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New Title

The player Kevin D. Plant with ICCF ID 211509 has achieved enough norms to receive the title of ICCF Correspondence Chess Master.
Congratulations.


The British Correspondence Chess Championship (BCCC)

The British Correspondence Chess Championship (BCCC)

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 Championship, one or more candidate’s sections and a number of reserves sections.

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

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

https://www.efcchess.org.uk/bcccRules.html

Last season’s crosstables can be viewed here:

  Championship   Reserves

  https://www.iccf.com/event?id=95269

 

  https://www.iccf.com/event?id=95292

  Candidates

 

  https://www.iccf.com/event?id=95293

  https://www.iccf.com/event?id=95290

 

  https://www.iccf.com/event?id=95294

  https://www.iccf.com/event?id=95291

 

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

Entries close on August 31st and play is due to commence in September 2022. Entries can be made directly to Tournament Organiser, Phill Beckett or via the National Federation. Please note that these are the only entry routes for this event.

The BCCC is a highly competitive event and we are unable to confirm a player's final allocation at the time of entry. If you have a qualification for a particular section it is important that you state it with your entry.

For more details please contact your National Federation or Phillip Beckett ().

Entries and the entry fee of £12 should be received by Phill Beckett no later than 31st August 2022.

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


 

World Semi-Finals

Good Luck to our players Ian Pheby, Angus James, Jo Wharrier and John Pugh.

Ian Pheby    Cross Table (iccf.com)
Angus James    Cross Table (iccf.com)
Jo Wharrier    Cross Table (iccf.com)
John Pugh    Cross Table (iccf.com)

We wish them all luck in these tough sections.


70th ICCF Jubilee Event for Officials A2

Congratulations to Ian Pheby who finished in second place in this strong event.

The cross table may be seen at https://www.iccf.com/event?id=91044


3rd English Championship Final

The 3rd English Championship Final is now complete. Congratulations to the following winners:

Equal first place: Praveen Kumar Rallabandi and Brian Thompson with a score of 8/14 (both receive a trophy for retention and £225 in prize money).

Equal third place: Michael B. Squires and Michael J. Blake with a score of 7½/14 (both receive £75 in prize money).

The cross table may be seen at https://www.iccf.com/event?id=91202

Ian M Pheby
EFCC President


Horst Rittner Team Tournament

Pairings now out !

England entered two teams in this event. You can follow their progress as follows:

England A who are top seeds in their section;

Cross Table (iccf.com)

England B are up against it being bottom seeds in their section!

Cross Table (iccf.com)

We wish both teams success.


Carlos Flores Gutiérrez Team Tournament Final

Strong England Team among the favourites in the Carlos Flores Gutiérrez Team Tournament Final.

England have the strongest team in the under 2300 event final. Their average grade is over 2300! This apparent anomaly is that the team needed to be Under 2300 in the preliminaries, but they have improved!

Cross Table (iccf.com)


London v Edinburgh Match

Historic Match Re-enacted

The Edinburgh Chess Club is the oldest chess club in Scotland, established in 1822 and one of the oldest chess clubs in the world. As part of the Club's bi-centenary celebrations this match against London is being played as a sequel to their original match with London which started in 1824.

Follow the progress;

Cross Table (iccf.com)


New Titles

Keith Kitson has now served as a Tournament Director (TD) for over 200 completed games, and therefore has automatically been promoted from a Level 1 TD to a Level 2 TD.

The player George Hollands with ICCF ID 211994 has achieved enough norms to receive the title of ICCF Correspondence Chess Expert.

Congratulations to both.


70th ICCF Jubilee event for officials Section E

Congratulations to Phill Beckett and Ben wood who took second and third place respectively in the 70th ICCF Jubilee event for officials Section E.

Cross Table (iccf.com)


German International events

The following players will be competing in the Germany Invitation events due to start shortly. We wish them every success.

ENGSIM212704Rallabandi, Praveen Kumar2477GER AM 07 A
ENGIM210108Wharrier, Jo A.2435GER Candidate Master 08 A
ENGSIM210514Pheby, Ian M.2422GER M 10 - B
ENGIM211229Ellis, Les2417GER Candidate Master 08 A
ENGCCM210717Blake, Michael J.2386GER Candidate Master 08 B
ENGIM211906Rice, Peter2383GER Candidate Master 08 B
ENGCCM210370Owen, K. J.2370Germany CCMCCE 05 A
ENGLGM212314Williamson, Dawn L.2366Germany CCMCCE 05 A


New International Match v Mexico

We have a new match against our Chess Friends from Mexico.

The grades are fairly well matched and we look forward to a close encounter.

Cross Table (iccf.com)


New Title

The player Alastair Cowan with ICCF ID 212819 has achieved enough norms to receive the title of ICCF Correspondence Chess Expert.

Congratulations.


New Title

The player Clive F. Girling with ICCF ID 210919 has achieved enough norms to receive the title of ICCF Correspondence Chess Master.

Congratulations.


Carlos Flores Gutiérrez Team Tournament SF4

The England 1 team qualified for the final by finishing second in their semi final.

England defeated all the other teams losing only to the Italian team on tie break, both teams finishing with 31 points. England lost having suffered their only defeat to Italy.

Cross Table (iccf.com)

Well done and good luck in the final.


New Title

The player Colin J. Lyne with ICCF ID 210641 has achieved enough norms to receive the title of ICCF Correspondence Chess Expert.

Congratulations.


