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NOL van ‘t Riet Tournaments!

Nol van ‘t Riet Memorial Tournaments!

These events have generous prize funds. England are represented by;

Terence Donovan - Group B - https://www.iccf.com/event?id=93168

Alan Rawlings - Group A (for friends of Nol) - https://www.iccf.com/event?id=93109

Phill Beckett, International Secretary


 

World Championship Semi Finals

World Championship Semi Finals

Follow the progress of English players in the World Championship Semi-Finals. The first two players in each section qualify for the next cycle of the Candidates.

Follow :
David Evans in section 2 - https://www.iccf.com/event?id=93186
Jo Wharrier in section 3 - https://www.iccf.com/event?id=93187
John Pugh in section 4 - https://www.iccf.com/event?id=93188
Gerard Le - Marechal in section 5 - https://www.iccf.com/event?id=93189
Praveen Kumar Rallabandi in section 6 - https://www.iccf.com/event?id=93190
John Brookes in section 7 - https://www.iccf.com/event?id=93191
Ian M Pheby in section 9 - https://www.iccf.com/event?id=93193

Phill Beckett, International Secretary


 

New British Champion

New British Champion

We have a new British Champion - Gerard Le-Marechal.

There were three players tied on 8.5 pts. The first tie break [wins] failed to split the tie, but by a narrow margin the second tie break placed Gerard first, Praveen second, and Gary third.

Congratulations to all concerned.

All the games can be viewed at - https://www.iccf.com/event?id=81192

Phill Beckett, International Secretary


 

Jim Fox RIP

Jim Fox RIP

Fellow players will be sad to hear of the death after a short illness of Jim Fox.
I have passed on our condolences to his family.

Phill Beckett, International Secretary


 

New Matches against Sweden

New Matches against Sweden

We have recently started two Friendly matches against Sweden.

Follow the progress of the Server match

https://www.iccf.com/event?id=93035

In a throw back to the distant past we cross swords with Sweden by post (although some games will be played by email).

https://www.iccf.com/event?id=93020

Do not expect much action as the games are only posted on the Server when they are completed.

In both matches we had an excess of volunteers all those who missed out will be put in the Forthcoming Mega Match against Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg (BeNeLux).

Phill Beckett, International Secretary


 

New Titles

New Titles

Congratulations to James Wilkinson on achieving the CCE title and to Danny Dixon on achieving the CCM title.

Phill Beckett, International Secretary


 

New Title

New Title

The player Matthew W. Bailey with ICCF ID 213011 has achieved enough norms to receive the title of ICCF Correspondence Chess Master.

Congratulations.

Phill Beckett, International Secretary


 

New Title

New Title

The player David J. Grobler with ICCF ID 210847 has achieved enough norms to receive the title of ICCF Correspondence Chess Master.

Congratulations.

Phill Beckett, International Secretary


 

Trevor Thomas Memorial Event (Category 8)

Trevor Thomas Memorial Event (Category 8)

This high quality event is due to start on 1st June 2021.

https://www.iccf.com/event?id=91121

Follow the progress of the event by following the link above. Do not expect too much activity before the start date as players of this level tend to do lots of preparation. GM norms are available at 9.5 /14, but this will require some decisive results!

George Wharam is an up and coming junior - keep an eye out for him in the future!

Phill Beckett, International Secretary


 

New Title

New Title

The player Kevin J. Thurlow with ICCF ID 210507 has achieved enough norms to receive the title of ICCF Correspondence Chess Expert.

Congratulations.

Phill Beckett, International Secretary


 

New Title

New Title

Following quickly on the award of CCE,

The player George Wharam with ICCF ID 212902 has achieved enough norms to receive the title of ICCF Correspondence Chess Master.

Congratulations.

Phill Beckett, International Secretary


 

George D. Pyrich Memorial Team Tournament Final

George D. Pyrich Memorial Team Tournament Final

The England Knights team qualified for this final.

Follow the progress of the team https://www.iccf.com/event?id=92847

The teams look closely matched, so it should be an exciting event.

We wish the team of ;
Tom Herman
Richard Webster
Mike Richardt
Barry Sheppard
Tim Spanton
& Nigel Norman

every success!

Phill Beckett, International Secretary


 

IM Title for Toni Halliwell

IM Title for Toni Halliwell

Our congratulations to Toni Halliwell on the award of the IM title. I still remember playing in the same Yorkshire junior teams with her and was pleased to play a small part in her comeback. Well earned.

Phill Beckett, International Secretary and Yorkshire Team Captain


 

New Titles

New Titles

Samuel Brennan and George Wharam have achieved enough norms to receive the title of ICCF Correspondence Chess Expert (CCE).
Edward Holland has achieved the title of ICCF Correspondence Chess Master (CCM). Congratulations.

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 Pheby, President


 

New Title

New Title

The player Danny Dixon with ICCF ID 211019 has achieved enough norms to receive the title of ICCF Correspondence Chess Expert.
Congratulations.

Phill Beckett, International Secretary


 

New Match v Mexico

New Match v Mexico

Following our recent win Mexico challenged us to a rematch which of course we accepted!

Let Battle recommence!

https://www.iccf.com/event?id=91540

Follow the progress, games are live with a 5 move delay!

Phill Beckett, International Secretary


 

International v New Zealand

International v New Zealand

We have a new small International against New Zealand.

https://www.iccf.com/event?id=91324

It is played under the Triple Block System of time control and should take two years!

Phill Beckett, International Secretary


 

2nd English Veterans Final

2nd English Veterans Final

Congratulations to SIM Jerry Asquith who wins the 2nd English Veterans event.

https://www.iccf.com/event?id=84237

Phill Beckett, International Secretary


 

Annual General Meeting Agenda

    ENGLISH FEDERATION FOR CORRESPONDENCE CHESS

    Proposed AGENDA for Annual General Meeting (AGM) to be held by email on Saturday 20th March, 2021.

(The continuing Government Covid-19 restrictions preclude us from meeting in person)

1. Apologies for Non-participation

2. Minutes of the Last Meeting (March 2020)

3. Matters Arising

4. Amendment to EFCC Constitution: Regarding EFCC Yearbook

5. Amendment to EFCC Constitution: Regarding EFCC Magazine

6. Amendment to EFCC Constitution: Regarding above amendments

7. General Secretary’s Report

8. International Secretary’s Report

9. Treasurer’s Report

10.Election of Officers

11.Any Other Business

John Rhodes 25/02/2021

If any EFCC Patrons have any questions or comments to raise at our AGM and Executive Committee meetings please contact John Rhodes on


 

David Woodruff 1945-2020 RIP ✝

David Woodruff 1945-2020 RIP ✝

The Officers of the English Federation for Correspondence Chess (EFCC) offer their condolences to the family, friends and fellow members of Keynsham Chess Club, of David Woodruff who, sadly, died in August 2020 aged 74 years. David was a Life Patron of the EFCC and a member of the International Correspondence Chess Federation (ICCF) since 1993 having a ICCF rating of 2004 when he joined. He was also a member of the British Correspondence Chess Association (BCCA) and often played in their webserver trio tournaments. In 2016/7 he played for the BCCA and won two games against Correspondence Chess League of Australia CCLA Kangaroos on Board 20. He played correspondence chess until about 2017 when his health, unfortunately, started to decline.

Before and after taking up correspondence chess, David was a stalwart of the Keynsham Chess Club playing around 1,000 over-the-board (OTB) games for them. In the 1980s David had an OTB grade in the high 160s. He also held the positions of President, Secretary, Treasurer and various team captains over the years. David was also involved in organising and controlled the Keynsham Quickplay many times. He also coached beginners and juniors. With his wide general knowledge, David also set questions for the Saturday night quiz at the BCF/ECF Championships with the late Richard Furness as question master.

Herewith a game which David played in an International Match against West Germany in 1985: -
BPCF v West Germany 1985
White: David G. Woodruff
Black: H. Kuntermann

1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.g3 d6 4.Bg2 Be6 5.d3 Qd7 6.Nf3 Bh3 7.Bxh3 Qxh3 8.Nd5 Rc8 9.Qb3 b6 10.Qa4 Qd7 11.Be3 Na5 12.Qxd7+ Kxd7 13.b4 Nb7 14.Ng5 Nd8 15.b5 f5 16.Rb1 Ne7 17.h4 Nxd5 18.cxd5 h6 19.Nf3 g6 20.Nd2 Bg7 21.Nc4 Nf7 22.Rb3 g5 23.Ra3 f4? (23...Ra8 was necessary) 24.Rxa7 fxe3 25.Nxb6+ Kd8 26.Nxc8 e4 27.fxe3 Bc3+ 28.Kd1 Kxc8 29.Ra8+ Kd7 30.Rxh8 Nxh8 31.hxg5 exd3 32.exd3 hxg5 33.d4 Ng6 34.Kc2 1-0 (34...Ba5 35.Rh7 Ne7 36.Rg7 Ke8 37.e4 Kf8 38.Rxg5)

John Rhodes 24/02/2021


 

Annual General Meeting and Executive Committee Meeting

Annual General Meeting and Executive Committee Meeting

The Annual General Meeting and Executive Committee Meeting of the English Federation for Correspondence Chess will be on Saturday 20th March 2021 by email due to the ongoing Government restrictions.

