ISC 2020 – preliminary results

“Now we have the completed preliminary results of the ISC 2020. The reports of the Solving Tournament Manager (STM): Preliminary results Cat.1Preliminary results Cat.2Preliminary results Cat.3

This year we had 885 solvers (cat-1 202, cat-2 241, cat-3 442) from 47 countries and 48 tournaments in 31 countries.

Thank you to all local controllers. You make this tournament to a great success.

I want to give a special thank to

  • Ivan Denkovski, Luc Palmans, Marjan Kovacevic and Neal Turner for selecting the problems 
  • Luc Palmans  for the preparing of problem and solution sheets.
  • Borislav Gadjanski for his help with all activities concerning Mat Plus and daily updates of results on Mat Plus
  • all Local controllers who uses the STM for their results”

Axel Steinbrink, Central controller of ISC 2020.

The first ISC was organized in 2005 and was an immediate success. …more →

We can’t praise enough the central controller Axel Steinbrink for his hard work, and without him the tournament would not be such a success. He developed the rules and the procedures of this complicated competition. As you all could witness in the past days, the tournament ran smoothly, with daily updates of the results, and a minimum of complaints. One reason of the success of this year (almost 900 solvers!) is undoubtedly that the ISC is such a well organized competition.

Everyone who was ever involved in a WCSC or ECSC-championship knows how hard this work can be: supervising several hours the competition, and then marking a few hundred solving sheets in the remaining hours, while all the solvers impatiently wait for the results. But this cannot be compared with the ISC. In the past days, Axel not only collected all the results and made all the rankings. Most of all he meticulously checked the more than 1300 solving sheets “with terrible handwriting, and corrects tens of careless local controllers” (dixit Marjan Kovacević). Thanks, Axel!

Finally, we thank all the participants for their efforts, congratulate the winners, and look forward to the 17th edition!

Luc Palmans, Central controller of ISC 2020, Spokesman of WFCC Solving Committee

Some words of gratitude to Axel Steinbrink, by the local controllers:

“Axel is the right man, in the right place, at the right time! He’s a perfect combination of a busy bee with an eagle eye!” (Paweł Stawarz, Poland)

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“Я уже давно наблюдаю за судейской работой Акселя. По моему мнению, это высококачественная работа. Не только в турнирах ISC, но и во всех, включая чемпионаты мира, подборки композиций всегда интересны и всегда сбалансированы по стилям и по трудности. Про таких людей говорят так : человек на своем месте. Крепкого здоровья, Аксель, и удачи во всем! (Alexander Azhusin, Russia – Tver)

16th ISC problems and solutions:
Problems cat.1 | Problems cat.2 | Problems cat.3 | Solutions cat.1 | Solutions cat.2 | Solutions cat.3
ISC 2020 Winners | Full Report

World Solving Cup 2019/2020 – Moscow 01./02.02.2020

RGSU-Cup 2020 (3rd Alexander Pochinok Memorial Tourney)  | 5th tournament of World Solving Cup 2019/2020
Participants: 32 | Winner: Danila Pavlov (RUS) ahead of Aleksey Popov (RUS), Ural Hasanov (RUS), Mihail Ganzhin (RUS) and Danila Moiseev (RUS)

13 years old Ural Hasanov (RUS) with first FM and IM norm! Mihail Ganzhin (RUS) with first FM norm

Average rating of top ten solvers: 2439.04 | WSC category: 5
Top 5 World Solving Cup: 1. Aleksey Popov (RUS) 73 points (+23), 2. Piotr Murdzia (POL) 62 points (unchanged),
3. Martynas Limontas (LTU) 42 points (unchanged), 4. Danila Moiseev (RUS) 33 points (+13), 5. Evgeny Viktorov (RUS) 31 points (+8)

More details are published in Competitions → Solving → World Solving Cup (WSC) → 2019/20 Calendar.

ISC 2020 – preliminary TOP 10

This year we have nearly 900 solvers in 31 countries who participated in the 16th ISC.

