Welsh Correspondence Chess Federation

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First Welsh International Open

The First Welsh International Open has just launched on the ICCF website, consisting of thirteen groups of seven players.


The winners and runners up of each section will progress to the semi-finals in February 2022.

Good luck to all players in this event!


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Only one week remaining to enter the Welsh International Open!

This will be a large international tournament with three rounds (Preliminary, Semi-Final and Final); there will be prizes for winners in each round.  Players of all standards are encouraged to enter.

Entry for WCCF premium and international members is free!

See the attached flier for details.


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The Chess Player's Alice

The Clergy Correspondence Chess Club have released The Chess Player's Alice, by The Reverend Ivor Davies (1923-2005).

Ivor Davies was the Vicar of Hay-on-Wye for nearly 20 years, and was a Canon of Brecon Cathedral.  He was the founder of the CCCC in 1967, and the club continues to this day. The Chess Player's Alice is a whimsical analysis of the famous chess game from Lewis Carol's Alice through the Looking-Glass.

Attendees at the Llandudno ICCF Congress may recognise the book from their delegate packs.

The book can be obtained from The Rev'd. Bruce Carlin, email: [email protected] for £4.00 (or £3.50 for WCCF members).

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Welsh International Open, Current Entries

 ICCF IDFederationTitleNameRating
1.160699ESPCCESánchez Carol, Jesús2142
2.810075WLS Wakeham, Marc R.2209
3.400230PERCCMRivas Maceda, Juan2382
4.30105AUSCCETanti, Joe G.2256
5.30105AUSCCETanti, Joe G.2256
6.150509DEN Hjorth, Jesper1812
7.131214CZECCMDědina, Miroslav2346
8.281147IND Roy, Rabirashmi2020
9.160318FRACCEAlmarza Mato, Carlos2116
10.421446POL Paluch, Andrzej2225
11.810248WLS Hurn, Robert1971
12.371246NED Kreveld, Frank van1112
13.810102WLS Guy, David T.1549
14.212222WLS Morgan, David Philip2229
15.86707GERCCMLemke, Burghard2295
16.516696USA Moujan, Pablo2259
17.810165WLS Bailey, Stephen2012
18.81937GERSIMKrüger, Hilmar2281
19.212468BULCCEAkrill, Richard2038
20.873435INA Pirhot, Tri Darma Yudha 
21.10492AUTCCEVegjeleki, Adolf2283
22.10492AUTCCEVegjeleki, Adolf2283
23.810212WLSCCMSherwood, Alexander2362
24.810202WLSLGMSherwood, Helen2332
25.810161WLSCCMSherwood, Russell2367
26.131362CZE Navara, Eduard1208
27620775SCO Buchan, Allan 
28.517327USACCEWalton, John C.2172
29.461056FINCCESuihko, Kalervo2248
30.950429SVK Frič, Ľuboš1983
31.82771GERCCEHeidtmann, Dirk2145
32.210942ENGCCEReed, Arthur F.2237
33.160017ESPIMLanz Calavia, José María2336
34.160017ESPIMLanz Calavia, José María2336
35.281131IND Ray, Biswa Preet 
36.910073LATCCMGulbis, Harijs2278
37.910073LATCCMGulbis, Harijs2278
38.514975USA Cohle, Stephen1599
39.210454ENG Beckett, Phillip J.1951
40.212997ENG Jones, Malcolm1548
41.514550USA Smith, Richard2015
42.210454ENG Beckett, Phillip J.1951
43.170047EGY Mohammed, Fayez2222
44.141107RUSCCEPopov, Vladimir Valentinovich2094
45.480032SLOCCMPotrata, Janko2381
46.810278WLS Jones, Rhys 
47.82188GER Richter, Wolfgang2236
48.810259WLS Denton, Sean2213
49.81937GERSIMKrüger, Hilmar2281
50.161719ESP Gomez Gimenez, Guillermo1996
51.100510SUI Dellenbach, Jean Paul2033
52.130482CZECCMGlaser, Karel2304
53.180229FRACCMBaroin, Bernard2310
54.30265AUS Freire, Daniel J.1802
55.810276WLS Coles, Jon2006
56.150509DEN Hjorth, Jesper1812
57.371295NED Fluit, Johnny2195
58.212209ENG Gosling, Brian G. E.1879
59.370844NED Velde, Meint van der2128
60.421512POL Głowiński, Daniel1791
61.516925USA Kaczmarek, Robert2145
62.460338FIN Kontulainen, Hanne2155
63.81455GERIMNyberg, Wilfred2235
64.451422SWECCMÅberg, Lars-Erik2304
65.629031SCOCCMLloyd, Geoffrey2283
66.550102RSA Scott, Rueon1641
67.510869USA Lambert, Michael H.1934
68.86893GER Rose, Sven2159
69.141543RUS Nopin, Vyacheslav Mikhailovich2278
70.212907WLS Dunning, Stephen 
71.180280BEL Vuillemin, Gaston2020
72.515808USAIMMuljadi, Paul2415
73.10462AUTCCEHaidenbauer, Dietmar2134
74.513939USA Winbush, Jerome1861
75.180484FRA Alberny, Maurice2119
76.240380ITA Bonoldi, Fabio2037
77.360086NORSIMSande, Øystein2140
78.160318FRACCEAlmarza Mato, Carlos2116
79.82419GERCCEWassilieff, Hans-Dieter2285
80.70373BRAIMCleto Jr., Dirceu2170
81.900143CROCCMKostanjšek, Zorko2373
82.81838GERCCEJeute, Volkmar Peter2237
83.421848POL Warchoł, Dariusz 
84.84249GER Blittkowsky, Ralf1975
85.86706GER Klemm, Robert 
86.510691USA CCEEndsley, Barry E.2273
87.620426SCO CCMCumming, David R.2369
88.620426SCO CCMCumming, David R.2369
89.810167WLS McFadden, Wayne 
90.450649SWE Knöppel, Björn2090
91.810163WLSCCMKeevil, Paul2316


