Welsh Correspondence Chess Federation

Rydym yn Ffrindiau - Amici Sumus

ICCF Congress Voting

Russell Sherwood (Welsh National Delegate and ICCF Marketing Director) and Austin Lockwood (WCCF Secretary and ICCF Services Director) will both be attending the ICCF Congress in Vilnius, Lithuania from 18 to 22 August 2019.

The Congress proposals are listed on the ICCF website, here.

We will update the table below as each proposal is voted on by ICCF national delegates.

  Proposal For Against Result
2019-001 Approve 2018 Congress Minutes 45 2 Passed
2019-002 Approve Financial Reports and 5-year Financial Plan. 42 0 Passed
2019-003 Approve Services Committee Budget for 2020 41 0 Passed
2019-004 Defining When to Apply the at Least 50% ETL Rule      
2019-005 ICCF Medal and Certificate Awards 45 1 Passed
2019-006 Additional Analysis Submission for the 3-person Panel Review      
2019-007 Defining "Repeated Misbehaviour"      
2019-008A Clarifying ICCF Rules by Eliminating the Word "Should" - A      
2019-008B Clarifying ICCF Rules by Eliminating the Word "Should" - B      
2019-009 ICCF Retention Policy for Sensitive Personal Information      
2019-010 [CONFLICT] Eliminate Age and Gender Specific Events 9 35 Defeated
2019-011 ICCF Congress in 2020      
2019-012 Rules for Multiple Member Federation Participation Events      
2019-013 ICCF Disciplinary Review Process      
2019-014 Provisional Rating Procedure 46 0 Passed
2019-015 Clarifying the "Regulations" of the ICCF Appeal Committee      
2019-016A Limiting When Recorded Game Results can be Overturned - A      
2019-016b Limiting When Recorded Game Results Can Be Overturned - B      
2019-017 Applying Appeal Committee Regulations to the Arbitration Committee      
2019-018 Recommendation to Congress - Hong Kong to be Dismissed from ICCF 45 0 Passed
2019-019 [CONFLICT] Allowing Claims Based on the 7-Piece Endgame Tablebase      
2019-020 No Charge for National Postal Games 30 15 Passed
2019-021 Clarification of Request for Accepted Withdrawal      
2019-022 [CONFLICT] Eliminate Gender Specific Events 28 18 Passed
2019-023 [CONFLICT] Change the 50 Moves Rule to 100 moves and Accept Claims up to 100 Moves      
2019-024 Clarifying a Requirement for an Adjudicated Win      
2019-025 Promotion of School Events 39 5 Passed
2019-026 Precedence of Conflicting Proposals 26 17 Passed
2019-027 Consultation in Team Play      
2019-028 [CONFLICT] Eliminate the ICCF Ladies Olympiad and Ladies World Championship 18 25 Superceded by 022
2019-029 Congress Expenses for Officials 42 2 Passed
2019-030 Clarifying the Difference Between Invitational and Open Events 42 2 Passed
2019-031 Improve ICCF Congress Minutes      
2019-032 Reserve Players in WCCC Stages 38 4 Passed
2019-033 2019 Tournament Fee Structure 41 3 Passed
2019-034 Calculation for Fixed Ratings 26 15 Passed
2019-035 Direct Norms for the GM - Title 21 23 Defeated
2019-036 Implement the Silli system in Large ICCF Tournaments 28 8 Passed
2019-037 Merger of Zone 4 into World Zone 19 23 Defeated
2019-038 Adjustment of GM Norm Requirements 19 23 Defeated
2019-039 Add Two Weeks of Discussion Time on Last Minute Proposals 40 4 Passed
2019-040 Eliminate the ICCF Zonal System 14 27 Defeated
2019-041 Players Should be Free to Decide if They Want to Use Linear Conditional Moves      
2019-042 2/3 Majority Required for Changes to Voting Regulations 37 5 Passed


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ICCF Executive Board and Auditor Election Results

The following votes were cast in the EB and Auditor election today at Congress.

