World Solving Cup 2018/2019 – Bern 13.10.2018

34th Open Swiss Solving Championship 2018 | 1st tournament of World Solving Cup 2018/2019
Participants: 17 | Winner: Arno Zude (GER) ahead of Ulrich Voigt (GER) and Roland Ott (SUI – Swiss Champion)
Average rating of top ten solvers: 2307.26 | WSC category: 7
Leaders World Solving Cup: 1. Arno Zude (GER) 19 points, 2. Ulrich Voigt (GER) 16, 3. Roland Ott (SUI) 13.
More details are published in Competitions → Solving → World Solving Cup (WSC) → 2018/19 Calendar.

Invitation to the 15th ISC

The International Solving Contest – ISC – next year will take place on Sunday January 27th 2019. The event is happening simultaneously in all participating countries. The name of the locally appointed controller must reach the central controllers by e-mail no later than December 31st 2018.

Central controllers: Axel Steinbrink & Luc Palmans | Invitation (PDF format) | ISC rules

Enjoy the statistics of ISCs 1-14, with all rankings of solvers who were at least once in the top 100. 

WCCC 2018 Bulletin

logo-OHRID2018The first version of the WCCC 2018 bulletin is assembled from the received and collected resources. It contains results of all competitions, and includes auto-generated table of contents and bookmarks, for easy navigation.

Update is planned at least for December, when, after the 3-month objection period, preliminary awards of pre-congress tourneys will be replaced by final ones. - Ivan Denkovski

Solvers’ ratings October 1st 2018

Solvers’ ratings as of October 1st 2018 produced by the Solving Tournament Manager are published!
7 tournaments are included for the 3rd quarter 2018: 2nd Russian Women Chess Solving Cup 2018, Chess solving tournament ‘Day of family’ (Russia), 26th Czech Chess Solving Championship 2018, 1st Ukrainian Cup 2018, Open Solving Tournament of WCCC 2018, 42nd World Chess Solving Championship 2018, Open Men’s Solving Championship of Tula region.
The ranking of the top ten solvers sees some exchanges of places but only one addition with Bojan Vučković replacing Ofer Comay. The largest three gains have been achieved by Ilija Serafimović (SRB / +105.62!), Alexey Kukelko (UKR / +77.82 and Danila Moiseev (RUS / +76.06).

WCCI 2016-2018: Announcement

wfcc-logoThe WFCC is inviting composers of all countries to participate in the 2016-18 WCCI. The tourney director is Dmitry Turevsky (email: The competition will be held according to the system used in the previous championship, with changes in the points 4, 5, 8 and 12 of the rules.

Participants may submit their entries by January 20, 2019. Details can be found in the announcement.

42nd WCSC summary

logo-OHRID201820180907_211201The 42nd WCSC‘s summary page presents team and individual results, photos of the winners, the introductory words by competition director  Ivan Denkovski:

“As the director, I should better refrain from any predictions about the outcome of the championship, but nevertheless, I can say that it will really be a surprise if Poland does not continue its series of victories in the team competition.” →read more

61st WCCC – Highlights and Decisions

logo-OHRID201826 member countries were present. Neal Turner acted as substitute secretary.
WCCT: Mikalai Sihnevich (BLR) will be the director of the 11th WCCT. Countries are urged to submit their theme-proposals and inform about the sections they are willing to judge by 15 November 2018. The contact person is the WCCT committee spokesman, Georgy Evseev, (same email address as in the previous tournament). It is hoped that the countries will submit sufficient feedback, so that the WCCT can be announced within March 2019.
WCCI: Selection of the judges for the 2016-18 WCCI was finalized. The announcement of the championship will be issued by the end of September and the closing date will be 20.1.2019. The results will be published on the site by the end of June 2019.
FIDE Album: Theme indexers are expected to finish their work by the end of 2018 and the 2013-15 album is scheduled to be ready in the 2019 congress. Selection of the section directors and judges for the 2016-18 album was finalized. The fairies section will be split in two groups (one group for fairies without conditions, and the other for fairies with conditions). The announcement of the 2016-18 album will be issued in early January 2019 with a closing date of 1 June 2019.  →more

42nd WCSC – FINAL results

logo-OHRID2018The 42nd World Chess Solving Championship brought the titles and new records to Piotr Murdzia and his team of Poland. Polish solvers became World champions for the 10th consecutive time, while Murdzia himself celebrated 8th individual win! The decade of Polish domination was rounded by the individual silver of the previous champion Kacper Piorun, after his four consecutive wins. The most pleasant surprise was the bronze medal and GM norm for Tomaš Peitl, 25-years old Slovakian solver.

If the team winners remained the same and the third place of Great Britain, earned by two ex-champions, came as no surprise, the fresh air came from several young stars. 15-years old Danila Pavlov was the 4th individual with GM norm and lead Russia to silver medal.  15-years Kirill Shevchenko won IM norm and lifted up the Ukrainian team to the 4th place, while the biggest gain in rating was made by 14-years old Ilija Serafimović from Serbia. The new generation should be closely followed!

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Final individual results | Final team results

Problems | Solutions

Final solving norms | Statistics