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English Veterans Correspondence Chess Championship

English Veterans CC Championship (EVCCC)

RULES FOR THE ENGLISH VETERANS’ CORRESPONDENCE CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP (EVCCC)

1. The EFCC Executive Committee shall appoint a Tournament Organiser to organise and run the tournament, and a Championship Committee comprising the Tournament Organiser (who shall be the Chairman) and two nominees. This Committee shall be responsible for the general supervision of the Championship and for the selection of players from the entrants subject to the provisions hereinafter contained.

2. The Championship shall be held once every two years, and shall be open only to those players who:

  are aged 60 years or over on the date the tournament starts

  and are registered or able (in the case of new players) to be registered to play under the England flag in the ICCF.

  The EFCC reserves the right to decline an entry or entries without stating a reason or entering into any further correspondence.

3. The Tournament Organiser shall receive entries with the entry fee as decided by the EFCC by 1st February of each year the tournament is held. Play shall commence on 5th March and the adjudication date shall be 31st December of the 2nd year of play, which allows approximately 21½ months of playing time. After the adjudication date any move played shall not be counted as a move in the game and no claim other than a claim for adjudication shall be entertained. If adjudication is required then the EFCC Adjudication procedure shall be used.

4. There shall be:

  a) one Championship final which shall typically consist of 11 players although the Tournament Organiser has the power to change this between a minimum of 6 players and a maximum of 15 players.

  b) three Semi-Finals which shall typically consist of 9 players although the Tournament Organiser has the power to change this between a minimum of 5 players and a maximum of 13 players.

  c) Preliminary sections which shall typically consist of 9 players although the Tournament Organiser has the power to change this between a minimum of 5 players and a maximum of 13 players.

5. Competitors shall play either one or two games against each of the other competitors in their section. All games shall be played on the ICCF webserver. The ICCF webserver Playing Rules current at the start of the competition shall apply, except as otherwise stated in these rules.

6. The following rules shall apply to selecting competitors to each section unless the Championship Committee decides that special circumstances justify an alteration. The ICCF rating list (valid as at 1st February in the year the event is due to start) shall be used to rank the players in order, and place them into sections appropriate to their ranking subject to the remainder of Rule 6 below. For players with no ICCF rating, FIDE and/or ECF ratings will be considered by the Championship Committee, and any Titles held by those players.

    6.1. Inaugural Championship Rules: For the first season of the EVCCC (2018-20), players will be ranked by rating except that for the determination of this ranking only:

English players who finished in the first three places of the Championship Final section of the 19th British Veterans Championship will automatically qualify for the inaugural Championship final. This qualification cannot be deferred and must be used in the inaugural EVCCC or it is void.

English players who won their Candidates section of the 19th British Veterans Championship will automatically qualify for the inaugural Championship final. This qualification cannot be deferred and must be used in the inaugural EVCCC or it is void.

English players who won their Reserves section of the 19th British Veterans Championship will automatically qualify for an inaugural Semi-Final section. This qualification cannot be deferred and must be used in the inaugural EVCCC or it is void.

In accordance with Rules 4, 6, and 6.1 the Championship Committee shall assign players into a Championship Final, three Semi-Finals and Preliminary Sections.

6.2. Championship Final

  a) The winner of the Semi-Finals of the previous tournament shall be entitled to enter. This entry cannot be deferred and must be used in the following event or it is void.

  b) Those players who finished in 3rd place or above in the previous tournament (in a final of 7 players or less), in 4th place or above in the previous tournament (in a 8, 9, or 10 player Final) or 5th place or above (in a Final of 11 players or more).

  c) The remaining places in the Final will be allocated at the absolute discretion of the Championship Committee.