2022 WCCC Preliminaries

- 15 Sections with 13 players each (189 players + 6 double entries)
- Average rating of players in any Section: 2346
- Players from 49 different countries
- 1 or 2 players from the most represented countries and no more than 1 player from the other countries in each Section
- 2 GM; 16 SIM; 79 IM; 74 CCM; 15 CCE; 1 LGM
- The winner and the runner-up of each Section (i.e. 30 players) qualify to a WCCC Semi-Final

Best wishes to all the English players in the following sections;

Les Ellis in Cross Table (iccf.com)
Alan Rawlings in Cross Table (iccf.com)
Steve Cade in Cross Table (iccf.com)


Switzerland v England 2020

England beat Croatia in World Team Cup.
Well played team.

Cross Table (iccf.com)


New Title

Congratulations.
The title ICCF Correspondence Chess Expert awarded to player Clive F. Girling with ICCF ID 210919 has now been confirmed by the ICCF Qualifications Commissioner.


Switzerland v England 2020

England were defeated in their recent friendly against Switzerland.

Cross Table (iccf.com)


ICCF Congress Proposal and Results

At the recent ICCF Extraordinary Congress the following motions were debated and passed;

  • The Russian and Belarusian Federations are now suspended.
  • Russian and Belarusian players will be able to continue to play games and enter events with isolated player status.
  • Any Ukrainian games not started by the designated date will go through an automated adjudication process. Whilst this approach has shortcomings, (a) The games cannot be stopped indefinitely and (b) It is a least-worst option in terms of approach.
  • All the proposals will be reviewed at the Glasgow Congress.
  • Games involving Russian and Belarusian players should continue as normal. If you do not wish to communicate with your opponent, please request your TD to remove this option.


  • England Teams for Horst Rittner Team Tournament

    England A

    1. Nigel Norman 210619
    2. Trevor Brotherton 210823
    3. Arnold Marchant 210690
    4. Steve Cole 210447
    5. John Vivante-Sowter 210953
    6. Alan Sutton 211537

    England B

    1. Peter Ackley 211537
    2. Valarie Craven 210605
    3. Tony Stewart Anderson 213100
    4. Robert Bruce 212273
    5. Joe Primrose 211809
    6. Graham Carey 212954


    New Titles

    A couple of new titles;

    IA Title

    The EFCC are pleased to congratulate Paul Pope on the recent award of this title. It has involved being TD for over 2000 games.

    IM Title

    The EFCC are pleased to congratulate George Wharam. At 17 he is certainly the youngest English player to achieve the title and certainly one of the youngest in the world!
    It is hoped to feature an article on this achievement.


    David Anderton, OBE †

    David Anderton, OBE †

    02-viii-1941 - 01-iv-2022

    Following a two year struggle with cancer, EFCC life patron David Anderton has died. Our sincere condolences go to his wife Doreen and his family. Doreen Anderton also has an ICCF rating as does Matthew Anderton. I can find no better way to begin a tribute than with Malcolm Pein: “A giant of English chess, always a source of good advice, fine administrator and accomplished player.”

    As far as our own brand of chess goes, he had been an ICCF IM since 2002. His first recorded rating in the ICCF database was in 1991. Within two years he had played 40 games and achieved the roughly-2400 rating with which he ended his participation in the correspondence game in 2019. He had completed 159 games and his highest rating was 2435 in 2005.

    He was taught chess by his father at the age of 5 years and his FIDE rating was a little higher than his ICCF one. He played many more competitive games in the OTB form than by correspondence, about 50 a year. He had travelled as far afield to compete as Argentina, Moscow, Israel and Dubai.

    As far as administration goes he was not active in the correspondence federations, but was president of the British Chess Federation from 1979 to 1982, and international director from 1982 to 1990. He was non-playing captain of England OTB teams that won three silver medals and three bronze medals in separate Olympiads beginning in 1982. He lived and worked in the Midlands, having been born in Walsall. His career was in the Law, beginning, as was the custom in his day, as an articled clerk and ending as a district judge. On many occasions during his life he gave freely to chess of his legal expertise.

    He was an assiduous collector of chess books and had a huge library of them. His personal contacts helped him secure several business sponsors for chess, being in this respect one of the most successful of English chess enthusiasts. Hoping a good place awaits you, David.

    Here is a representative CC game of his:

    [White "Anderton, D.W."] [Black "Carleton, J.J."] [Result "1-0"]

    [WhiteElo "2400"] [BlackElo "2485"] [EventDate "1992"] [ECO "D38"]

    1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Nf3 Nf6 5.cxd5 exd5 6.Bg5 h6 7.Bh4 Nc6 8.e3 g5 9.Bg3 Ne4 10.Nd2 Nxc3 11.bxc3 Bxc3 12.Rc1 Ba5 13.h4 Rg8 14.hxg5 hxg5 15.Bb5 Bd7 16.Qf3 Nb4 17.Rh7 Rf8 18.Rc5 Bb6 19.Ne4 Bc6 20.Nf6+ Ke7 21.Qf5 Qc8 22.Nxd5+ 1-0

    Steve Williams, life patron, OTB County Master

    Acknowledgments for textual material to: Malcolm Pein, Stewart Reuben, John Rhodes and John Upham.


    Carlos Flores Gutiérrez Team Tournament SF4

    England qualify for final.

    In the Carlos Flores Gutiérrez Team Tournament SF4, England were edged out on tie break from top spot but still qualified for the final.

    They beat Latvia, Germany, Poland, Canada, Finland 2, Wales 2 and Africa....... narrowly losing to Italy.

    Congratulations to the team; Sam Brennan, Barry Shepard, Tim Spanton, Arthur Reed, Graham Oliver and Dave Grobler who all scored well.


    New Title

    John D. Rhodes has now served as a Tournament Director (TD) for over 200 completed games, and therefore has automatically been promoted from a Level 1 TD to a Level 2 TD.


