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2014 Best Game Prize


Congratulations to Wes Bell, who has won the 2014 Potter/Wason best game prize for his victory over Dominique Conterno in the Gordon Evans Memorial British Championship 2014-16.

Many thanks to Ian Brooks for once again judging the competition. There were six entries this year, all of which were considered to be worthy candidates and led to Ian stating this was “the hardest best game competition I have judged”.  Ian’s summary of the winning game was that “it has a nice flow to it and is well played by both sides. At first glance it seems that black may have been escaping after the exchange sac gaining the Bishop pair and Queenside attack, but white played accurately, forcing off the queens and trading pieces at the right time. It was fitting that the end came with white finally returning the material to set up a forced win.”

The winning game can be seen at: https://www.iccf.com/game?id=749415.


Last Updated ( Sunday, 14 June 2015 18:15 )

21st ICCF World Cup Preliminary stage

Poland are organising the 21st ICCF World cup, which is open to all players. Play will start on 1st October 2015 and please note the time control which is a little different and will use an incremental system whereby players have 30 days per game and 3 days are added per move. There is 45 days leave per annum and no special leave. Players can enter now by either ICCF direct entry or through EFCC for a fee of £10. This can be paid online at this site, using 'World cup 21' as the reference. It is important to outline this reference with your payment as there are also ICCF veterans World cup entries being accepted at the same time and the distinction needs to be made! Any player wishing to pay by cheque should make it payable to 'EFCC'  and send to Andrew Dearnley, 17 Smithy Hill, Upper Denby, Huddersfield, HD8 8UH. Entries should arrive before 31/08/15.Any national federation entries will be confirmed by email. The full announcement is comprehensive and should answer any queries;  https://www.iccf.com/message?message=807


8th ICCF Veterans' World Cup organised by EFCC

England are organising the forthcoming ICCF 8th Veterans' World cup. Players must be 60 years old or over on 1st September 2015, which will be the start date. Entries will be accepted until the closing date of 1st August 2015 for the preliminary stage. The time control is 10 moves in 40 days and it is envisaged that each section will have 13 players with 12 opponents. There is a generous prize fund with full details avaialble by clicking this link; https://www.iccf.com/message?message=805

Entries can be made by ICCF direct entry on ICCF.com or through EFCC for a fee of £10 per section. Payment can be made online at this website by card using 'VWC8' as the reference. Please send an email to andrewdearnley at yahoo dot co dot uk outlining your NAME, DATE of BIRTH, ICCF NUMBER and the NUMBER of SECTIONS you wish to enter. Any player wishing to pay by cheque, can send it payable to 'EFCC' to; Andrew Dearnley, 17 Smithy Hill, Upper Denby, Huddersfield, HD8 8UH.

It would be fantastic if our veteran players can support this popular tournament in the year that England are the organising federation. Players of different playing strengths will enter from all over the world and every year there seems to be a record entry. Ian Pheby will be the tournament organiser and EFCC would like to thank him for all his efforts and him volunteering to devote the considerable time needed to make this tournament happen.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 20 May 2015 23:38 )

EFCC AGM and Executive Committee Meeting

This meeting will take place at the Carrs Lane Church Centre, Birmingham, on Saturday 6th June, 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/EFCC Agenda 20150606.pdf.

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Last Updated ( Sunday, 31 May 2015 13:05 )

England Vs Sweden 2013 - Drawn match

In an hard fought match, the last game on board 1 finished today and the teams could not be separated in a 30-30 draw! https://www.iccf.com/event?id=39990 Thanks to all players who participated in a memorable event.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 04 June 2015 21:40 )

Ian Pheby - British Veteran's Champion!

Ian Pheby has won the British Veteran's Championship for the 2nd year in succession. In a very close-fought Final, only half a point separated the first 4 players. 2nd place was Clive Girling & 3rd place Alan Sutton. The full crosstable can be seen here: https://www.iccf.com/event?id=47880


GM Nigel Robson - ICCF 29th World Final

EFCC would like to wish GM Nigel Robson good luck in the forthcoming ICCF 29th World Championship Final. Nigel's opponents are now known and include two former World Champions in Fabio Finnocchario (ITA) and Aleksadr Dronov (RUS) The other fourteen players are; Theo Schmidt, Stephan Busemann, Georg Windhausen, Thomas Schwetlick and Thomas Mahling, (all GER) Horatio Neto & Antonio Silva (both POR) Florin Serban (ROM) Ales Borstnik (SLO) Leonardo Ljubicic (CRO) Angel-Jeronimo Manso-Gil (ESP) Vladimir Turkov (RUS) Elio Vassia (ITA) and Jacek Oskulski (POL) https://www.iccf.com/event?id=52852

Nigel will be looking to achieve a unique double by adding the ICCF World Championship title to his IECG World title.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 17 May 2015 17:09 )

British Tri-Nations 2014

Wales have won the 2014 British Tri-Nations with a score of 32.5/40, some way ahead of England (14/40) and Scotland (13.5/40) - detailed results can be found here. Congratulations to our friends from Wales on this impressive result.

The event, for teams of 10 players rated under 2200, will be repeated in 2015.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 18 April 2015 14:51 )
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