4.YCCC: an invitation to young composers

black-yccc-transpThe 4th Youth Chess Composing Challenge 2019 / 4ый Юношеский турнир по составлению 2019, organized by the members of newly formed Youth Committee, offers themes for three genres: #2, h#2 and endgame.

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 deadline is 20. July 2019, and the prize-giving will take place at Vilnius WCCC, on 23. August 2019.

Invitation to Vilnius: 62nd WCCC & 43rd WCSC


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).

Download invitation as PDF | Official website: http://www.sachmatija.puslapiai.lt/wccc2019/

WCCC 2018 Bulletin

logo-OHRID2018The 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.

Update is planned at least for December, when, after the 3-month objection period, preliminary awards of pre-congress tourneys will be replaced by final ones. – Ivan Denkovski

42nd WCSC summary

logo-OHRID201820180907_211201The 42nd WCSC‘s summary page presents team and individual results, photos of the winners, the introductory words by competition director  Ivan Denkovski:

“As the director, I should better refrain from any predictions about the outcome of the championship, but nevertheless, I can say that it will really be a surprise if Poland does not continue its series of victories in the team competition.” →read more

61st WCCC – Highlights and Decisions

logo-OHRID201826 member countries were present. Neal Turner acted as substitute secretary.
WCCT: Mikalai Sihnevich (BLR) will be the director of the 11th WCCT. Countries are urged to submit their theme-proposals and inform about the sections they are willing to judge by 15 November 2018. The contact person is the WCCT committee spokesman, Georgy Evseev, 10wcct@gmail.com (same email address as in the previous tournament). It is hoped that the countries will submit sufficient feedback, so that the WCCT can be announced within March 2019.
WCCI: Selection of the judges for the 2016-18 WCCI was finalized. The announcement of the championship will be issued by the end of September and the closing date will be 20.1.2019. The results will be published on the site by the end of June 2019.
FIDE Album: Theme indexers are expected to finish their work by the end of 2018 and the 2013-15 album is scheduled to be ready in the 2019 congress. Selection of the section directors and judges for the 2016-18 album was finalized. The fairies section will be split in two groups (one group for fairies without conditions, and the other for fairies with conditions). The announcement of the 2016-18 album will be issued in early January 2019 with a closing date of 1 June 2019.  →more

42nd WCSC – FINAL results

logo-OHRID2018The 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!

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Final individual results | Final team results

Problems | Solutions

Final solving norms | Statistics


61st WCCC: Results of Solving Tournaments

. 42nd WCSC, day 1: Preliminary individual results | Preliminary team results

Open Solving tournament in the frames of the 61st WCCC:
Final results | Problems | Solutions | Solving norms | Statistics

05.09.2018. Machine Gun Results (director: Borislav Gadjanski) | Problems

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.

wsc2017-18-winnersWorld 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.

Winners of the WSC 2017/2018:
Martynas Limontas (LTU) | Vidmantas Satkus (LTU) | Piotr Murdzia (POL)

61st WCCC: first reports

logo-OHRID20183yccc-winners20180901_19481101.09.2018. 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).

ohrid-lake02.09.2018. 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).

20180903_10065003.09.2018. 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. 20180903_100151The 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.