    New Title

    The player Mark Gittens with ICCF ID 213184 has achieved enough norms to receive the title of ICCF Correspondence Chess Expert. Congratulations.


    Ian Pheby Celebration Events

    The EFCC has decided to honour SIM Ian M Pheby, IA for his long and dedicated service to the ICCF and England in correspondence chess.

    Ian has held several posts within the ICCF since 2006 starting as a tournament director and then as a tournament organiser. Ian became an International Arbiter in 2009. In 2010 he was involved in the administration of Special Leave, and in 2011 he became Direct Entry Commissioner for six years. Ian has been the tournament organiser for the ICCF Aspirers tournaments since their inception in 2013, and he was appointed a member of the Tournament Director Committee as it is now known in 2014.

    Ian has been the tournament organiser for the successful Veterans’ World Cups 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12 on behalf of the ICCF.

    Ian was delighted to be awarded the Bertl von Massow Medal in Silver in 2015, and the Bertl von Massow Medal in Gold in 2021 for his services to the ICCF.

    For the English Federation for Correspondence Chess (EFCC) Ian has held a variety of posts since 2003 including Games Archivist, tournament organiser for many events, International Secretary, Treasurer since 2020, and President since 2017.

    In 2009 Ian was presented with the English Chess Federation President’s Award for his services to chess.

    Ian wishes to thank everyone for agreeing to play in this event, and he wishes everyone good luck and enjoyable games.

    You could follow all the events by following the links below.

    Cross Table (iccf.com)
    Cross Table (iccf.com)
    Cross Table (iccf.com)
    Cross Table (iccf.com)


    New Titles

    Graham Mill-Wilson has now served as a Tournament Director (TD) for over 200 completed games, and therefore has been automatically promoted from a Level 1 to a Level 2 TD.

    And the player Terry Hart with ICCF ID 211382 has achieved enough norms to receive the title of ICCF Correspondence Chess Master.

    Congratulations to both.


    Edward Sowden RIP

    Edward Sowden has died at the age of 85, after a short illness, on Sunday 13th February 2022.

    Edward played for Wiltshire in the 1970s and captained Pressed Steel (later Rover), in Swindon, to win the Major League, then known as the Four a Side League.
    He also played for Wiltshire Police (he was a justice of the peace) and later the Cornwall county team.
    There are archive pictures of him on the Wiltshire Chess Association website: www.wiltshirechess.org.uk

    On retirement, Edward continued with his love of chess and turned to postal chess, where he played many times for England, where he won the British Veterans championship twice in 2002, when he was awarded the IM title and enjoyed a rating of 2407, and 2010. He played over 400 rated games, the last of them in 2013.

    Here is one of his wins: https://www.iccf.com/game?id=14652

    [Event "AUS-ENG 2005"]
    [Site "ICCF"]
    [Date "2005.12.01"]
    [White "Sowden, Edward C"]
    [Black "Morris, Greg"]
    [Result "1-0"]
    [WhiteElo "2297"]
    [BlackElo "2166"]
    [WhiteTeam "England"]
    [BlackTeam "Australia"]
    1. b4 e5 2. Bb2 f6 3. a3 d5 4. e3 Be6 5. Nf3 Bd6 6. d3 c6 7. c4 Ne7 8. Nc3
    O-O 9. Be2 Qe8 10. O-O Nd7 11. Nd2 Qg6 12. cxd5 Nxd5 13. Nce4 Bc7 14. Nb3
    f5 15. Nec5 Nxc5 16. Nxc5 Bc8 17. Rc1 b6 18. Na4 Bb7 19. Qc2 Rad8 20. Bf3
    Qd6 21. Be2 Rf7 22. Rfd1 Ba6 23. Qb3 e4 24. g3 Qg6 25. Nc3 f4 26. Nxd5
    Rxd5 27. exf4 Bxd3 28. Bxd3 exd3 29. Rc3 Bxf4 30. Rcxd3 Rxd3 31. Rxd3 Bg5
    32. Rf3 Qh5 33. Rf5 Qg6 34. Re5 Kf8 35. Qd1 Re7 36. Qf3+ Kg8 37. Rf5 h6
    38. Rf8+ Kh7 39. Kg2 Qc2 40. Bd4 Qe4 41. Qxe4+ Rxe4 42. Bc3 Kg6 43. Ra8
    Re7 44. Rc8 Re6 45. Rc7 Bf6 46. Bxf6 Kxf6 47. Rxa7 g6 48. Kf3 h5 49. a4 c5
    50. bxc5 bxc5 51. a5 c4 52. Rc7 Ra6 53. Rc5 Ke6 54. Ke4 Kd6 55. Rg5 Kc7
    56. Kd4 Rc6 57. Kc3 Kb7 58. h4 1-0

    Stephen Williams with acknowledgments for material from Simon Rogers, Kevin Thurlow and Wiltshire Chess Association.


    ICCF - Executive Board Meeting - Part 1

    The following was issued by the EB of ICCF (You may well have a copy but better safe than sorry).


    06 March 2022: Executive Board Meeting, Results, and Actions - Part 1

    ICCF

    International Correspondence Chess Federation

    ICCF – Executive Board Meeting

    March 5, 2022

    Dear ICCF Delegates, Officials, and Friends,

    The Executive Board (EB) and Management Committee (MC) members met today for more than 4-hours to discuss various issues. Two important decisions are outlined below and additional decisions with further details will be published within the next 24-hours.

