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New Team Match - Wales v England Chess 960

New Team Match - Wales v England Chess 960

England and Wales are contesting a Chess 960 International.

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

We are grateful for our Welsh Friends taking several boards in order to accommodate all the England players who wished to play.

Good luck to both teams.

Phill Beckett

International Secretary


 

New Title

New Title

The player E. V. Foulds with ICCF ID 211580 has achieved enough norms to receive the title of ICCF Correspondence Chess Master.

Congratulations.

Phill Beckett

International Secretary


 

2020 ICCF Online Voting Results.

The results of the voting for each Congress proposal at the 2020 ICCF online voting are listed below.

2020-001Approve Services Committee Budget for 202147 0Passed
2020-002Optional Preferential Voting (OPV) for Election of Officials32 12Passed (2/3 majority)
2020-003Approve the 2019 Minutes50 0Passed
2020-004Approve Financial Reports47 1Passed
2020-005Players' Record Keeping Requirement40 9Passed
2020-006Players' Requirement to Update Personal Address48 0Passed
2020-007Counting FIDE GMs41 7Superceded by 2020-008
2020-008Eliminate Requirement of "5 GM" Opponents for GM Title37 11Passed
2020-009Making the Triple Block Time Control System an Official Option41 7Passed
2020-010Clarifying a Requirement for a Title Tournament41 6Passed
2020-011Congress Allowances for ICCF Auditor26 20Passed
2020-012Limiting the 10-Move Draw Rule39 8Passed
2020-013Lowering Entry Fees50 0Passed
2020-0142020 and Onwards - CCE and CCM Medals19 27Defeated
2020-016Add a Second Payment Processor to the Server Entry Process46 3Passed
2020-017Validity of “Half Qualifications” for WCCC41 7Passed
2020-018Assumed Ratings42 5Passed
2020-019New Tournament Format42 6Passed
2020-020Special Provisions for the 70th ICCF Jubilee Events31 17Passed
2020-023Clarifying Rules about Resetting Clocks after Extended Period of Down Server48 1Passed
2020-024Establish “Regional” Tournaments31 15Passed
2020-025Norm Tournaments: Switching of an Entry When the Player's Rating Changes49 0Passed
2020-027Updates to the ICCF Voting Regulations and Electoral Procedures [2/3 VOTE]35 10Passed (2/3 majority)
2020-028Electronic Awards20 28Defeated
2020-029Allowing FIDE GMs to Play Free in ICCF GMN Events38 7Passed
2020-030New Title: International Organizer (IO) and its Scales TO Level 1 and TO Level 218 27Defeated
2020-031Allowing TCs to Make TC-initiated Substitutions Directly38 10Passed
2020-032ICCF Congress 2021-Clydebank Glasgow47 1Passed
2020-033Title Norms in Chess 96015 33Defeated
2020-034Limitations to the Number of Open Tournaments Organised by MFs40 6Passed
2020-035Final "B" in Different Rounds of the Tournament18 30Defeated
2020-036New Tournament: World Team Cup39 8Passed
2020-037Friendly Matches Viewing Rules15 29Defeated

Phill Beckett

International Secretary


 

New Title

New Title

Michael J. Blake with ICCF ID 210717 has achieved enough norms to receive the title of ICCF Correspondence Chess Master.

Congratulations.

Phill Beckett

International Secretary


 

New Title

New Title

Antony Copsey has achieved enough norms to receive the title of ICCF Correspondence Chess Expert.

Well Done.

Phill Beckett

International Secretary


 

England Chess 960 Team

England Chess 960 Team

The Selection Committee are looking for players to represent England in the Chess 960 team event (Fischer Random Chess).

If you are interested please contact Phill Beckett before the end of July.

Phill Beckett

International Secretary


 

IM Title

IM Title

The title ICCF International Master awarded to player Les Ellis with ICCF ID 211229 has now been confirmed by the ICCF Qualifications Commissioner.

