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Two new EFCC Memorial tournaments and two more ICCF titles

Two international memorial tournaments have been organised to remember GM Peter H. Clarke and SIM Ken Bowyer.

Here are the starting cross tables and it is hoped players will be able to earn titles they are seeking;


MT- Clarke, Peter H Clarke Memorial

TD Pheby, Ian M. (IA)
Category 612345678910111213GMSIMIMCCMCCEScoreWinsSBRGPlace
1ENG211452CCEGrayland, S.J.2392............75000121
2ENG210370 Owen, K. J.2397............75000121
3NED370915CCMEngelen, J2379............7000121
4BLR750163CCELemutov, I L2390............75000121
5ENG210854CCMThompson, B2413............7000121
6ENG211062SIMAsquith, J2415............000121
7USA514877CCEBiedermann, K2384............75000121
8ENG211541 Catt, Peter2390............75000121
9FRA180788CCMGilbert, C2366............7000121
12ENG210108CCEWharrier, Jo2408............7000121
13ENG211299CCMEldridge, Mark2394............7000121


MT- Bowyer, Ken Bowyer Memorial

TD Halliwell, Toni
Category 312345678910111213GMSIMIMCCMCCEScoreWinsSBRGPlace
1TUR490203CCEPekin, Tolgay2330............6000121
2ENG211987 Hughes, S J.2299............6000121
3WLS810183CCMJones, Ian2345............000121
4ENG212651 James, Angus2334............6000121
5ENG219137CCEMason, Ian J.2286............6000121
6ENG212469 Broadway,D.A.2280............6000121
7GER81380IMHamann, H2292............000121
8CAN90325CCMSharpe, Sam2329............000121
9ENG210967 Houpt, W D.2321............6000121
10BRA71141 Barata, A2293............6000121
11ENG219076 Squires, M B.2314............6000121
12USA511591 Harvey, D J.2333............6000121
13RUS142481CCEMalin, D S2320............6000121

EFCC also congratulates Wes Bell on achieving his second norm for the ICCF CCM title and Richard Akrill for his second CCE norm to gain the ICCF CCE title.

David Weldon achieves ICCF International Master Title

Playing in ICCF Master Norm sections these days, in the face of such tough competition, all with like minded players competing for the 2 norms required for the title, must be one of the hardest ways to gain this title. Having to score 8 points from 12 games is no mean feat, so it's with great admiration and pleasure that EFCC announces that David Weldon has achieved the ICCF International Master title by doing this twice in the past 2 years. He won master norm section 132 with an impressive 8.5/12 and recently won master norm 150, scoring 8/12. See https://www.iccf.com/event?id=63845

WS/MN/150, WS/MN/150

TD Ruggeri Laderchi, Giorgio (IA)
Category 4 SIM=9½ IM=8 CCM=6 CCE=4½12345678910111213ScoreWinsSBRGPlace
1ENG211942 Weldon, David J.2378½½½A½1½1½1½1½8437.501
2ESP161138 Gomila Martí, Santiago2322½0½A½½½½½1½117330.7502
3RUS142792 Barkov, Kirill Gennadievich2339½1½½½1½.½½½½6.5233.7513
4ITA240841 Sgherri, Marco2349½A½A½½A½A½½½½A½½A1A6.513104
5SVK950361 Murin, Pavol2304½½½½A½½½.½½½16129.2515
6HKG780057 Champion, Chris23870½½½A½½½½1½½½612806
7ITA249081IMArmani, Giuseppe2291½½0½½½½½½.½½5025.517
8BRA70148 Kaupert, Vanildo João23020½½½½½½½0½.½4.5023.518
9RUS142146 Rashitov, Denis Rafisovich2310½½.½.½½½0..1412149
10ARG20928 Stratta, Rodolfo234500½½A½0½11...4220.5310
11ESP169116 Uberos Fernández, Antonio2306½½½½½½.½....3.5022.25511
12SUI81430 Wettstein, Klaus231300½½A½½½.....2.5015512
13CRO900117IMLovaković, Franjo2382½0½0A0½½½0...2.5015313

Here is the game against his Swiss opponent, which clinched the title this week.

[Event "WS/MN/150"]
[Site "ICCF"]
[Date "2016.12.22"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Weldon, David J"]
[Black "Wettstein, Klaus"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B33"]
[WhiteElo "2378"]
[BlackElo "2313"]
[PlyCount "81"]
[EventDate "2016.??.??"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e5 6. Ndb5 d6 7. Nd5 Nxd5
8. exd5 Nb8 9. a4 Be7 10. Be2 O-O 11. O-O Nd7 12. Bd2 a6 13. Na3 f5 14. a5 Nf6
15. Bb4 Bd7 16. Nc4 Bb5 17. Nb6 Bxe2 18. Qxe2 Rb8 19. f3 Qc7 20. c4 Nd7 21. Nxd7
Qxd7 22. Qd3 Qc7 23. Kh1 Rbc8 24. b3 g6 25. Bd2 Qd8 26. b4 Re8 27. Rfe1 Bf8
28. Rac1 Qf6 29. Qc3 Qh4 30. Be3 Qd8 31. Bb6 Qd7 32. Qb3 Kg7 33. c5 Qb5 34. f4 e4
35. c6 bxc6 36. dxc6 d5 37. c7 Bd6 38. Rcd1 Re6 39. Rxd5 Qxb4 40. Qxb4 Bxb4
41. Rc1 1-0

You can download the PGN file here ; Weldon-Wettstein.pgn

You can play through the game on EFCC's Game Database here ; Weldon - Wettstein, WS/MN/150

BCCA Capablanca Team wins BCCTC!

BCCA Capablanca Team wins BCCTC!

The 2016-17 British CC Team Championship has been won by a team from the BCCA – BCCA Capablanca. The result went down to the wire with the outcome depending on the very last game. As it was, BCCA Capablanca won with 11.5/16, Square Bashers were 2nd with 10.5 and the other BCCA team (BCCA Alekhine) were 3rd on 9.5. The winning team were John Brasier, Trevor Carr (Captain), Peter Catt, Les Ellis, Yosua Sitorus, Dennis Broadway, Ian Mason & Richard Tillett.

The crosstable & all the games can be viewed here: https://www.iccf.com/event?id=61918


Announcement of New Tournament

Announcement of New Tournament

To all English players age 60 or over: we wish to announce entries are now being taken for the 1st English Veterans CC Championship!