    Extraordinary Meeting
    1. Following Article 31 of the ICCF Statutes, the Executive Board, by unanimous consent, voted to convene an extraordinary meeting of Congress (EC).
     a. The location will be virtual (online).
     b. The purpose of the EB and agenda will be to address numerous proposals resulting from the armed conflict of Russia and Belarus against Ukraine.

    A detailed timeline to this EC is being constructed now, and I hope to be available to all delegates and officials soon; again, the plan is within 24-48 hours.

    Donation
    2. The ICCF EB has decided to take the following immediate actions:
     a. A donation of 2.000 Euros will be donated on behalf of ICCF immediately to an international organisation that provides relief and support to the Ukrainian citizens.
     b. Approval of a “Peace Tournament,” as offered by the German Federation, BdF. Full details and a tournament announcement will be released shortly. All entry fees from this tournament have also been pledged to support Ukrainian citizens. This will provide an opportunity for any or all ICCF players to compete in a chess tournament with all proceeds to support the Ukrainian citizens.

    Further Actions
    3. Additional actions decided will be released within the next 24 hours. With kindest regards and good wishes,
    Amici Sumus,

    Eric RuchMichael Millstone
    ICCF PresidentICCF General Secretary


    English Players in EU Candidates Events

    English players are playing in the EU Candidates events as follows;

    Phil Eastlake - Cross Table (iccf.com)

    Gerard Le-Marechal - Cross Table (iccf.com)

    John Pugh - Cross Table (iccf.com)

    Brian Thompson - Cross Table (iccf.com)


    EFCC Name and Logos copied on Chess.com

    It has come to our notice that a member of Chess.com has used our name and logos to pretend that they are the English Federation for Correspondence Chess. Please be aware that this has nothing to do with ourselves and we do not have any connection with this member on Chess.com. The EFCC is not responsible for anything that website may do or organise. Copying names and logos is not allowed on Chess.com and they have been reported to the Chess.com support team.


    New Title

    Colin Hipwell has been awarded the title of IA (International Arbiter). Congratulations.


    AGENDA for Annual General Meeting (AGM) to be held on Saturday 12th March, 2022.

    AGENDA for Annual General Meeting (AGM) to be held on Saturday 12th March, 2022.

    1. Apologies for absence

    2. Minutes of the Last Meeting (March 2021)

    3. Matters Arising

    4. General Secretary’s Report

    5. International Secretary’s Report

    6. Treasurer’s Report

    7. Election of Officers

    8. Any Other Business

    John Rhodes 16/02/2022

    If any EFCC Patrons have any questions or comments to raise at our AGM or EC Meetings, please email contact@efcchess.org.uk.


    Annual General Meeting and Executive Committee Meeting

    Annual General Meeting and Executive Committee Meeting

    The Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Executive Committee Meeting (EC) of the English Federation for Correspondence Chess will be held in Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, on Saturday 12th March 2022.

    If any EFCC Patrons have any questions or comments to raise at our AGM or EC Meetings, please email contact@efcchess.org.uk.

    John Rhodes, General Secretary


    EFCC Correspondent Magazine - Issue 2

    Mickey Blake and The EFCC Executive Committee are delighted to announce the publication of the 'EFCC Correspondent - Issue 2'.

    The 2nd edition of this very high quality magazine can be viewed and/or downloaded here - Correspondent_002.pdf (21mb)

    An updated Issue 1 can be viewed and/or downloaded here - Correspondent_001.pdf (15mb)

    Want future issues delivered straight to your Inbox ? Contact Mickey Blake by Email here to place yourself on the mailing list.


    England v France Friendly 2022

    England v France...

    The Rematch is beginning soon!

    Following our narrow defeat our French friends accepted the challenge and both sides strengthened their teams.

    Cross Table (iccf.com)


    Congratulations to David Elwood

    David Elwood has now served as a Tournament Director (TD) for over 200 completed games, and therefore has automatically been promoted from a Level 1 TD to a Level 2 TD.


    Final Positions in European Chess 960 Final

    England finished in last place in the final.

    Cross Table (iccf.com)

    Despite this disappointment we still managed a few achievements.

    We beat both Germany and Wales.

    On top board Peter Catt scored three draws against the two GMs.
    On second board Stan Grayland beat the Welsh player 1/5-.5 which clinched the match against Wales.
    On third board Keith Kitson scored 1 win and 9 draws.
    On fourth board Kevin Thurlow scored 2 wins and 9 draws.


    Narrow Defeat Against France

    We were edged out by our friends from France 41 to 39.

    Cross Table (iccf.com)


    Defeat Against New Zealand

    We were defeated by our friends from New Zealand in a small match.

    Cross Table (iccf.com)

    Discussions are ongoing about a rematch.


    ICCF Swiss System - KO Tournament

    ICCF

    International Correspondence Chess Federation

    announces the first

    ICCF Swiss System - KO Tournament

    sponsored by Opening Master



    The tournament will be played by server and organized in three or four stages.

    Format:

    Round 1: Groups of 11 (if necessary 13) players. All groups will have an approximately equal average rating. All players who score more than 50% of the possible points will promote to the next round.

    Round 2 – Round 4: After each round, a ranking list of all qualified players (> 50% score in the current round) will be created according to the following criteria:

    1. The highest percentage points

    2. The highest percentage wins

    3. The highest percentage wins with black

    4. The lowest rating

    The first 11 (13) players on the list form group 1 for the next round, the next 11 (13) group 2, and so forth. The accumulated points achieved in the previous rounds will be used to calculate a player's place in the list (but the > 50% in the current round is still a requirement for promotion).

    The tournament will be restricted to a maximum of 4 rounds. The tournament winner will be the player with the highest accumulated score (percent) across all 4 rounds. If less than 22 Players remain for the 4th round, the tournament winner will be determined according to the scores after round 3.

