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8th ICCF Veterans' World Cup organised by EFCC

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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

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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 include the scheduling of annual tournaments, tournament entry fees & prizes and the organisation of the BLCCC.

For further information, please This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Last Updated ( Saturday, 18 April 2015 15:08 )

British WS Team Tournament: Season Three

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       The third season of the Correspondence Chess British Webserver Team Tournament will start on Monday 15th June 2015.
             The first two seasons were successfully organised by the EFCC; the third season will be organised by the Welsh Correspondence Chess Federation. Previous winners are “Pawn Stars” (season one) and “ICCF Warriors” (season two). This event has turned out to be a very challenging team event, with several players at SIM and GM level playing in the first division, giving UK players a chance which they might not otherwise have to play against highly rated players.
        Groups of friends, chess clubs and other associations across the UK are warmly invited to participate; the organisers are looking for teams of four players, two members of each team must be UK players, but the other two can be from anywhere in the world. Players of all standards are welcome; there will be enough divisions set up to accommodate all teams entered.
        Please don’t hesitate to contact the organisers if you have any questions (Russell Sherwood, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or Austin Lockwood, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).
To enter, please send the following details by email:
* The name of your team
* The ICCF ID and name of the Team Captain
* The ICCF IDs, names, and board numbers of each of the four players
The Team Captain is not obliged to be included as a player.
Please also send the entry fee of £20 by PayPal to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (or please contact the WCCF treasurer at this address for details of cheque or direct bank payment).
The deadline for entry is Monday 1st June 2015, no entries will be accepted after this date.

There were Team entries last season from BCCA, Natcor, SCCA, SchemingMind, White Rose, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Sussex, Civil Service & others. We encourage all players to take part; if you cannot raise a team of 4 friends, contact your own Association (such as one of the above) & see if you can play for them.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 03 March 2015 18:52 )

'Champions League' new season and rebrand

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ICCF have announced a new structure for Champions League, including different time controls, renaming of sections and an ongoing entry system into the old C division, which is now called 'Promotional league 2017' This is where all new teams and existing teams that did not qualify for promotion last season can enter. Entry is available through ICCF Direct entry or through the International Secretary for £30. Cheques payable to 'EFCC' or pay online using reference 'CL & your TEAM NAME'  Any entries via the International secretary will need a TEAM NAME, 4 players, their ICCF numbers and a team captain and their ICCF number. Please email these or send by post.

The 3 different league announcements can be seen on ICCF.com but this is the main one concerning most English teams https://www.iccf.com/message?message=766

To qualify for the next league, teams have to win their group. Please note each player will have 8 games in a double round robin and there is NO LEAVE. Radical changes which are explained in the announcement!

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 20 January 2015 15:52 )

GM Nigel Robson - ICCF 29th World Final

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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

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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 )

Best Game Prize 2014: Entry now closed

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Entries are now closed for the 2014 Best Game Prize of £25, in memory of R.J.Potter and P.C.Wason.

The result will be published in due course.

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 a EFCC member organisation. Games must have been completed during 2014.

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.

Please submit entries to Colin Cheek, EFCC Secretary at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (cjcheek at me dot com) by March 14th.

Postal entries also accepted, addressed to Colin Cheek, EFCC Secretary, 1 Kennet Mews, Marlborough SN8 1NU.

Good luck!

Last Updated ( Sunday, 22 March 2015 14:41 )

New British Champion!

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Bill Lumley has become British Champion for the 3rd time by winning the 2013-15 Final. The crosstable can be seen here:- https://www.iccf.com/event?id=39917

Bill was undefeated with 5 wins. Congratulations to Bill!

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