The English Federation of Correspondence Chess (EFCC) is pleased to announce that the first English Veterans Correspondence Chess Championship (EVCCC) will be held with a start date in March 2018. All English players aged 60 or over 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. Go to: 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 21 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 “1st 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 2018. 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.

Tournament Organiser: SIM Ian M Pheby, IA


ICCF Titles and Norms Continue to Flow

EFCC would like to congratulate the following players;

CCE Title :

David Cook
Praveen Rallabandi
Steven Cade

CCM norm :

David Evans

CCE norms :

Richard Akrill
Anthony A Roberts
Anthony Waller
Brian J Herriot


Edmund Soh achieves the International Master title

A fabulous performance in his European Server Championship semi final section has earned Edmund Soh a second ICCF International Master norm to achieve a well deserved title. Edmund has won the section convincingly finishing above 5 International Masters and 2 Senior International Masters, with a score of +5. This includes 3 wins with the black pieces which is quite a feat in modern day server chess.

The Cross table for this hard fought tournament can be seen at https://www.iccf.com/event?id=60749

Edmund now qualifies for a European candidates section, which is one step away from the European individual server final. Here is one of the Edmund's wins with black, where a strong bishop pair and pawns dominate his French opponent's rook and knight.

Here is Edmund's game against Alexandre Duchardt :

[Event "EU/C2016/sf-01"]
[Site "ICCF"]
[Date "2016.09.20"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Duchardt, Alexandre"]
[Black "Soh, Edmund"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "D43"]
[WhiteElo "2317"]
[BlackElo "2320"]
[PlyCount "98"]
[EventDate "2016.??.??"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 e6 5. Bg5 h6 6. Bh4 dxc4 7. e4 g5 8. Bg3 b5 9. Be2 Bb7 10. h4 g4 11. Ne5 Nbd7 12. Nxd7 Qxd7 13. Be5 Qe7 14. Bxg4 Rg8 15. Bf3 O-O-O 16. Qe2 Nd7 17. Bg3 b4 18. Nd1 Nb6 19. O-O Rxd4 20. Ne3 Ba6 21. Nc2 Rd7 22. Rfd1 Rxg3 23. fxg3 Bg7 24. e5 Qc5+ 25. Kh2 Bb5 26. Rxd7 Nxd7 27. a4 Ba6 28. Rd1 Nxe5 29. Qe4 b3 30. Nd4 Nxf3+ 31. gxf3 Qd5 32. Qg4 Bf6 33. Rd2 h5 34. Qf4 Be5 35. Qe3 Qc5 36. f4 Bc7 37. Qe2 Bb6 38. Rd1 Kb7 39. Qe1 c3 40. bxc3 Bc4 41. Qd2 Qd5 42. Qb2 Ka6 43. Rd2 Bxd4 44. Rxd4 Qc5 45. Qg2 f6 46. f5 e5 47. Rd1 Ka5 48. Rg1 Bd3 49. Qd2 e4 0-1

You can download the PGN file here ; Duchardt-Soh.pgn

You can play through the game on EFCC's Game Database here ; Duchardt - Soh, EU/C2016/sf-01

22nd ICCF World Cup - Entries now being accepted.

This tournament has been announced on the ICCF server. Please see https://www.iccf.com/message?message=1109

The entry fee through EFCC is £10.00 per section and can be paid at EFCC's website by card (see 'Online Fee Payment' on the left hand side of this webpage) using 'WC22' as the reference.

Anyone wishing to pay by cheque should send it payable to 'EFCC' to Andrew Dearnley, EFCC International Secretary, 4 Saunderson Road, Penistone, Sheffield, S36 9DU.

This is a popular ICCF event and gives the chance to compete with opponents from all over the world in an open tournament. Please consider entering. There are no further fees payable should one qualify for the next stage and final thereafter.


New British Champion

Anthony Balshaw is the new British Champion by a narrow margin!

British Championship 2016-8 Final Table

The table can be viewed from the ICCF servers here ; https://www.iccf.com/event?id=61304

All this years events are up and running.......

Championship : https://www.iccf.com/event?id=70959
Candidates : https://www.iccf.com/event?id=70960

Reserves (5 sections) ;



4 More English Players Titles Awarded

EFCC would like to congratulate the following players on achieving norms for their ICCF titles;

Dawn Williamson - Lady Grandmaster

Brian Thompson - Correspondence Chess Master

Jo Wharrier - Correspondence Chess Expert

Ian Mason - Correspondence Chess Expert


England Win Match Against Indonesia

England recently completed a 12.5 – 9.5 win over Indonesia, with 100% performances from Praveen Rallabandi, Ben Wood, Keith Dudeney & Greg Hughes. England were one of the first Federations to play against the newly formed Indonesian CC Federation, and we are pleased to see that Indonesia has now been accepted as a member of ICCF.

International Secretary Andrew Dearnley is currently recruiting players for a match against Portugal, and we have other friendly matches in the pipeline. If you wish to be included in Andrew’s squad, please contact him.

ENG-INA 2016, England - Indonesia 2016

TD Ylönen, Olli
Board 1ENG Maguire, Gary  2272     ½     ½     ½     ½INA Sitorus, Yosua  2322
Board 2ENG Rallabandi, Praveen Kumar  2021     1     1E     0E     0INA Aprilyando Silalahi, Yesaya  1800P
INA Arifin, Raymond  1800P
Board 3ENG Wood, Ben A.  1854     1     1     0     0INA Balladho, Andi  1800P
Board 4ENG Tibbert, Peter H.  1805     0     0     1     1INA Darmanto, Heri  1800P
Board 5ENG Cox, Raymond J. A.  1770     1     0     1     0INA Jatmiko, Tri Yuwono  1800P
Board 6ENG Elwood, David  1763     ½     1     0     ½INA Wahyuza, Carlos  1800P
Board 7ENG Woodhouse, Stephen  1722     1E     0     1     0EINA Lambiarro, Alfonso  1800P
Board 8ENG Dudeney, Keith  1705     1     1     0     0INA Hendra Atmada, Rezqian  1800P
Board 9ENG Hughes, Gregory  1697     1     1     0     0INA Gultom, Paul  1800P
Board 10ENG Ward, Bill  1687     0     0     1     1INA Hendri Sevano, Ricky  1800P
Board 11ENG Pardoe, Iris  1635     0     0     1     1INA Tambunan, Berman  1800P



You can view the match's crosstables at the ICCF site - https://www.iccf.com/event?id=63579


ICCF congress is taking place in Bulgaria

EFCC are being represented at the ICCF congress in Bulgaria by secretary, Phill Beckett and Richard Akrill. Proposals and decisions are made regarding the future of CC and the ICCF medal ceremony has already taken place. Phill has collected the LIM title for England's Sue Howell, whilst 3 long standing ICCF delegates received life achievements.
They are Sergey Grodzensky (Russia) Gianni Mastrojeni (Italy) and Per Söderberg (Sweden). Per is pictured with his certificate and award below.



