World Championship in Composing for Individuals – General Rules



1. The WCCI is organized with the authority of the PCCC – FIDE. The championship should be announced in advance.

2. The WCCI is open to all composers from all member federations of the FIDE.

3. The WCCI includes the following sections: a) Twomovers, b) Threemovers, c) Moremovers, d) Endgame studies, e) Helpmates, f) Selfmates, g) Fairies and h) Retro problems.

4. Three judges in each section grade the compositions. The PCCC gives instructions on the choice of the judges. Only competent judges, with the title “International Judge of the FIDE for Chess Composition” will be invited to make the awards. The final choice of the judges and the Tournament Director lies with the PCCC. The judge cannot participate as competitor in his section, but he is free to enter all other sections.

5. A composer may send in each section max. six compositions, published in a defined three years period. Corrected compositions or versions may participate in a period when they are published. Joint compositions are not allowed. It is not allowed to send compositions for somebody else. The best four compositions count for the final result.

6. Entries should be in five copies, stamped on uniform diagrams, with the author’s name, publication data with eventual reward, stipulation and full solution clearly written on the front of each diagram, and eventual comment. The algebraic notation is to be used. Compositions should be send to the Tournament Director. He sends them to the judges.

7. The judge gives marks to all compositions according to a 0 – 4 scale (with the same criterion as for Album FIDE). He sends marks to the Tournament Director. Judges may exclude incorrect or anticipated compositions from the tourney with the agreement of the Tournament Director.

8. Tournament Director calculates the results. The final mark of the particular composition is an average of the marks from all three judges. The final mark is rounded on two decimals.

9. A sum of a composer’s four best compositions is calculated for his final result. A champion in each section becomes a composer with the highest sum of his best four compositions. In a case of equal final results the better highest ranked composition decides. If they are still the same, the second ranked composition decides, etc. If all compositions have the same marks, composers share places.

10. The results of all composers are announced in the final report. The compositions (the best four) with eventual comments should be published for at least three best composers in each section. The three compositions with the highest marks in a section should also be published if they not belong to the winners. The official documents (announcement and award) should be written in at least one of the official languages of the FIDE. The PCCC decides about the publisher of a booklet.

11. The three best composers in each section should be awarded a Certificate of Honour.

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