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British Correspondence Championship 2018/20

The 2018/20 BCCC completed recently; another outstanding performance by Praveen Kumar Rallabandi (9.5/14), a player surely destined for a stellar career in CC, ensured that he retained the title.  Second and third were Brian Thompson and yours truly, separated only by the controversial Baumbach tiebreak.


The British Championship is the premium individual CC event in the UK and is organised jointly by the national federations of Wales, Scotland and England. British players of all levels are encouraged to enter.


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Euro Team Cup - Part 1

The Euro Team Cup has commenced! This new event is intended to extend on the familiar friendly format and provide something akin to a Davis cup format for CC.

The initial round has generated a number of interesting match-ups:

Russia - France

The Russian Team have an edge (2413 v 2371) average rating with French only matching on the Top 5 Boards.


Prediction: Russia 23 - France 17

Italy - Ukraine

The Italians have the edge here (2434-2371 average rating), again with Ukraine only matching on the Top 5 Boards

Prediction:  Italy 22.5 - Ukraine 17.5

Spain- Poland

Evenly matched in terms of rating (2326 v 2303), however this looks to be a little misleading when individual match ups where Spain appear to have the edge.

Prediction: Spain 22- Poland 18

Netherlands - Romania

The Romanians appear have an edge both in terms of average rating but this becomes much more complex on lower boards.

Prediction : Romania 22 - Netherlands 18


Next time a review of the Germany - Norway - Slovenia match and the Big one, Wales - Sweden!




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ICCF Congress 2020

The annual ICCF Congress will be organised this year by our sister federation, the Scottish Correspondence Chess Association, and held in Clydebank near Glasgow from 23-27 August 2020.

There will be an award presentation ceremony on the morning of Monday 24th August.  Any Welsh player who has earned an ICCF title since the last Congress, and who wishes to travel to Glasgow to officially receive their certificate and medal should register their attendance on the Congress website, here:


#2020 #IccfCongress #ScottishCorrespondenceChessAssociation

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Welsh Correspondence Chess Championship

Congratulations to Russell Sherwood on winning the Second WCCF Welsh Correspondence Chess Championship!

Runners up were Nick Bishop in second place, and Paul Scott in third.  Well played all!



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The First Welsh International Open Correspondence Chess Championship

The Welsh Correspondence Chess Federation are pleased to announce the First Welsh International Open Correspondence Chess Championship.

Correspondence chess players of all levels from all countries of the world are warmly invited to participate.


Three rounds, consisting of:

  • Preliminaries, starting 23rd February 2020 (sections of seven to eleven players); no title norms will be available for the preliminaries.
  • Semi-Finals, starting February 2022 (sections of nine to thirteen players); title norms may be available.
  • Final, starting February 2024 consisting of thirteen players with title norms available.

