Welsh Correspondence Chess Federation

Rydym yn Ffrindiau - Amici Sumus

States and Regions: Confirmed Entries

Team Country Average Rating Notes
Windy City USA 2414  
Matanzas All Star CUB 2373  
Las Villas Chess Masters CUB 2372  
Celtic Warriors A WLS 2369  
Tirol AUT 2339  
US West USA 2335 Season One D1 Winners *
Pawn Sacrifice Bremen GER 2325  
Štajerska SLO 2312 Season One D2 Winners *
Lancashire Roses ENG 2307  
USA East USA 2305 Season One D1 Runners Up *
Quattro Torri Lazio ITA 2304  
West Wales Dragons WLS 2241  
The Cubans East Rookies CUB 2172  
Habana Blue CUB 2162  
Red Rose A (Yorkshire) ENG 2161  
Red Rose B (Yorkshire) ENG 1615  

* Qualify for Division One

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Is it NORMal?

With the latest Norm being achieved today, it was interesting to note that the WCCF series of Invitational events has now generated 62 Title Norms.

Not bad for one of the youngest members of the ICCF Family!

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BCCC Rules Update

The rules for the British Correspondence Chess Championship have been updated, following long discussions between representatives of the English, Scottish and Welsh CC Federations. Whilst the rules will be of no interest to 99% of players! they have been uploaded  here

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Norm Watch

Good news for Glyn Sinnett, achieving a CCM Norm in WCCF 6th Invitational

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George D. Pyrich Memorial Team Tournament Preliminaries

On behalf of the ICCF, I’m pleased to announce the II. ICCF Team Tournament for player rated <2300 – here in memoriam George D. Pyrich.
All ICCF Member Federations (that are not currently suspended) are invited to enter their team to this event, which will be played on the ICCF webserver on two rounds: Preliminaries and Final.

Each Federation may enter two teams. All players on the Team must be rated at <2300 on the ICCF Rating list 2019/2 or on the current FIDE List. In addition, all players must be full members of the Federation they represent or be registered on the ICCF server for the county of the
Federation they represent for the duration of the tournament. The Preliminaries will start on 
June 1st, 2019.

There will be 6 players in each team. A maximum of 3 players may be replaced during the tournament. The right to be promoted from the preliminaries shall be determined by the ICCF Non-Title Tournaments Commissioner and approved by the Executive Board at the start of the tournament.

The intention will be for a 13 Team Final.
The entry fee will be at the rate of € 6 per player, i.e. € 36 per team. There will be no further entry fee for the Final.

The time control will be Triple Block (Duration of Tournament: 700 days; Initial Clock: 50 days; Initial Bank: 50 days; Increment: 5 days).

Team entries have to be sent by the National Federations to the Non-Title Tournament Commissioner Jörg Kracht([email protected]) not later than May 10th, 2019.

No replacement or board change will be allowed after that date unless exceptional circumstances occur. All entries should include the following details:
- board order
- name, ICCF code and e-mail address of the players
- name, ICCF code and e-mail address of the Team Captain
FIDE Ratings will be treated as „unfixed“ for title norm purposes. Players who have no ICCF fixed
rating nor FIDE rating will be allocated with a provisional rating of 2100.


Eligible Welsh players will be contacted over the coming week.


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A.O. Jones Rapidplay

Congratulations to Ian Jones for (joint) winning the A.O. Jones Rapidplay

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States and Regions Correspondence Chess Championship, Season Two

The second season of the States and Regions Correspondence Chess Championship will start on 15th April 2019.

This year, the format will be slightly different, instead of the Hutton pairing format, we will be using a more conventional all-play-all format. Each section will be made up of 13 or 15 teams (so each player will play 12 or 14 games), and teams will consist of four players.

More details are available on the WCCF website, here:


ICCF title norms may be available on some boards, depending on the range of ratings.

Once again, the Triple Block time control system will be used, with all games ending within 350 days.

