Welsh Correspondence Chess Federation

Rydym yn Ffrindiau - Amici Sumus


Russell Sherwood  Monday, September 24, 2018

New Article


Russell Sherwood  Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Recently an interesting conversation took place on the WCCF Facebook Group (incidentally if you want to join and are Welsh registered, get in touch!) about the number of Welsh wins against GM's.

After some preliminary research, this led to some interesting results, one being that there are quite a few Welsh players with good results against GM's, SIM's and IM's.

Creating Welshbase had a number of significant challenges:

1) Most games pre-2000 are not easily available.

2) In many older games, Welsh players are incorrectly identified as British or worse still English! (Some of this due to ignorance of the difference and in other cases due to the periods without a Welsh Federation, where our players were kindly represented by our neighbours)

3) To process the database quickly I have used some quite coarse techniques, so some errors are certain to exist.

4) Chessbase seems to have a dislike of Wales (if you search for Nationality WLS jumps to Saarland!)

5)  ICCF Titles or ratings do not show in the database.

Anyway, the ICCF Title is shown in the Annotator Column.

Currently wins and draws are included, I will add losses sometime before the next rating list and I will then update with each archive update. 




Updated Monday, September 24, 2018 by Russell Sherwood

Two's the charm!

Russell Sherwood  Monday, September 24, 2018

Congratulations to Austin Lockwood on securing his IA Title and becoming Wales 2nd International Arbiter.



WCCF Hall of Fame

Russell Sherwood  Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Today the WCCF Hall of Fame was created.

Here a number of firsts are documented from the soon to be released Welshbase

Paul Scott - ICCF Auditor

Russell Sherwood  Tuesday, September 18, 2018


Paul Scott's appointment as ICCF Auditor was confirmed today. With this Paul takes the lead in auditing the annual accounts of ICCF. Paul joins Austin Lockwood (Services Director) and Russell Sherwood (Marketing Director) in ICCF service.


GM Nigel Davies at the ICCF Simul at Congress in LLandudno

Russell Sherwood  Monday, September 17, 2018

SSKK vs Rest of The World

Russell Sherwood  Monday, September 17, 2018

Dear chess friends,

the Swedish Corr Chess Federation is celebrating 80 years by organizing a big friendly match, "SSKK vs Rest of The World" on the ICCF-server, hopefully on 80 boards. Starting date:  December 1

We would be very pleased and much honoured to see your country participating in this event, by having two players in the World Team:

- one player rated 2100-2600
- one player rated 1400-2099

The Swedish team will have GM:s rated 2500+ on the top 4-5 boards, and SIM/IM rated 2450+ on at least boards 6-12.
Therefore, a world team player 2500+ would be extra welcome, but equally welcome are players below 1700 since we will muster low rated players for the last boards of our team.

I would very much appreciate your kind help in forwarding this invitation.     Closing date will be October 8.  

Hoping for your kind assistance in the true spirit of AMICI SUMUS

Sture Olsson, SSKK team captain


Anyone wishing to be considered should contact Russell Sherwood by the 8th of October.

British Ladies Correspondence Chess Championship 2018

Russell Sherwood  Saturday, September 15, 2018


 The 2018 British Ladies Correspondence Chess Championship is underway with a number of interesting battles promised within.  Will anyone be able to upset the pre-tournament favourites of LGM Helen Sherwood and LGM Dawn Williamson?


Norm Watch

Russell Sherwood  Thursday, September 13, 2018

Congratulations to Andrew Smith in picking up a CCE Norm in BCCA 2018 WS Silver Medal Tournament No.1 

The Likely Lads!

Russell Sherwood  Wednesday, September 12, 2018

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