    Reflection Time:

    Triple Block each round: Duration: 500 days; Initial Clock: 50 days; Initial Bank: 50 days; Increment: 3 days, without guaranteed time.

    Entry Fee:

    9,36 € Multiple entries are not possible!

    Players may enter in the usual way through the ICCF Server Entry System via https://www.iccf.com/EventsAnnouncements.aspx

    Norms:

    From round 2 onwards, title norms will be available where appropriate.

    Registration deadline: 10/3/2022

    Start date: 31/03/2022

    Prizes:

    In the first round, the winner of each group (after tie-break if necessary and if here also equal the player with the lowest rating) will receive a 1-year license for Opening Master's GOLEM database (30 million games and quarterly updates current market price 99 Euro).

    After the last round, the best 3 players in the final standings will receive a medal and a certificate.

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

    Please contact TO Mike Green () if you have any questions.

    Frank GeiderJörg KrachtMike Green
    World Tournament DirectorNTTCTournament Organizer


    England Edge Home in USA Match

    England have taken a decisive lead in the 105 board match against our friends from the USA.

    A draw on board 34 - https://www.iccf.com/game?id=1169138

    took us to 105.5 points for the match - https://www.iccf.com/event?id=86774

    Well done team!


    New Title

    The player Alan Barker with ICCF ID 211143 has achieved enough norms to receive the title of ICCF Correspondence Chess Expert. Congratulations.


    EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP 2022 - ANNOUNCEMENT OF CANDIDATES TOURNAMENT

    ICCF

    International Correspondence Chess Federation

    Zone 1 – Europe
    https://www.iccf-europa.eu/

    Andrey Pavlikov
    Zonal Director
    Email:

    EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP 2022 ANNOUNCEMENT OF CANDIDATES TOURNAMENT


    16th January 2022

    Dear chessfriends,

    Following the decision taken in Crakow during the ICCF Congress 2013, the Candidates‘ Tournament of the European Championship 2022 will start on 15th March 2022 and be played on the ICCF Server. The top two players from each Candidates section (tiebreaks will be used if required) will qualify for the Final.

    All sections will normally consist of 13 players but, conditional upon the number of entries received, the Tournament Organiser shall have the authority to change the number of players in all sections to 11, 15 or 17.

    If the number of the entries do not permit the formation of all sections of 13 (or 11, 15, 17) players, the entries of those players who have submitted entries under condition (d) below will, in ascending order from the lowest, be deferred to the next Candidates event.
    Also conditional upon the number of entries, multiple entries submitted by those players holding more than one qualification may have only one entry accepted with other qualifications deferred to the next Candidates event.

    The following players have the right to participate in the European Championship Candidates :
    (a) players rated 2500 or over at the time of entry
    (b) holders of the Grandmaster Title
    (c) holders of the Senior International Master Title with a rating over 2400 at the time of entry
    (d) holders of the International Master Title with a rating over 2450 at the time of entry
    (f) those players who finished 1st or 2nd in a European Championship Semi-Final
    (g) participants of previous or running Finals who have scored at least 45% of the possible points, if they have not earned a higher qualification and have not already used this qualification right
    (h) the participants of previous or running Candidates who have scored at least 55% of the possible points, if they have not earned a higher qualification and have not already used this qualification right.

    The ICCF European Championship is reserved only to those players from European countries.
    Players may enter in the usual way through their National Federations or, where eligible, via the ICCF Direct Entry system. Players from those countries not members of ICCF may submit entries only via the ICCF Direct Entry system.

    Entries should be reached by Tournament Organizer, Andrey Pavlikov, not later than 1 March 2022.

    It is also mandatory that the qualification right to participate in the event should be specified for each entry!


    Sad News

    I am saddened to hear of the passing of Tony Morley. Tony never recovered from a stroke and passed away on 14th October. Condolences have been passed onto his family.


    New Title

    Terry Hart (ICCF ID 211382) has achieved enough norms to receive the title of ICCF Correspondence Chess Expert. Congratulations.


    Seasonal Greetings!

    2021 has sadly been yet another difficult year for everyone. As we approach the festive season I would like to extend my warmest wishes to all of England’s players and their families for a Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy and Peaceful New Year. I hope that 2022 will prove to be a better year for everyone. Stay safe!

    I also hope that you enjoy success in your games in 2022 and beyond.

    Ian M Pheby, EFCC President


    GM Norm for Nigel Robson

    In the 70th ICCF Jubilee World Champions (Cross Table at iccf.com)

    Nigel achieved a GM norm (he is already a GM, but they are difficult to achieve).

    Well done in an incredibly strong event!


    New IM Title

    Congratulations to Peter Rice who has achieved the IM title. The title medal and certificate will be awarded at the next ICCF Congress, hopefully in Glasgow next year.


    GM Jonathan Penrose OBE †

    It is with great sadness that the EFCC reports the death of GM Jonathan Penrose OBE at the age of 88.

    His highest ICCF rating was 2724 in 1993. He finished in third place in the ICCF World Championship 13 Final.

    He represented England with great success in the ICCF Olympiads. He scored 6 out of 9 on board 1 for England in the final of ICCF Olympiad 10 which enabled England to finish in second place, narrowly behind the Soviet Union. That is England’s best performance in the ICCF Olympiad to date.

    Jonathan was also an excellent ‘over the board’ player having won the British Championship on ten occasions. He was made an OBE in 1971 for his services to chess.

    Our sincere condolences to his family and friends.

    Ian M Pheby

    EFCC President


    New Titles

    Congratulations to Dennis Broadway CCE and Arthur Reed CCM.