The entry fee will be £20.00 GBP, however this will be reduced to £10.00 for WCCF International and Premium members. Membership of WCCF is open to international players at £10.00 and to Welsh players at £5.00, please see our website for details of membership:


(Only the TC is required to be a member in order to benefit from the discounted rate)

Please send entries to the WCCF Secretary ([email protected]) by 8th April. Teams should represent a particular county, state, city, region, etc. of your country, however there are no particular qualification criteria; membership of the team is at the captain’s discretion.

Entries should state:

  1. The name of the region the team represents
  2. The country the region is in
  3. The ICCF ID and name of the team captain (the TC need not be a player)
  4. The ICCF IDs and names of each of the four team members, in board order

Please do not hesitate to email me for further information.

Best wishes,

Austin Lockwood, WCCF Secretary

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Tournament Update: WCCF 7

WCCF 7th Invitational

With Craig Evan's nice win we now reach a crucial point in the event. With Steven Cade (ENG) already having completed his games, with an IM Norm to boot, we find  the pleasing situation of all Welsh players being still in the hunt for IM Norms.

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Rule Clarification

ICCF issued a rule clarification today. In simple terms, it reaffirms that a player may not consult other players during a live game, regardless of it being an Individual or Team Event. By consult, it is meant shared analysis or assessment of the position. 

The use of typical tools such as Databases, Opening books, Engines etc is acceptable, consulting other players on a specific position in a live game is not.. It is worth noting that collaboration prior to the start of an event is acceptable.

The WCCF have never encouraged our players to use these methods and is not aware of any of our players utilising them but please be cognizant of this clarification. If you are unsure of the validity of any behaviour please get in touch with the WCCF Executive Committee

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Tournament Update: Wales-Italy Friendly

Interesting results in this friendly match - currently we trail 16.5-45.5, although with the significant rating differential (Well over 100 elo!)  we still have a reasonable chance of achieving our pre-match performance target of 31.5

Kudos to Maurice Macarthy, David Guy, Sean Denton for securing wins under challenging circumstances!

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Tournament Update: 11th European Team Championship - Semifinal 2

A quiet month with only two results but important ones for Welsh Qualification chance 11th European Team Championship - Semifinal 2

Equally as important for Welsh qualification chances are the results from 10th European Team Championship - Final  On an interesting note all the results went into Wales long term favour!

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WCCC Preliminaries

Good Luck to Mark Adams in WCCC43PR 9

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ICCF Proposals

Every year ICCF rules are updated, based on the outcome of successful proposals made to Congress by member Federations and Officers. As an open, democratic National Federation the WCCF encourage our players to contribute to this process.

If you have any ideas on processes or rules that could be better get in touch with the WCCF Committee and if viable, we will look to develop these into proposals.

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Bill Flew Memorial Tournament

This tournament has now started on the ICCF webserver.


Good luck to all players, and a warm welcome to Bill's sons, Nick and Paul Flew.


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Bill Flew Memorial Tournament

There is still time to enter the Bill Flew Memorial Tournament (see attached flier); any player who knew Bill or played against him (correspondence or OTB) is very welcome to sign up, please email [email protected] 

The following players have signed up so far:

810272 Nick Flew
810273 Paul Flew
810233 Paul Scott
810248 Bob Hurn
810259 Sean Denton
810183 Ian Jones
810202 Helen Sherwood
810212 Alex Sherwood
810197 Vaughan Thomas
810133 Adam May
810102 David Guy
810075 Marc Wakeham
810177 Arthur Wilding
810187 Mark Wilson
810268 Maurice McCarthy
810209 Gareth Yeo
810161 Russell Sherwood
810251 Tim Soar
810162 David Roberts

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IM Norm and Title for Austin Lockwood

Austin Lockwood picks up his final IM Norm and pending approval, the IM Title in 11th European Team Championship - Semifinal 2 Board 2

The win put the Welsh team in this event in a strong postion for qualification for the finals.

Here is the win that completed the Norm


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New Welsh Trio

Welsh Trio 28 has been set up. 

As a reminder - all premium players, including International ones are entitied to two free Trio events per year. Non-premium players can enter based on the prive list (Hint its cheaper to go Premium!)

