Invitation to the 16th ISC

The International Solving Contest – ISC – next year will take place on Sunday January 26th 2020. The event is happening simultaneously in all participating countries. The name of the locally appointed controller must reach the central controllers Axel Steinbrink and Luc Palmans by e-mail no later than December 31st 2019:  /

There are two changes of the rules compared with ISC 2019:

1. The rating limit of Cat-2 is now 2000 (1700 in 2019) and cat-2 will be rated. Of course the birthday limit of cat-3 is now 31.12.2006.

2. The results will be automatically transfered to the MatPlus-website where they can be seen by all solvers. This means that there is no need anymore to enter results manually into MatPlus.
But top 3 results of Cat. 1 must still be sent by email to central controllers on Sunday evening!

I hope that even more local controllers will use the official WFCC Solving Tournament Manager (STM) for their results.

Until 31.12.2019 please send the following information: 

1. Name of local controller
2. E-Mail address of local controller
3. Location of local tournament
4. Use of STM: yes/no

Axel Steinbrink, 16th ISC Controller

World Solving Cup 2019/2020 – Geel 05.10.2019

26th Open Belgian Solving Championship 2019  | 2nd tournament of World Solving Cup 2019/2020
Participants: 12 | Winner: Eddy Van Beers (BEL – Belgian champion) ahead of Dolf Wissmann (NED) and Andrey Selivanov (RUS)
Average rating of top ten solvers: 2272.49 | WSC category: 8
Top 5 World Solving Cup: 1. Piotr Murdzia (POL) 31 points, 2. Michel Caillaud (FRA) 27 points, 3. Martynas Limontas (LTU) 23 points, 4. Eddy Van Beers (BEL) 22 points, 5. Arno Zude (GER) 19 points

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

Solvers’ ratings October 1st 2019

Solvers’ ratings as of October 1st 2019 produced by the Solving Tournament Manager are published - including the first solving tournament with rating calculations according the new rating system! 9 tournaments of the 3rd quarter 2019 are included: Open Solving Tournament Yaroslavl 2019, Open Tournament to Launch Chess Compositions in Memory of Leo Kapusty (1919-1990), 2nd Ukrainian Cup 2019, 27th Czech Chess Solving Championship 2019, 3rd Russian Women Chess Solving Cup 2019, GPNTB Solving Cup 2019, Open Solving Tournament of WCCC 2019, 43rd World Chess Solving Championship 2019, 35th Open Swiss Solving Championship 2019.

The ranking of the top ten solvers had only a few changes within the group. The largest five gains have been achieved by women junior solver Aleksandra Safronova (RUS / +236.47!) ahead of junior solvers Ivan Novikov (RUS / +125.5!), Roy Ehrlich (ISR / +80.84) and Maksim Romanov (RUS / +79.67) and GM Martynas Limontas (LTU / +78.98).

Solvers’ ratings July 1st 2019

Solvers’ ratings as of July 1st 2019 produced by the Solving Tournament Manager are published!
14 tournaments of the 2ndquarter 2019 are included: 17th Baltic Solving Cup 2019, 40th Azerbaijan Chess Solving Championship 2019, Solving Championship of Russia (Juniors & Women) 2019, 27th Championship of Russia 2019, 27th Chess Solving Championship of Slovakia 2019, Open of the 33rd Ukrainian Solving Championship 2019, 43rd German Solving Championship 2019, 33rdUkrainian Championship 2019, Open Solving Tournament of ECSC 2019, 14th European Chess Solving Championship 2019, Open Solving Championship of Serbia 2019, 6th Israel Open Solving Championship 2019, 40th French Chess Solving Championship 2019, Open Solving Tournament of Tula 2019.

The ranking of the top ten solvers had again one significant change with junior solver and European champion IM Danila Pavlov (RUS) moving from place 9 up to place 5! The largest five gains have been achieved by junior solvers Maksim Romanov (RUS / +175.75!) and Danila Moiseev (RUS / +136.43!) ahead of Athanasios Spiliadis (GRE / +113.58) and junior solvers Konstantin Novikov (RUS / +95.29) and Aleksey Popov (RUS / +85.07).