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British Championship 2019/2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)

'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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