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II International Tournament "Por Venezuela" Pablo Atars Memorial 2019

Below are the details of Banded Norm Open event from our friends in Venezuela. These represent good value for money and a great opportunity to target in Title Norm in a fixed timespan of 1 year, due to the use of the Tri-Bi time control system. If Welsh players have any questions, feel free to get in touch.

II International Tournament "Por Venezuela" Pablo Atars Memorial 2019

For no one is a secret, in our Globalized World, the severe conjunctural crisis that crosses the Venezuela of today in the social, political and economic plane. However, as a noble people, warrior and liberator, we do not doubt that the solution lies in love, peace and in initiatives such as the one we are now proposing "POR VENEZUELA", an International Correspondence Chess Tournament that summons all Chess Players at a Distance of the World in order to support an Entrepreneurial Nation and, in passing, pay a permanent tribute to the Memory of a great player in the history of Venezuelan and Latin American chess, Don Pablo Atars.

The Venezuelan Federation of Postal Chess (Fedap-Ven) announces the organization of the II CORRESPONDENCE CHESS TOURNAMENT IN MEMORY OF PABLO ATARS (* 1904 and 1976), a notable player of Latvian origin (Latvia) who, at the same time as an excellent the discipline exercised leadership, journalistic and organizational functions on behalf of Venezuela.

PABLO ATARS was between 1961-1967 collaborator of the prestigious monthly chess magazine "Sacha Pasaule-Chess World" of the United States (USA) where he elaborated specialized articles about The Latvian Gambit. He also promoted thematic events by correspondence on this Gambit, such as the "Betins Memorial". On the death of Pablo Atars (1976), the American Ojars Leonhards Purins continued performing the "Betins Memorial" tournaments and organized the "Atars Memorial" tournaments from 1976 to 1980

Pablo Atars obtained the Latin American Postal Master (MLP) norm in 1967 when he occupied the 5th place in the I CADAP Zonal Tournament (won by the Venezuelan Celso Sánchez Pouso). As a leader, Atars was part of the Committee of Vice Presidents of the CADAP during the period 1969-1976, the year of his death

 Along with CADAP (already disappeared entity), FEDAPVEN organized the 1st Tournament in Tribute to Pablo Atars in 2016, giving it then rank of American Zone Tournament, exclusive for American Zone 2 players and some international guests. In this Second Edition, FEDAPVEN has made an effort to give it international character, hence the call is extended to all ICCF players in the World who wish to participate.


1) FEDAPVEN wants, through a correspondence chess tournament, to set an example of initiative and entrepreneurship in the midst of the crisis "Por Venezuela".

2) FEDAPVEN undertakes to pay permanent posthumous tribute to this renowned character in the history of Venezuelan and Latin American Postal Chess, Pablo Atars.

3) FEDAPVEN aims to bring together the largest number of chess players of all categories around an international brotherhood and activation event "Por Venezuela".

4) FEDAPVEN wants to offer all participating chess players the possibility of obtaining official ICCF titles such as GM, IM, SIM, CCM and CCE.

5) FEDAPVEN aims to recognize with a cash prize (EUROS) the champions of each group and sections that will be organized.

The upload date to the ICCF web server will be on April 30, 2019 and the time will be activated on May 15, 2019, start date. The Rating 2019-2 of the ICCF will be used.


The open tournament will be played in a single stage, by Groups, according to ICCF rating ranges. Each group can be divided into several sections, according to the minimum or maximum number of expected participants. Each section will have its independent award.

The Rating ranges in the respective Groups will be the following:

• Group 1: Rating 2401 or more (11-13 players).

• Group 2: Rating 2351 to 2400 (11-13 players).

• Group 3: Rating 2301 to 2350 (11-13 players).

• Group 4: Rating 2251 to 2300 (11-13 players).

• Group 5: Rating 2201 to 2250 (9-11 Players).

• Group 6: Rating 2151 to 2200 (9-11 Players).

• Group 7: Rating 2101 to 2150 (9-11 Players).

• Group 8: Rating 2051 to 2100 (9-11 Players).