John Rhodes, General Secretary


 

English Championship

English Championship

The Championship and subsidiary events are now set up as follows.

Championship

https://www.iccf.com/event?id=91202

Semi Final A

https://www.iccf.com/event?id=91200

Semi Final B

https://www.iccf.com/event?id=91201

Reserves

https://www.iccf.com/event?id=91199

You can follow the events by clicking the links shown.

Phill Beckett, International Secretary


 

New Title

New Title

The player Robert Bruce with ICCF ID 212273 has achieved enough norms to receive the title of ICCF Correspondence Chess Expert.
Congratulations.

Phill Beckett, International Secretary


 

New Title

New Title

The title ICCF Correspondence Chess Expert awarded to player John S. Shaw with ICCF ID 212835 has now been confirmed by the ICCF Qualifications Commissioner.
Congratulations.

Phill Beckett, International Secretary


 

New Title

New Title

The player Edward N. Holland with ICCF ID 212527 has achieved enough norms to receive the title of ICCF Correspondence Chess Expert.
Congratulations.

Phill Beckett, International Secretary


 

Israeli Championship

Israeli Championship

This year's Israeli Championship is in memory of the sadly departed Aviel Rozenberg.

https://www.iccf.com/event?id=90664

SIM Harvey Williamson has accepted the invitation on behalf of the EFCC.
The event is a category 11 event with a multi national mix of competitors of high quality with GM norm of 9.5 / 16.
A GM norm in this event could see Harvey achieving the GM title.

We wish him every success.

Phill Beckett, International Secretary


 

New Title

New Title

The player Steve Cole with ICCF ID 210447 has achieved enough norms to receive the title of ICCF Correspondence Chess Expert.
Congratulations.

Phill Beckett, International Secretary


 

Win Against Mexico

Win Against Mexico

England score win against Mexico 11.5-8.5

https://www.iccf.com/event?id=86740

Congratulations to all players.

Phill Beckett, International Secretary


 

Carlos Flores Gutiérrez Team Tournament

Carlos Flores Gutiérrez Team Tournament

The top three teams in each semi qualify for final.

England 1 in strong position to qualify for final ; https://www.iccf.com/event?id=87053

England 2 need a strong run to qualify ; https://www.iccf.com/event?id=87051

Phill Beckett, International Secretary


 

European Individual Webserver Championship 2021

European Individual Webserver Championship 2021

28 December 2020: Announcement
Zone Europe of ICCF is glad to announce the 2021 cycle of the European Webserver Championship!

Open Rounds: for players rated under 2100, starts when filled.

Preliminaries: for players rated between 2100-2299, starts when filled.

Semi-Finals: for players rated between 2300-2499, starts on the 20th of September.

Candidates' Tournament: for players rated 2500 or over, starts on the 20th of March.

Entries via webserver.

Phill Beckett, International Secretary


 

Heavy defeat for Under 1800 team against Indonesia

Heavy defeat for Under 1800 team against Indonesia

England suffered a heavy defeat in their match against Indonesia

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

Phill Beckett, International Secretary


 

World Championship Preliminaries

World Championship Preliminaries

The ICCF has announced the arrangements for the Preliminaries of the World Championships.

The following already have qualifications;
Eldridge, Mark
Herman, Tom
Le-Marechal, Gerard

Maver, Jan
Rallabandi, Praveen Kumar
Soh, Edmund

In addition, the English Federation has three extra nominations for players over 2400. If you would like to put yourself forward for one of these places, please get in touch with me before the end of the year so the selection committee can consider your application.

Phill Beckett, International Secretary


 

International Update

International Update

England v France
France have a narrow lead
https://www.iccf.com/event?id=88279

England v CCLA Kangaroos (Under 2000)
England have an early lead
https://www.iccf.com/event?id=88452

England v USA
USA are clawing their way back after trailing by 15
https://www.iccf.com/event?id=86774

Phill Beckett, International Secretary


 

Seasonal Greetings!

Seasonal Greetings!

2020 has been a difficult year for everyone. 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 2021 will prove to be a better year for everyone.

I also hope that you enjoy success in your games in 2021 and beyond.

Ian M Pheby, EFCC President


 

Join the EFCC on Social Media

Join the EFCC on Social Media

  • Visit Facebook Page        https://www.facebook.com/EFCCNews/
  • Visit Twitter Page        https://twitter.com/efccnews

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    Nol Van't Reit Memorial

    Nol Van't Reit Memorial

    Alan Rawlings has accepted an invitation to compete in this event held in memory of our departed chessfriend and a tireless worker on behalf of the ICCF.

    Phill Beckett

    International Secretary


     

    EFCC Magazine is Returning

    EFCC Magazine is Returning

    We are intending to resume the publishing of our quarterly magazine and invite suggestions and contributions.

    For further information, please contact the editor by email to

    Mickey Blake

    EFCC Magazine Editor


     

    Ukraine v Rest of World

    Ukraine v Rest of World

    A couple of English players are featuring for the Rest of the World.

    https://www.iccf.com/event?id=90054

    Good luck.

    Phill Beckett

    International Secretary


     

    New Titles

    New Titles

    We congratulate Keith Franks (CCE) and K.J. Owen (CCM) on the new titles they have received.

    Well done

    Phill Beckett

    International Secretary


     

    Match v Switzerland Start Date 20/12/20

    Match v Switzerland Start Date 20/12/20

    https://www.iccf.com/event?id=89984

    Follow the games with the normal delay of 5 moves.

    Closely matched grades so expect a titanic struggle!

    As usual we were oversubscribed so watch out for more matches in the future!

    Phill Beckett

    International Secretary


     

    Outstanding Result for English Player

    Outstanding Result for English Player

    Praveen Kumar Rallabandi one of England's leading players scored an impressive result in the German Masters -

    https://www.iccf.com/event?id=79334

    Play through the games, they are of the very highest class!

    Phill Beckett

    International Secretary


     

    Chess 960 European Team Final

    Chess 960 European Team Final

    Early results have England in second place following an early win by Kevin Thurlow -

    https://www.iccf.com/event?id=87912

    Phill Beckett

    International Secretary


     

    Womens World Championship Final

    Womens World Championship Final

    Follow the progress of Dawn Williamson in the World Final -

    https://www.iccf.com/event?id=89629

    Phill Beckett

    International Secretary


     

    Friendly Matches Update

    Friendly Matches Update

    Webserver Match v Switzerland scheduled to start in December.

    Postal Match v Sweden scheduled to start early 2021.

    Phill Beckett

    International Secretary


     

    Match v Netherlands

    Match v Netherlands

    England managed to score a win against The Netherlands. See all the games in the match -

    https://www.iccf.com/event?id=79966

    Phill Beckett

    International Secretary


     

    2nd English Correspondence Chess Championship Has Concluded

    2nd English Correspondence Chess Championship Has Concluded

    After 21 months of play this closely contested championship has now finished. The new Champion is David Evans who finished with 8 out of 14 (2 wins, 55.5 SB ). David wins £300 and an engraved trophy for his retention. In second place was Brian Thompson who finished with 8 out of 14 (2 wins, 55.25 SB ). Brian wins £150. In third place was Praveen Kumar Rallabandi who finished with 8 out of 14 (2 wins, 55.0 SB ). Praveen wins £100. In fourth place was Richard Williams on 7½ out of 14. Richard wins £50.

    Congratulations to all these players on their fine performances. The cross table may be seen at https://www.iccf.com/event?id=77967

    Ian M Pheby

    EFCC President


     

    North Sea Team tournament IV

    North Sea Team tournament IV

    https://www.iccf.com/event?id=77210

    England finished in 8th position in this event.

    Congratulations to the team, Mark Eldridge, Ian Pheby, Marek Soszynski, Richard Ward, Stephen Woodhouse, Ben A Wood, ably captained by Ian Pheby.

    Phill Beckett

    International Secretary


     

    Announcement for the 3rd English CC Championship!

    Announcement for the 3rd English CC Championship!