EFCC Executive Meeting - 14th October 2017, 1pm.

If anyone wishes to make any comment on any of the agenda's items or have any other matter discussed at the meeting, please contact the secretary 14 days prior to the meeting.

Provisional Agenda for the EFCC Executive meeting at the Holiday Inn, Sandiacre, Nottingham

14th October 2017, 1:00pm

1. Apologies for absence

2. Minutes of meeting 1st April

3. Matters arising

4. Tournament reports

    a. BCCC (PJB)

    b. BCCTC (IP)

    c. EVCCC (IP) Review of proposed new rules

    d. ECCC (IP)

      i. Proposed amendments to rules

      ii. Proposed amendment regarding leave

    e. C & DCCC (SG)

    f. ICCF Veterans World Cup (IP)

    g. BVCCC

5. Financial Matters (TH)

6. Other Domestic matters

    a. Recruitment of new EC members

    b. Disciplinary matters

    c. EFCC Electronic Yearbook

7. International Secretary’s report

8. Official Appointments

    a. Contract review of Webmaster

9. ECF Matters (report from S.J.Mann who attended in place of PJB) (Note ECF is meeting on the same day as this meeting and S.J.Mann will provide a report for the next meeting)

10. ICCF matters

    a. Report on 2017 Congress from PJB with further comments from R. Akrill

11. Annual Patrons and Patrons

    a. Fees

    b. Maintaining the database

12. Any other Business

    a. Death of KB Richardson and a possible Memorial event

13. Date of next meeting


Update on the 2016/7 Counties & District CCC

The three Divisions on the 2016/7 Counties & District CC Championship have just over one month of play remaining, but many issues are already decided.

In Division 2 (Sinclair), a fantastic performance from East Wales A has seen them take the Divisional Title with 14.5/16!
They will be promoted to Division 1 (Ward-Higgs) next season.
The 2nd place, and final promotion spot, lies between Suffolk & Yorkshire C with just one game remaining to decide the issue.
Worcester A & Lincolnshire are both relegated to Division 3 (Butler-Thomas).

Division 3 (Butler-Thomas) saw two outstanding teams dominating the Division. Somerset won the Divisional Title scoring a remarkable 15/16.
They will be joined in promotion to Division 2 by West Wales B who scored 14/16.

Division 1 (Ward-Higgs) still has 5 games ongoing, and these games will decide all issues.
West Wales A lead the Division on 10 points with one game ongoing. They can now only be caught by Surrey A who have 7.5 with 3 games remaining.
Yorkshire A currently stand in 2nd place on 9.5 but they have now finished all their games.
The two relegation places will be decided between Hampshire, Hertfordshire A & Essex B.

All the crosstables & games can be found using the links below.

Ward-Higgs: https://www.iccf.com/event?id=61532
Sinclair: https://www.iccf.com/event?id=61579
Butler-Thomas: https://www.iccf.com/event?id=61584


CCE Norm - Mike Richardt.

Well done to Mike Richardt who has now completed his games in the James O'Grady Memorial, achieving a score of +2.

This has gained Mike his first CCE norm and he will be looking to achieve a second norm for the title.

The O'Grady Memorial has just one remaining game left to complete and has already resulted in nine different norms for players.

Gareth Yeo (Wales) is the winner and was the only player to make a CCM norm in the event.

The Cross table for this hard fought tournament can be seen at https://www.iccf.com/event?id=60315

Here is Mike's game against Gareth, which featured an unbalanced Sicilian;

Gareth Yeo v Mike Richardt [B33]
James O'Grady Memorial
15th June 2016

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e5 6. Ndb5 d6 7. Bg5 a6 8. Na3 b5 9. Nd5 Be7 10. Bxf6 Bxf6 11. c3 Rb8 12. Nc2 Bg5 13. a4 bxa4 14. Ncb4 Nxb4 15. Nxb4 Bd7 16. Bxa6 Qa5 17. Qxd6 Rb6 18. Qd3 Be6 19. Bc4 Rxb4 20. Bxe6 O-O 21. cxb4 Qxb4+ 22. Qc3 Qxe4+ 23. Kf1 fxe6 24. Re1 Qf5 25. Qf3 e4 26. Qxf5 exf5 27. g4 e3 28. gxf5 Rxf5 29. Re2 Bh4 30. f3 1/2-1/2

You can download the PGN file here ; YeoRichardt.pgn

You can play through the game on EFCC's Game Database here ; Yeo - Richardt, James O'Grady Memorial 2016

Trevor Carr and Leslie Eastoe become ICCF Correspondence Chess Masters

Trevor Carr and Leslie Eastoe become ICCF Correspondence Chess Masters

EFCC would like to congratulate Trevor Carr and Leslie Eastoe on both recently making their 2nd CCM norms and hence gaining their titles.
Let's hope both players can now move onto earning the International Master title.

Players rated 2300 and above may wish to consider entering the European Individual Server Championship through EFCC for the bargain fee of £20.
This tournament will give CCE/CCM/IM norm opportunities and is available to enter from now until 10th September 2017. The full announcement can
be found at https://www.iccf.com/message?message=1071


Sue Howell achieves the Lady International Master Title

Sue Howell achieves the Lady International Master Title

Very well done to Sue Howell who achieved her 3rd LIM norm in the 10th Ladies Olympiad final. Sue's first norm was back in October, 2009 in the 9th Ladies Championship followed a year later by a second norm in the 8th Ladies Olympiad final. Having to achieve 3 norms is always tough and Sue has shown great perseverance in making the required norms over the required 24 games after her first 2 tournaments only giving her 19 games.