6.3. Semi-Final Sections

  a) The winner of each previous Preliminary Section shall be entitled to enter a Semi-Final Section.

  b) The players who finished 2nd, 3rd and 4th in the previous Semi-Finals shall be entitled to enter a Semi-Final Section.

  c) The players who finished in 4th place or below in the previous tournament Final (in a final of 7 players or less) or 5th place or below (in a 8, 9, or 10 player Final) or in 6th place or below (in a Final of 11 players or more).

  d) All other players in ranking order until the Semi-Finals are full.

6.4. Preliminary Sections

  a) The number of Preliminary Sections shall be increased as necessary to include all those that wish to participate.

6.5. Players shall be placed by seeding, not by chance.

7. The time limit for all sections will be 40 days for each 10 moves, with time doubling after 20 days.

8. The amount of leave for all sections is 28 days per calendar year. No special leave is permitted.

9. Tie-breaks will be resolved in the following order of priority:

  a) number of wins by each tied player in the tournament;

  b) points evaluation by the Sonneborn-Berger-System;

  c) results of the tied players against each other.

If necessary, the Championship Committee is entitled to set up further tie-breaking procedures. These procedures must be indicated in the start list at the latest. If players are still tied after all relevant tie-breaking procedures have been used, the players will be considered equal.

10. Any player who defaults 50% or more of his/her games in the tournament without a satisfactory explanation must also be reported to the Tournament Sub-Committee. Once a default occurs that represents 50% (or more) defaulted games within the tournament, the Tournament Director is obliged to write to the player to find out the reason(s) for the defaults. If the player fails to respond, the player should be considered silently withdrawn. If the player responds but offers no good reason (or a very weak reason), the player should receive an unaccepted withdrawal other than silent. If the player offers a reason that seems to the Tournament Director as substantial, the Tournament Director has the option of allowing play to continue.

Given the potential enormity of the effect of the Tournament Director's decision on this and other tournaments, the Tournament Director must consult with his/her mentor if there is one and with the Tournament Sub-Committee who in turn may consult with the ICCF World Tournament Director to determine if a reason is substantial enough of not.

If the withdrawal is considered silent or otherwise non-accepted, all open games of the withdrawing player shall be scored as losses (unless the player never played any moves in any game of the tournament in which case all games should be cancelled). If the withdrawal is accepted (for any reason other than death of the player), his/her remaining games shall be cancelled if both of the following conditions are true:

none of the player’s games in the relevant tournament has yet completed (excluding by ETL by either player, adjudication, and cancellation)

and the average number of moves across all of his/her games is less than 25.

If one or both of these conditions is not met, all of his/her remaining games in this tournament shall be adjudicated.

11. The EFCC shall award a prize fund as follows:

  11.1. Championship Final

    a) Winner will receive £100 together with an engraved trophy for retention.

    b) Runner-up will receive £50.

    c) Third place will receive £25.

  11.2. Semi-final sections

    a) Winner will receive £25.

    b) Runner-up will receive £10.

12. Any matters concerning the organisation and running of the tournament not covered in these rules or the ICCF Playing Rules shall be decided at the discretion of the Tournament Organiser.

13. Competitors may appeal against decisions of the Tournament Director to the EFCC Secretary by e- mail. Such appeal shall be e-mailed within seven days of receiving the decision in question. The appeal shall be referred to the appropriate committee of the EFCC whose decision shall be final.


(Last updated on 14th October 2017)




The following players have won the British Veterans Championship:-

2016-17 KW McLaughlin
2015-16 D Coyne
2014-15 IM Pheby
2013-14 IM Pheby
2012-13 T Rooms
2011-12 L Ellis & IM Pheby 
2010-11 KW McLaughlin
2009-10 E Sowden and KW McLaughlin
2008-9 SJ Grayland
2007-8 CF Girling
2006-7 JE Davis, TJ Taylor and SJ Grayland
2005-6 TJ Taylor
2004-5 TJ Taylor
2003-4 ME Davis
2002-3 TJ Taylor
2001-2 TJ Taylor
2000-1 E Sowden
1999-00 AJA Evans and PC Gibbs
1998-99 S Shaw

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