Invitation to the 14th ISC

The International Solving Contest – ISC – next year will take place on Sunday January 28th 2018. 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 2017. Central controllers: Axel Steinbrink & Luc Palmans | Invitation (PDF format) | ISC rules

14th ECSC in Moscow

We were notified by the organisers of the 14th ECSC that the championship will not take place at Kaliningrad, as the initially foreseen hotel had to arrange some other events in that weekend. The new venue and dates are as follows:

Organiser: Chess Composition Committee of the Russian Chess Federation
Dates: 4-6 May 2018 (Friday to Sunday)
City: Moscow
Venue: Hotel Cosmos*** (Prospect Mira 150, Moscow)
Prices: 30 EUR per person in a double room, 50 EUR per person in a single room
Prices include breakfast, free wi-fi, parking
Registration fee: 45 EUR
The hotel shall provide support to the participants for the issue of visas
Contact person: Andrey Selivanov,

The official invitation will be issued in December. /Harry Fougiaxis, the President of WFCC/

Solvers’ ratings October 1st 2017

Solvers’ ratings as of October 1st 2017 are published! 5 tournaments are included for the 3rd quarter: 25th Czech Chess Solving Championship 2017, WCCC 2017 Open Solving Tournament, 41st World Chess Solving Championship 2017, Swiss Championship 2017 and 2nd Solving Cup Byron Zappas. Among the top ten solvers Jonathan Mestel has replaced Arno Zude and Silvio Baier jumped from rank 10 to rank 7. The new list produced by the Solving Tournament Manager now has marks for junior (j) and senior (s) solvers.

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/