    Results of the Peggy Clarke Memorial

    The Peggy Clarke Memorial has finished with a win for Antony Copsey.

    https://www.iccf.com/event?id=85287

    The following Norms were achieved;

    CCE norm achieved by: Richard D Perrin, Marcin Kołodziejski & Mark J. Smith
    CCM norm achieved by: Antony Copsey


    Richard Webster with his CCE and CCM Medals and Certificate

    Richard and I are both members of Worksop Chess Club and I took the opportunity to deliver his medals in person.
    Worksop also boasts Oliver Graham and Mick Clarke who are regular ICCF players.


    England Take the Lead in World Team Cup Knockout v Croatia

    Tim Spanton wins to give us the lead in a tight match.
    This is the first positive result after 21 games.
    Follow the link to see Tim's game - https://www.iccf.com/game?id=1266310
    Match situation - https://www.iccf.com/event?id=94128


    Nicholson Memorial Final Results

    The Nicholson Memorial is now finished.
    Kevin Plant emerged as the winner.
    There were several norms achieved as follows;

    CCE norm achieved by: Cole, Steve; Lambert, Michael H.; Munoz, Lazaro; Buchan, Allan
    CCM norm achieved by: Plant, Kevin D.; Lambert, Michael H.

    https://www.iccf.com/event?id=86999


    Friendly v Wales

    We have a new friendly against our friends from Wales.
    Looking at the grades the teams look well matched and it should be a close encounter.
    Follow the progress of the match with the normal delay of five moves.
    The match is a nice mix with lots of very experienced players on both sides and a number of new players making their debuts!

    Good luck to both sides

    https://www.iccf.com/event?id=95781


    3rd English Veterans' Correspondence Chess Championship

    The English Federation For Correspondence Chess (EFCC) is pleased to announce the third EVCCC will commence on 5th March 2022. It is open only to those players who:
    - are aged 60 years or over on the date the tournament starts
    - and are registered or able (in the case of new players) to be registered to play under the England flag in the ICCF.

    The full Rules, tournament structure, eligibility, prizes etc. can be seen under "English Veterans CC Championship (EVCCC)" on the EFCC website here : https://www.efcchess.org.uk/bvccc.html

    Entries should be received by 1st February 2022 with a fee of £10.00 by cheque or online at the EFCC website. Entries may be made by PayPal through this website quoting “3rd EVCCC”. Alternatively, cheques made payable to “EFCC” should be sent to Dr Steve Williams, 3a Priory Court, Nettleton, CHIPPENHAM, Wiltshire SN14 7NY. Pairings will be issued as soon as possible after that date.

    The adjudication date shall be 31st December of the 2nd year of play, which allows approximately 21½ months of playing time.

    Tournament Organiser: Stephen Williams


    British Championship 2019/2021

    Following a highly competitive competition ;

    https://www.iccf.com/event?id=81192

    The winner is Gerard Le-Marechal by the narrowest of margins on S-B tie break after three players finished on 8.5 pts and had three wins each.


    New Title

    The player Gerard Le-Marechal with ICCF ID 212933 has achieved enough norms to receive the title of ICCF International Master. Congratulations.


    New Titles

    Barry S. Sheppard with ICCF ID 211434 has achieved enough norms to receive the title of ICCF Correspondence Chess Master and the title ICCF Correspondence Chess Expert awarded to player Richard Tillett with ICCF ID 212494 has now been confirmed by the ICCF Qualifications Commissioner.

    Congratulations to both.


    Richardson Memorial

    Congratulations to our president Ian Pheby who won the Richardson Memorial by a narrow margin.

    The event saw 16 year old George Wharam achieve his first IM norm.

    https://www.iccf.com/event?id=83519


    Executive Committee Meeting

    Our next Executive Committee Meeting will be held by email on Saturday 16th October, 2021.

    If any EFCC Members have anything that they would like discussed at our meeting, please email me (Email John here) by 30th September 2021 at the latest.

    John Rhodes, General Secretary


    Carlos Flores Gutiérrez Team Tournament SF2

    England 2 finished in equal fifth place with a +1 score. Unfortunately they did not qualify for the final.

    They defeated Spain 1 and Brazil and drew with Russia, Finland and Cuba.

    Their narrow defeats foiled their chance of further progress.

    Individual Results;
    1. Alistair Cowan 0+ 8= 0-
    2. Kevin Plant 0+ 8= 0-
    3. Arnold Marchant 1+ 7= 0-
    4. John Vivante-Sowter 1+ 4= 3-
    5. Colin Cheek 2+ 6= 0-
    6. Alan Sutton 1+ 6= 1-

    All the team performed solidly.

    https://www.iccf.com/event?id=87051


    Friendly Match Against Norway

    We have just started a 28 board match against Norway.
    A close match is envisaged and you can follow the progress (delayed by 5 moves) here; https://www.iccf.com/event?id=95044

    Sixteen Year Old On Top Board For England Team

    George Wharam has been selected to play on top board for England in the International friendly against Norway, he faces off against GM Raymond Boger who is a vastly experienced player with multiple first places in International events.

    George passed 2400 at the beginning of this year and has recently achieved his first IM norm (the next one and the title is likely to follow in the near future)

    Like many strong chess players George has a strong academic profile - eleven 9's at GCSE, and he took his A level maths early dropping just one mark across all the exam papers. His other A levels that he will sit this year are Further Maths, Economics and Biology and he is in the process of applying to Oxford to read Mathematics. He has won numerous Gold medals in competitions such as the UK Maths Challenge and the Biology Olympiad, often whilst several years young, and he is always setting himself new challenges and goals.

    It is hoped to have a detailed interview with George in the magazine in the near future.

