7th WCCT – Letter No. 6

7th WCCT – Letter No. 6

7 W C C T


WCCT rules

Question by Georgia:
According to the WCCT rules “Any one composer may send three compositions
for each section”.
Some composers interpret this to mean that one composer may send three compositions
in total (only three compositions for one section and none for any other section).
Question: how many compositions may be sent by one composer in TOTAL?

Within the limitation of three entries per section for any participating country,
there is no limitation on the number of compositions that one composer may
participate with. Theoretically, one composer may participate with 3×7=21

Section G – Fairies

Question by Great Britain:
On the question submitted by Israel (Section G) and the reply, I am concerned.
Does this reply mean that entries where the logic of the play is dependant
on retrograde analysis are not eligible?

[This must refer to the question asked by Germany (not Israel), appearing
in circular letter no. 4]. True, a retrograde analysis cannot be taken in
consideration as part of the problem’s content, not only in the Fairies section
but for all sections. This has been the case for any previous WCCT (problems
with a central retro element seen as belonging to the distinct Retro genre).

All entries for the 7th WCCT must be sent to the Tournament Director by 01.03.2003
(postmark). I prefer the German notation (KDTLSB).

Below please find a timetable and important information concerning the judging
of the 7th WCCT sections.

Your attention is directed to (1) the required name, address and e-mail of
your country’s Judging Coordinator (see below), and (2) the closing date for
Protests (15.07.03). Protests should be made only on matters concerning soundness
and anticipation. Claims about thematic content will not be accepted. Claims
concerning anticipation should be accompanied by the relevant position, solution
and source.

Expected Timetable of the 7th WCCT

Entries by 01.03.03
Entries booklet by 15.04.03
Protests by 15.07.03
Distribution of protests by 01.08.03
Replies to protests by 15.10.03
Distribution of replies to protests by 01.11.03
Judging finalised by 01.03.04
Final booklet by 15.06.04

Instructions and guidance on judging issues from the WCCT

Judging Coordinator:
If your country is appointed judge (or reserve judge) in any of the WCCT sections,
you are asked to indicate to the director (Zivko Janevski), as soon as possible,
the name, address and e-mail of the person nominated by your country with whom
communication in all judging matters should be made.
The judging process:
Each judging country is free to determine its own judging method, whether it
is one judge, two or three judges. It is recommended that the judges work in
consultation with each other to reach the best result. In the case of unresolved
dispute among the judges, an appointed person in charge should make the final
decision. The most reliable judgements are expected, for which the best experts
of the respective country should be appointed.
Scoring system (NEW

Please pay attention to important changes in
the scoring system. These changes consist of new scoring possibilities (pluses
and minuses), to enable a further differentiation between problems that otherwise
would get the same score. The new scoring system is defined as follows:

1. As before, each entry should be given a numerical score between 0 to 4 points,
with half points possible (see guidance table).
2. In addition, any score of any entry (0, ½, 1, 1½, …
, 3½, 4) may get a suffix of either “+” (plus), or “-” (minus), or it could
stay without a suffix (e.g., a problem may get a score of 1+, 2, 2½-, 3½, 4+
etc). The number of pluses minus the number of minuses will decide in the case
of problems getting the same overall score. This will serve to reduce the number
of ties in the final award. Please make (advantageous) use of the plus/minus


Outstanding problem: an accurate and intensive rendering of
the set theme, without blemishes in any of the main lines, and showing originality
and flair. Perfect construction and economy.
As above, but some small constructive weaknesses, and perhaps
not ideally economical.
Either: a very good problem showing the theme clearly
but perhaps not intensively or very originally;
Or: a task rendering of the theme that does not reach the highest
artistic standard.In either case, good construction and economy.
As above, but constructional weakness, and/or economy less
that ideal because of intensive or task setting.
A good problem, very likely worth an honourable mention or
commendation in a reasonably strong tourney, but not a very intensive rendering
of the theme, and perhaps not very original. Adequate-to-good construction
and economy.
As above, but with some artistic weakness or constructioal
A very ordinary piece of work, typical of many average columns
but hardly up to award standard. Adequate construction and economy.
As above, but with serious constructional defects.
Unsound entry, or below publication

Basic texts:
The announcement booklet and the circular letters are the framework for thematic
matters. Further questions should be addressed to the tourney director, who
will deal with them in collaboration with the WCCT subcommittee. Protests
and replies to protests should also be considered.

It is expected that judging will be finalised and scores submitted to the director
by 1.3.2004 (1st March 2004).
Comments by the judging country:
Short comments should be provided for entries receiving 2.5 points or more by
the country, for inclusion in the final award.

Gevgelija, 15.02.2003
Changes (red) received 18.11.2003

Director of 7WCCT
P.BOX 163, 1480 Gevgelija

Invitation by Z. Janevski

Some words from the WCCT Subcommittee

Using Popeye for checking single box problems
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