Each round will be played on the ICCF webserver and have a duration of two years.


The winner of each stage will qualify directly for the next stage; a number of runners up will also qualify to fill any vacancies, depending on the number of entries.

Time Control

Triple Block, 700 days (75 days bank, five days increment added after each of the first 50 moves; guaranteed time of three days per move will apply to each move after the 50th move).

Entry Fee

Multiple entries are allowed.

The first entry is free for Premium or International members of the Welsh Correspondence Chess Federation; details of membership are available here:


(Please note that International membership of WCCF is open to any ICCF registered player, regardless of nationality.  Only membership for 2020 is required, it is not necessary to maintain membership for the duration of the tournament.)

The fee for additional entries will be £10.00 GBP per entry.


  • The winner of each preliminary section will win a prize of £10.00 GBP.
  • The winner of each semi-final section will win a prize of £20.00 GBP.
  • The winner of the final will be awarded an official ICCF medal and certificate, and a prize of £100.00 GBP.
  • The first two runners up of the final will be awarded an official ICCF medal and certificate.

All prizes will be paid out via PayPal; if first place is shared using standard ICCF tiebreaking procedures, the prize will be divided equally.

How to Enter

The closing date for entries is 8th February 2020.

If you are already a Premium or International member of WCCF, please send your details (name, ICCF ID Number, and email address) to the WCCF Secretary [email protected]

If you are not already a member of WCCF, you can join here:


Please send your entry to the above email address after joining.

If you wish to make more than one entry, please send £10.00 GBP for each additional entry by PayPal to [email protected] and send your details to [email protected]


The tournament website is here:


Entries will be listed here as they are received.


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WCCF Trios started

Trios 34,35,36 and 37 have started.....


Next Cycle expected to start March 2020




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WCCF Trios

The next cycleset of WCCF Trios will commence in January. 

Two trios are included in the annual Premium/International membership.

Further Trios and the cost to non-premium/international members is £5.00 (which is the same price as Premium membership)

Note: Now WCCF Trios and ICCF approved International members are allowed to take part.

If you want to take part in the next cycle get in touch at leanthinker at hotmail.co.uk



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WCCF 2019 Christmas Special Tournament

has started......https://www.iccf.com/event?id=83366

#TournamentStart #WccfChristmasSpecial

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Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda

From all involved with the WCCF : Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda

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Bdf Invitational 2020

We have been invited to nominate players for three of the German Invitational events of 2020. If you meet the required rating (or expect to), are Welsh flagged and a Welsh premium member

In 2020 BdF is organising several invitational tournaments. They will start on 19 June 2020, but it is planned to bring the tournaments onto the server already at the beginning of April 2020.


I am pleased to invite players from your federation to the following tournaments.


The events are typically between 13 and 17 players and utilise traditional time controls, typically 10/50

If you are interested get in touch at [email protected]


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WCCF Christmas Special Tournament

We are pleased to announce a special tournament, free but only open to WCCF Welsh flagged premium members who are rated below 2,100 or have completed fewer than 12 games on the 2020/1 list (if you want to play and are not a premium member you know what to do!).

7 Players, 6 games. Traditional 10/50 time control, start date 27/12/2019.

If you would like to play, please get in touch with the WCCF Secretary ([email protected]) - qualified players will be allocated on a strictly "first come, first served" basis.

#TournamentAnnouncment #WccfChristmasSpecial

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European Team Cup

The draw has taken place and our first round opponents are........Sweden!


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ICCF World Championship Preliminaries

The next cycle has been announced https://www.iccf.com/message?message=1327

Any Welsh flagged player above 2250 on 2020/1 list  should register their interest with Russell Sherwood


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CCM Title to Glyn Sinnett

After achieving the additional required Norm in States and Regions CCC 2019 Division One, Glyn picks up the CCM Title (and a career-high CC rating at the same time).

This was a resilient performance, achieved despite a defeat to Spanish GM Mercadal Benjamin.

Here we see Glyn in form against Top seed IM Ingersol

#CcmTitle #GlynSinnett

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IM Title for Ian Jones

With a solid finish in 7th Webchess Open Tournament Semifinal 9  Ian Jones has secured his 2nd and final IM Norm, gaining him the title and becoming Wales 7th IM recipient!