Phill Beckett

International Secretary


 

CCM Title

CCM Title

Having recently gained the CCE title Tom Herman has quickly followed it with the CCM title.
Well done.

Phill Beckett

International Secretary


 

ICCF Proposal Consultation

ICCF Proposal Consultation

The EFCC are always interested in English players' opinions.
The ICCF have a number of proposals which are being voted on in the near future.
These can be viewed by clicking on the ICCF congresses tab on the sidebar and then viewing the 2020 proposals - https://www.iccf.com/message?message=1346
If you wish for your opinions to be taken into account please reply to myself.
Replies should be received by 12th July.

Phill Beckett

International Secretary


 

New title

New title

Congratulations to Philip Revell on achieving a Correspondence Chess Master (CCM) title.

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 final, a candidates 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: http://efcchess.org.uk/bccc.html .

Last season’s crosstables can be viewed here:
Championship https://www.iccf.com/event?id=81192
Candidates https://www.iccf.com/event?id=81193
Reserves A https://www.iccf.com/event?id=81194
Reserves B https://www.iccf.com/event?id=81195
Reserves C https://www.iccf.com/event?id=81196

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 2020.

Entries can be made directly to Tournament Organiser - Phil Beckett or via the National Federation ;

EFCC - https://efcchess.org.uk/index.html (Online Fee Payment (use reference BCCC)),

Scottish - ,

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

Entries and the entry fee of £12 should reach Phill Beckett no later than 31st August 2020.

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


 

World Candidates

World Candidates

Richard Hall and Praveen Kumar Rallabandi have both prequalified for the Candidates section of the World Championship just one step away from the World Final.

These events are highly competitive and we wish both players every success.

Phill Beckett (International Secretary)


 

New Titles Awarded

New Titles Awarded

Tom Herman with ICCF ID 212544 has achieved enough norms to receive the title of ICCF Correspondence Chess Expert.

Oliver Graham with ICCF ID 211824 has achieved enough norms to receive the title of ICCF Correspondence Chess Expert.

Alan B. Sutton with ICCF ID 210709 has achieved enough norms to receive the title of ICCF Correspondence Chess Expert..

The title ICCF Correspondence Chess Master is awarded to player Marek J. Soszynski with ICCF ID 211375.

The title ICCF Correspondence Chess Master is awarded to player Robert Marks with ICCF ID 212535.

Congratulations to all.

Phill Beckett (International Secretary)


 

Richard Hall

Richard Hall

Richard Hall, one of England’s strongest players, has recently finished in first place of two very strong tournaments. These were the Joop van Oosterom Memorial, a Category 16 tournament which can be seen at https://www.iccf.com/event?id=68635 and the Achim Soltau Memorial, a Category 15 tournament which can be seen at https://www.iccf.com/event?id=61736.

Congratulations to Richard on two excellent performances. Richard is currently representing England on board 2 of ICCF Olympiad 21 Final which is category 12 and which can be seen at https://www.iccf.com/event?id=83285.

Ian M Pheby
EFCC President


 

Match against USA

Match against USA

We are now underway. The grades are fairly closely matched so it should be a tight match.

Good luck everyone.

Follow the games with the normal 5 move delay - https://www.iccf.com/event?id=86774

Phill Beckett (International Secretary)


 

Friendly Match v Mexico Under 1800

Friendly Match v Mexico Under 1800

We have a new match against Mexico.
Details of the event may be found at : https://www.iccf.com/event?id=86740

As usual you can follow the match delayed by 5 moves.

Good luck to all our players.

Phill Beckett (International Secretary)


 

World Championship Semi Final

World Championship Semi Final

The following players have been nominated or qualified for the world championship semi final round (a little bit of a misnomer as the winners and runners up qualify for the candidates).