    The English Federation of Correspondence Chess (EFCC) is pleased to announce that the third English Correspondence Chess Championship (ECCC) will be held which will start in March 2021. All English players are invited to enter England’s premier tournament!

    The entry fee is still £12.00. However, entry is free to all eligible players with an ICCF rating of 2500 or over or who are ICCF Grandmasters!

    The full Rules, tournament structure, eligibility, prizes, etc. can be seen under "English CC Championship (ECCC) in the left-hand Menu, or by clicking here: www.efcchess.org.uk/eccc.html

    The prize fund for this year! The Champion will receive a cheque for £200 together with an engraved trophy to retain. Monetary prizes will also be available to those finishing in second, third and fourth places of the Championship, and also for the first two places in the semi-final sections.

    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, and the tournament duration shall be approximately 22 months of playing time. The time limit shall be 40 days for each 10 moves.

    Entries may be made by PayPal through the 'Online Fee Payment' section on the left hand side of this web page quoting “3rd ECCC”. Alternatively, entries may be sent to the Tournament Organiser, Stan Grayland (address: 65 Newman Way, Rednal, Birmingham, B45 9LU) with a cheque for £12.00 made payable to “EFCC”.

    Free entries by eligible players with an ICCF rating of 2500 or over or who are ICCF Grandmasters should be made by notifying Stan Grayland by email.

    The closing date for entries is 1st February 2021. Pairings will be issued as soon as possible after that date.

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

    Tournament Organiser: Stan Grayland

    (Email Stan Here)


     

    Narrow loss to Sweden in 2018 Match

    Narrow loss to Sweden in 2018 Match

    England slipped to a defeat 28.5 to 31.5

    https://www.iccf.com/event?id=75952

    I will contact Sweden to challenge them to a return match.

    Phill Beckett

    International Secretary


     

    New Title

    New Title

    The player Antony Copsey with ICCF ID 212104 has achieved enough norms to receive the title of ICCF Correspondence Chess Master.

    Congratulations

    Phill Beckett

    International Secretary


     

    England U1800 9 v 11 Wales U1800

    England U1800 9 v 11 Wales U1800

    England suffered a narrow defeat against Wales in the Under 1800 match.

    The lead had changed hands several times and with the score poised at 9-9 , Wales clinched the match by winning the last two games to finish.

    Well done everyone and hopefully we will get a return match soon!

    Play through all the games : https://www.iccf.com/event?id=85292

    Phill Beckett

    International Secretary


     

    WZ-Z1 2020, World Zone - Zone 1 Friendly Match 2020

    WZ-Z1 2020, World Zone - Zone 1 Friendly Match 2020

    Good luck to all the English players in the 442 board match.

    https://www.iccf.com/event?id=88477

    Phill Beckett

    International Secretary


     

    New Title

    New Title

    Congratulations to Richard Ward (ICCF ID 780026) on achieving the CCE title.

    Phill Beckett

    International Secretary


     

    New Title

    New Title

    The player N. W. Jefferson with ICCF ID 210845 has achieved enough norms to receive the title of ICCF Correspondence Chess Expert.

    Congratulations.

    Phill Beckett

    International Secretary


     

    New Title

    New Title

    The player Brian James Herriot with ICCF ID 211523 has achieved enough norms to receive the title of ICCF Correspondence Chess Expert.

    Congratulations.

    Phill Beckett

    International Secretary


     

    Europe Zone v World Zone (Update)

    Europe Zone v World Zone (Update)

    All players on the webserver will have received two emails advertising this event, one from the European zone director and one from myself.

    Just for clarity, I have submitted a list of all the players who expressed an interest in matches against France, Australia etc. and were not able to be accommodated.

    If you would like to play or be sure that your name was on the list forwarded to the zone director, reply to the email you received from me by Wednesday 7th October.

    Phill Beckett

    International Secretary


     

    New Title

    New Title

    The player Gary Maguire with ICCF ID 212175 has achieved enough norms to receive the title of ICCF International Master.

    His final norm was in the current British Championship final and if he manages to win his final game he will achieve his first SIM norm.

    Phill Beckett

    International Secretary


     

    Ladies World Championship Finals

    Ladies World Championship Finals

    In what will probably be the last Ladies Final -

    England have two players qualified for the Final -

    Toni Halliwell and Dawn Williamson are to be congratulated on this great achievement.

    Phill Beckett

    International Secretary


     

    New Title Award

    New Title Award

    Congratulations to Phil Eastlake on the award of the CCM title.

    Phill Beckett

    International Secretary


     

    Executive Committee Meeting

    Executive Committee Meeting

    Due to the coronavirus pandemic we have decided to conduct our next Executive Committee Meeting by email instead of physically meeting in Biggleswade on Saturday 24th October 2020.

    If any EFCC Members have anything that they would like discussed at our meeting, please email me by 10th October 2020 at the latest.

    John Rhodes, General Secretary

    (Email John here)


     

    Congratulations on Title Award

    Congratulations on Title Award

    The ICCF have confirmed the award of the International Arbiter's title on Stephen Woodhouse.

    Congratulations.

    Phill Beckett

    International Secretary


     

    European Zone v World Zone

    European Zone v World Zone

    The European Zone asked for 10 nominations to represent the European Zone v World Zone.

    We have nominated ;

    Munro P, Marchant A, Cunningham P, Bailey M, Perrin R, Hall TR, Pallett R, Cole S, Dunks PD, Illingworth JB.

    Phill Beckett

    International Secretary


     

    New Match against CCLA Kangaroos

    New Match against CCLA Kangaroos

    We have just started a match at Under 2000 level against our friends from Australia.

    https://www.iccf.com/event?id=88452

    You can follow the games live with the normal five move delay.

    Phill Beckett

    International Secretary


     

    New Title

    New Title

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

    Congratulations.

    Phill Beckett

    International Secretary


     

    Match Against France 2020

    Match Against France 2020

    We have just started a match against our friends from across the channel.

    https://www.iccf.com/event?id=88279

    You can follow the games live with the normal five move delay.

    Phill Beckett

    International Secretary


     

    British Championship Starts

    British Championship Starts

    The strongest British Championship in living memory has just started. (It has GM norms available)

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

    The Candidates are very strong as well.

    Owing to the strength of the entry, the committee took the decision to run two sections.

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

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

    There are three Reserve sections.

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

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

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

    Of the 80 entries 51 have norm opportunities.

    You can follow the games (with a 5 move delay).

    Phill Beckett

    International Secretary


     

    New Title

    New Title

    The player K. J. Owen with ICCF ID 210370 has achieved enough norms to receive the title of ICCF Correspondence Chess Expert.

    Congratulations.

    Phill Beckett

    International Secretary


     

    Follow England's Progress in European 960 Team Final

    Follow England's Progress in European 960 Team Final

    Follow, Peter Catt, Stan Grayland, Keith Kitson and Kevin Thurlow as they defend the honour of England in the Final of the European Chess 960 Team Event.

    https://www.iccf.com/event?id=87912

    Phill Beckett

    International Secretary


     

    British Championship Entry Now Closed

    British Championship Entry Now Closed

    The final entry list is below, if you have entered and your name is not on the list contact me as a matter of urgency !

    NameCountry
    Ackley P ENG Asquith J ENG Bailey M ENG Barber P ENG Beckett PJ ENG Brotherton T ENG
    Bruce R ENG Clark S ENG Cole S ENG Cowan A ENG Craven V ENG Donovan T ENG
    Elwood D ENG Franks K ENG Gardner A ENG Girling C ENG Graham O ENG Grayland SJ ENG
    Grummitt W ENG Hart T ENG Herman T ENG Holland EN ENG Hollands G ENG Ibbitson A ENG
    Illingworth JB ENG James A ENG Kitson K ENG Law K ENG Lockett J ENG Lumley W ENG
    Maguire G ENG Marchant A ENG Marks RJ ENG McDermott F ENG Medis T ENG Morton PS ENG
    Munro PR ENG Norman N ENG O'Mahoney M ENG Owen C ENG Perrin R ENG Pope P ENG
    Raby EBD ENG Rallabandi P ENG Rawlings AJC ENG Reed AF ENG Richardson D ENG Roberts A ENG
    Roberts S ENG Ruffle A ENG Squires M ENG Sutton A ENG Thompson B ENG Tibbert PH ENG
    Walsh HJ ENG Ward R ENG Webster R ENG Wharam G ENG Wood BA ENG Beecham CR SCO
    Buchan A SCO Burridge R SCO Clark SL SCO Cumming D SCO Hardwick ME SCO Lloyd G SCO
    Whittaker IP SCO Bailey S WLS Bishop W WLS Bullen A WLS Jones G WLS Jones Ian WLS
    Jones R WLS Lockwood A WLS Scott P WLS Sherwood A WLS Sherwood H WLS Sherwood R WLS
    Wakeham MR WLS Yeo G WLS

    Phill Beckett

    International Secretary & British Championship TD


     

    Match against Rest of Europe is Finished

    Match against Rest of Europe is Finished

    This epic match played over 136 boards resulted in a convincing win for the Rest of Europe team by 48 points.

    https://www.iccf.com/event?id=76242

    All the games in the match can be played through!