Congratulations also go to Gary Maguire who has achieved his first CCM norm in the 2016/8 British Championship.


The British Correspondence Chess Championship

The British Correspondence Chess Championship

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 the EFCC website:

Last season’s crosstables can be viewed here:
Championship https://www.iccf.com/event?id=61304
Candidates https://www.iccf.com/event?id=61306
Reserves A https://www.iccf.com/event?id=61305
Reserves B https://www.iccf.com/event?id=61307
Reserves C https://www.iccf.com/event?id=61308
Reserves D https://www.iccf.com/event?id=61309

There is a first prize of £100 and a second prize of £50
To enter, please contact the tournament director, Phill Beckett
Email: , with your ICCF ID number; the £10 entry fee can be sent by
PayPal through the EFCC website (under “Online Fee Payment” in the left-hand margin) or
by cheque to:

Phill Beckett
Brough House
Church Laneham
Notts DN22 0NQ

The closing date for entries is 31st August 2017.

Further ICCF Titles and Norms

Congratulations to the following players who have achieved ICCF titles recently;

David Weldon Correspondence Chess Master title (CCM)
David Evans Correspondence Chess Expert title (CCE)

EFCC are also pleased to announce that Peter Catt and Stephen Hughes have achieved CCM norms and Ian Mason and Praveen Rallabandi have achieved CCE norms. Good luck on acquiring further norms for the titles!


20th ICCF World Cup Final

Good Luck to Jo Wharrier who has started play in the 20th ICCF World Cup Final.

CT20/fin, ICCF World Cup 20 Final

TD Pavlikov, Andrey Nikolaevich (IA)
Category 8123456789101112131415GMSIMIMCCMCCEScoreWinsSBRGPlace
1AUT10698IMLiedl, W2436..............9000141
2GER85375CCMHomont, R de2364..............98000141
3CAN90684 Czerniawski,A2436..............95000141
4RUS141447SIMMorozov, D V2478..............9000141
5RUS141756SIMTelepnev, I V2499..............9000141
6RUS142127SIMPanitevsky, I2508..............9000141
7RUS142441 Botev, K A2424..............95000141
8RUS142449IMKishkin, S S2457..............9000141
9RUS142554LGMMatveeva, M2490..............9000141
10ENG210108 Wharrier, Jo2402..............985000141
11ITA241504CCEBellegotti, G2456..............9000141
12NED371222IMHeer, M de2467..............9000141
13POL421243IMBroniek, M M2443..............9000141
14USA514718 Zaas, P S.2349..............985000141
15LAT910274IMMende, I2421..............9000141

Not yet started: 98, Ongoing: 7, Adjudication pending: 0, Finished: 0



Keith McLaughlin wins British Veterans Championship

Keith McLaughlin wins British Veterans Championship.

Keith McLaughlin has won the 19th British Veterans Championship win a superb score of 7/10 including 5 wins. Congratulations to Keith! In 2nd place was David Cook on 6.5 points & he was the only unbeaten player in the tournament. The Final crosstable can be seen here: https://www.iccf.com/event?id=61310


ICCF Correspondence Chess Master title and further norms

ICCF Correspondence Chess Master title and further norms.

England have a new CCM in Mark Eldridge, who secured his 2nd norm for the title with a recent British Championship result. EFCC also congratulate Edmund Soh, in achieving his first IM norm by winning his ICCF Master norm section and Gary Maguire, who gained his first Correspondence Chess expert norm. Good luck to both players in obtaining other norms for these titles.


ICCF Titles achieved

Two more Correspondence Chess Expert titles.

Congratulations to Trevor Carr and David Weldon who have both recently achieved the ICCF CCE title.


England Teams.

England teams

The following players have been selected to represent England in the forthcoming events;

10th European Team Championship Final

SIM Harvey Williamson
SIM Ian Pheby
SIM Nigel Burne
SIM Russell Pegg
CCE Brian Thompson
SIM Alan Rawlings
CCE Stan Grayland
Ian Maver

11th European Team Championship Semi Final

SIM Ajoy Mukherjee
CCM John Brasier
IM Janos Suto
CCE Mark Eldridge
CCM Edmund Soh
Jo Wharrier
CCE David Weldon
LIM Dawn Williamson

Esko Nuutiainan Team Tournament

Stephen Cade
Peter Rice
Phillip Revell
John Vivante-Sowter
David Grobler
Marek Soszynski

Good luck to all three teams!

GM Keith B Richardson.

It is with great sadness, EFCC report the recent passing of GM Keith B Richardson. Born in Nottingham in 1942, Keith was Britain's first CC Grandmaster as well as also being a strong over the board player.

Keith finished 3rd in the 7th ICCF World Championship and repeated the feat in the 10th World Championship. Keith also notably came 2nd in the strong Von Massow Memorial tournament. Keith was once described by ICCF as one of only two “truly outstanding” English players of the late 20th century.

Before becoming a Grandmaster in 1975, Keith came second in the British Correspondence Chess Championship (1964-5), and throughout the 1960s, 70s and early 80s, he was a member of the British teams in the ICCF Olympiad Finals. He retired from international play in 2001.

Even in his seventies, Keith was still active OTB in the Surrey Border Chess League and as recently as this month's April edition, one of his 4NCL games features in the popular 'CHESS' magazine, where there's an article by Carl Portman on page 37. Keith was a former BPCF President and life patron of the English Federation for Correspondence Chess as well as being a key figure within the NATCOR club. In 2015, he received the English Chess Federation’s President Award for services to chess recognising his OTB contributions.

Despite his success, Keith will be remembered for being a very sporting and modest man.

The following are excerpts from a lovely recent tribute by Andy Walker, President of the OTB Nottinghamshire Chess Association:

'Keith was in my class at Nottingham High School (NHS) and luckily also in my house, so I never had to face him in house matches! But he was also a top cricketer, opening the batting for NHS and for England Schools, a scratch golfer and a concert-standard pianist.

When I learned to play chess, in the Lower Fifth, Keith was already the best player in the school, and vying to be the best in the county. By the time we left NHS, five years later [1961], he had been county champion and Midlands champion, and NHS under his captaincy was one of the top schools in the country. Keith went on to win the British U21 Championship in 1962 and to play international chess for the British Student team. He then turned to correspondence [postal] chess, playing many times for England and coming third (twice) in the World Championship, earning the Grandmaster title en route.

