Counties & District CC Championship

The Counties & District Correspondence Chess Championship (C&DCCC) failed to start for the 2011/12 season, the first time since 1922 apparently. Perhaps one of the reasons, although I do not know for certain, is that with 20 players needed for each team it was getting harder to fill each year. Fortunately, this year the English Chess Federation (ECF) has handed it over to the British Federation for Correspondence Chess (BFCC) who have re-organised it completely into three sections with teams of 10 players in the Ward-Higgs, 8 players in the Sinclair and 8 players in the Butler-Thomas. The first two sections are by webserver and the last by post. Each player will play two games against his opponent, one with White and one with Black. This is much more sensible than having teams of 20 players playing only one game with White (if you were lucky) or Black (unlucky). I felt like over the years that I played more games with Black pieces than White pieces, or so it seemed when faced with some of the top English players!

Here is one of my games played on Board 1 for Hertfordshire against ICCF GM Peter Coleman (2624) for Essex from the 2009/10 season. After 27 moves of a Sicilian Sveshnikov, White has FIVE pawns for a bishop, but it is difficult for him to effectively mobilise these pawns and White offers a draw on move 42: –

The 2012/13 season begins in October, hopefully, for many years to come!