    We held them over the high boards but the strength in depth told on the lower boards.

    Phill Beckett

    International Secretary


     

    New Title

    New Title

    The player Kenneth Watkins with ICCF ID 212686 has achieved enough norms to receive the title of ICCF Correspondence Chess Expert.

    Congratulations.

    Phill Beckett

    International Secretary


     

    New Title

    New Title

    Richard Webster with ICCF ID 212803 has achieved enough norms to receive the title of Correspondence Chess Master.

    Congratulations.

    Phill Beckett

    International Secretary


     

    British Entries received up to 15/8/20 (Final Deadline for entries 31/8/20)

    British Entries received up to 15/8/20 (Final Deadline for entries 31/8/20)

    If you think you have entered and your name is not on the list, please get in contact urgently !

    NameCountry
    Asquith J ENG Bailey M ENG Beckett PJ ENG Brotherton T ENG Bruce R ENG Clark S ENG
    Cowan A ENG Elwood D ENG Franks K ENG Gardner A ENG Graham O ENG Grayland SJ ENG
    Griling C ENG Grummitt W ENG Herman T ENG Hollands G ENG Illingworth JB ENG James A ENG
    Kitson K ENG Law K ENG Lockett J ENG Lumley W ENG Maguire G ENG Marchant A ENG
    O'Mahoney M ENG Owen C ENG Perrin R ENG Pope P ENG Raby EBD ENG Rallabandi P ENG
    Rawlings AJC ENG Richardson D ENG Roberts A ENG Roberts S ENG Ruffle A ENG Squires M ENG
    Sutton A ENG Tibbert PH ENG Walsh HJ ENG Ward R ENG Webster R ENG Wharam G ENG
    Wood BA ENG Beecham CR SCO Buchan A SCO Burridge R SCO Clark SL SCO Cumming D SCO
    Hardwick ME SCO Lloyd G SCO Whittaker IP SCO Bailey S WLS Bishop W WLS Bullen A WLS
    Jones G WLS Jones Ian WLS Jones R WLS Scott P WLS Sherwood A WLS Sherwood H WLS
    Sherwood R WLS Wakeham MR WLS

    Phill Beckett

    International Secretary & British Championship TD


     

    World Championship Candidate Events

    World Championship Candidate Events

    These are extremely strong events and England has a representative in both sections.
    Qualification for the next World Final is by finishing in the first two places.

    Follow the English players' progress ;

    In Candidates 1 follow
    Richard Hall
    https://www.iccf.com/event?id=87718

    In Candidates 1 follow
    Praveen Kumar Rallabandi
    https://www.iccf.com/event?id=87719

    The start date is 20/9/20 so do not expect much action before then as the players will be certainly preparing intensely.

    Phill Beckett

    International Secretary


     

    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.


     

    G.P.S. (‘Philip’) Coy RIP ✝

    G.P.S. (‘Philip’) Coy RIP ✝

    EFCC has just been advised by the family of the very sad news that G.P.S. (‘Philip’) Coy passed away in his sleep on Monday, 12th August 2019 at the age of 102.

    Philip was the Civil Service champion in 1936, 1937 and 1957. After he retired he played correspondence chess for them until he suffered a stroke soon after his 100th birthday. He would always have a board set up in his room with the latest position and told his family not to worry if they knocked the board as he had the moves in his head. Chess played a major role in his life and gave him a huge amount of pleasure.

    He will be greatly missed by his family and the many players and friends that knew him. Our condolences to them. Rest in peace.


     

    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 Welsh Correspondence Chess Federation (WCCF) and the Scottish Correspondence Chess Association (ScoCCA).

    Further details of the tournament, including the full rules and a list of previous winners, are available on this website:
    http://efcchess.org.uk/bccc.html

    Last season’s crosstables can be viewed here:
    Championship https://www.iccf.com/event?id=75888
    Candidates https://www.iccf.com/event?id=75889
    Reserves A https://www.iccf.com/event?id=75890
    Reserves B https://www.iccf.com/event?id=75891
    Reserves C https://www.iccf.com/event?id=75892
    Reserves D https://www.iccf.com/event?id=75893

    There is a first prize of £100 and a second prize of £50.
    Entries close on August 31st 2019 and play is due to commence in September 2019. Entries may be made via each National Federation or directly at http://efcchess.org.uk.
    If a qualification to the Championship or Candidates is held then it should be stated with the entry.

    Entry Fee £10

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


     

    1st English Veterans Championship Semi-Final

    1st English Veterans Championship Semi-Final

    This tournament has now been completed. Congratulations to Allan Gardner who won with a score of 7½/10. Allan wins £25 and a place in the 2nd EVCCC Championship final which is due to commence in early 2020. In joint second place were David J. Grobler and Kevin J. Thurlow with a score of 7/10 with each player winning £5.

    The full cross table may be found at https://www.iccf.com/event?id=73141 : https://www.iccf.com/event?id=73141

    Ian M Pheby
    Tournament Organiser


     

    British Correspondence Chess Championship 2017/19

    British Correspondence Chess Championship 2017/19

    The final of the 2017/19 British Correspondence Chess Championship has recently finished, with English player SIM Praveen Kumar Rallabandi the Champion with a score of 9/14 (+4, =10, -0). Praveen started the final as a CCE and gained a SIM norm towards his SIM title. No other player could match Praveen's four wins. Runner up was Welsh IM Gareth Yeo who scored 8/14 (+2, =12, -0) starting out as a CCM and gaining an IM norm towards his IM title. Third was Welsh CCM Ian Jones with 7.5/14 (+2, =11, -1). Congratulations to all three players. It was the second Championship to award ICCF norms.

    The full crosstable of the final can be found on the ICCF website at : https://www.iccf.com/event?id=70959

    John Rhodes


     

    England v Netherlands Friendly Match Underway

    England v Netherlands Friendly Match Underway

    A 53 board friendly match between England and the Netherlands has just got underway on the server.

    The full crosstable & games can be seen here: https://www.iccf.com/event?id=79966

    Thank you to all the players who volunteered to play. We were over-subscribed by 17 players who, therefore, unfortunately missed out. We will ensure that those 17 players will be given priority for the next match we arrange.


     

    New tournament - 12th ICCF Veterans' World Cup entries are now being accepted

    New tournament - 12th ICCF Veterans' World Cup entries are now being accepted

    1st stage entries are now being accepted for the 12th ICCF Veterans' World Cup which is open to those players who were born on or before 1st September 1959.

    This event is being organised for the fifth consecutive year by the EFCC, with our President, SIM Ian M Pheby, being the tournament organiser.

    The full announcement can be seen on the ICCF server: https://www.iccf.com/message?message=1240

    Entries must be made under 'New events' on the ICCF server by either ICCF Direct Entry or via the EFCC as your National Federation. If you wish to enter via your National Federation, please pay the entry fee of £9 via PayPal on the left-hand side of this page using 'VWC12' as the reference.

    The deadline for submitting entries is 1st August 2019.

    Good luck to everyone!


     

    England v Netherlands Friendly Match - Do you wish to play?

    England v Netherlands Friendly Match - Do you wish to play?

    We are organising a friendly match against the Netherlands and are looking for 50-60 players willing to take part. It will be just two games for each player (one white, one black) against one opponent in the usual manner of friendly matches. The games will be played on the ICCF webserver with a time control of 10 moves in 50 days. Scheduled start time 31 May 2019.

    So, do you wish to be considered to play? If yes, please contact Neil Limbert (Email Neil here) by April 25 at the latest. Thank you.

    If we are over-subscribed, we will match players as close as we can on ratings (using the 2/2019 rating list) and omit other players. So please be aware I cannot guarantee you will definitely play at this stage. But we should be able to accomodate most players.

    I look forward to hearing from you!

    Neil Limbert
    EFCC


     

    British CC Team Championship 2017

    British CC Team Championship 2017

    The British CC Team Championship 2017 is now complete. Congratulations to Y Dreigiau Cymreig who finished in first place with a score of 11 points from 16 games. BCCA Capablanca finished second with 10 points, and BCCA Alekhine finished third on 9 points. Both Y Dreigiau Cymreig and BCCA Capablanca were unbeaten.