#IanJones #ImTitle #Normwatch

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Counties & Districts 2020

The annual Counties and Districts Tournament is now upon us, 

WCCF will again facilitate the formation and player allocation for Welsh Teams.

Last season West and East Wales both fielded Teams in the Top tier. It is the hope that this season we can reinstate "B" teams as well.

In addition to this, we would hope to facilitate the formation of a North Wales Team.

CDCCC is played in teams of 8 players but each individual only players 2 games against a single opponent - so 2 games in total which can fit into anyone's game load!


Ward Higgs   https://www.iccf.com/event?id=76232

Sinclair      https://www.iccf.com/event?id=76231

Butler - Thomas   https://www.iccf.com/event?id=76229

We do ask that anyone taking part in these teams gives them sufficient attention - we do not want to see players who have lost games in 3 days having played 50 moves!

If you are interested in taking part please get in touch by December 15th , indicating your preference in relation to Team.allocation.


Russell Sherwood

WCCF International Secretary





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Selection Policy

Selection of players and captain for WCCF Team and representative events is led by the International Secretary.

Upon initial selection the team is proposed to the Executive Committee, who confirm the selection of the team or may suggest changes.

Selection for such events is based on the consideration of a number of factors including but not limited to:

  1. Rating
  2. Rating Progression
  3. Activity level
  4. Titles held
  5. Performance at similar or higher tournament level
  6. Player standing with WCCF (both disciplinary and financial)
  7. Player membership status*
  8. Defaults record
  9. Player acceptance of WCCF Team requirements

*Please note that selection to major international team events such as Olympiads or European Team Championships will normally be limited to premium members unless an exception has been agreed by the Executive Committee (for example for the purposes of recruitment or new player development). International friendly matches are excluded from this policy and may feature both national and international members.


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2019 WCCF AGM Minutes

Draft minutes of the 2019 WCCF AGM, held in Abergavenny on 9th November, are attached to this post.

Highlights include:

  • New Welsh International Open to be played on a two year cycle opposite the Welsh Championship
  • British Webserver Team Tournament and States and Regions both to move to a two year cylcle and be played in alternate years
  • A new team event to be offered to WCU Chess Clubs as an introduction to CC, starting in July 2020
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Y Gweilch NiMo wins the Fifth British Webserver Team Tournament

The stranglehold held by ICCF Warriors, who have won this tournament for the past three seasons, has finally been broken by Ian Jones' Y Gweilch NiMo; Congratulations to Ian, Craig Evans, Adam Davies, and Andrew Gibbons! - Ian's draw against GM Jason Bokar (2536) is shown below.


The Second Division was won by BCCA Kings with an impressive +12; Division Three by Schach Dragons, also with +12; Division Four A by BCCA Tacticians with a massive score of +26, and Division Four B by BCCA Cavaliers with a similarly impressive score of +23.

Congratulations to all winning teams, members of Y Gweilch NiMo will each recieve an engraved trophy, and winners of the lower divisions will be entitled to promotion.

Season Six of this tournament will start in April 2020. There will be two significant changes to the format for Season Six; the playing cycle will be extended to 700 days, and the requirement to include two British players in each team will be reduced to one.

More information will be posted here nearer to the time.


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2020 WCCF Premium Membership is Now Open

Membership of the Welsh Correspondence Chess Championship paid for in November or December 2019 will be valid for 2020; if you haven't already, please consider supporting WCCF by subscribing to membership. The 2020 membership fee is held at £5.00 for the year (£10.00 for international members).

The benefits of Premium Membership are listed here:


You can subscribe online using PayPal; simply log onto the WCCF website and follow the PayPal button on the "My Membership" page, here:


If you would prefer to pay by cheque, please contact the treasurer, Russell Sherwood [email protected]


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2020 WCCF Tournament Calendar

January/February 2020

  • Welsh International Open

April 2020

  • Sixth British Webserver Team Tournament

July 2020

  • Welsh Chess Club Team Championship

October 2020

  •  2020/21 British Correspondence Chess Championship
  • Counties and Districts CC Championship (still to be confirmed by EFCC)


  • WCCF 9th Invitational (GM)
  • WCCF 10th Invitational (CCE/CCM)


  •  Welsh Trios


  • Third WCCF Welsh Correspondence Chess Championship
  • Third States and Regions Correspondence Chess Championship
  • Eighth North Atlantic Team Tournament

#2020 #TournamentCalendar

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