9th ICCF Veterans’ World Cup (VWC)

Saturday, April 30, 2016: Announcement

The ICCF Congress in Bulgaria in 2008 decided that following the great popularity of the first tournament amongst older players, that new Veterans’ World Cups would be started every year. Working in collaboration with ICCF, the English Federation for Correspondence Chess (EFCC) will organise the 9th Veterans’ World Cup tournament.


The first stage of the 9th ICCF Veterans’ World Cup will start on 1st September 2016.


As with the previous VWCs, the event will be organised in three stages which will allow several players from each group stage to advance to the Semi-finals and Final. The number of promotions will depend on total entries received, but it is envisaged that groups at the preliminary stage will comprise of 11 players (10 games) or 13 players (12 games) played by webserver with a rate of play of 10 moves in 40 days. Playing time in each stage will be about 18 months with a fixed closing date specified at the outset.




The 9th ICCF Veterans’ World Cup is open to all players who are 60 years old or more at the start date of the tournament. Therefore players have to be at least 60 years old on 1st September 2016.




Players may enter:


  • through their National Federations (contact your National Federation for the amount of the entry fee)

  • where eligible, via the ICCF Direct Entry system. The entry fee by Direct Entry will be €14.25. 


Entries via National Federations should contain the following information for each player:


- Player’s name

- Date of birth

- Email address


- number of entries


Although the number of preliminary groups which each player may enter is unlimited, no player will qualify for more than two Semi-final groups or more than one place in the Final.


Prize fund


A prize fund of €6,000 will be available for this event as agreed at the 2013 ICCF Congress. The exact distribution of this prize fund will be determined once the number of entries and groups are known. Trophies will also be awarded to those finishing in first, second and third place in the Final.




Entries via National Federations should be forwarded by email to the Tournament Organiser Ian M Pheby, email: ian.pheby@tiscali.co.uk to reach him before 1st August 2016. It would be appreciated if National Federations would send entries “as received” and not delay them until the closing date.


Closing date for Direct Entries is 1st August 2016.


All veteran chess players are heartily invited to enter this tournament, both for the enjoyment of games and for friendly contact/communication with senior players around the World.


National Federations are asked to give the tournament wide publicity to their veteran players.



Dr. Guido Bresadola Frank Geider Andrew Dearnley

ICCF Non Title Tournament ICCF World Tournament EFCC President

Commissioner Director



Tournament Organiser: SIM Ian M Pheby, IA

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