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).

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ISC 2019 – preliminary results

“Now we have the completed preliminary results of the ISC 2019. The reports of the Solving Tournament Manager (STM): Preliminary results Cat.1Preliminary results Cat.2Preliminary results Cat.3

This year we had 648 solvers (cat-1 261, cat-2 151, cat-3 236) from 48 countries and 49 tournaments in 33 countries.

Thank you to all local controllers. You make this tournament to a great success.

I want to give a special thank to

  • Misha Mladenovic who entered all the results of cat-2 and cat-3 into the STM for those tournaments where the local controller didn’t use the STM and also for all help concerning the STM in general.
  • Luc Palmans for selecting most of the problems and for the excellent preparing of problem and solution sheets.
  • Borislav Gadjanski for his help with all activities concerning Mat Plus
  • Julia Vysotska who improved the solving sheets before the tournament (and for her great help with the results of UAE).
  • all Local controllers who used the STM for their results “

Axel Steinbrink, Central controller of ISC 2019.

15th ISC problems and solutions:
Problems cat.1 | Problems cat.2 | Problems cat.3 | Solutions cat.1 | Solutions cat.2 | Solutions cat.3

7th FIDE World Cup in Composing 2019 (C 1.3.2019)

FIDE-logoThe World Chess Federation (, with the collaboration of the World Federation for Chess Composition (, is organising the 7th FIDE World Cup in Composing in eight sections.

The tournament will be conducted from February 1st to August 1st, 2019. The deadline for entries’ submission is March 1st, 2019. The final results will be published not later than August 1st, 2019.

Top-results of ISC-2019

“This year we had 49 tournaments in 33 countries. There were more than 600 solvers which is a new record. Preliminary result of Cat-1 (solvers with 50+ points): 

Name Points Time
Murdzia 60 215
Nunn 59 217
Caillaud 55 240
Pavlov 54 240
Piorun 53,5 235
Borodavkin 53,5 240
Voigt 52,5 226
Zude 52,5 235
Sidiropoulos 50 236

I hope to publish preliminary result for all three categories next weekend.”

Axel Steinbrink, Central controller of ISC 2019.

15th ISC problems and solutions:
Problems cat.1 | Problems cat.2 | Problems cat.3 | Solutions cat.1 | Solutions cat.2 | Solutions cat.3

World Solving Cup 2018/2019 – Warsaw 19./20.01.2019

17th Warsaw Solving Grand Prix 2019 | 4th tournament of World Solving Cup 2018/2019
Participants: 16 | Winner: Piotr Murdzia (POL) ahead of Martynas Limontas (LTU) and Aleksandr Bulavka (BLR)
Average rating of top ten solvers: 2418.66 | WSC category: 5

Leaders World Solving Cup: 1. Danila Pavlov (RUS) 40 points, 2. Martynas Limontas (LTU) 29 points, 3. Piotr Murdzia (POL) 27 points (2682.36 Perf. Rating), 4.Aleksey Popov (RUS) 27 points (2429.31 Perf. Rating), 5. Dolf Wissmann (NED) 25 points.

More details are published in Competitions → Solving → World Solving Cup (WSC) → 2018/19 Calendar.

Open of the 17th Warsaw Solving Grand Prix 2019
Winner: Danila Pavlov (RUS) ahead of Piotr Murdzia (POL) and Aleksandr Bulavka (BLR) / Andrey Selivanov (RUS) with shared 3rd place
More details are published in Competitions→Solving→Other rated/remarkable solving tournaments 2019 Calendar.

ISC 2019: Initial statistics

Axel Steinbrink, Central controller of ISC 2019, informs: “At the moment we have 32 countries with 49 tournaments all over the world. New countries: Luxembourg and United Arab Emirates. This is a new record (last year 31 / 46)!”

Solvers’ ratings January 1st 2019

Solvers’ ratings as of January 1st 2019 produced by the Solving Tournament Manager are published!
8 tournaments of the 4th quarter 2018 are included: 3rd Solving Cup Byron Zappas (Greece), 27th Kedainiai Cup (Lithuania), 34th Open Swiss Solving Championship, 11th Albino Cup (Belarus), 1st Pavle Orlov Memorial (Serbia), 25th Belgian Championship , 29th Henk Hagedoorn Memorial (Netherlands), New Year’s Tournament 2019 (Serbia).

The ranking of the top ten solvers remains unchanged. The largest five gains have been achieved by Danila Moiseev (RUS / +51.81!), Ilija Serafimović (SRB / +24.71), Vladimir Blokhin (RUS / +23.76), Aleksey Popov (RUS / +23.64 and Andy Ooms (BEL / +22.06) – three of them juniors!