IM David Weldon section 2
SIM Ian Pheby section 3
GM John Pugh section 5
SIM Alan Rawlings section 6

The average grade of each section is 2435 and consists of 17 players.
We wish them every success in their sections - it will be tough.

Phill Beckett (International Secretary)


 

Match v USA

Match v USA

This match will consist of 105 boards. We have submitted our team list to the USA and so far they have matched reasonably easily 80 boards and are working to match the rest.
We are hoping for a June start, but as you will appreciate it is a huge task.
Thank you for setting the captains a difficult task!

Phill Beckett (International Secretary)


 

Title achievements

Title achievements

Antony D. Cannon has achieved the title of Correspondence Chess Expert. (CCE)

Former British Champion Mark Eldridge has achieved the title of International Master. (IM)

Congratulations to both players.

Phill Beckett (International Secretary)


 

ICCF Lockdown Open

ICCF Lockdown Open

Details of the event may be found at : https://www.iccf.com/message?message=1351

Entry fees from this event will be donated to charity.
Players may enter directly via the ICCF system or on this site via the payment section.
If you enter via this site the fee will be £5 and you should use the reference ICCF Lockdown.

Phill Beckett (International Secretary)


 

Carlos Flores Gutiérrez Team Tournament

Carlos Flores Gutiérrez Team Tournament

The teams have been selected as follows :

First team

Samuel Brennan
Barry Sheppard
Tim Spanton
Arthur Reed
Oliver Graham
Dave Grobler

Second Team

Alastair Cowan
Kevin Plant
Arnold Marchant
John Vivante-Sowter
Colin Cheek
Alan Sutton

Phill Beckett (International Secretary)


 

Gigantic match against the USA

Gigantic match against the USA

All of you should have received an email informing you of this. 71 players have so far volunteered.
The format will be two games against one closely matched opponent. We are working towards a max grading difference of 20.
If you have not expressed your interest, please do so by 21st May in order to secure your place.

Phill Beckett (International Secretary)


 

New Title

New Title

The title ICCF Correspondence Chess Expert awarded to player Gerard Le-Marechal with ICCF ID 212933 has now been confirmed by the ICCF Qualifications Commissioner.

Phill Beckett (International Secretary)


 

Invitation Events

Invitation Events

Two events have recently been started.

The Peggy Clarke Memorial : https://www.iccf.com/event?id=85287

The Brian Jones Celebration : https://www.iccf.com/event?id=85329

In both cases play can be followed (with a five move delay).

Phill Beckett (International Secretary)


 

New Friendly matches for Under 1800 players

New Friendly matches for Under 1800 players

We have recently started friendlies against Scotland, Wales and Indonesia.

Scotland : https://www.iccf.com/event?id=85332

Wales : https://www.iccf.com/event?id=85292

Indonesia : https://www.iccf.com/event?id=85291

You can follow the progress of the matches live (delayed by 5 moves).

Phill Beckett (International Secretary)


 

New Titles

New Titles

Gerard Le-Marechal has just qualified for the title of Correspondence Chess Expert (CCE).

Correspondence Chess Master awarded to player Mike Richardt.

Congratulations!

Phill Beckett (International Secretary)


 

Carlos Flores Gutiérrez Team Tournament

Carlos Flores Gutiérrez Team Tournament

For teams of 6 grading below 2300.

Further details : https://www.iccf.com/message?message=1348

Contact Phill Beckett by email (Email Phill here)


 

73rd European Individual Championship, Final

73rd European Individual Championship, Final

Congratulations and good luck to Edmund Soh who qualified and is now competing in the European Final

https://www.iccf.com/event?id=85073

Phill Beckett, International Secretary


 

British Championship Entry Fee Increase

British Championship Entry Fee Increase

Following the introduction of larger sections and the increasing opportunities for title norms, the Tri-Nation committee which administers the championship on behalf of the federations of England, Scotland and Wales has agreed with the federations that the entry fee will rise to £12 in order to cover the increased game fees and section size costs.