    The cross-table may be found at https://www.iccf.com/event?id=71741

    My thanks to Ben A. Wood who acted as the Tournament Director.

    Ian M Pheby
    EFCC President


     

    Annual General Meeting - Officer Elections

    Annual General Meeting - Officer Elections

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

    President: Ian Pheby
    General Secretary: John Rhodes
    International Secretary: Andrew Dearnley
    Treasurer: Dave Grobler

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


     

    British Correspondence Chess Championship ("the championship") BCCC Rules Updated

    British Correspondence Chess Championship ("the championship") BCCC Rules Updated

    View the updated BCCC rules here.


     

    Brian Thompson awarded International Master (IM) Title

    Brian Thompson awarded International Master (IM) Title

    English player Brian Thompson has been awarded the International Master (IM) Title by achieving two IM Norms. The Norms were achieved in a Direct Entry Open semi-final and the superb performance in winning the Peter Clarke Memorial. The crosstables & games can be seen via the following links:-
    https://www.iccf.com/event?id=72613
    https://www.iccf.com/event?id=72141

    Congratulations to Brian!


     

    Mike Nicholson †

    Mike Nicholson †

    EFCC have just been advised on the very sad news that Senior International Master Mike Nicholson died in the early months of 2018 at the age of 79. Mike played international CC for almost 30 years from 1986 to 2015. He represented England five times in important Team tournaments (one Olympiad, three European Team Championships and one North Atlantic Team Tournament) and always fought hard. In particular, his performance in the 16th Olympiad Preliminaries (2005-2009) was exceptional, as can be seen from this crosstable: https://www.iccf.com/event?id=8084. He was awarded the International Master Title in 2007, and the Senior International Master Title in 2008. He will be sadly missed. Rest in peace.


     

    2nd English Correspondence Chess Championship

    2nd English Correspondence Chess Championship

    The 2nd English Correspondence Chess Championship has started! 57 players entered the tournament of which 23 hold Titles (6 SIM, 1 LGM, 2 IM, 7 CCM, 7 CCE). A Championship final, 2 semi-finals and two preliminary groups are being contested. The average rating in the Championship final is 2394 with each player holding a Title.

    Good luck to everyone in these tournaments.

    Ian M Pheby
    Tournament Organiser


     

    Steven Cade awarded IM Title

    Steven Cade awarded IM Title

    English player Steven Cade has been awarded the ICCF International Master (IM) Title following superb performances in the 7th Welsh Invitational and a Master Norm tournament.
    The crosstables and games can be seen here:-
    https://www.iccf.com/event?id=71705
    https://www.iccf.com/event?id=74083

    Congratulations to Steven!


     

    1st English Championship

    1st English Championship

    The 1st English Championship, England’s Premier correspondence tournament, is now complete having been contested by 70 players. The results are:

    Championship final

    1st place and English Champion: CCM Mark Eldridge 8½/14. Both Mark and David had the same number of wins but Mark had the better SB.

    2nd place: CCM David Evans, 8½/14.

    3rd place: SIM John D. Rhodes, 8/14.

    The tournament cross table may be found at https://www.iccf.com/event?id=65892

    Semi-final A

    1st place: CCE Michael J. Blake, 7/10.

    2nd place: Robert J. Wakefield, 6½/10.

    The tournament cross table may be found at https://www.iccf.com/event?id=65893

    Semi-final B

    1st place: CCM Brian Thompson, 7/10. Both players had the same number of wins but Brian had the better SB.

    2nd place: CCE Richard Williams, 7/10.

    The tournament cross table may be found at https://www.iccf.com/event?id=65894

    Preliminary A

    1st place: Gregory Hughes, 8½/10. Both players had the same number of wins but Gregory had the better SB.

    2nd place: Robert Marks, 8½/10.

    The tournament cross table may be found at https://www.iccf.com/event?id=65895

    Preliminary B

    1st place: Terence Donovan, 9/10.

    2nd place: Trevor S. Brotherton, 8/10.

    The tournament cross table may be found at https://www.iccf.com/event?id=65896

    Preliminary C

    1st place: Allan Gardner, 9/10.

    2nd place: Phil J. Brooks, 8½/10.

    The tournament cross table may be found at https://www.iccf.com/event?id=65897

    Congratulations to all the successful players, and I hope that everyone enjoyed their games.

    There is still time for players who are registered or able (in the case of new players) to be registered to play under the England flag in the ICCF to enter the 2nd English Championship. The closing date for entries is 1st February 2019. Details may be found on this website.

    Ian M Pheby
    Tournament Organiser


     

    Peter H Clarke Memorial

    Peter H Clarke Memorial

    I am pleased to announce that the Peter H Clarke Memorial is now complete. Congratulations to Brian Thompson (ENG) for winning this Category 6 tournament and for gaining an IM and a SIM Norm, Jerry E. C. Asquith (ENG) for finishing in second place, and Kyle Biedermann (USA) for finishing in third place and for gaining an IM Norm.

    The tournament cross table may be found at https://www.iccf.com/event?id=72141

    Ian M Pheby
    EFCC President


     

    New EFCC Treasurer

    New EFCC Treasurer

    EFCC has a new Treasurer from 1/1/2019 - Dave Grobler! Congratulations to Dave & we hope he has a long & happy stay in the role.
    We would also like to express our thanks to outgoing Treasurer Toni Halliwell who did a fantastic job for us over several years.

    We would remind all players that EFCC is run by volunteers only who give up their time for free to help you enjoy your chess. We are looking for new volunteers to join the Executive Committee so if you feel you can give a little of your time, please contact Neil Limbert (Email Neil here) for further details.


     

    Invitations to German Title Tournaments

    Invitations to German Title Tournaments

    EFCC has received seven Invitations to German Title tournaments with Title Norms available. There are minimum rating requirements - see the list below. The tournaments are likely to consist of 11-15 players & will start in June 2019 (although it is the intention of the German organisers to put the tournaments on the server during April). We have an invite for one player for each of the following tournaments:-

    1. For a player rated 2315+ Category 3
    2. For a player rated 2365+ Category 5
    3. For a player rated 2385+ Category 6
    4. For a player rated 2415+ Category 7
    5. For a player rated 2435+ Category 8
    6. For a player rated 2510+ Category 11
    7. For a player rated 2560+ Category 13

    It is important that the nominated players fulfill the requested elo rating on the list 2019/2. If the elo of a nominated player is reduced in the time between the nomination and the start of the tournament it may be that this player is moved to a tournament with a lower average category.

    If you are interested in playing, please contact Neil Limbert (Email Neil here) before the end of December. If more than one player is interested in a particular section, the EFCC Selection Committee will decide which player to put forward.


     

    Announcement for the 2nd English CC Championship!

    Announcement for the 2nd English CC Championship!

    The English Federation of Correspondence Chess (EFCC) is pleased to announce that the second English Correspondence Chess Championship (ECCC) will be held which will start in March 2019. All English players are invited to enter England’s premier tournament!

    The entry fee is still £9.00. However, entry is free to all eligible players with an ICCF rating of 2500 or over or who are ICCF Grandmasters!

    The full Rules, tournament structure, eligibility, prizes, etc. can be seen under "English CC Championship (ECCC) in the left-hand Menu, or by clicking here: www.efcchess.org.uk/eccc.html

    The prize fund has been significantly increased this year! The Champion will receive a cheque for £300 together with an engraved trophy to retain. Monetary prizes will also be available to those finishing in second, third and fourth places of the Championship, and also for the first two places in the semi-final sections.

    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, and the tournament duration shall be approximately 22 months of playing time. The time limit shall be 40 days for each 10 moves.

    Entries may be made by PayPal through the 'Online Fee Payment' section on the left hand side of this web page quoting “2nd ECCC”. 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 £9.00 made payable to “EFCC”.

    Free entries by eligible players with an ICCF rating of 2500 or over or who are ICCF Grandmasters should be made by notifying Ian M Pheby by email.

    The closing date for entries is 1st February 2019. Pairings will be issued as soon as possible after that date.

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

    Tournament Organiser: SIM Ian M Pheby, IA

    EFCC President: SIM Ian M Pheby, IA

    (Email Ian here)


     

    Players Required for England Team in North Sea Team Tournament

    Players Required for England Team in North Sea Team Tournament

    The 3rd North Sea Team tournament just has one game remaining & England have finished in 6th place (out of 11 teams). The full crosstable can be seen here:-

    https://www.iccf.com/event?id=61188

    We are raising a team to compete in the 4th North Sea Team Tournament and would like any interested players to come forward. The team will consist of six players & each player will probably play 10 games. There are rating limitations on all boards this time (except the top board). So:-

    Board 1: Any rating
    Board 2: Under 2400
    Board 3: Under 2300
    Board 4: Under 2200
    Board 5: Under 2100
    Board 6: Under 2000

    There will be ICCF Norms available on most boards. No entry fee to players.

