  Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Congratulation to Tony Balshaw on achieving the ICCF International Master title in correspondence chess.  Tony's medal and certificate will be awarded this summer at the ICCF Congress in Bremen, Germany.

Tom Patterson Memorial

Austin Lockwood  Monday, November 30, 2015

Eric Nettles being presented with the BCCA Tom Patterson Memorial trophy by WCCF International Secretary, Russell Sherwood.

Lady Herbert Trophy

Austin Lockwood  Monday, November 30, 2015

Helen Sherwood with the Lady Herbert Trophy (British Ladies Correspondence Chess Championship)

Helen Sherwood, LIM Title

Austin Lockwood  Sunday, November 15, 2015

Congratulations to Helen Sherwood on achieving her final norm and earning the title of Lady International Master in correspondence chess; well played Helen!

Announcement for DE 10th Webserver Anniversary Tournament (DE10A)

Austin Lockwood  Friday, November 6, 2015

The ICCF Congress in Wales in 2015 decided that following the great popularity of DE5A that DE10A would be held to celebrate ten years since the start of the Direct Entry Programme. Working in collaboration with ICCF, the Direct Entry Commissioner, SIM Ian M Pheby, IA (ENG) will organise DE10A.

The first stage of DE10A will start on 5th April 2016, the 10th anniversary of the Direct Entry Programme. The event will be organised in three stages which will allow several players from each group stage to advance to the Semi-finals and Final. The number of promotions will depend on total entries received, but it is likely that Preliminary groups will comprise of either 9 players (8 games) or 11 players (10 games) or 13 players (12 games), depending upon the number of entries received. All games will be played by webserver with a rate of play of 10 moves in 30 days, and conditional moves will be permitted. All games will be rated with Title Norms possible.

Playing time in the Preliminary and Semi-final stages will be about 18 months with a fixed closing date specified at the outset. There will be no end date in the Final.


DE10A is open to all players who are eligible to enter tournaments via the Direct Entry Programme.


Players may enter:

  • via the ICCF Direct Entry system ONLY (Click on ‘New events’ then ‘Jubilee Tournaments’). No entries may be made through National Federations. The entry fee by Direct Entry will be €6.35.
  • those players holding a free entry who satisfy the eligibility requirement for this event may send their name, email address, ICCF ID and the name of the tournament from which they gained their free entry to the Direct Entry Office email: [email protected]

Although the number of preliminary groups which each player may enter is unlimited, no player will qualify for more than two Semi-final groups or more than one place in the Final.

The closing date for all entries is 5th March 2016. Pairings will be issued as soon as possible after that date.

Prize fund

A prize fund of €1,000 will be available for this event as agreed at the 2013 ICCF Congress. The exact distribution of this prize fund will be determined once the number of entries and groups are known. Trophies will also be awarded to those finishing in first, second and third place in the Final.

All chess players are heartily invited to enter this tournament, both for the enjoyment of games and for friendly contact/communication with players around the World.

National Federations are asked to give the tournament wide publicity to their players.

Dr. Guido Bresadola ICCF Non Title Tournament Commissioner

Frank Geider ICCF World Tournament Director

Tournament Organiser: Ian M Pheby (ENG)

The Welsh Correspondence announce the 2016 British Correspondence Chess960 Open

Austin Lockwood  Saturday, October 10, 2015

What is Correspondence Chess960?

Chess960 (sometimes known as 'Fischer Random Chess') is a variant of standard chess, which was introduced by Bobby Fischer to try to avoid players relying upon memorised opening lines. In Chess960, the starting array of the pieces is randomised into one of 960 different permutations.

Who is running the tournament?

The Tournament is being run by the Welsh Correspondence Chess Federation, the tournament director will be Marc Wakeham.

Who can enter?

  • Any chess player born or currently resident in the United Kingdom,
  • Any player playing under the flags of Scotland, England or Wales on the ICCF Webserver,
  • Any player who is a current member of the Scottish Correspondence Chess Association, or a member organisation of either the English Federation for Correspondence Chess or the Welsh Correspondence Chess Federation.

How do I enter and how much does it cost?

Please send an email to Marc Wakeham ([email protected]) indicating your name and ICCF ID number.

The entry fee is £3.00, this can be sent by PayPal to [email protected]; please let the organiser know if you would prefer to pay by cheque. No entry will be accepted until payment has been confirmed.

Entries will be closed on 15th December 2015, no further entries will be accepted after this date. The start date will be 1st January 2016.

I don’t have an ICCF ID number

You can register on https://www.iccf.com (follow the “New Player” link under the logon box). New registrations can take a day or two to be confirmed.

If you would like further information about your national ICCF federation, please contact:

How many games will I play?

Chess960 tournaments are played double rounded, so you will have two games with the same position against all the other players in the tournament. We will have between five and eight players per section, so you will have between eight and fourteen games. You will have a different position against each opponent, but the same position in both games against the same opponent. If we have more than eight entries, we will split them into sections and play a final round to decide the champion.

How will the games be played?

The games will be played online on the ICCF webserver

Will the games be rated?

Yes, the games will be rated according to the international ICCF Chess960 rating system.

Are there any prizes?

No, there will be no prizes, however the winner will be able to download a certificate.

What about the Rules?

Games will be played under the ICCF playing rules current at the start of play. The time control will be ten moves in forty days with duplication after 20 days, each player will be allocated 45 days leave per calendar year.

Congratulations to BCCA...

Austin Lockwood  Saturday, October 10, 2015

...for winning the first WCCF Member Organisations Team Tournament!


We are currently organising the second edition of this event, if you would like to play, please contact your member organisation (BCCA, SCCA, NATCOR, SchemingMind).

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