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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


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

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

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

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)
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

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;


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




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.


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