    So, if you wish to be considered for the team, please contact Neil Limbert within the next seven days! If we are over-subscribed, the Selection Committee will decide and the other players placed as Reserves.


     

    ICCF Warriors win the BWSTT for the third consecutive season

    ICCF Warriors win the BWSTT for the third consecutive season

    Earlier this year, English team, ICCF Warriors won the British Webserver Team Tournament 1st division for the third consecutive season. The winning team was SIM Olli Ylonen (FIN), LGM Toni Halliwell, LGM Natalia Litvinenko (KAZ) and EFCC President SIM Ian Pheby. This is quite an achievement given the strength of the other teams over the past three seasons.

    Pictured below is LGM Natalia Litvinenko, from Kazakhstan, receiving her trophy from team captain SIM Andrew Dearnley.


     

    Mrs M (Peggy) Clarke RIP

    Mrs M (Peggy) Clarke RIP

    We have to report the sad news that Mrs Margaret (known as Peggy) Clarke has died at the age of 80. She was the daughter of BH Wood (founder of CHESS magazine) and married IM Peter Clarke. She was joint British Ladies OTB Champion in 1966. In correspondence chess, she appeared in the 4th Ladies World Championship Final (finishing 12th), and the preliminaries of the 6th, 7th & 8th Ladies World Championships. She also represented England in the 4th & 5th Ladies CC Olympiads. RIP


     

    Nigel Robson

    Nigel Robson

    I am pleased to announce that GM Nigel Robson has finished fifth out of seventeen competitors in World Championship 29 Final. He remained unbeaten in this Category 13 tournament. Congratulations to Nigel on a fine performance.

    The full cross table may be found at https://www.iccf.com/event?id=52852

    Ian M Pheby
    EFCC President


     

    ICCF Congress

    England v Rest of Europe

    England have been challenged to a friendly match against the Rest of Europe (after earlier in the year we defeated a strong Russian team) and we really need every English player to turn out for the team & play! This is going to be some challenge, the likes of which England has never seen before! It’s going to be approximately 100-120 boards and a very special one off rated friendly match. All rating strengths will be catered for. Each English player who agrees to play will be paired with a similar rated player from a European country and play just two games (one with white, one with black). This unique match will start on 1st November 2018 and will use a time control of 10 moves in 40 days.

    So, we appeal to all English players: will you play in the team please? Andrew Dearnley will be the Team Captain. Your support in playing for England in this match would very much be appreciated.

    If you wish to take part in this special event :

    Please contact Andrew Dearnley : Email Andrew here
    or
    Neil Limbert : Email Neil here


     

    ICCF Congress

    ICCF Congress Photos

    Delegate Neil Limbert collects the English titles awards at the recent ICCF Congress.

    England’s Gary Maguire was presented with his CCE & CCM titles at the ICCF Congress awards ceremony.


     

    ICCF Congress

    ICCF Congress Summary - 3rd & Final Day

    The final day of Congress (Day 3) commenced 9am. The day started with a discussion regarding the EFCC proposals for the Veterans World Cup. Wales (R Sherwood) & the QC (Uwe Staroske) spoke vehemently against them all. The votes were close but we lost them all by 21 – 17.

    Proposal’s 31 & 32 & 38 passed comfortably.

    Proposal 35 passed so postal players will now play 10/40 internationally.

    Proposal 42 initiated a substantial discussion but it eventually failed 8 – 24 with 25 abst.

    Proposal 43 concerned increasing the speed of play in Veterans World Cup. After debate, this was defeated 12 – 23 with 22 abst.

    Proposal 44 passed easily so ICCF now has its own laws of correspondence chess.

    The following reports were presented & accepted: Tournament Director Committee Report; Appeals Committees, Arbitration Committee. It is interesting to note that the chair of the Arbitration Committee regards ETL’s (players losing games on time by allowing their clock to run out instead of resigning) is a serious behavioral issue & needs to be clamped down on.

    The Zonal Directors presented their reports and their ideas going forward.

    Slight changes to the Statutes were agreed. However, proposals 11 & 12 were rejected. Proposal 13 withdrawn because Congress debate identified inconsistencies in the proposal. Proposal 14 was passed to combine Appeals Committees.

    There then followed discussions & proposals regarding Voting rights. This may be a drab subject for many people but these proposals were fiercely debated! Proposal 5 was passed by only one vote by 20 – 19 with 18 abst. EFCC voted against as this is another blow to the power of National Federations. Then Proposal 7 failed narrowly by 3 votes 18 – 21 with 18 abst.

    Proposal 37A was passed after considerable debate 30 – 9 with 18 abst. EFCC voted against because we do not believe that Voting Regulations should take priority over Statutes.

    Proposal 37B & 37C & 37D were passed comfortably, despite the votes against by EFCC. This effectively reverses the previous decisions of Congress. Democracy is the loser as a result of these votes. Proposals 39 & 40 withdrawn after the proposer (Dutch delegate) was put under intense pressure by various ICCF officers & officials – unfair pressure in my opinion.

    The final proposal was to host the 2019 Congress in Vilnius Lithuania 18-22 August 2019. Agreed.

    Congress ended 17:15pm.


     

    ICCF Congress - Day 2

    ICCF Congress Summary - Day 2

    Day 2 was a long day! Commenced 9am. Financial regulations (entry fees, rebates etc) presented by FD. Report by DE Commissioner accepted. Proposal 41 failed (13 – 20 with 24 abst) – because most people agreed that it was a not a problem: TO’s will refer Federation nominations anyway.

    Services Director presented his report which included projected improvements/changes to the server for the coming year. He requested a budget of 20000 Euros (proposal 015) passed 37 – 2 with 18 Abst. EFCC abstained because no cost estimates were supplied.

    Proposal 24 was discussed – ICCF’s new Privacy policy to comply with GDPR. Will be expensive to implement but we have no choice. Passed 40 – 0 with 17 abst.

    The Qualifications Commissioner presented his report – 744 Titles awarded last year. Proposal 20 was passed (29 – 7 with 21 abst) after debate. So Federations will be given CCE/CCM medals at Congress each year just like all other Titles. Until now, EFCC have paid for these medals, so now ICCF will pay.

    Proposal 47 passed 40 – 0 with 17 abst.

    The Ratings Commissioner presented his Report. His working group looking into the Glicko rating system (as a replacement for ELO rating) and decided not to proceed. The Ratings Commissioner intends to resign next year after 25 years in the role.

    The Marketing Director then presented his report. Also, the report of the World Tournament Director was presented & all invitation tournaments approved in retrospect.

    The report of the Title Tournaments Commissioner. Concern was expressed about the delay to the next Olympiad final – why wait for the full 4 years if the finalists are known? Will be referred back to the Commissioner.

    The NTTC Report was presented. Proposal 045 passed 23 – 16 with 18 abst. So the Veterans World Cup will switch from annually to bi-annually from 2020. The full World Cup, the Veterans World Cup & the Webserver Opens will move to a regulated start dates. The ICCF Calendar of Events will need to be amended in due course.

    Champions League will move to Triple Block from the season after next. There will be a D Division next time for lower-rated teams.

    The following reports were received & accepted: Aspirer tournament report, Postal tournament report, Chess 960 report, Thematic tournament report, Interzonal tournaments report.

    The afternoon session was devoted to the report of the Rules Commissioner and the numerous proposals connected to that report or within that field.

    Proposal 001 passed 39 – 1 with 17 abst.

    Proposal 002 passed 39 – 2 with 16 abst.

    Proposal 003 passed 37 – 2 with 18 abst.

    Proposal 008a passed 38 – 1 with 18 abst.

    Proposal 008b passed 32 – 6 with 19 abst.

    Proposal 010 passed 33 – 7 with 17 abst.

    Proposal 016 passed 33 – 4 with 20 abst.

    Proposal 036 is very important for players. It will increase the number of available Norm tournaments including new Norm events for CCM & CCE. I believe these tournaments will be very popular. However, the proposer had not considered the impact on players who finish 1st to 3rd in National tournaments who, under current rules, qualify for Master Norm. A big discussion! Eventually passed 28 – 6 with 23 abst. The change to IM Norm tournaments will be delayed slightly until the above problem is sorted out. But the new GM Norm, SIM Norm, CCM Norm & CCE Norm tournaments will be available from January 1, 2019. Entry fees still to be determined by FD.