He continued to play top board for Notts for some years. His performances over the board never quite matched his skill by post as his quest for perfection always left him short of time, leading to mistakes in won positions. But his best games showed a mastery of chess beyond that of any other player I know, including some strong grandmasters. His pieces gained the upper hand square by square, until they dominated the position. In later years, he played regularly for the OTB England Senior team. He accepted his rating was "going south" with the same calm assurance that he showed throughout his life.

He married Sandra in 1966, on a day perhaps more memorable to everyone else for England playing Germany in the football World Cup Final'

EFCC will discuss what will be the most appropriate way to commemorate Keith's legacy at their next meeting.

Sincere condolences to his wife Sandra, family and friends.

Here are the moves to Keith's win against the 7th World Champion, Yakov Estrin of Russia. This proved to be Estrin's only defeat in this World Championship Final.

Richardson,KB - Estrin,YB [B36]
WCCC VII Final, 1972

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 g6 5.c4 Nf6 6.Nc3 Nxd4 7.Qxd4 d6 8.Be3 Bg7 9.f3 0-0 10.Qd2 Qa5 11.Nb5 Qxd2+ 12.Kxd2 b6 13.a4 Nd7 14.Ra2 Bb7 15.Be2 Rfc8 16.a5 Bc6 17.axb6 axb6 18.Na7 Bb7 19.Rha1 Rc7 20.Nb5 Rcc8 21.Rxa8 Rxa8 22.Rxa8+ Bxa8 23.b4 Bc6 24.Na7 Bb7 25.Bd1 Ba6 26.Bb3 e6 27.Kc2 Bf6 28.Ba4 Ne5 29.Bxb6 Nxc4 30.Bf2 Kf8 31.b5 Bb7 32.Nc6 Bxc6 33.bxc6 Bd8 34.f4 Ba5 35.Bb3 Na3+ 36.Kd3 Nb5 37.g4 Ke8 38.f5 gxf5 39.gxf5 exf5 40.exf5 Ke7 41.Bh4+ f6 42.Bg8 Na7 43.Kc4 Bb6 44.Bd5 Bg1 45.h3 Bb6 46.Bg3 Bc5 47.Be1 Bb6 48.Bc3 h6 1-0

You can download the PGN file here ; Richardson - Estrin.pgn

You can play through the game on EFCC's Game Database here ; Richardson - Estrin, WCCC VII Final, 1972


Current British Veteran CC Champion CCM Dave Coyne wrote in and shared the following wonderful game from circa 1993 that he played against GM Keith Richardson.

You can play through the game on EFCC's Game Database here ; Richardson - Coyne

EFCC AGM: Main points from the Meeting on April 1st 2017.

The Annual General Meeting of the EFCC took place on April 1st 2017, and the following may be of interest to players:-

* The EFCC will produce an annual Electronic Yearbook free to download from this website. The first one will be Yearbook 2017 & should appear in early 2018.

* The Constitution of the EFCC has been amended & updated. See “EFCC” – “Constitution” from the left hand menu.

* EFCC Officers: President – Ian Pheby; Secretary – Phill Beckett; Treasurer – Toni Halliwell; International Secretary – Andrew Dearnley

* The BCCTC Time Controls have been amended. From next season, it will run at 10 moves in 40 days with no End date. Tournaments will still begin every season so there may be overlapping events.

* A New English Veterans CC Championship will start spring 2018, and run on a 2 year schedule alternating with the English Championship. The existing British Veterans Championship will no longer be organised by EFCC.

* Three Memorial tournaments will be organised towards the end of the year, to remember Peter Clarke, Ken Bowyer & Craig Bennett (a Chess 960 event for Craig).

10th ICCF Veterans' World Cup entries are now being accepted.

1st stage entries are now being accepted for the 10th ICCF veterans' world cup.

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

The full announcement can be seen on the ICCF front page; https://www.iccf.com/message?message=999

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 'VWC10' 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 is 1st August 2017.

New EFCC President and Secretary

EFCC are delighted to announced that SIM and I/A Ian Pheby is the new EFCC President and would like to wish him a long and successful tenure.

Ian has a wealth of chess playing and organisational experience and has worked tirelessly for EFCC and ICCF for many years. Congratulations Ian!

The EFCC are also happy to announce a new Secretary, with Phill Beckett assuming the role. Thanks to Phill for volunteering and it's pleasing that all EFCC officials and officers are now filled, but there are still vacancies on the executive committee. Please contact the new President should you be interested in joining the committee.

ICCF Titles achieved

Congratulations to the following players who have all been recently awarded the following ICCF titles;

ICCF Correspondence Chess Master

John Brasier
Edmund Soh
David Coyne

ICCF Correspondence Chess Expert

Wes Bell
Dominique Conterno
David Coyne
Mark Eldridge
Stan Grayland
Neil Limbert
Brian Thompson

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 5th April 2017 9:00am )

EFCC AGM Date, time and venue

Notice is hereby given that the EFCC AGM will take place on 1st April 2017 at 12.30pm.

Venue :
Holiday Inn Derby - Nottingham M1 J25
Bostocks Lane, Sandiacre,
NG10 5NJ, UK

EFCC are seeking any players or club members who would like to join the EFCC committee. Expenses are remunerated for travel to two meetings per year (Generally March or April and October or November). The federation really does need some 'new blood' and is now operating with a bare minimum number of officers and officials. If you would like any further information, please contact Andrew Dearnley.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 28th February 2017 10:30am )


SIM Alan Rawlings plays in the 6th ICCF Veterans World Cup Final

Good luck to Alan Rawlings, who has qualified and now started play in the 6th ICCF Veterans World Cup Final. Alan's opponents can be seen in the following crosstable; https://www.iccf.com/event?id=65638

VWC 6/F, 6th ICCF Veterans World Cup Final

TD Moedl, Willi (IA)
Category 6 SIM=11½ IM=10 CCM=6½ CCE=61234567891011121314151617ScoreWinsSBRGPlace
1RUS141907 Novikov,SV2356................000161
4USA514578 Meiners,E2383................000161
5ITA240931 Puzone,M2404................000161
6RUS141768 Ananskikh,EN2373................000161
7RUS141535 Ryabov,AA2463................000161
9RUS141546 Brodt,AA2356................000161
10RUS141760 Ilyasov,AF2376................000161
12NED371063 Booij,RE2364................000161

