Trios Championship now available

OK you have achieved the BCCA Candidate Master & BCCA Master Titles why continue to play Trios? To become a Trios Champion and win £80!

Starting from Class 3 Trio No. 49 all Class 3 winners (must be outright wins no 2 or 3 way draws go through) will be eligible to enter a Championship Trio Semi-Final, once we have three entries a Championship Trio Semi-Final will start and the winner will go through to the Trio Championship  Final and a guaranteed cash prize.

When we have three Semi-Final Winners a Final will be set up with a Cash Prize of £80 for the winner, £40 for second and £20 for third. In the event of a two or three way draw the prize fund will be split accordingly. There will be no entry fee for the final.

The Trios Championship will continue to run on a continuous basis for Class 3 Trio winners.

Don’t miss out – enter a Trio today, BCCA Candidate Masters and players rated > 2200 start in Class 3 

John Brasier awarded ICCF Title!

Congratulations to BCCA member John Brasier who has been awarded the ICCF Title “Correspondence Chess Expert”! The Title Norms were obtained in a German Masters strong event: and the North Atlantic Team Tournament playing for England:  Given John’s rating is now well over 2400 I hope that other higher ICCF Titles will soon be in his grasp. Well played John!

Webserver Trios – January Update

January has been a busy month for Steve Cole, the Trios Tournament Organiser and TD with 7 Trios decided. Steve is doing an excellent job having taken over from Tony Cannon at the start of 2016 and we are sure all the players will join in our appreciation of the time and effort he devotes to running the Tournament.

Congratulations to Dennis Broadway on achieving 3 more BCCA Master Points by winning Class 3 Trio  No. 38 and  with an impressive score of 3.5/4. Dennis now has a total of 18 BM Points – just 2 more needed for the title.

Paul Armiger has won his second Class 1 Trio No.139 with a perfect score of 4/4 – very well played Paul. He has been awarded 2 BCCA Candidate Master Points bringing his total to 4. He has also been promoted to Class 2 where 4 BCM Points are available for a win.

Greg Hughes is the winner of Class 1 Trio No.152 with a score of 4/4 and has been awarded 2 BCM Points bringing his total to 17, only 3 more needed for the Title. Greg will now play in Class 2.

Congratulations to Leslie Eastoe on winning Class 2 Trio No.68 and 4 BCM Points with an impressive score of 3.5/4. This win brings Leslie’s total BCM Points to 23 and he has been awarded the BCCA Candidate Master Title. He will now play in Class 3 and start his BCCA Master Campaign. Very well played sir!

New Member Carlos Almarza Mato has won Class 1 Trio No.148 with a score of 3.5/4 and received his first 2 BCM Points, well played Carlos. He is now playing in Class 2 where tougher opposition awaits.

Robert Bruce has won Class 2 Trio No.75 scoring 3/4 – well played Robert. The 4 BCM points have taken Robert to a total of 18 so if he wishes he can play in both Class 2 and Class 3 where BM Points are available.

Congratulations to Maurice Carter on winning  Class 1 Trio No. 136 with an impressive score of 3.5/4. Maurice has been promoted to class 2 and awarded 2 BCCA Candidate Master Points taking his total to 8 (20 needed to gain the title).




BCCA Teams involved in close finish in Welsh tournament

The 2nd Welsh Member Organisations Team Tournament, which began in December 2015, has a very exciting finish in store. With only 5 games remaining (out of 105 initially), there are still three teams in with a shout at victory: BCCA Cougars, SCCA “A” and BCCA Wildcats. The tournament crosstable can be seen here: This tournament, provided free by the Welsh CC Federation, has provided some excellent chess and there is no reason why this event should not get stronger every year. There are six BCCA teams (24 players) in the 2016 event which started last month.

If your name is not down to represent BCCA in tournaments or matches, you are missing some excellent opportunities. Contact the Match Captain, Neil Limbert, to add your name to the list.

DJ Rogers †

BCCA has only just learned that Life member John Rogers passed away in late 2015 – very sad news.  John was responsible for writing two Histories of the BCCA and many members will still have these books. He was also Editor of the BCCA magazine during the 1970’s & member of the Executive Committee in the 1990’s.  RIP.

New BCCA Candidate Master: Alex Relyea

Alex Relyea has become the first BCCA member in 2017 to earn the BCCA Candidate Master Title. He accumulated the necessary 20 points from 2nd place in a 2016 Silver Medal tournament; 3rd place in a 2015 Silver Medal tournament; Winner of a BCCA Candidates Tournament & a Class 2 Trio. Well played Alex!

The full list of BCCA Title holders can be found here:

The full list of Points Awarded for players who do not yet have a BCCA Title can be found here:

BCCA Matches – Players Required

We have 3 Matches in the pipeline: 1 by webserver & 2 by post:-

1/ NATCOR (Webserver): I need around 15 players rated 2200 or below in a webserver Friendly Match. Each player will face one opponent over two games.

2/ NATCOR (Postal): I need 6-10 players for a Postal Match on the same basis as above.

3/ SWEDEN (Postal): International postal matches are a rarity these days so this is a good opportunity for postal players. I need 10-12 players.

If you are interested in any (or all!) of these Matches, please contact Neil Limbert before January 26. Thank you!

Webserver Trios – December Update

Well played to William Houpt on winning Class 2 Trio No. 65 with a perfect score of 4/4. William has now been promoted to class 3 and awarded his first 4 BCCA Candidate Master Points. He can now play in both classes until he achieves the BCM Title.

Congratulations to SIM Andrew Dearnley on winning Class 3 Trio No.35 with an impressive score of 3.5/4 Andrew has been awarded 3 BCCA Master Points giving him a total of 20 and the BCCA Master Title, very well played !

BCM Dennis Broadway edged  out his fellow BCM’s in the Class 3 Trio No.43 with a score of 3/4. Dennis is awarded 3 BCCA Master Points taking his total to 15 (only 5 more points needed to gain the BM title).

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