    Proposal 022 – another big discussion about gender tournaments. Proposal failed 12 – 24 with 21 abst.

    Proposal 023 failed 13 – 26 with 17 abst, because the proposal sought to remove the possibility of 10 completed games before viewing, which is not popular with stronger players.

    Proposal 26 passed 38 – 3 with 16 abst.

    The Congress session closed at 17:55, then re-opened again at 18:10 for the European Zonal meeting.

    Andrey Pavlikov (RUS) chaired this meeting as European Zonal Director and presented his report with comments on ongoing tournaments. Zonal FD Report accepted.

    It was agreed that the number of qualifiers from European Postal Semi-finals be reduced from two to one. Delegates were also invited to find out how many players over 2400 would be prepared to play in a strong postal tournament.

    Agreed to provide 5000 euros additional help to ICCF Services Committee. Agreed to provide 2000 euros to 2019 Congress organisers.

    There will be new European tournaments: 4-player Team tournaments for players U-2200 and U-1900; new Chess 960 European tournaments; and a new Cup tournament for players rated below 2000.

    The meeting closed at 19:20.


     

    ICCF Congress

    ICCF Congress Summary - Day 1

    Commenced (after the Introductions) with the Medal ceremony. Gary Maguire collected his CCE & CCM Medals/Certificates in person. On behalf of EFCC I collected medals/certificates for everyone else who earned medals since last Congress.

    The ICCF Minutes for the 2017 Congress were debated but, in spite of our objections, the Minutes were passed by 25 - 4 with 27 abstentions. Mexico were proposed as a new ICCF Federation & accepted. ICCF currently have problems obtaining annual membership fees from Argentina, Turkey, Hong Kong & Cape Verde: these Federations risk suspension & eventual expulsion from ICCF.

    The Financial Accounts were debated - seen on screen only. Existing Auditor not happy - he resigned shortly before Congress. The Accounts were only approved 13 - 2 with 42 abstentions, Generally, delegates were uneasy with the new FD methodology. A new Auditor was proposed: Paul Scott of Wales. ICCF Accounts - a loss of 7614 euros during 2017 and ICCF currently have 213628 euros in reserve. The financial plan is to project a loss of 10k annually for next 4-5 years. Plenty of money in reserve. There is a possibility that ICCF may have to pay VAT at some point in the future.

    Proposal 29 was contentious. Defeated by 17 - 22 (18 abstentions), Very close.
    Proposal 30 passed by 37-1 (19 abstentions).
    Proposal 27 - global tendering failed 6-30 (21 abst) after considerable discussion.
    Day 1 closed at 18:05 and we are already behind schedule.


     

    British Championship

    British Championship

    Entries for the British Championship are now being taken. Please use the Paypal option (on the left side of this homepage) and use the reference British along with a payment of £10. If you wish to pay by cheque, please send a cheque for £10 payable to EFCC and send it to Phill Beckett (Controller British championship) address here


     

    David Coyne ✝

    David Coyne ✝

    It is my sad news to report the death of English CC player David Coyne at the age of 73. David had been diagnosed with COPD in 2005 which recently turned to pneumonia. Our sympathies & condolences to his family & friends. RIP.


     

    ICCF Congress Proposals 2018

    ICCF Congress Proposals 2018

    There are 47 proposals to ICCF Congress this year, so we now need to decide how EFCC wishes to vote on each proposal. Each member of the EFCC Executive Committee will be looking at the proposals in detail but I would also like to hear from individual English players. I need your opinions! Please see: https://www.iccf.com/Proposals.aspx?id=71

    If you have no strong feelings on a particular proposal, then please do not concern yourself. My own experiences tell me that, during the actual debate at Congress, you often hear points brought forward that we had not previously thought of. And this new information can often change your view on a proposal. I will therefore decide which way to vote after hearing the debate at Congress.

    However, if you strongly feel that EFCC should be voting Yes or No to a particular proposal, and you can tell me why you feel that way, please let me know before the end of July. If a majority is in favour of proceeding a particular way, then I will vote online before Congress in accordance with the majority.

    I look forward to hearing from you!

    Neil Limbert
    EFCC International Secretary


     

    England defeat Russia

    England defeat Russia

    In what is likely to be regarded as one of the team's finest performances, I'm pleased to say that with just one game remaining (Tleptsok vs Hall, which is one of the promotion games on ICCF.com) England have defeated the Russian team in the 2016 friendly rated match. The score is currently 47-36, so it is a convincing win, with many fine individual performances. Later this year, England will face an even bigger challenge and I will be contacting many players in the Summer to select a large team and give more information regarding the opposition.

    The match can be seen at the ICCF website here ; https://www.iccf.com/event?id=61739


     

    Correspondence Chess Book Review - Highly Recommended

    A CORRESPONDENCE CHESS BOOK REVIEW

    By Neil Limbert

    My 120 Selected Correspondence Games
    By SIM Mike Read
    534 pages, Softcover £10.14 through Amazon

    Highly recommended! Chess books specifically concerning correspondence chess are quite rare. Even rarer are game collections by specialist CC players, so this book is a very welcome addition to this list.

    Mike Read was born in 1960 & was a strong junior chess player OTB in the 1970’s. It was in the late 70’s and early 80’s that Mike began to specialise in correspondence chess and this game collection covers games from 1978 to 2000, at which time Mike was forced to abandon competitive chess due to health issues.

    Mike was a very strong player! He earned the ICCF Senior International Master Title & had an ICCF rating of 2571 at its best. All this without ever owning a computer or using one during his games. So this collection is very special as all the annotations come from Mike’s own brain, and his thoughts at the time.

    This is a thick book! Over 500 pages for only a little over £10 is an excellent bargain at a time when most new chess books are £20 or thereabouts. The introduction lasts only four pages & there then follows a one page summary of his results in his competitive CC career. The rest of the book is jam-packed with games & annotations.

    The quality and strength of his opponents grew as his career progressed and the book is laid out chronologically, so you will find the strongest opponents in the latter half of the book. Having said that, I really enjoyed playing some his early games where tactics abound! Some of these early opponents are still playing BCCA chess today such as Peter Tibbert, Iain Gould & Peter Coast. His later opponents include GM Tonu Tiits of Estonia, GM Matthias Rufenacht of Switzerland (still active & playing today) and GM (and World Champion) Joop van Oosterom of the Netherlands.

    This book is strongly recommended for all players of all strengths, whether correspondence chess players or not. You cannot fail to learn from the quality of Mike’s annotations.


     

    EFCC Code of Conduct & Disciplinary Procedure

    EFCC Code of Conduct & Disciplinary Procedure

    ICCF has a Code of Conduct & Disciplinary procedure to help deal with players who default or behave badly and this has worked well for them.

    So EFCC has adopted a similar policy which can be seen in the left-hand menu under "EFCC" - "Code of Conduct" (Or click here).

    This will allow EFCC to deal with situations arising in its own tournaments, or when players represent England in Team tournaments or Friendly Matches.

    The vast majority of players never default or behave badly! It is just a very small minority whom we need to address.


     

    New tournament - 11th ICCF Veterans' World Cup entries are now being accepted

    New tournament - 11th ICCF Veterans' World Cup entries are now being accepted

    1st stage entries are now being accepted for the 11th ICCF Veterans' World Cup.

    This event is being organised for the fourth consecutive year by the EFCC, with our President, SIM Ian M Pheby, being the tournament organiser.

    The full announcement can be seen on the ICCF front page: https://www.iccf.com/message?message=1154

    Entries can be made under 'New events' by ICCF Direct Entry or by paying the entry fee of £9 via PayPal on the left-hand side of this page using 'VWC11' as the reference.

    For those wishing to pay by cheque, please make it payable to 'EFCC' and send it to:
    Ian M Pheby, Oaklea Cottage, Horsham Road, Capel, Dorking, RH5 5JH.

    The deadline for submitting entries is 1st August 2018.

    Good luck!


     

    RCCA 25 Years Open (RUS) “Russia 25”

    RCCA 25 Years Open (RUS) “Russia 25”

    In celebration of its 25-year anniversary of foundation RCCA organizes
    ICCF Webserver Open tournament in 3 stages.

    Preliminaries rated only; Semi-finals and Final Title norms possible.

    Start Dates
    Preliminary stage: 15th.May 2018
    Semi-final stage: 15th.December 2019
    Final stage: 15th.May 2021

    Groups
    Preliminaries 11 players in each group
    Semi-finals 13-15 players in each group
    Final 13-17 players

    Promotion
    Winner and runner-up of each preliminary section will directly qualify for the semi-finals; winner of each semi-final section will directly qualify for the final
    and several runner-ups will be promoted to fill vacancies.