This is the preliminary TOP10 result:


Pl. Name Country Pts Time
1 Voigt GER 60 232
2 Piorun POL 58,75 210
3 Viktorov RUS 58 224
4 Van Beers BEL 56,75 210
5 Tummes GER 56,75 230
6 Nunn GBR 56,25 192
7 Solovchuk UKR 55,75 214
8 Zude GER 55,75 216
9 Murdzia POL 53,75 237
10 Limontas LTU 53,75 240
10 Sidiropoulos GRE 53,75 240

- Axel Steinbrink, Central controller of ISC 2020

Guidelines for solving tournaments

wfcc-logo-transparentLast year, the solving committee worked on a set of guidelines for the directors of rated solving tournaments. The preliminary text was accepted at the last WCCC in Vilnius. Julia Vysotska wrote a Russian translation, for which we are very grateful.

Guidelines for solving tournaments: English | Russian

We hope that tournament directors take a look at this text before they start to prepare their next solving tournament. They should pay specific attention to the selection of the problems and studies, and to the points’ distribution (in particular of moremovers and studies). These guidelines give the necessary instructions and recommendations.

After each tournament the director will receive feedback from the solving committee with a quality check document. We hope that the directors will take notice. The ultimate goal is that in the future all rated tournaments will be organised in a consistent manner, no matter who is the director. This will be to the benefit of the solvers. After all, their rating is based on the results in these tournaments.

Solvers’ ratings January 1st 2020

Solvers’ ratings as of January 1st 2020 produced by the Solving Tournament Manager are published! 9 tournaments of the 4th quarter 2019 are included: 26th Belgian Championship 2019, 28th Kedainiai chess solving cup tourney 2019, Open Solving Championship of Tula region 2019, 2nd Pavle Orlov Memorial 2019, 12th Albino Cup 2019, 30th Henk Hagedoorn Memorial 2019, New Year’s Tournament 2020, 18th Warsaw Grand Prix 2019 – Open, 18th Warsaw Grand Prix 2019

The only mentionable change within the ranking of the top ten solvers is the move of Piotr Murdzia (POL) from 3rd to 2nd place. The largest three gains have been achieved by junior solver Boris Chervonenkis (RUS / +68.95) ahead of junior solver Maksim Romanov (RUS / +63.32) and Evgeny Kopylov (RUS / +60.36).

World Solving Cup 2019/2020 – Sękocin Stary 14./15.12.2019

18th Warsaw Solving Grand Prix 2019  | 4th tournament of World Solving Cup 2019/2020
Participants: 16 | Winner: Piotr Murdzia (POL) ahead of Kacper Piorun (POL) and Aleksey Popov (RUS)
Junior solver Maksim Romanov with first FM norm.
Average rating of top ten solvers: 2463.01 | WSC category: 4
Top 5 World Solving Cup: 1. Piotr Murdzia (POL) 62 points (+31), 2. Aleksey Popov (RUS) 50 points (+23), 3. Martynas Limontas (LTU) 42 points (+13), 4. Michel Caillaud (FRA) 27 points, 5. Kacper Piorun (POL) 27 points (+27)

More details are published in Competitions → Solving → World Solving Cup (WSC) → 2019/20 Calendar.

FIDE Album Index 1914-2015 by Hannu Harkola

fide album 2013-2015 photoHannu Harkola has updated the FIDE Album Index by adding the last three Albums. The booklet (A4, 210 pages, PDF) contains the combined registers of all 24 published FIDE Albums 1914-2015. It is in the same location as the previous version:

On WFCC website the Album Index can be found on the bottom of FIDE Albums page: 


Booklet (A4, 210 pages, PDF) contains the combined registers of all 24 published FIDE Albums 1914-2015.


World Solving Cup 2019/2020 – Minsk 02./03.11.2019

12th Albino Cup 2019  | 3rd tournament of World Solving Cup 2019/2020
Participants: 28 | Winner: Aleksey Popov (RUS) ahead of Evgeny Viktorov (RUS) and Abdelaziz Onkoud (MAR)
Aleksandr Bulavka Belarus champion with 4th place.
Average rating of top ten solvers: 2434.77 | WSC category: 5
Top 5 World Solving Cup: 1. Piotr Murdzia (POL) 31 points, 2. Martynas Limontas (LTU) 29 points (+6), 3. Michel Caillaud (FRA) 27 points, 4. Aleksey Popov (RUS) 27 points (+27), 5. Evgeny Viktorov (RUS) 23 points (23)

More details are published in Competitions → Solving → World Solving Cup (WSC) → 2019/20 Calendar.