  • President: Eric Ruch 40 votes (elected)
  • General Secretary: Michael Millstone 40 votes (elected)
  • Finance Director: Jan Vosselman 43 votes (elected)
  • Marketing Director: Russell Sherwood 40 votes (elected)
  • Services Director: Austin Lockwood 44 votes (elected)

World Tournament Director

  • Jason Bokar: 22 votes
  • Frank Geider: 23 votes
  • Everdinand Knol: 1 vote (withdrawn)
  • Olli Ylönen: 1 vote

No candidate attracted more than 50% of the votes cast, therefore a second round of voting will be conducted according to the voting regulations. Everdinand Knol has withdrawn from the election.


  • Ferdinand Burmeister: 12 votes
  • Paul Scott 23 votes (elected)

#Elections #IccfCongress

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WCCF 7 Update

WCCF 7 continues to generate Title Norms!  With victory in his final game, Adhy Margana achieves his 2nd IM and the Title.

Phillip Dean is well placed to earn his first IM Norm. Helen Sherwood and Ian Jones frustratingly look to fall a half-point short


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Norm Watch

Helen Sherwood gains her first IM Norm and probable 1st place in the Cat 6 5to ANIVERSARIO FEDAPVEN IM CELSO SANCHEZ GRUPO A6

#HelenSherwood #TitleNorms

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In recent times the use of the term "Gaslighting" has increased significantly, mirrored in Film and TV. For those not familiar for the term a common definition is "manipulate (someone) by psychological means into doubting their own sanity.".

Now, In CC, I have never had players have me doubt my own sanity (although some of the characters I have both played and crossed path within an administrative capacity have brought me close!)

So from a CC perspective, a slightly different definition can apply "manipulate a player into doubting their own analysis". 

Few players can claim not to be guilty of this in its most mild form - offering a draw in an inferior position, especially when the higher-rated player.

In a more unpleasant form, we have all played those individuals who keep offering draws and get upset when you don't accept the draw.

A more much more modern tactic that the discerning player should be aware of can be seen when utilising ChessBase.. Imagine the following scenario. You are significantly ahead in a game. Your engine is showing move X as preferable to a decent depth. Chessbase shows a different move to a much greater depth with a good score. 

Now upon examination, this move is generally poor and turns your winning position to a draw. What the opponent has done is lay a trail to attempt to have the player doubt their own analysis. (In the example I reviewed it was clear it was the opponent due to the dates on the analysis).

So the moral of the story is whilst the analysis on Chessbase (and all crowd-sourced websites) can be valuable, always make sure (especially when it is "fresh") that someone is not trying to lead you down the garden path

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British Correspondence Chess Championship

Just a reminder that the deadline for entries to this event is the end of August 2019.

More details can be see on the press release


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Resource Folder

I often get asked about where to obtain some of the Engines I write about.....so to make life easier i have collated them into a folder in the link at the bottom of this article. I will update on occasion, so don't expect the absolute lastest version a day after its release!

Commercial Engines will not be in this folder.





CFish Extended




Honey Xpro

Komodo 10



Raubfisch -SL


Sugar NN



No warranty or guarantees - use at your own risk!




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Esko Nuutilainen Memorial Team Tournament Final

Good Luck to the Welsh Team in the finals of the  Esko Nuutilainen Memorial Team Tournament

1) Craig Evans

2) Paul Keevil

3) Paul Scott

4) Aytac Yuce

5) Andrew Smith

6) Peter Bevan

#Esko #Finals

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USA Friendly

We have been challenged to a Friendly match by our US cousins over the pond. If you are interested in taking part please get in touch at l[email protected]. Start date September 2019


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Last Call for the Champion's League

The deadline for entries is fast approaching (31st July). If you are interested in taking part and have not found a team get in touch ASAP, we may be able to help!

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Tournament Update: Counties and Districts

An exciting finale is promised in the 2018/2019 Counties and Districts Tournament


Historically dominant Yorkshire and Essex currently sit in the top two places but West Wales sit in third with games and positive positions in hand.

East Wales have had a rockier season but look well placed to avoid the drop!