Last Updated ( Saturday, 11 February 2017 18:00 )


1st English Correspondence Chess Championship

Final Reminder For Entries

Deadline for entry is midnight on 1st March 2017.
As of 7th February 2017, there are 38 confirmed entries in alphabetical order;

Akrill, Richard
Asquith Jerry E.C., SIM
Beckett, Phillip J.
Bell, I. Wes
Blake, Michael J.
Brasier, John., CCE
Brotherton, Trevor S.
Bruce, Robert
Cheek, Colin
Clark, Sean
Coyne, David W., CCE
Eldridge, Mark
Evans, David
Farmer, Michael
Gardner, Allan
Gosling, Brian G. E.
Graham, Oliver
Grayland, Stan J.
Hollands, George
Hughes, Gregory
Illingworth, J. B.
James, Angus
Kitson, Keith, SIM
Lumley, Bill F., IM
Mason, Ian J.
Morton, Peter S.
O'Mahoney, Mike
Perrin, Richard David
Pheby, Ian M., SIM
Rawlings, Alan J. C., SIM
Reed, Arthur F.
Squires, Michael B.
Sutton, Alan B.
Wakefield, Robert J.
Walk, Robert
Ward, Richard
Williams, Richard
Williamson, Dawn L., LIM

If you have already entered, thank you, you will receive the pairings as soon as possible after the closing date. If not, please consider entering and take the opportunity to play in this new event. The announcement of 17th December 2016, on this site, details how to enter, or click here www.efcchess.org.uk/eccc.html

Tournament Organiser: SIM Ian M Pheby, IA      This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

EFCC President, SIM Andrew Dearnley, IA

Last Updated ( Thursday, 09 February 2017 10:10 )


Ian Maver 2nd IM Norm

Ian Maver has concluded his final game in the 10th European Team Championship today, winning it to finish top of his group and give England a credible 7th place finish in the event. https://www.iccf.com/event?id=44300 Ian has also achieved a 2nd International Master norm and is just 2 games short of the title, so a further norm will achieve this. Well played Ian and good luck in the quest for that norm.

Last Updated ( Monday, 09 January 2017 16:59 )


Edmund Soh CCE Title

EFCC congratulates Edmund Soh who has been awarded the new ICCF title of Correspondence Chess Expert (CCE) Edmund achieved the title with his results in the WCCC40 prelim 08 and Master norm 135 where he has also achieved a CCM norm as well


Announcement for the 1st English CC Championship!

The English Federation of Correspondence Chess (EFCC) is pleased to announce that the first English Correspondence Chess Championship (ECCC) will be held which will start in April 2017. All English players are invited to enter!

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

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 21 months of playing time. The time limit shall be 40 days for each 10 moves.

The entry fee is £9.00. Entries may be made by PayPal through this website quoting “1st 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”. The closing date for entries is 1st March 2017. 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      This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  
EFCC President: SIM Andrew Dearnley, IA

Last Updated ( Saturday, 17 December 2016 17:01 )

ICCF 7th WebChess Open

ICCF have announced entries are being accepted to the 7th WebChess Open until 31/12/16. See the announcement; https://www.iccf.com/message?message=954

EFCC are accepting entries at £4 per section and this can be paid online by Paypal / Card at this site, using reference '7th Webchess open' . For those wishing to pay by cheque, please make it payable to 'EFCC' and send your entry to; Andrew Dearnley,  4 Saunderson Road, Penistone, Sheffield, S36 9DU. ICCF Direct Entry is also available for this tournament.


4th British WS Team Tournament

The fourth season of the British Webserver Team Tournament will start on 1st January 2017.

The BWSTT is an event organised by the Welsh Correspondence Chess Federation for teams of correspondence chess teams of four players. As there are normally four divisions, the tournament is suitable for chess players of all standards. There are no membership requirements, and teams representing chess clubs, workplaces, or just groups of friends are very welcome to enter.

The full tournament announcement can be seen here: bwstt.pdf


England win the 2015 British Tri-Nations

In a close fought battle with Wales, England have now won the 2015 British Tri-Nations tournament. With 1 game remaining against Scotland, England have overtaken the Welsh score of 23 points by a point and have a +9 score. Wales are to be commended, putting in a strong performance, despite being rated on average, 130 points less than the English team. Thanks to all players who competed. https://www.iccf.com/event?id=53207

GB/TriNat/2015, British Tri-Nations 2015

TD Ylönen, Olli
123Score%+/-Team resultsFGRGPlace
1ENG England21459.51524.561924001
2WLS Wales201510.512.52357644002
3SCO Scotland201857.512.531-1504003

Last Updated ( Thursday, 03 November 2016 22:38 )

Leslie Eastoe awarded CCE Title

Leslie Eastoe has become the 1st English player to receive the newly created CCE (Correspondence Chess Expert) Title: congratulations to Leslie!


Achim Soltau Memorial

It is not often a category 15 tournament takes place. The German Federation wished to remember their powerful Grandmaster, Achim Soltau with such a strong tournament and EFCC would like to wish GM Nigel Robson and GM Richard Hall a successful tournament. Both players accepted the invitation to play and the starting cross table can be seen at https://www.iccf.com/event?id=61736

MT-Soltau, Achim Soltau Memorial

TD Korže, Dr. Danilo (IA)
Category 15 GM=5 SIM=4 IM=3½ CCM=3½ CCE=3½1234567891011ScoreWinsSBRGPlace
1GER81282GMNickel, Arno2623..........000101
2GER80774GMMüller, Gerhard (Osnabrück)2569..........000101
3CRO900070GMLjubičić, Ing. Leonardo2591..........000101
4CZE131093GMŽidů, Jan2595..........000101
5ROU440534GMŞerban, Florin2635..........000101
6ESP160789GMLafarga Santorromán, David2649..........000101
7ENG210773GMHall, Richard V. M.2603..........000101
8GER86189GMStephan, Prof. Dr. Jürgen2576..........000101
9BRA70303GMOliveira, João Carlos de2579..........000101
10GER83967GMBroß, Horst2579..........000101
11ENG211305GMRobson, Nigel2616..........000101


David J. Weldon IM norm

EFCC would like to congratulate David Weldon on achieving his first International Master norm. David achieved his norm in the ICCF Master norm section 132, with an exceptional performance , finishing in first place with a +5 score.

