60th WCCC – Highlights and Decisions

WCCC2017_logo 30 member countries were present.
WCCT: The results of the 10th WCCT were confirmed as final by the assembly. Selection of the themes and judging countries of the next WCCT is scheduled for the congress of 2018. The spokesman will ask the delegates to submit their suggestions throughout the next year. A potential director of the next WCCT was suggested by Russia and Ukraine; nevertheless delegates may suggest also other names to the spokesman for consideration.
WCCI: Dmitry Turevsky will be the director of the 2016-18 WCCI. Selection of the judges will start this year. As the top places in the WCCI are dominated by Russian and Ukrainian composers, to avoid complications that arose in the previous championship, the presence of judges from these countries should be minimized. Delegates are encouraged to suggest candidates for judging. →more

41st World Chess Solving Championship


“The outcome of the 41st WCSC was decided early on, with Poland in 1st place and the UK 2nd. The 3rd place was quite close. Germany, only in 5th place after the first day, was able to take 3rd place with good h#- and n-rounds, Serbia being only 2 points behind in 4th place. 
The individual competition was always very close with changes in 1st place for a few times: Roland Baier (after 2nd rd), Marko Filipovic (after 3rd rd), Martynas Limontas (after 4th rd). At the end Kacper Piorun (POL) wins again with only 0,5 pts ahead of Martynas Limontas (LTU) and Marko Filipovic (CRO) in 3rd place.
The young Bilguun Sumiya (MGL) won the n#-round and the youngest competitor Danila Pavlov (RUS) won the S#-round and with this result the IM-title. He is now 14 years old and the youngest IM of all time.
The senior competition was won by John Nunn (GBR).” /Axel Steinbrink/

The FIDE Album 2010-2012 has been published

fide album 2010-2012 imgThe FIDE Album 2010-2012 (the official selection of the world’s best and most representative chess compositions) has been published. 656 pages, 1402 diagrams, 294 authors. Comments, indexes, registers, statistics in English.
Hard-cover blue clothbound. Price 45 euro (surface shipping free). Discounts if more copies ordered. Orders to Peter Gvozdják, peter.gvozdjak@gmail.com. Sample pages available as a PDF file.

World Solving Cup 2017/2018 – New Rules

At the WCCC in Dresden new rules have been decided effective as from the 2017/2018 cycle of the WSC. Main focus of the changes was the aim to better attract travelling to solving tournaments in other countries.
The main changes are:

  • New distribution of points for categories 1-7 which reduces the excessively increasing differences of points for winners of stronger tournaments
  • Increase of the number of best tournaments that count for each solver from currently four to six tournaments
  • Declaration of the Open Solving tournament during the ECSC as WSC tournament


World Solving Cup 2016/2017 – Final

World Solving Cup 2016/2017: WCCC Open 2017, Dresden, 7.8.2017
Winner: Piotr Murdzia (POL) | The average rating of top ten solvers: 2.600
The WSC category of the tournament: 1
More details and the current WSC standing are published in Competitions→Solving→WSC: 2016/17 Calendar.

Winners of the WSC 2016/2017: Piotr Murdzia (POL) | Bojan Vuckovic (SRB) | Kacper Piorun (POL)

The next cycle, WSC 2017/18, will be directed by Marek Kolčák.