Welsh Correspondence Chess Federation

Rydym yn Ffrindiau - Amici Sumus

ICCF World Cup 20

Austin Lockwood  Friday, August 9, 2013

The International Correspondence Chess Federation is delighted to announce the Russian Correspondence Chess Association as the main organizer of the ICCF World Cup 20 Webserver Tournament.

The tournament will be played on the ICCF Webserver and will be organized in three stages. The number of promotions will depend on total entries received, but groups at preliminary and semifinal stages will be comprised of 13 players (12 games) played with a rate of play of 10 moves in 50 days. The event will be rated with title norms, which are usually possible at the semifinal and final stages.

Please see here for more details; entries may be made shortly through Direct Entry on the ICCF webserver, or by cheque directly to the Welsh Correspondence Chess Federation at the reduced fee of £10.00; please send entries and cheques to:

Austin Lockwood, WCCF Secretary, PO Box 2227, Bolton BL6 9GR

ICCF - 2013 Congress Summary

Austin Lockwood  Monday, July 29, 2013

  • Statute 13 was modified to allow deviations from FIDE when appropriate.
  • “The Basic Laws of Chess only apply to Over-the-Board play”
  • New ICCF Member Federations:
    • Cape Verde (Zone 4 – Francisco Carapinha – Delegate)
    • Venezuela (Zone 2 - César Jesús Reyes Maldonado – Delegate)
  • Andrew Dearnley (ENG) elected as Marketing Director
  • Markus Hömske (FRA) appointed as NTTC (Non Title Tournament Commissioner)
  • Jason Bokar (USA) appointed as Help Desk Manager
  • Neil Limbert (ENG) has resigned from the qualification Commission position after a superb 4-year contribution to ICCF. Any interested parties are invited to contact the General Secretary for more information.
  • Scoring 3/1/0 proposal not adopted
  • Chess 960 rating are approved – Rating Commissioner is working on implementation.        Incremental time control adopted (10/50 remains the time control for most ICCF tournaments)
  • Special Leave disbanded effective 01/01/2014. 45 days of leave per calendar year will be introduced for all tournaments starting after 01/01/2014.
  • Table bases are introduced. 50-move rule suspended if TB is entered. Playing Rules committee along with the Service Director, under oversight of the EB will address the technical issues of implementation.
  • Some changes were made to the Code of Conduct regarding slow play.
  • A new category will be added to the Promotion Events ladder (below to Open class) to promote chess for very low ranking players.
  • Congress – 2014 – Sydney – Delegate Brian Jones is already preparing for an Oct 2014 Congress Australia.
  • Congress 2015 – Bulgaria has submitted a non-binding interest in hosting the 2015 in a resort on the Black Sea. However, other Federations are encouraged to submit proposals before Australia.

British Ladies Correspondence Chess Championships

Austin Lockwood  Friday, June 28, 2013

The Championships start annually on October 15, with an adjudication date of July 31 following, and are open to any woman or girl resident in the British Isles except the Irish Republic; there is no membership qualification. Compete for the beautiful Lady Herbert Trophy and the Champion's prize of £30, with a runner-up prize of £15. Prizes in the Candidates sections are £10 for first and £5 for second.

The Championship section has up to 7 players, typically with 2 games v each opponent, and Candidates sections of up to 7 players will be similarly organised if entries permit. Play is by post unless both players agree to play by email, which is the most popular method nowadays. There is a strong possibility of the rules being changed to allow the event to be transferred to the ICCF Webserver for 2013-14, making the transmission of moves and recording of dates so much simpler and cheaper.

Entries so far: Toni Halliwell (defending champion), Valerie Craven and Stephanie Lawrence.

Entry fee: £7

The tournament director reserves the right to assign players to the most appropriate section. Please make cheques payable to the British Federation for Correspondence Chess.

Entries should reach the tournament director, Keith Escott, by September 30 2013. Entries and enquiries to:

Keith Escott, 43 Orchard Road, Erdington, Birmingham B24 9JB. Phone: 07831 563536 Email: [email protected]

Welsh players have been successful in the past, with Hazel Brunker tying with Toni Binns (now Halliwell) in 1981 and Debbie Evans (as Debbie Cooper) winning in 1987-9 inclusive.

Trio No. 3

Austin Lockwood  Thursday, May 23, 2013

Well played Philip Dean - winner of Trio No. 3!


Spain vs Wales, Match Started

Austin Lockwood  Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Good luck to all players in this international friendly match.


European Team Championship Semi Finals

Austin Lockwood  Friday, May 17, 2013

WCCF are seeking strong (2100+ ICCF/FIDE/WCU) players to represent Wales in the forthcoming European Team Championships - this event is played on the ICCF webserver and title norms are possible.

Anyone interested should contact me.

Austin Lockwood, WCCF Secretary - [email protected]

International Friendly Match with Spain

Austin Lockwood  Wednesday, May 8, 2013

We have been invited to play an international friendly match against the Spanish Correspondence Chess Federation, starting in June.

Each player will have two games against the same opponent, the games will be played on the ICCF Webserver and will be ICCF rated.

Please contact me by email if you would like to play, Welsh players of any strength are welcome, we will try to match you against an opponent of similar strength.

Sixth ICCF Veteran's World Cup

Austin Lockwood  Thursday, May 2, 2013

The 6th Veteran's World Cup will start on 1st September 2013, this tournament is open to all players aged 60 or older; more details are available on the ICCF website.

Entries can be made via the ICCF website, under "New Events", or £12 by cheque to WCCF (please contact me for the address).


Trio No. 4

Austin Lockwood  Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Congratulation to Aytaç Yüce, winner of Trio No. 4


Current Olympiad standings

Austin Lockwood  Saturday, April 20, 2013

Current standings in Olympiad XX Preliminaries, Group Five...

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