See https://www.iccf.com/event?id=56691. We wish David well in achieving another norm and hopefully the title!

WS/MN/132, WS/MN/132

TD Ruggeri Laderchi, Giorgio (IA)
Category 4 SIM=9½ IM=8 LGM=6 LIM=3½12345678910111213ScoreWinsSBRGPlace
1ENG211942 Weldon, David J.2360½½½½1½½1½1118.554401
2LTU920383 Vekelis, Gintaras2351½½½½½½1½1½½½7237.7502
3MEX340110 Mercader Martínez, J G2372½½½½½½½½½½1E1723703
4HUN230380 Kovács, Dr. Arthur2307½½½½½½½½½½1½6.5135.2504
5RUS141436 Popov, Evgeny V2300½½½½½.½½.½116232.7525
6RUS141802 Zemlyanov, Sergey M23950½½½½½½½½½½16131.2506
7ITA249164 Grammatica, Andrea2320½½½½.½½½½.½½5028.7527
8SVK950428LIMLukášová, Alena2311½0½½½½½.½½01512818
9NED370283 Thierry, Rein D. J.23340½½½½½½.½½½½5027.2519
10ESP160262IMPeñafiel López, Juan2371½0½½.½½½½.½½4.5025.5210
11AUT10507 Ebner, Mag. Johann23020½½½½½.½½.½½4.5025.25211
12SVK950271 Zalčík, Václav22930½0E00½½1½½½0E4121012
13RUS141543 Nopin, Vyacheslav M23100½0½00½0½½½1E4120.25013


SIM Ken J. Bowyer

It is with sadness that EFCC reports the passing of SIM Ken J. Bowyer on 14/10/16. Ken was a regular England player and played in two ICCF World Championship Semi finals. In his first semi final, Ken achieved the International Master title in 1992. Eleven years later, Ken achieved the Senior International Master title whilst playing on board two for England in the 5th NATT. Ken played in the Essex team for many years and helped the team win the County Championship as recently as 2014/15. EFCC would like to express its condolences to Ken's wife, Ann and the family.


Yorkshire win County CC Championship!

Yorkshire have won the County CC Championship (C & DCCC) after finishing top of Division One (Ward-Higgs). Yorkshire won by a clear point from Essex having scored 8 wins and 8 draws from their 16 games. Congratulations to Yorkshire and Captain Phill Beckett!

The crosstable can be seen here: https://www.iccf.com/event?id=55926

C & DCCC Controller Neil Limbert is retiring from the role after four seasons in charge and overseeing the change of this great & traditional tournament from a Postal event to a Webserver event.  Stan Grayland is the new Controller & we wish him well.


GB/WH2015, C & DCCC 2015/16 Division 1 - Ward-Higgs

TD Limbert, Neil (IA)
Bd 1Bd 2Bd 3Bd 4Bd 5Bd 6Bd 7Bd 8TotalFGRGWins
1ENG Yorkshire A½½111½½111½½½½11121608
2ENG Essex A1½½½½½1½1½½½111½111606
3ENG Yorkshire B½½½½½0111111E0½1½10.51607
4ENG Surrey A1100½½½0½½½½½11½8.51604
4ENG Hampshire½½½½½½½½1E1E0E011½08.51604
6ENG Warwickshire A00½1½0½½½01111½081605
7ENG Essex B½½½½1½½½½½00½½½181602
8ENG Sussex½½0½1E10½001½00½061603
9ENG Suffolk½½½½½½½½00½0000½51600
10ENG Staffordshire½0½½00E000E0E½½00002.51600
Last Updated ( Monday, 05 September 2016 12:41 )

Dawn Williamson Lady International Master

Dawn Williamson was awarded the Lady International Master (LIM) Title at the recent ICCF Congress. Here she is with her Medal & Certificate. Congratulations to Dawn!


Carl Carls Memorial Winner

In 2013, EFCC co-organised the Carl Carls Memorials together with the German CC Federation. (Carl Carls was a German chess player noted for playing the English Opening). The Memorial A tournament was Category 10 (average rating 2476-2500) and has been won by Uwe Staroske of Germany. The picture below shows Uwe being presented with the Tournament Trophy by EFCC President Andrew Dearnley. The final crosstable can be seen here:https://www.iccf.com/event?id=38140


Uwe Staroske and Andrew Dearnley

Last Updated ( Friday, 19 August 2016 14:26 )

21st ICCF Olympiad preliminary section 1 pairings

EFCC would like to wish good luck to the England Olympiad team of; SIM Harvey Williamson, SIM Nigel Burne, GM John Pugh, SIM Mike Donnelly, SIM Ajoy Mukherjee and SIM John Wharam. The team have been paired with; USA, Spain, Slovenia, Estonia, Belgium, India, Hungary, Nicaragua and Japan. https://www.iccf.com/event?id=60733


EFCC positions vacant

EFCC are looking for willing volunteers to take up three vacant positions. First of all, the webmaster position needs someone to give this website some attention and maintain it. Content can be updated by most of the EFCC officers but nobody really has the expertise to be in overall charge and maintain it. Secondly, EFCC are searching for a new secretary to take over from Colin Cheek. This is a position on the EFCC executive committee, which meets twice a year. The secretary is responsible for taking the minutes of these meetings and generally being a point of contact for EFCC matters. Finally, a qualified auditor is needed to audit the EFCC annual financial accounts. If anybody is interested in discussing any of these posts or requires further information, please contact our current secretary, Colin Cheek or Andrew Dearnley.

Last Updated ( Monday, 05 September 2016 21:52 )

Best Game Prize 2015

Congratulations to SIM Ian Pheby, who has won the Potter/Wason best game prize for 2015. Ian's winning entry was his win with White over Keith Kitson in the Gordon Evans Memorial British Championship 2014-6.

We are grateful to GM Nigel Robson for judging this year's competition. Nigel commented that the "game is well played on both sides of the board. Black's aggression is countered by White's impressive piece management. A flourish of activity in the middle game unbalances the opposing material, and then White's handling of his queen and bishop pair gives him the decisive edge and eventual victory. It is an entertaining and instructive game." The winning game can be seen at https://www.iccf.com/game?id=749425

Last Updated ( Sunday, 10 July 2016 15:48 )

Andrew Dearnley receiving Bertl von Massow Award


EFCC President & International Secretary Andrew Dearnley today receiving his Bertl von Massow Silver Medal for 10 years continuous service to ICCF (as National Delegate, Tournament Director, Marketing Director & others!)