• Group 9: Rating 1951 to 2050 (7-9 players).

• Group 10: Rating 1950 or less (7-9 players).

This is a tournament per server.

The start date: 05-15-2019.

Completion date: 03-13-2020.

Triple block system for a 302 day event, with an initial bank of 51 days and a 1 day increment for the first 50 movements used.

If a player's clock reaches zero, the player automatically scores with a loss (even if the bank and / or the increase is> 0). Under some circumstances, all player's games will be canceled later (if they are not yet classified). Players can not stop their clocks to say goodbye. Linear conditions can be entered. This tournament allows claims based on the six-piece base. The 50 movements rule does not apply in positions with seven or fewer pieces. Tie bids are restricted to one bid per player every 10 moves (called the 10-move draw rule). Ties are defined according to the Sonneborn-Berger rule for tiebreaks. If necessary, the servers will be selected by the server. Other participants can watch the games live after 10 games have ended in the event. The live broadcast is delayed by 5 moves. The public can see the games live after 10 games have ended in the event. The live broadcast is delayed by 5 moves.

This event is organized by Reyes Maldonado, César Jesús.


The cost of the tournament will be 10 EUROS per player, per ticket. Multiple entries are allowed per player according to the number of sections that are structured in your Group.

The registration deadline will be April 28, 2019.

The inscriptions must contain the following information:

•          Player's name

•          Email address

•          ICCF ID

•          Number of entries.

Award and title rules:

• 35-30-25-20-15 EUROS to the absolute winner of each section.

• GM, SIM, IM, CCM and CCE rules according to the category of the groups that are formed in each section.

There is ONE SINGLE form of registration: Transfer via PayPal to the account [email protected]This inscription can be done directly by the player himself, indirectly, through a family member or third person or, through his National Federation, League or Club, for the cases of registration of multiple players of the same nationality or team.

CCM / ML César Jesús Reyes Maldonado

President of FEDAP-VEN

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First Blood!

First Blood for West Wales in the Counties and Districts!


A great result from Fred Clough!

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Tournament Completion

A nice victory for Mark Adams in WS/MN/169 , bringing his second IM Norm!

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Bill Flew Memorial Tournament

In memory of Bill Flew, who sadly passed away in December 2018, The Welsh Correspondence Chess Federation announce the Bill Flew Memorial Tournament, starting 1st March 2019.

Bill learnt to play when he was young, but really started playing at Pennard Chess Club in the 1970’s. After moving to the Midlands for a while, he returned to Gower and spent the last two decades or so playing over the board for Upper Killay Chess Club, at times being captain of both the 1st and 2nd teams. He was also actively involved in Correspondence Chess as one of the first players associated with the fledgling Welsh federation on its formation in 2012. A prolific correspondence player and a team player, Bill represented Wales at correspondence chess in friendly matches against Netherlands, Spain, Venezuela, Latvia, USA, Poland, Australia, Germany, Finland, France, Austria and Italy; he also represented West Wales in the British Counties and Districts Correspondence Chess Championship. He will be sadly missed by all his team mates and the correspondence chess friends he made around the world.

The Bill Flew Memorial Tournament will be played using the Silli System, this allows an unlimited number of players, who each play eight different opponents (four as White and four as Black). The tournament will be played online on the ICCF webserver (https://www.iccf.com) and the standard ICCF time control will be ten moves in forty days with forty five days leave available per calendar year.

Games will be unrated, and we ask that players refrain from using chess computers for this tournament.

There will be no entry fee, and the winner will receive a trophy.

WCCF warmly invite all Bill’s friends, from over the board and correspondence chess, to participate in his memory.

To enter, please email your name and ICCF number to the WCCF secretary ([email protected]) before Friday 22nd February. Games will be started on the webserver shortly after this date.

If you do not have an ICCF ID, please register online at iccf.com (follow the “New Player” link to register). If you register under the Welsh flag, WCCF will approve your account as soon as possible.

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Norm Watch

Congratulations to Paul Scott in achieving a CCM Norm in  WCCF 5th Invitational

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