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2019 ICCF Congress

The 2019 ICCF Congress will be held in Vilnius, Lithuania next month.

As usual, Wales will be represented at Congress by a voting delegate (Russell Sherwood), and the WCCF Executive Committee will shortly begin our discussions about how we will use our vote for each Congress proposal.

If any WCCF member would like to make a contribution to these discussions, or if you have a particular view which you would like to have taken into consideration, please contact me by email and I will share your views with the Executive Committee.

The Congress proposals are listed here:


Austin Lockwood
WCCF Secretary
[email protected]


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WCCF 5 is complete

Congratulations to Frank Schumaker (GER) on winning the event on 8.5 closely followed by Paul Keevil (WLS) on 8


12 Title Norms were earned in this event!


#EventReport #PaulKeevil #TitleNorms #Wccf5

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British Correspondence Chess Championship 2019-2021

The British Correspondence Chess Championship (BCCC) is the premier tournament on the British CC calendar. Running continuously since 1921 and open to all British players, the BCCC has carried ICCF title norms since 2016.

The BCCC caters for players of all levels and consists of a final, a candidates section and a number of reserves sections.

The BCCC is organised jointly by the English Federation for Correspondence Chess (EFCC), the Welsh Correspondence Chess Federation (WCCF) and the Scottish Correspondence Chess Association (ScoCCA).

Further details of the tournament, including the full rules and a list of previous winners, are available on the EFCC website:


Last season’s crosstables can be viewed here:

  • Championship https://www.iccf.com/event?id=75888
  • Candidates https://www.iccf.com/event?id=75889
  • Reserves A https://www.iccf.com/event?id=75890
  • Reserves B https://www.iccf.com/event?id=75891
  • Reserves C https://www.iccf.com/event?id=75892
  • Reserves D https://www.iccf.com/event?id=75893

There is a first prize of £100 and a second prize of £50.

Entries close on August 31 and play is due to commence in September 2018. Entries may be made via each National Federation or directly at http://efcchess.org.uk/  If a qualification to the Championship or Candidates is held then is should be stated with the entry.

Sent by Gordon Andreson (Scotland) Phill Beckett (England) and Russell Sherwood (Wales)

#Bccc #TournamentAnnouncement

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Champions League Clearing House

To facilitate Welsh player's involvement in Champion's League 8 we will be running a clearinghouse for player's without teams. IF you dont have a team and wish to take part please get in touch at Russell Sherwood

Please note this service is open to Welsh flagged players, our international members and any friends they may wish to recommend. In addition, note that Champions League is not a free entry event, Team prices are shown here.

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Champions League 8

Champions League 8

ICCF is proud to announce ICCF Champion's League 8

The ICCF Champion's League is a Team event for Teams of 4 players. Three Divisions are utilised:

    Champion's League - A Division
    Champion's League - B Division
    Champion's League - C Division
The three divisions will be organised as followed:

    A Division: 1 section, 15 teams
    B Division: 4 sections, 13 teams per section
    C Division: many sections, 13 teams per section

Games are rated and where all necessary requirements are met, title norms may be possible.


Entries will be accepted from 01th of June until the 31th of July 2019 with a start date of 01th September 2019. End Date will be 31th August 2021.

Time Control

ICCF standard time control 10 moves in 40 days with duplication after 20 days is used.

30 days of leave per year are available to each player.

Entry Method

Rating List 2019/3 will be used for CL8. For an entry to be accepted, complete details must have been provided and required payment made.

Entries may be made via Direct Entry (DE) on ICCF.com.

All registrations (DE and MF) should be sent via the server, not directly to the TO.

The entry fees are listed in the ICCF Financial regulations valid from 01.01.2019 https://www.iccf.com/message?message=632

Entries must be for full teams - Individuals may not enter!