    Phill Beckett, International Secretary


    EFCC Correspondent Magazine (Summer 2021 Edition)

    The EFCC Executive Committee are delighted to announce the publication of the 'EFCC Correspondent',
    a new quarterly magazine from editor Mickey Blake.

    The inaugural edition of this very high quality magazine can be viewed and/or downloaded here;
    Hi-Res Edition (14.6mb) or Lo-Res Edition (3.8mb)


    North Sea Event

    North Sea Event

    Good luck to our team in the North Sea Event.

    Les Ellis, Ken Owen, James Wilkinson, Arnold Marchant, Stephen Woodhouse and Stephen Rithen carry the flag for England.

    This is an unusual event as there are grade limits for each board, so all the games should be very close.

    Follow the progress of our team here ; https://www.iccf.com/event?id=94750


     

    Richard Hall in World Candidates Event

    Richard Hall in World Candidates Event

    https://www.iccf.com/event?id=94959

    The winner and runner up qualify for the next World Championship Final !
    This is a high quality catergory 11 event.
    We wish Richard every success.


     

    New Title

    New Title

    The player Nigel Norman with ICCF ID 210619 has achieved enough norms to receive the title of ICCF Correspondence Chess Master.
    Congratulations.

    Phill Beckett, International Secretary


     

    Award for EFCC President

    Award for EFCC President

    President Ian Pheby has received recognition for his years of dedicated service to the ICCF with the award of the Gold Bertl Von Massow medal.

    A truly well deserved award.


     

    New Title

    New Title

    The player Anthony Steel with ICCF ID 212266 has achieved enough norms to receive the title of ICCF Correspondence Chess Expert.
    Congratulations.

    Phill Beckett, International Secretary


     

    British Correspondence Chess Championship 2021-2023 Entries Update

    British Correspondence Chess Championship 2021-2023 Entries Update

    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 Championship, one or more candidate’s section and a number of reserves sections.

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

    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 2021. Entries can be made directly to Tournament Organizer Russell Sherwood or via the National Federation. Please note that these are the only entry routes for this event.

    The BCCC is a highly competitive event, and we are unable to confirm a player's final allocation at the time of entry.

    Welsh https://welshccf.org.uk/content/18

    For more details please contact your National Federation or Russell Sherwood

    Entries and the entry fee of £12 should be received by Russell Sherwood, no later than 31st August 2021. If you have a qualification to a specific division, please state this at the time of entry.

    Current Entries (as at 24/7/2021)

    England: Coleman, Peter L. ,Ellis, Les ,Maguire, Gary ,Asquith, Jerry E. C. ,Brookes, John G. ,Herman, Tom ,Webster, Richard ,Bailey, Matthew W. ,Kitson, Keith ,Rawlings, Alan J. C. ,Roberts, Anthony Arthur ,Girling, Clive F. ,Grobler, David J. ,Reed, Arthur F. ,Cowan, Alastair ,Ward, Richard ,Marchant, Arnold ,Sutton, Alan B. ,Cole, Steve ,Ackley, Peter J. E. ,Bruce, Robert ,Wood, Ben A. ,Gosling, Brian G. E. ,Raby, Eugene ,Beckett, Phillip J. ,Wright, Ashley ,Mahony, Jon D. ,Ruffle, Alan ,Kent, Chris

    Scotland: Buchan, Allan, Dunn John

    Wales: Bishop, William ,Sherwood, Russell ,Sherwood, Helen ,Sherwood, Alexander ,Jones, Rhys ,Wakeham, Marc R. ,Jones, Gareth ,Gunn, Tom ,Robinson, Josh

    Current Minimum Qualifications (as at 24/7/2021)

    Championship
    NameValid to
    Le-Marechal, Gerard2021
    Candidates
    NameValid to
    Cole, Steve2022
    Lumley, Bill F.2021
    Asquith, Jerry E. C.2021
    Lockwood, Austin2021
    Pope, Paul2022
    Maguire, Gary2021
    Marks, Robert2021
    Rallabandi, Praveen Kumar2021
    Wharam, George2021
    Lockett, John2022
    Bailey, Matthew W.2022
    Beecham, C. Richard2021
    Wakeham, Marc R.2022
    Bishop, William2021
    Jones, Ian2021
    Yeo, Gareth2021
    Jones, Gareth2022
    Suffield, Mel2021
    Herman, Tom2021
    Shaw, John S.2021

    It is worth noting that many players with Candidates Qualification will probably qualify to the Championship on rating.

    Phill Beckett, International Secretary


     

    First World Team Cup 1st Round

    First World Team Cup 1st Round

    We have 28 accepted entries for the World Team cup from a mix of National Federations, Zonal Unattached and Mixed Federation Teams.

    For the 1st round we have 12 matches – a mix of 3 Team and 2 Team events. This will lead to 12 Qualifying Teams (1 per group) in four matches of 3 teams in the 2nd round, 2 matches of two teams in the 3rd round and a Final of two teams.

    Draw

    Group 1: Benelux, Brazil, and Philippines
    Group 2: Ukraine, Poland and Portugal
    Group 3: Spain, Bulgaria and Anzacplus2
    Group 4: Romania, Czech Republic and World Zone
    Group 5: USA and Mexico
    Group 6: Cuba and Indonesia
    Group 7: Russia and Argentina
    Group 8: Germany and Wales
    Group 9: India and Italy
    Group 10: England and Croatia
    Group 11: France and Switzerland
    Group 12: Finland and Peru

    A few statistics:

    Mean Rating: 2296, Median Rating 2350
    13 ICCF GM
    2 FIDE GM
    59 ICCF SIM
    107 ICCF IM
    182 CCM/4 LGM
    59 CCE
    16 players rated over 2500
    Teams Averages range from over 2419 down to 2056 and fall roughly into three rating bands.