    Time Controls
    Preliminary: 10 moves in 30 days with duplication after 20 days
    Semi-final: 10 moves in 40 days with duplication after 20 days
    Final: 10 moves in 50 days with duplication after 20 days

    Entry Fee and how to enter
    £10 to be paid at the EFCC website with the reference 'Russian 25' using the 'Online Fee Payment' in the left-hand column of this web page.
    Any player wishing to pay by cheque should contact International Secretary Andrew Dearnley

    Notes
    Players rated 2400 or above or having GM or SIM Title may join the semi-finals directly paying £15

    Tournament Organiser
    IA Andrey Pavlikov (RUS)
    Awards
    Certificates to the winners of each preliminary group;
    Certificates and gift books on Russian culture and architecture to the winners of each semifinal group;
    Certificates, medals, and cash prizes in Final stage 1,000 euros (1st 500, 2nd 300, 3rd 200 euro)


     

    Notification of the 2018 AGM

    ENGLISH FEDERATION FOR CORRESPONDENCE CHESS (EFCC)
    Agenda: Annual General Meeting


    Holiday Inn Derby-Nottingham - Bostocks Lane, Sandiacre, Nottingham, NG10 5NJ
    12:30pm, Saturday 24th March 2018

    All EFCC Patrons and representatives of affiliated organisations are welcome to attend.


    1) Apologies for Absence

    2) Minutes of the last meeting (1st April 2017)

    3) Matters Arising

    4) Officers’ reports

        • Secretary

        • International Secretary

    5) Accounts / Treasurer’s report

    6) Election of Officers

    7) Amendments to EFCC Constitution

    8) Any other business


     

    New International Arbiter and More Norms

    New International Arbiter and More Norms

    After some very dedicated, hard work I am pleased to announce that LGM Toni Halliwell has been awarded the International Arbiter title by ICCF.

    Toni will be presented with her medal and certificate at the ICCF Congress in Llandudno in August.

    With the congress being held on British shores it is a great incentive for other players to work towards their norms and titles in order to be able to take up the offer from our Welsh friends to attend the opening ceremony and the awards presentation.

    Since the last message further norms have been achieved by ;

    Praveen Rallabandi - Senior International Master norm

    Rob Walk - Correspondence Chess Master norm

    Phill Beckett - Correspondence Chess Expert norm

    Dave Grobler - Correspondence Chess Expert norm


     

    New Year, New Titles !

    New Year, New Titles !

    Happy New Year to all players and It's especially started well for three new ICCF CC Master title holders;

    Steven Cade, David Evans and Jo Wharrier. Well played gentlemen!


     

    Wales to host the 2018 ICCF Congress in Llandudno

    Wales to host the 2018 ICCF Congress in Llandudno

    Wales have succeeded in their bid to host the 2018 ICCF congress.
    It will take place at the Imperial Hotel in Llandudno in August.
    Please see the full announcement here; https://www.iccf.com/message?message=1139


     

    1st English Championship Update

    1st English Championship Update

    The 1st English Championship Preliminary B has finished. Congratulations to Terence Donovan for winning this tournament with the excellent score of 9 out of 10. Terence will receive a prize of £15.00 and is entitled to enter a semi-final of the 2nd ECCC which will start in 2019.

    Trevor S. Brotherton was second and also undefeated finishing on 8 out of 10, and Sean Clark finished third with 7.5 out of 10.

    In the other sections:

    Championship Final – John D. Rhodes and Alan J. C. Rawlings currently lead with 6.5 out of 12, with Stan J. Grayland third on 6.5 out of 13. 36 games remain in this closely fought tournament.

    Semi-Final A – I. Wes Bell leads with 6 out of 9. Phillip W. Revell is second with 5.5 out of 9, and Kevin J. Thurlow is third with 5 out of 9. 14 games remain.

    Semi-Final B – Brian Thompson leads with 7 out of 10. Keith Kitson is second with 5.5 out of 9, and Richard Williams is third with 5 out of 8. 12 games remain.

    1st English Championship Preliminary A – Robert Marks leads with 8.5 out of 10. Richard I. Clark is second with 7.5 out of 9, and Gregory Hughes is third on 6.5 out of 7. 3 games remain.

    1st English Championship Preliminary C – Congratulations to Allan Gardner for winning this tournament with the excellent score of 9 out of 10. Allan will receive a prize of £15.00 and is entitled to enter a semi-final of the 2nd ECCC which will start in 2019.

    Phil J. Brooks was second and also undefeated finishing on 8.5 out of 10, and Arthur F. Reed finished third with 7.5 out of 10. 1 game remains.


     

    Copa Perú IV honoring Alfredo Cillóniz

    Copa Perú IV honoring Alfredo Cillóniz

    The tournament announcement can be found at the ICCF website here - https://www.iccf.com/message?message=1128

    The entry fee for the preliminary stage through EFCC, payable via EFCC's website is £7 or players can enter direct with the Peru Federation by following the instructions in the announcement. There is no ICCF direct entry for this tournament.


     

    ICCF Titles and norms achieved

    ICCF Titles and norms achieved

    EFCC would like to congratulate both Les Ellis and Paul Batchelor on achieving recent norms to gain their ICCF CCE titles. Praveen Rallabandi has also secured his first IM norm in an ICCF Master norm section and now needs a win in his last game to gain an SIM norm. Well Played Praveen!


     

    Malcolm Peltz Memorial concludes

    Malcolm Peltz Memorial concludes

    In a hard fought international tournament EFCC would like to announce the winner of the Malcolm Peltz Memorial is Slovenian player Jernej Pirš. Well played to English players Stephen Hughes, who finished second on tie break from Neil Limbert in 3rd place. In what was an incredibly tight finish, 5 players tied on 7 points behind Jernej. It was especially pleasing to see 9 players make CCE and CCM norms from Malcolm's tournament and the complete cross table is below;

    https://www.iccf.com/event?id=57594

    MT-Peltz, Malcolm Peltz Memorial

    TD Vinchev, Simeon
    Category 3 IM=8½ CCM=6 CCE=4½12345678910111213ScoreWinsSBRGPlace
    1SLO480272 Pirš, Jernej2326½½½½½½½111118.5545.501
    2ENG211987 Hughes, Stephen J.2273½½½½½½½0½1117337.2502
    3ENG211220 Limbert, Neil2317½½½½½½½½1½1½7239.503
    4RUS141224 Kozlov, A A2343½½½½½½½½½½117237.504
    5AUS30534 Mulligan, Barrie2331½½½½½½½½½½117237.504
    6WLS810183 Jones, Ian2221½½½½½½½½½½117237.504
    7ESP169116 Uberos Fernández, Antonio2313½½½½½½½1½½½½6.5138.7507
    8GER83649 Zielinski, Sergej2321½½½½½½½½½½1½6.5136.7508
    9CRO900043 Ivanović, Željko230901½½½½0½½½½1623309
    10ENG211649 Coyne, David W.23290½0½½½½½½½116230.25010
    11LTU920380 Mickevicius, Juras228800½½½½½½½½1½5.5129.5011
    12ENG210709 Sutton, Alan B.2275000000½0½001218.25012
    13ENG210847 Grobler, David J.226200½000½½00½02012.75013


     

    JOHN TOOTHILL †

    JOHN TOOTHILL †

    Very sadly, we have to report the death of CC International Master John Toothill. Our condolences go to friends & family.

    John’s name may not be familiar to younger players as you have to go back to the 1970’s / 80’s from his CC playing career. In 1972 / 3 he won a British Championship Reserves tournament followed by victory in a Candidates tournament the very next year so advancing to the Final. He came 6th in the Final 1974 / 5 & 2nd in 1975 / 6. But it is on the CC International scene that he is best known, as part of the Great Britain team that won the Gold Medal in the 9th CC Olympiad 1982-87; the first & only time that a British team has won this top CC team event. At the time, this was a fantastic achievement beating the all-conquering Soviet Union team into 3rd place (West Germany were 2nd). John was also a member of the Great Britain team in the 1st European Team Championship Final (1978-81), and a member of the winning England team in the 1st North Atlantic Team tournament (1981-4). He was awarded the CC International Master Title in 1981.

    John was a strong OTB player playing for Windemere Chess club for over 40 years winning the County Championship on several occasions.

    There are three excellent annotated games of John’s in Tim Harding’s superb book Correspondence Chess in Britain & Ireland 1924-1987 and he also featured in Grigory Sanakoev’s book World Champion at the 3rd Attempt.

    RIP


       
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