15.ECSC: the presentation

After three years we met again at the European Chess Solving Championship. The event in Riga brought back to the field many old friends, and we were also happy to welcome a number of new ones – almost a quarter of the participants were debutantes. Danila Pavlov convincingly defended his title (overall and among juniors), finishing well ahead of the second-placed Piotr Murdzia and the third-placed Tomáš Peitl.

While the outcome of the individual competition was mostly certain already after the fifth round, the suspense in the team competition continued up to the last minute. In a spectacular finish, led by the young Ilija Serafimović, Serbia outran Lithuania as well as Slovakia, whose third team place was further accompanied by Marek Kolčák’s win in the senior competition. The women’s competition was won by the fifteen-year old Marina Putinceva. /Ivan Denkovski, 15.ECSC director/

→ presentation of final results 15.ECSCofficial website of 15. ECSC RIGA

World Solving Cup 2021/2022 – Riga 13.05.2022

ECSC Open Solving 2022 | 5th tournament of World Solving Cup 2021/2022:
Participants: 56
Winner: Danila Pavlov (FID) ahead of Bojan Vučković (SRB) and David Hodge (GBR)
1st GM norm and 2nd IM norm of David Hodge (GBR) and 1st FM norm of Mihnea Costachi (ROU)
Average rating of top ten solvers: 2530.04 | WSC category: 3
Top 5 World Solving Cup: 1. Danila Pavlov (FID) 55 points, 2. Piotr Murdzia (POL) 46 points, 3. David Hodge (GBR) 33 points, 4. Bojan Vučković (SRB) 31 points, 5. Jorma Paavilainen (FIN) 21 points.

More details are published in Competitions→Solving→World Solving Cup (WSC)→2021/22.

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

11th WCCT: Claims & Replies

The claims of the 11th WCCT were published on December 29th, 2021 on the page of the tournament.

These are the claims concerning formal soundness, comparison problems and misprints in the entries to the 11th WCCT, as well as the replies received.

Introduction | Section A | Section B | Section C | Section D | Section E | Section F | Section G | Section H | The whole document

The judgments should be sent to the tournament director by August 1st, 2022 (new date!)

Harry Fougiaxis

Extension of FIDE Album submission deadline

Further to the recent announcement for the extension of the deadline for the reports of judges and judging countries in WCCI and WCCT, WFCC decided to extend also the date of submission of compositions to the FIDE Album 2019-21 to 1st of August 2022, in order to provide sufficient time to the Ukrainian problemists to prepare their submissions.