    Phill Beckett, International Secretary


     

    First World Team Cup Round 1

    First World Team Cup Round 1

    We have been drawn against Croatia in the First round of this new event. The players look evenly mathced apart from the last few boards where we hold the edge in grading.

    Good luck to our team.

    Follow the progress by following the link below;

    https://www.iccf.com/event?id=94128

    Games can be viewed live with a delay of 10 moves.

    Phill Beckett, International Secretary


     

    EFCC Correspondent Magazine (Summer 2021 Edition)

    'EFCC Correspondent' Magazine (Summer 2021 Edition)

    The EFCC Executive Committee are delighted to announce the publication of the 'EFCC Correspondent', a new quarterly magazine from editor Mickey Blake.

    The inaugural edition of this very high quality magazine can be viewed and/or downloaded here; Hi-Res Edition (14.6mb) or Lo-Res Edition (3.8mb)

    The EFCC Executive Committee


     

    Brian Jones Celebration

    Brian Jones Celebration

    This event was organised by the Yorkshire Chess Association as a celebration of Brian Jones' involvement in Yorkshire chess both over the board and by webserver.

    https://www.iccf.com/event?id=85329

    It was won in impressive style by Yorkshire's very own Oliver Graham who won by two clear points.
    We were pleased to see Brian's children Nancy Lane and Lee Jones taking part.

    ps. Brian is still alive and kicking!


     

    Match v BeNeLux countries

    Match v BeNeLux countries

    New 101 board match against the BeNeLux Countries.

    https://www.iccf.com/event?id=93922

    Follow the progress of this large match against our chess friends from Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg.
    We are slightly lower rated than our opponents, but we have shown that we can perform better than our ratings!
    Follow the progress of the team.....

    Phill Beckett, International Secretary


     

    6th British WS Tournament - Division 3

    6th British WS Tournament - Division 3

    This event has just finished with lots of hard fought games featuring many English players!

    https://www.iccf.com/event?id=85263

    Phill Beckett, International Secretary


     

    Chess 960 Match

    Chess 960 Match

    We suffered a heavy defeat in the Chess 960 training match against Wales.

    https://www.iccf.com/event?id=87609

    We were outgraded all the way down, but there were some close encounters!

    Phill Beckett, International Secretary


     

    Ross Brennan RIP

    Ross Brennan RIP

    We report the very sad news that Ross Brennan died on Tuesday 29th June 2021. Ross played correspondence and over-the-board chess for Hertfordshire and Welwyn Garden City Chess Club, where he was Chairman, for many years. Ross’s untimely death has been a great shock to everyone who knew him. Condolences are being sent to his family.

    John Rhodes, General Secretary


     

    10th Veterans World Cup Final

    10th Veterans World Cup Final

    We wish our President (and indeed Treasurer ) Ian Pheby every success in the 10th Veterans World Cup Final.

    https://www.iccf.com/event?id=93731

    Good luck Ian!

    Phill Beckett, International Secretary


     

    New Title

    New Title

    The player Oliver Graham with ICCF ID 211824 has achieved enough norms to receive the title of ICCF Correspondence Chess Master.
    Congratulations.

    Phill Beckett, International Secretary


     

    Semi Final of the European Team Championship

    Semi Final of the European Team Championship

    Follow the progress of the England Team.

    https://www.iccf.com/event?id=93768

    We wish them every success as we need to finish in the first three to qualify for the final.

    Phill Beckett, International Secretary


     

    Nol van't Riet Team Tournament

    Nol van't Riet Team Tournament

    The pairings for the Nol van't Riet Team Tournament (under 2300) are out. England have teams in sections 1 and 3.

    You can follow the progress of the teams and see the completed games when 10 are finished.

    Semi Final 1 https://www.iccf.com/event?id=93623

    Semi Final 3 https://www.iccf.com/event?id=93625

    Best of luck to both teams.

    Phill Beckett, International Secretary


     

    The British Correspondence Chess Championship (BCCC)

    The British Correspondence Chess Championship (BCCC)

    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 Championship, one or more candidate’s section and a number of reserves sections.

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

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

    https://www.efcchess.org.uk/bcccRules.html

    Last season’s crosstables can be viewed here:

      Championship  Reserves

      https://www.iccf.com/event?id=88182

      https://www.iccf.com/event?id=88187

      Candidates

      https://www.iccf.com/event?id=88188

      https://www.iccf.com/event?id=88184

      https://www.iccf.com/event?id=88189

      https://www.iccf.com/event?id=88186

    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 2021. Entries can be made directly to Tournament Organiser, Russell Sherwood or via the National Federation. Please note that these are the only entry routes for this event.

    The BCCC is a highly competitive event and we are unable to confirm a player's final allocation at the time of entry. If you have a qualification for a particular section it is important that you state it with your entry.

    Welsh - https://welshccf.org.uk/content/18

    For more details please contact your National Federation or Russell Sherwood.

    Entries and the entry fee of £12 should be received by Russell Sherwood no later than 31st August 2021. If you have a qualification to a specific division please state this at the time of entry.

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


     

    EFCC Yearbook for 2021

    EFCC Yearbook for 2021

    The EFCC Executive Committee are pleased to announce the EFCC Yearbook for 2021.

    If anyone believes any correction is required to the yearbook contents then please contact Keith Kitson, EFCC Yearbook editor. (Email Keith here)

    To read the online version click here.

    For a downloadable / printable version click here.

    The EFCC Executive Committee

     
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