World Solving Cup 2021/2022 – Sumgait 18./19.06.2022

41st Azerbaijan Chess Solving Championship 2022 | 8th tournament of World Solving Cup 2021/2022:
Participants: 35
Winner: Amil Abbasov (AZE – Champion of Azerbaijan) ahead of Araz Almammadov (AZE) and Ravan Aliyev (AZE) | Average rating of top ten solvers: 1920.86

WSC category: 14
Top 5 World Solving Cup (unchanged):
1. Danila Pavlov (FID) 55 points, 2. Piotr Murdzia (POL) 46 points, 3. David Hodge (GBR) 33 points, 4. Bojan Vučković (SRB) 31 points, 5. Tomáš Peitl (SVK) 26 points.

More details are published in Competitions→Solving→World Solving Cup (WSC)→2021/22.


World Solving Cup 2021/2022 – Bratislava 04./05.06.2022

30th Slovakian Solving Championship 2022 | 7th tournament of World Solving Cup 2021/2022:
Participants: 13 | Winner: Tomáš Peitl (SVK – Slovakian Champion) ahead of Vasil Ďačuk (SVK) and Valery Kopyl (UKR)
Average rating of top ten solvers: 2182.31 | WSC category: 10
Top 5 World Solving Cup: 1. Danila Pavlov (FID) 55 points, 2. Piotr Murdzia (POL) 46 points, 3. David Hodge (GBR) 33 points, 4. Bojan Vučković (SRB) 31 points, 5. Tomáš Peitl (SVK) 26 points.
More details are published in Competitions→Solving→World Solving Cup (WSC)→2021/22.


World Solving Cup 2021/2022 – Issy-les-Moulineaux 04.06.2022

43rd French Chess Solving Championship 2022 | 6th tournament of World Solving Cup 2021/2022:
Participants: 14 (25 including Cugir, Romania) | Winner: Abdelaziz Onkoud (FRA – French Champion) ahead of Michel Caillaud (FRA) and Pascal Wassong (FRA).
Average rating of top ten solvers: 2081.59 | WSC category: 12
Top 5 World Solving Cup (unchanged): 1. Danila Pavlov (FID) 55 points, 2. Piotr Murdzia (POL) 46 points, 3. David Hodge (GBR) 33 points, 4. Bojan Vučković (SRB) 31 points, 5. Jorma Paavilainen (FIN) 21 points.
More details are published in Competitions→Solving→World Solving Cup (WSC)→2021/22.


Invitation to Fujairah: 64. WCCC & 45. WCSC

The Fujairah chess & culture club (FCCC) has the honour to invite all delegates of the World Federation for Chess Composition (WFCC), national teams and individual solvers, chess composers and all those interested and involved in chess solving & composing, to attend the 64th World Congress of Chess Composition (WCCC) and 45th World Chess Solving Championship (WCSC).
The congress will be held from Saturday, November 12th (arrival) to Saturday, November 19th, 2022 (departure) at the “Novotel Hotel” **** in Fujairah (UAE), with the WCSC on Tuesday and Wednesday, November 15th and 16th. The WCSC director is Ivan Denkovski.

Please register before September 30th 2022 !
Download invitation as PDF | Official website | MEETINGS→Fujairah


15.ECSC: the presentation

After three years we met again at the European Chess Solving Championship. The event in Riga brought back to the field many old friends, and we were also happy to welcome a number of new ones – almost a quarter of the participants were debutantes. Danila Pavlov convincingly defended his title (overall and among juniors), finishing well ahead of the second-placed Piotr Murdzia and the third-placed Tomáš Peitl.

While the outcome of the individual competition was mostly certain already after the fifth round, the suspense in the team competition continued up to the last minute. In a spectacular finish, led by the young Ilija Serafimović, Serbia outran Lithuania as well as Slovakia, whose third team place was further accompanied by Marek Kolčák’s win in the senior competition. The women’s competition was won by the fifteen-year old Marina Putinceva. /Ivan Denkovski, 15.ECSC director/

→ presentation of final results 15.ECSCofficial website of 15. ECSC RIGA


World Solving Cup 2021/2022 – Riga 13.05.2022

ECSC Open Solving 2022 | 5th tournament of World Solving Cup 2021/2022:
Participants: 56
Winner: Danila Pavlov (FID) ahead of Bojan Vučković (SRB) and David Hodge (GBR)
1st GM norm and 2nd IM norm of David Hodge (GBR) and 1st FM norm of Mihnea Costachi (ROU)
Average rating of top ten solvers: 2530.04 | WSC category: 3
Top 5 World Solving Cup: 1. Danila Pavlov (FID) 55 points, 2. Piotr Murdzia (POL) 46 points, 3. David Hodge (GBR) 33 points, 4. Bojan Vučković (SRB) 31 points, 5. Jorma Paavilainen (FIN) 21 points.

More details are published in Competitions→Solving→World Solving Cup (WSC)→2021/22.


WCCT-11: New judging countries

Dear team leaders,

As a result of the recent WFCC sanctions to BLR/RUS for the WCCT-11, these judging countries had to be replaced.

In most sections, I made use of the appointed reserve countries;
if no reserve country had been nominated, I had to seek for a new judging country.

  • Section A (twomovers): Israel instead of Russia
  • Section B (threemovers): Switzerland instead of Belarus
  • Section C (moremovers): Finland instead of Russia
  • Section F (selfmates): North Macedonia and Slovakia instead of Belarus and Russia
  • Section G (fairies): India instead of Belarus. Slovenia, the initially appointed reserve country, declined on the grounds of competence for the stipulated theme (#3, fairy pieces).

As you are aware, the judgments should reach me by 1st of August 2022.
Warm regards, Harry Fougiaxis, Director of the WCCT-11


WFCC questionnaire final result – Sanctions in reaction to hostilities in Ukraine

In response to the hostilities in Ukraine and the Official Statements of FIDE Executive Council from 27.02.2022 and 16.03.2022, the WFCC conducted a series of Zoom meetings (3rd, 8th and 15th March) for delegates in which a variety of views were put forward leading to the preparation of a detailed questionnaire. The delegates were asked to vote on a series of statements in order to define the stance of the WFCC going forwards.

You may download the final result from the link. With regards to the WCCT-11, the director of the tournament will contact the reserve judging countries replacing the countries of Russia and Belarus and report accordingly.