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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

ICCF Correspondence Chess Expert

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


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!


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