Phill Beckett (International Secretary)


 

ICCF Titles Achieved

ICCF Titles Achieved

Correspondence Chess Expert - Robert Marks
Correspondence Chess Master - Mike Richardt

Congratulations to both players.

Posted by Phill Beckett (International Secretary)


 

Annual General Meeting - Officer Elections

Annual General Meeting - Officer Elections

At the recent AGM of the EFCC, the following Officers were elected:-

President: Ian M Pheby

General Secretary: John Rhodes

International Secretary: Phillip J Beckett

Treasurer: Ian M Pheby

You can contact any of these Officers directly via this page: https://efcchess.org.uk/efccStaff.html .

Ian M Pheby, President


 

Annual General Meeting and Executive Committee Meeting

Annual General Meeting and Executive Committee Meeting

Due to the coronavirus pandemic we have decided to conduct our Annual General Meeting and Executive Committee Meeting by email instead of physically meeting in Biggleswade on Saturday 21st March 2020.

John Rhodes, General Secretary


 

Praveen Kumar Rallabandi

Praveen Kumar Rallabandi

I am pleased to report that Praveen Kumar Rallabandi (ENG) has won WCCC42/SF2, a Category 8 tournament, with a score of 8 out of 14. Praveen was unbeaten in this tournament, and he qualifies for a World Championship Candidates group.

Many congratulations Praveen on your excellent performance!

Ian M Pheby, EFCC President


 

Sixth British Webserver Team Tournament

Sixth British Webserver Team Tournament

The Welsh Correspondence Chess Federation (WCCF) have announced that entries for the Sixth British Webserver Team Tournament are now open. The tournament will start on 12th April 2020 and the entry fee remains at £20.00 per team. Entries should be sent to and include the team name and the names, board numbers, and ICCF ID numbers of the team captain and each of the four players, at least one of whom must be British registered. The closing date is Friday 10th April 2020. Further details can be found on the WCCF website at https://welshccf.org.uk/content/88 .

John Rhodes, General Secretary


 

World Correspondence Chess Championship Semi-Finals

World Correspondence Chess Championship Semi-Finals

Entries for the 44th WCCC semi-finals are now being accepted. Details of the tournament and the qualifications to participate may be found at https://www.iccf.com/message?message=1339

English players who wish to be nominated for this tournament and have ratings 2400 or higher on the 2020/2 ICCF rating list and who do not meet the other qualification requirements listed in the announcement are invited to inform Ian M Pheby (Email Ian here) of their wish to be nominated by no later than 25th April 2020.

Ian M Pheby, EFCC President


 

Paul F. Timson†

Paul F. Timson†

It is with great sadness that I announce that SIM Paul F. Timson has died recently after a long fight against leukaemia.

Paul was an International Master and Senior International Master, titles obtained in 2002 and 2006 respectively. His highest rating was 2585 obtained in 1991. He represented England with distinction in the 6th European team championship where Paul obtained a Grandmaster norm, and also in several Olympiads.

My condolences to his family.

Rest in peace.

Ian M Pheby, EFCC President


 

Announcement of the English Federation for Correspondence Chess Annual General Meeting and Executive Committee Meeting.

Announcement of the English Federation for Correspondence Chess Annual General Meeting and Executive Committee Meeting.

There will be an Annual General Meeting and Executive Committee Meeting of the English Federation for Correspondence Chess on Saturday, 21st March 2020 starting at 12:30pm in Biggleswade, Bedfordshire. Please contact the General Secretary, John Rhodes for further details. (Email John here)

John Rhodes, EFCC General Secretary


 

New International Arbiter

New International Arbiter

England has a new International Arbiter. The ICCF has confirmed that Ben A. Wood has been awarded the ICCF IA title. Many congratulations to Ben on his fine achievement! Ben will be awarded his certificate and medal at the ICCF Congress in Glasgow later this year.

