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Jo Wharrier achieves IM norm

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EFCC Congratulates  JO WHARRIER who has achieved his first International Master norm with a fabulous performance which sees him hold the lead in his ICCF 20th World Cup Semi Final section. The cross table can be found https://www.iccf.com/event?id=55332 Jo is in a strong position to qualify for the final and can now set his sights on achieving a further IM norm for the title.



Entries now being taken for British Championship (BCCC) and British Veterans Championship (BVCCC)

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Entries are now being taken for the 2016 British Championship (BCCC) starting in September. Entries cost 10 pounds; last date for entry 1 September.

Entries are also being taken for the 2016 British Veterans Championship (BVCCC). Entries are at a reduced fee of 6 pounds: last date for entry is 14th September. Players must be age 60 or over as at 14th September.

Both tournaments can be entered online at this website - see Tournament entry in the left-hand menu. Alternatively, you can post a cheque (payable to "EFCC") to the respective tournament organisers: BCCC- Phill Beckett, Brough House, Church Laneham, RETFORD, NOTTS DN22 0NQ. For the BVCCC - Ian Pheby, Oaklea Cottage, Horsham Road, Capel, Dorking, RH5 5JH. Also, BCCA members can enter either of these tournaments via their BCCA Renewal form or on the BCCA website.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 08 June 2016 04:38 )

New discussion board

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The HIARCS website is now hosting a new discussion board where ICCF matters and CC views can be exchanged with fellow enthusiasts. SIM Harvey Williamson was instrumental in setting this up and is one of the moderators. If you wish to join discussions, create a profile and give your views. This time of year, you will see ICCF congress matters being debated, as well as a place to annotate your favourite game. See http://hiarcs.net/forums/viewforum.php?f=16&sid=db376020ea8fa880d69e1a28a380d562 Then click 'register' on this page.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 14 June 2016 00:12 )

9th ICCF Veterans’ World Cup

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Entries are now being accepted for the 9th veterans' world cup. This event is again being organised by EFCC, with SIM Ian Pheby being the tournament organizer. The full announcement can be seen on the ICCF front page https://www.iccf.com/message?message=907 Entries can be made under 'new events' by ICCF direct entry or by paying the entry fee of £9 online at EFCC's website by card using 'VWC9' as the reference. For those wishing to pay by cheque, please make it payable to 'EFCC' and send it to; Andrew Dearnley, 17 Smithy Hill, Upper Denby, Huddersfield, HD8 8UH. the deadline is 1st August 2016.


Best Game Prize 2015

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Congratulations to SIM Ian Pheby, who has won the Potter/Wason best game prize for 2015. Ian's winning entry was his win with White over Keith Kitson in the Gordon Evans Memorial British Championship 2014-6.

We are grateful to GM Nigel Robson for judging this year's competition. Nigel commented that the "game is well played on both sides of the board. Black's aggression is countered by White's impressive piece management. A flourish of activity in the middle game unbalances the opposing material, and then White's handling of his queen and bishop pair gives him the decisive edge and eventual victory. It is an entertaining and instructive game." The winning game can be seen at https://www.iccf.com/game?id=749425

Last Updated ( Sunday, 10 July 2016 15:48 )

Les Ellis wins the EFCC Hawley Final

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The top three places are now decided in the Hawley Final. Congratulations to the winner LES ELLIS who scored 8/12. Second place went to SIM ALAN RAWLINGS on the Baumbach tie break (most wins) from JOHN BRASIER in third. Both players were just half a point behind Les. Well done to Alan and John. The cross table can be seen at https://www.iccf.com/event?id=54069 Four game are still in progress in what has been a very hard fought tournament.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 05 June 2016 22:31 )

David Coyne is the new British Veterans Champion!

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David Coyne has won the 18th British Veterans Championship with a score of 7/10 - well played David! The crosstable & games can be found here: https://www.iccf.com/event?id=55717

Entries to the 19th Championship will be open from 30 May at a new reduced price of 6.00.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 22 May 2016 15:17 )

Dawn Williamson - British Ladies Champion

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Dawn Williamson is the new British Ladies Champion with a terrific score of 5.5/6. The 2015/6 cross table can been seen here https://www.iccf.com/event?id=55639 Dawn is also looking for her second Lady International Master norm to add to the one she has already achieved in a German tournament. Currently lying in second place in the 10th Ladies Olympiad final, Dawn needs another 1.5 from 4 games which would achieve the LIM title. We wish her well in this quest.

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