Congratulations to Andrew!(photo sent by Austin Lockwood from ICCF Congress, Bremen, Germany)

Last Updated ( Monday, 15 August 2016 11:14 )

Dawn Williamson - Lady International Master !

EFCC congratulates Dawn Williamson, who recently achieved her 2nd LIM norm in the German Diamant tournament https://www.iccf.com/event?id=58319 Dawn has now improved her rating  to over 2300 and will receive her new title and medal at the ICCF congress in Bremen, Germany on 15th August. Now onto the next step, the Lady Grandmaster title!


Jo Wharrier achieves IM norm

EFCC Congratulates  JO WHARRIER who has achieved his first International Master norm with a fabulous performance which sees him hold the lead in his ICCF 20th World Cup Semi Final section. The cross table can be found https://www.iccf.com/event?id=55332 Jo is in a strong position to qualify for the final and can now set his sights on achieving a further IM norm for the title.



Entries now being taken for British Championship (BCCC) and British Veterans Championship (BVCCC)

Entries are now being taken for the 2016 British Championship (BCCC) starting in September. Entries cost 10 pounds; last date for entry 1 September.

Entries are also being taken for the 2016 British Veterans Championship (BVCCC). Entries are at a reduced fee of 6 pounds: last date for entry is 14th September. Players must be age 60 or over as at 14th September.

Both tournaments can be entered online at this website - see Tournament entry in the left-hand menu. Alternatively, you can post a cheque (payable to "EFCC") to the respective tournament organisers: BCCC- Phill Beckett, Brough House, Church Laneham, RETFORD, NOTTS DN22 0NQ. For the BVCCC - Ian Pheby, Oaklea Cottage, Horsham Road, Capel, Dorking, RH5 5JH. Also, BCCA members can enter either of these tournaments via their BCCA Renewal form or on the BCCA website.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 08 June 2016 04:38 )

Les Ellis wins the EFCC Hawley Final

The top three places are now decided in the Hawley Final. Congratulations to the winner LES ELLIS who scored 8/12. Second place went to SIM ALAN RAWLINGS on the Baumbach tie break (most wins) from JOHN BRASIER in third. Both players were just half a point behind Les. Well done to Alan and John. The cross table can be seen at https://www.iccf.com/event?id=54069 Four game are still in progress in what has been a very hard fought tournament.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 05 June 2016 22:31 )


9th ICCF Veterans’ World Cup

Entries are now being accepted for the 9th veterans' world cup. This event is again being organised by EFCC, with SIM Ian Pheby being the tournament organizer. The full announcement can be seen on the ICCF front page https://www.iccf.com/message?message=907 Entries can be made under 'new events' by ICCF direct entry or by paying the entry fee of £9 online at EFCC's website by card using 'VWC9' as the reference. For those wishing to pay by cheque, please make it payable to 'EFCC' and send it to; Andrew Dearnley, 17 Smithy Hill, Upper Denby, Huddersfield, HD8 8UH. the deadline is 1st August 2016.


New EFCC President! SIM Andrew Dearnley

After several successful years at the helm of EFCC, GM Richard Hall has decided to step down from the role & the Committee. We thank Richard for his excellent presidency of EFCC during this period and his guiding hand will be missed. However, we are very fortunate that we have a very able successor! Andrew Dearnley has been International Secretary for the best part of 10 years and he now combines this role with the Presidency. We wish Andrew the best of luck!


Best Game Prize 2015: Call for entries

Entries are invited for the 2015 Best Game Prize of £25 in memory of R.J.Potter and P.C.Wason. There is no entry fee.

Any British player is entitled to submit one game played in any section or round of any of the following events: BCCC, BLCCC, BCCTC, BVCCC, any ICCF-organised competition or any event run by an EFCC member organisation. Games must have been completed during 2015.

Entries should include:

  • a complete score of the game in algebraic notation without notes (PGN or similar plain text format preferred, not Chessbase);
  • the tournament in which the game was played and the start date of the game;
  • the names and initials of both players;
  • a clear indication of the colour of the pieces played by each contestant;
  • the full postal address of the winner of the game, or of both players in the event of a draw.

Send entries to Colin Cheek, EFCC Secretary by April 8th. Postal entries also accepted, addressed to Colin Cheek, EFCC Secretary, 26 The Green, Marlborough SN8 1AW.

Good luck!

Last Updated ( Sunday, 13 March 2016 18:45 )

David Coyne is the new British Veterans Champion!

David Coyne has won the 18th British Veterans Championship with a score of 7/10 - well played David! The crosstable & games can be found here: https://www.iccf.com/event?id=55717

Entries to the 19th Championship will be open from 30 May at a new reduced price of 6.00.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 22 May 2016 15:17 )

Dawn Williamson - British Ladies Champion

Dawn Williamson is the new British Ladies Champion with a terrific score of 5.5/6. The 2015/6 cross table can been seen here https://www.iccf.com/event?id=55639 Dawn is also looking for her second Lady International Master norm to add to the one she has already achieved in a German tournament. Currently lying in second place in the 10th Ladies Olympiad final, Dawn needs another 1.5 from 4 games which would achieve the LIM title. We wish her well in this quest.


SIM Harvey Williamson Grandmaster norm

Congratulations go to SIM HARVEY WILLIAMSON who has achieved his first Grandmaster norm in the Germany Grandmasters tournament. Harvey has scored the required +2 in this powerful category 12 invitation and currently tops the table. See; https://www.iccf.com/event?id=52788 EFCC wish Harvey well in his quest for further norm(s) to achieve the Grandmaster title, which in this age, is indeed quite a feat.


EFCC AGM and Executive Committee meeting, 9th April 2016

This meeting will take place at the Carrs Lane Church Centre, Birmingham, on Saturday 9th April 2016, starting at 1:15pm. Matters due to be discussed are set out in the proposed agenda for the meeting: www.bfcc-online.org.uk/files/Draft EFCC Agenda 20160409.pdf

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Last Updated ( Sunday, 13 March 2016 18:38 )
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