Ian M Pheby, EFCC President


 

British Championship 2018/20

British Championship 2018/20

This tournament is now finished. Congratulations to Praveen Kumar Rallabandi (ENG) for winning this Category 6 tournament with an excellent score of 9½ out of 14. Praveen was unbeaten in this tournament. Brian Thompson (ENG) finished second with 7½/14.

Praveen therefore retained his title of British champion having also won the British Championship 2017-9 tournament.

Ian M Pheby, EFCC President


 

Trevor Thomas†

Trevor Thomas†

It is with great sadness that I announce that SIM Trevor Thomas died recently at the age of 97.

Trevor held a variety of posts within the EFCC and made a significant contribution to English correspondence chess over many years which benefitted so many players. Trevor was an International Master and Senior International Master, titles obtained in 1992 and 1999 respectively, and he was a very strong player in his day. His highest rating was 2525. He represented England on board 4 of the 11th Olympiad final with distinction.

His funeral is on Thursday 16th January 2020 at 2pm and is being held at the Carey Baptist Church in Reading (RG1 7JS). On behalf of the EFCC I have expressed sincere condolences to Trevor’s family.

Rest in peace.

Ian M Pheby, EFCC President


 

New International Secretary

New International Secretary

Andrew Dearnley has decided to stand down as International Secretary with immediate effect. I wish to thank him for his substantial contribution to the EFCC over many years for the benefit of English correspondence chess and England’s players.

The new International Secretary is Ian M Pheby who can be contacted (Email Ian here) on all matters.

Ian M Pheby, EFCC President


 

Invitations to German Title Tournaments

Invitations to German Title Tournaments

EFCC has received three Invitations to German Title tournaments with Title Norms available. There are minimum rating requirements as listed below. The tournaments are likely to consist of 13-17 players and will start in June 2020 (although it is the intention of the German organisers to put the tournaments on the server in early April 2020).

England has an invite for one player for each of the following tournaments:

1. For a player rated 2415+ on the 2020/2 list
2. For a player rated 2385+ on the 2020/2 list
3. For a player rated 2285+ on the 2020/2 list

If the ICCF rating of a nominated player is reduced in the time between the nomination and the start of the tournament it is possible that this player is moved to a tournament with a lower Category.

If you are interested in playing, please contact Ian M Pheby (Email Ian here) before 19th January 2020. If more than one player is interested in a particular section, the EFCC Selection Committee will decide which player to nominate.

Ian M Pheby, EFCC President


 

Seasonal Greetings!

Seasonal Greetings!

As we approach the festive season I would like to extend my warmest wishes to all of England’s players for a Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy and Peaceful New Year.

I hope that you enjoy success in your games in 2020 and beyond.

Ian M Pheby, EFCC President


 

World Correspondence Chess Championship Preliminaries

World Correspondence Chess Championship Preliminaries

Entries for the 44th WCCC Preliminaries are now being accepted. Details of the tournament and the qualifications to participate may be found at https://www.iccf.com/message?message=1327

English players who wish to be nominated for this tournament and have ratings less than 2400 (fixed or unfixed) on the 2020/1 ICCF rating list and who do not meet the other qualification requirements listed in the announcement are invited to inform Ian M Pheby (Email Ian here) of their wish to be nominated by no later than 19th January 2020.

Ian M Pheby, EFCC President


 

VACANCY FOR THE POST OF EFCC TREASURER

VACANCY FOR THE POST OF EFCC TREASURER

A vacancy will occur for the post of EFCC Treasurer from 1st January 2020.

The postholder will be a member of the EFCC Executive Committee, and he/she will be supported by members of the EFCC finance sub-committee where required. The post is not too onerous and no formal qualifications are required.

For further details about this important post please contact the EFCC President Ian M Pheby. (Email Ian here)

I take this opportunity to remind everyone that the EFCC is run by volunteers who freely give up their time to help all English players enjoy their correspondence chess. The EFCC is looking for new volunteers to join its Executive Committee. If you feel you can give a little of your time to help English players then please contact Ian at the above email address. He is looking forward to hearing from you.