Regular updates will be posted at ICCF.com

If you have any questions not answered within, please contact Jörg Kracht at [email protected]

Promotion and Relegation for CL8
A Division

    Places 1-7 (After Tie Breaks resolved) remain in the Champion's division in CL9
    Places 8-15 (After Tie Breaks resolved) are related to the Challenger’s division in CL9
B Division

    Places 1-2 (After Tie Breaks resolved) are promoted to Champion's division in CL9
    Places 3-7 (After Tie Breaks resolved) remain in the Challenger’s division in CL9
    Places 8-13 (After Tie Breaks resolved) are relegated to the Promotional division in CL9
C Division

24 Teams will qualify for B division in CL9. These will be taken equally from the C Division - so if 6 Groups, 4 per group, if 8 Groups, 3 per group, etc.

!!Promotion and relegation rules may change based on the number of entries. Any change will be confirmed once the closing date for entries is reached!!

#ChampionsLeague #Cl8

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2019 Welsh Correspondence Chess Championship

Is now underway, under the direction of new Austrian tournament director Berhard Lorenz.

Good luck to all participants!



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EU Memorial Werner Stern (server)

ICCF Europa

Announcement – Memorial Tournament

ICCF Europa has the pleasure to announce a new memorial tournament.

To pay a permanent tribute to the memory of a great player in the history of  EU and World correspondence chess Werner Stern. He is the only player to have won the European Championship twice. We have already started a postal tournament and now it is time to begin server one.


The tournament is reserved for EU players and will be played by the server and will be organized in two stages. The sections of the preliminary round will have 9-15 players (8 to14 games). The Final will be played in few groups – main group for the winners of each section; one to three consolation Finals will be organized for runner-ups. A number of qualified players will depend on the number of entries and will be announced prior to a start date. The event will be rated.



Players may enter in the usual way through the ICCF Server Entry System. A player can apply for more than one preliminary group.

The closing of the registrations is the 15th of June 2019.

Allocation of players to their sections will be made as random as possible; however, geographical distribution as well as an achievement of reasonable equality of the average rating will be taken into account.


Tournament Organization

The tournament will start on 25 June 2019. Time control will be Triple Block (Duration of Tournament: 350 days; Initial Clock: 50 days; Initial Bank: 75 days; Increment: 1 day). Registration will close on 15 June 2019 to allow for pairings. The event will be rated. No Title norms in preliminaries.

Finals (13-17 players in each section) will start not later than 1 May 2020. Time control will be Triple Block (Duration of Tournament: 500 days; Initial Clock: 50 days; Initial Bank: 50 days; Increment: 3 days). The event will be rated. It is expected norms for ICCF SIM, IM, CCM, CCE will be set in the main Final and norms for ICCF IM, CCM, CCE will be set in Consolation Final.



All winners of preliminary sections redeemable against entry fees to qualifying tournaments on the ICCF Website.

There will be a prize fund for top three finishers in the main Final (total amount will be announced later).

Top three finishers of each consolation Final redeemable against entry fees to qualifying tournaments on the ICCF Website.

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

We wish all participants many interesting games and new connections with CC friends in other countries, based on the spirit of friendship and the ICCF motto AMICI SUMUS.


TO: IA Andrey Pavlikov (Zonal Director for Europe)

TD: IA Uwe Staroske


In memoriam GM-ICCF Werner Stern

Werner Stern recently passed away at the age of 86 years. Werner was a physicist by profession and lived in Bremen for many years. Werner played correspondence chess for more than 50 years and celebrated many successes; he was the first European Champion (individual) and achieved this title for a second time to become the 7th European Champion. Werner obtained the IM title in 1990, the SIM title in 2001 and gained the Grandmaster title in 2009.

In national championships, Werner became the 20th Veterans Champion of Germany (2002 - 2005)

Werner is the only player to have won the European Championship twice. The confident way, in which he won both tournaments is remarkable; in the first European Championship, he achieved 13,5 Points/14 games - 3,5 points ahead of the second and third placed players Risto Kauranan and H. Ernst. In the 7th European Championship, he again won with a remarkable 12 points/14 games (11 wins, 2 draws, 1 loss) 2 points ahead of the following players. In finale no. 28 Werner became Vice European Champions, only 0,5 behind the winner Janis Vitomskis.

