The age limit for participants is extended to U23 – for all young composers born 1996 and later. Another important change is introduction of one easier theme in all three genres (black self-block), aimed to attract the youngest generations and newcomers. Two other themes should inspire more experienced participants.
The Lithuania Chess Composers’ Society would like to invite all delegates of the World Federation for Chess Composition (WFCC), chess solvers and chess composers, all those who are interested in chess problems and accompanying persons to attend the 62nd World Congress of Chess Composition (WCCC) and 43rd World Chess Solving Championship (WCSC).
The congress and the championship will be held in the hotel Crowne Plaza Vilnius (Vilnius, capital of Lithuania) from Saturday, 17 August 2019 (arrival), to Saturday, 24 August 2019 (departure), with the WCSC on Tuesday and Wednesday (20 and 21 August 2019).
The first version of the WCCC 2018 bulletin is assembled from the received and collected resources. It contains results of all competitions, and includes auto-generated table of contents and bookmarks, for easy navigation.
The 42nd WCSC‘s summary page presents team and individual results, photos of the winners, the introductory words by competition director Ivan Denkovski:
The 42nd World Chess Solving Championship brought the titles and new records to Piotr Murdzia and his team of Poland. Polish solvers became World champions for the 10th consecutive time, while Murdzia himself celebrated 8th individual win! The decade of Polish domination was rounded by the individual silver of the previous champion Kacper Piorun, after his four consecutive wins. The most pleasant surprise was the bronze medal and GM norm for Tomaš Peitl, 25-years old Slovakian solver.
If the team winners remained the same and the third place of Great Britain, earned by two ex-champions, came as no surprise, the fresh air came from several young stars. 15-years old Danila Pavlov was the 4th individual with GM norm and lead Russia to silver medal. 15-years Kirill Shevchenko won IM norm and lifted up the Ukrainian team to the 4th place, while the biggest gain in rating was made by 14-years old Ilija Serafimović from Serbia. The new generation should be closely followed!
05.09.2018. 42nd WCSC: Preliminary individual results | Preliminary team results | Problems | Solutions | Preliminary solving norms
Please send appeals to Ivan Denkovski and Axel Steinbrink until 06.09.2018, 9.00.
World Solving Cup 2017/2018 FINAL: WCCC Open 2018, Ohrid, 3.9.2018
Winner: John Nunn (GBR) | The average rating of top ten solvers: 2.604
The WSC category of the tournament: 1
More details and the current WSC standing are published in Competitions→Solving→WSC: 2017/18 Calendar.
01.09.2018. In the Metropol hotel, on the beautiful lake of Ohrid, 61st WCCC was opened with musical program and welcome speeches. As a part of the opening ceremony, the results of the pre-congress competitions were announced. The medals, certificates and cups were given to the winners of the 3rd YCCC (on the photo: Alexey Popov, Ilija Serafimović and Danila Pavlov) and the two Internet tourneys (h#2 and h#n).
02.09.2018. First session of the WFCC announced the program of Committees during the week that started in a summer atmosphere. The evening hours were devoted to traditional Quick composing tourneys (#2 and h#2).
03.09.2018. Open solving tourney, attracted 87 participants. See preliminary results and send possible remarks to the director Ivan Denkovski and his assistant Axel Steinbrink until 04.09.2018. 9.00 AM. Final result will be published in the second part of the same day. The third day of the Congress ended with very interesting lectures by Andrey Selivanov (S#), bernd ellinghoven (h#), Paz Einat (#2), showing new goals in different genres of chess composition. The second part of the lectures was on possible improvements of the rating system for solvers. Harri Hurme and Tomaš Peitl presented different ideas and results of their investigations, with the hope to come to final proposals in 2019.