Don’t forget….


Nov 16th-18th 24th 24th
South Wales Autumn Congress Junior Rapidplay Congress Welsh Secondary School Championships
Rougemont School,
The Cathedral School,
The Cathedral School,
Entry Form         Entries @ 11/11/18 Entry Form Entry Form 
25th 27th Dec 2nd
South Wales Blitz Cardiff Stadium Day WCPL
Llandaff Community Hall,
Cardiff City Stadium, 
Various Venues
Entry Form Entry Form  



WCPL Round 1

The Welsh Chess Premier League commenced on 4th November with three very close matches all ending with the score 3.5/2.5.

Cardigan produced a very strong top board clean sweep to beat Nidum.

Cardiff beat the new team, The Full Ponty, thanks to wins for Alex Bullen and Tom Brown.

Finally, Abergavenny came away from Llanelli with a victory due to a greater strength on the lower boards.

The closeness of the results indicates that it could be a very exciting tournament this year.–

Report by Paul Hatchett

First Rank Edition 15

This can be viewed here.

Strong performances in the 2018 NYCA in Kenilworth

On Saturday, November 3rd a team from South Wales came second to perennial winners Sussex in the Under 16 section of the National Youth Chess Association inter county competition in Kenilworth. Our team of eight scored 18.5 points out of 24 and the bottom five players all scored 100% three out of three.

The final scores were: Sussex 19, South Wales 18.5, Cheshire and North Wales 12, Richmond 9, Warwickshire 7.5, Maidenhead 6.

In the Under 12 section our team scored 22 points out of 36 to come third. The final scores were: Sussex 23.5, Maidenhead 22.5, South Wales 22, Warwickshire 20.5, Cheshire and North Wales 14.5,  Richmond 13,  Wirral 9.

Report by Ian Eustis


First Rank All Editions @ 2/11/2018

These are newsletters for Chess in Schools in Europe.

Edition 1 Edition 8
Edition 2 Edition 9
Edition 3 Edition 10
Edition 4 Edition 11
Edition 5 Edition 12
Edition 6 Edition 13 (including an interview with Sarah Kett)
Edition 7 Edition 14









Dyfed Closed Championship 2018

Held at the Emlyn Café at Tanygroes on the 27th/28th October the event was reasonably well attended by 14 Dyfed players.

The tournament prize winners were:

=1st – Rudy van Kemenade 2023 (Aberystwyth) – 4/5

=1st – David Buttell 1831 (Carmarthen) – 4/5

  3rd – Gerry Heap 2163 (Carmarthen) – 3.5/5

Under 1600 Grading Prize

Ray Greenwood 1234 (Steynton) – 2.5/5 Continue reading Dyfed Closed Championship 2018

2018 West Wales Congress Update

Please note that the games can now be downloaded from the Games page.

ECU Newsletter October 2018

The latest edition can be downloaded here.

New online FIDE Trainers Seminar

Please note that there is a new online FIDE Trainers’ Seminar.

It is going to be held on the website on the 24-25th of November.

For more details, please find the prospectus in the link. 

If you have any questions, feel free to contact

Best regards,
FIDE Trainers’ Commission

World Youth Championships 2018

The World Youth Chess Championships 2018 are taking place in Porto Carras, Halkidiki, Greece from October 20th to 30th. The Welsh representatives are Hugo Fowler in the U16 Open and Ifan Rathbone-Jones in the U14 Open. The boys arrived on the 19th after an early start to catch pre dawn flights.

There are over 630 participants from 79 countries competing in 6 sections U14, 16 and 18 Open and U 14, 16 and 18 Girls. The playing venue is the Olympyk Conference Centre a short walk from the hotel accommodation across gardens and a marina.

The accommodation is a 5* resort boasting a beachfront location and numerous leisure facilities including a number of swimming pools (although these are barely in use, as players are preparing their games).

It is apparent that security and anti cheating measures are being taken very seriously (probably to be expected after the events at the European Youth). As well as no mobile phones being allowed in the venue and no person other than a player or arbiter being allowed in the playing hall, the live boards have a 30 minute delay. Players can be scanned with metal detectors on entry and are scanned on visiting the bathrooms. Moreover, players can be asked to leave the hall and thoroughly searched


Round 1 Report

Round 2 Report

Round 3 Report

Round 4 Report

Round 5 Report

Round 6 Report

Round 7 Report

Round 8 Report

Round 9 Report

Round 10 Report

Round 11 Report

All games can be downloaded here.

2nd Junior Congress Results

The results of the 2nd Junior Congress were as follows:

Open: 1st Ethan Chung 4/6
            =2nd Ellison Smith and Callum Smith 3/6

Premier: =1st Anshul Swamy and Andy Wang 4/5
                 =3rd  Harri Gilbert and William Roberts

Major: =1st Rio Northey and Alex Lawrence 5/6
                3rd Govind Anandkumar 4.5/6

Starters: =1st Gwennan Evans and Sophia Hussain 4/6
                 =3rd Matthew Bale and Nabeel Hussain 2/6

Full results are below: Continue reading 2nd Junior Congress Results