Ian M Pheby EFCC President


 

Announcement of the 2nd English Veterans CC Championship

Announcement of the 2nd English Veterans CC Championship

The English Federation of Correspondence Chess (EFCC) is pleased to announce that the second English Veterans Correspondence Chess Championship (EVCCC) will be held with a start date on 5th March 2020. All English players aged 60 or over on that date and are registered or able (in the case of new players) to be registered to play under the England flag in the ICCF are invited to enter!

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

There shall be a Championship final, semi-finals & preliminary sections with all standards of player catered for. The games will be played on the ICCF webserver & the tournament duration shall be approximately 21½ months of playing time. The time limit shall be 40 days for each 10 moves.

The entry fee is £8.00. Entries may be made by PayPal through this website quoting “2nd EVCCC”. Alternatively, entries may be sent to the Tournament Organiser, Ian M Pheby (address: Oaklea Cottage, Horsham Road, Capel, Dorking, Surrey RH5 5JH) with a cheque for £8.00 made payable to “EFCC”. The closing date for entries is 1st February 2020. Pairings will be issued as soon as possible after that date.

All veteran English chess players are heartily invited to enter this tournament, both for the enjoyment of the games and for friendly contact/communication. Good luck to everyone!

Tournament Organiser: SIM Ian M Pheby, IA


 

British Championship Now Underway

British Championship Now Underway

The Five sections of the British are now live on the webserver with three of the events having norms available.

The Championship section is a category 6 event with SIM norms available.

Two of the reserve sections are minor category events.

They can all be seen at :

https://www.iccf.com/event?id=81192
https://www.iccf.com/event?id=81193
https://www.iccf.com/event?id=81194
https://www.iccf.com/event?id=81195
https://www.iccf.com/event?id=81196


 

Announcement of the English Federation for Correspondence Chess Executive Committee Meeting.

Announcement of the English Federation for Correspondence Chess Executive Committee Meeting.

There will be an Executive Committee Meeting on Saturday, 12th October 2019, starting at 12 Noon at the Holiday Inn, Milton Keynes East, London Road, Newport Pagnell, MK16 0JA. All players who play under the flag of England are welcome to attend.

John Rhodes, EFCC General Secretary


 

GM Richard V M Hall has been awarded a Bertl von Massow medal in Gold

GM Richard V M Hall has been awarded a Bertl von Massow medal in Gold

At the 2019 ICCF Congress held in Vilnius, Lithuania, GM Richard V M Hall has been awarded a Bertl von Massow medal in Gold for 15 years of faithful service to the ICCF. Richard has been Chairman of the ICCF Arbitration Committee since 2004 and has previously been awarded a Bertl von Massow medal in Silver for 10 years of faithful service to the ICCF in 2014.

Richard (seen on the left in this photograph) is being presented with the Gold medal and certificate by the ICCF President Eric Ruch.

My congratulations to Richard for receiving this award for his excellent service to the ICCF. It is fully deserved.

Ian M Pheby
President, EFCC



Addendum by Andrew Dearnley :

GM Richard Hall (pictured left) receives the Bertl Von Massow Gold Medal from ICCF President Eric Ruch, this week in Vilnius at the 2019 Congress. Richard has worked tirelessly for ICCF for 15 years, as Chair of the ICCF arbitration committee and has now retired from this post after meteoric service. Congratulations Richard!

Congratulations to the following players whose titles were presented at the same ceremony in Vilnius;

Praveen Rallabandi - Senior International Master
Stephen Cade - International Master
Brian Thompson - International Master
Jo Wharrier - International Master

All congress voting results are available to be viewed on ICCF.com
Next year the congress will be hosted by our Scottish Federation friends in Glasgow.


   
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