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.

Solvers’ ratings April 1st 2022

Solvers’ ratings as of April 1st 2022 produced by the Solving Tournament Manager are published! 13 tournaments of the 1st quarter 2022 are included: Open of 7th A. Suetin Memorial 2022 | 7th A. Suetin Memorial 2022 | 18th International Solving Contest 2022 Cat 1 | 18th International Solving Contest 2022 Cat 2 | 45th International Polish Championship 2022 | OPEN tournament CFD for solving | Open Solving Championship of CFD 2022 | Finnish Chess Solving Championship 2022 | 27th Dutch Open Chess Solving Championship 2022 | 30th Branko Atanackovic Memorial 2022 | Open of Championship of CFD 2022 | Open of 30th Championship of Russia 2022 | 30th Championship of Russia 2022. The expiration rates are added to the ratings starting from 2022.


The Solving Committee introduces a SOLVING PORTAL website directly connected with STM. The portal presents the tournaments in a calendar view, the solving norms and rules, and starting from 2022 the lists of other rated/remarkable solving tournaments. The portal also contains the links of all important solving tournaments (WCSC, ECSC, WSC) and rating lists published on the WFCC website.

The top menu navigation: COMPETITIONS -> SOLVING -> SOLVING PORTAL

Solvers’ ratings January 1st 2022

Solvers’ ratings as of January 1st 2022 produced by the Solving Tournament Manager are published! 16 tournaments of the 4th quarter 2021 are included: Open of Championship of Tula Region 2021, Championship of Tula Region 2021, WCCC Open Solving 2021, 44th World Chess Solving Championship 2021, 2nd Branko Babic Memorial 2021, Tula Championship for boys and girls 2021, 26th Dutch Solving Championship 2021, Solving Championship of CFO 2021 U15+U17+U19, Open Solving Tula Region, 36th Swiss Solving Championship 2021, 3rd Pavle Orlov Memorial, 42nd Finnish Championship 2021, Solving tournament of CFD Team Championship, Moscow Youth Championship 2021 U15-19. Brazilian Christmas Solving Tournament, Solving Cup of Tula region.
The top ten remain the same solvers as in the previous quarter. But World Champion 2021 Danila Pavlov has surpassed Piotr Murdzia from place 4 to 3 and Eddy Van Beers has gained two places from 9 to 7.
The largest two gains have again been achieved by juniors: Andrii Sergiienko (UKR / +121.74) and Ilija Serafimović (SRB / +98.15). They are followed by 
David Hodge (GBR / +96.54), Aleksey Kainov (RUS / +82.40) and Bogdan Zolotov (RUS / +74.29).

Limontas Online Solving Tournaments (LOST)

Arvydas Mockus has announced a new series including 6 rounds of Limontas Online Solving Tournaments called “L.O.S.T.” with the first round on 9 January 2022. Each round will start on a Sunday at 10:00 CET and will last 108 minutes. Rounds will have one solving category only – each round with one of the 6 categories of the WCSC.
Like the previous ones the tournament will be directed by Arvydas Mockus and it is mainly organised for strong solvers with a rating of more than 2200. More information including the registration’s procedure -> see the invitation in PDF.

World Solving Cup 2021/2022 – Bern 27.11.2021

36th Open Swiss Solving Championship 2021 | 1st tournament of World Solving Cup 2021/2022:
Participants: 15 | Winner: Danila Pavlov (RUS) ahead of Roland Baier (SUI – Swiss Champion) and Vidmantas Satkus (LTU)
Average rating of top ten solvers: 2336.64 | WSC category: 7
Top 5 World Solving Cup: 1. Danila Pavlov (RUS) 19 points, 2. Roland Baier (SUI) 16 points, 3. Vidmantas Satkus (LTU) 13 points, 4. Martynas Limontas (LTU) 10 points, 5. Andrey Selivanov (RUS) 8 points

More details are published in Competitions → Solving → World Solving Cup → 2021/22 Calendar.