Also in the World Championships Werner played many interesting and nice games; he won his group in the Candidates Tournaments of the 15th  World Championship and achieved a further qualification to Final in the 19th Candidates Tournament. Werner played two finals, ended in the upper midfield and played lots of wonderful games. He repeatedly beat top world-class players in an impressive manner.

We will always honour his memory. Rest in peace, dear Werner!

#Iccf #Memorial #WernerStern

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CCM Norm and Title for Alex Sherwood

With a win in 5to ANIVERSARIO FEDAPVEN IM CELSO SANCHEZ GRUPO B2, Alex Sherwood picks up his 2nd CCM Norm and the Title

Below is the win that secured the title

#AlexSherwood #CcmTitle #NormWatch

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43rd World Championship Semi-Finals

The Semi-Final's of the 43td ICCF World Correspondence Championship have commenced. Welsh Interests are in SF6 and SF7

In WCCC43SF 6  Gareth Yeo has the opportunity to continue his run of excellent form

In WCCC43SF 7 John Claridge has another opportunity to become the 2nd Welsh SIM

In Gareth's case 8/12 is required for a GM Norm and for John 7/12 for the SIM

#GarethYeo #JohnClaridge #SemiFinal #Wccc

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SIM Norm and Title for Gareth Yeo

In a genuine landmark for Welsh CC, Gareth Yeo has scored his second SIM Norm in WS/GMN/64 

This secures the Senior International Master Tile for Gareth, a first for Welsh CC.

Below we have the win, which secured the Title.

#GarethYeo #NormWatch #SimTitle

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2019 Welsh Correspondence Chess Championship

A reminder that entries are due by 1st June.

Please send your details to [email protected]


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George D. Pyrich Memorial Team Tournament Preliminaries Underway

The George Pyrih Memorial Team Tournament is underway.

Wales have been drawn as 6th seeds in George D. Pyrich Memorial Team Tournament SF1

Wales group includes : Switzerland, France, Spain, England, Italy, Finland, Slovenia, Panama, Lithuania and Slovakia

Good Luck to The Welsh Team of 1) Paul Scott 2) Nick Bishop 3) Andrew Smith 4) Peter Bevan 5) Stephen Bailey and 6) Marc Wakeham


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The smallest of margins.....

The Germany Candidate Master 04-C has completed with a win for Alexander Lipecki (GER). In 2nd place by the smallest of SB margins is IM John Claridge.

Below is a fine win of John's from the event

#JohnClaridge #TournamentReport

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1st EU Chess 960 Individual Championship

ICCF Europa is delighted to announce new tournament at chess 960 - the first EU Chess 960 Individual Championship.

The tournament will be played by server and will be organized in three stages (might be in two stages depending from the number of the entries). The sections of the preliminary round will have 5 to 6 players (8 or 10 games) with 2 qualified for the next round. All sections will be with double round robin (players will have the same position with Black and White but all positions will defer from one opponent to another). The time control will be Triple Block (Duration of Tournament: 302 days, Initial Clock: 50 days, Initial Bank: 51 days, Increment: 1 day). The event will be rated for Chess 960 rating system.


Players may enter in the usual way through the ICCF Server Entry System. The closing of the registrations is 5th of June 2019. A player may apply for more than one preliminary section.

Entry fee is 6.00 Euro to be paid via National Federation; 9.00 Euro to be paid via DE Program.

Allocation of players to their sections will be made as random as possible; however, geographical distribution, as well as an achievement of reasonable equality of the average rating, will be taken into account.

Tournament Organization

The tournament will start on 15 June 2019. The closing of the registrations is 5th of June 2019 to allow for pairings

The semifinal stage is expected to be started not later than 1 May 2020.

The final is expected to be started not later than 15 March 2021.


The winner and the runner-up of each preliminary section will qualify for the next round. Qualifications to the Final depend on the number of semifinal sections.

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


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

We wish all participants many interesting games and new connections with CC friends in other countries, based on the spirit of friendship and the ICCF motto AMICI SUMUS.

Andrey Pavlikov, Zonal Director for Europe

#960 #Zonal

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