Don’t forget….

Mar 2019   
23rdWelsh Rapidplay Championships
Pencoed Miners Welfare Hall,
Bridgend CF355PE
Entry Form
Entries @ 21 March
24thWelsh Blitz Championships
Pencoed Miners Welfare Hall,
Bridgend CF355PE
Entry Form
Entries @ 21 March
30thChess event for Secondary School playersWhitchurch Rugby Club,
Samuels Crescent,
Cardiff CF14 2TH
For Entry Form contact
7thWCU AGMPencoed Miners Welfare Hall,
Bridgend CF355PE
2.00pm start
7thUK Land Chess Challenge 2019Chepstow Methodist Church
Albion Square
19th-22ndWelsh ChampionshipsRadisson Park Inn Hotel,
Circle Way East,
Cardiff, CF239XF
Entry Form



Saturday 30 March: Chess event for Secondary School players

On Saturday 30 March there will be afternoon of fast-paced, light-hearted chess for secondary school players all standards. This will be held at Whitchurch Rugby club, the home of North Cardiff chess club, from 2-5 p.m. (the full address is Whitchurch Rugby Sports & Social Club, Samuels Crescent, Velindre Road, Cardiff, CF14 2TH).

Attendance is free. Players will be divided into teams at random, giving everyone a chance of success while having the opportunity to get to know new players.

Those that wish to attend should send an e-mail to Richard Stevenson, who can be contacted at:

UK Land Chess Challenge 2019: An opportunity to qualify

A local round of the UK Land Chess Challenge will be held on Sunday 7 April in Chepstow. It will provide an opportunity for children that have not had a chance to play in the UK Land Chess Challenge through their school or local chess club, and a second chance for children that have already participated in this competition this year.

The competition in Chepstow will take place in Chepstow Methodist Church (NP16 5DA) from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. Richard can be contacted on 01291 629640, or by e-mailing

If there are any proceeds, they will go to support junior chess in Chepstow.

2019 Welsh Junior Championships (U16,13,11,9) Results

The results were:

U11 Championship

1st   Sridatta Dantu
2nd  Tom Davies
3rd   Ashika Shahameeran

U9 Championship

1st   Govind Anandkumar
2nd  Seb Hoccom
3rd  Jamie Lau Jones

U11 Major

1st   Govind Anandkumar
2nd  Joseph Elliott
3rd   Dylan Haddow

A O Jones Rapidplay Results

The joint winners were Friedemann Brock (2241 Germany), currently working at Swansea Uni & Ian Jones 4.5/5, so Ian receieved the A O Jones trophy.

34 players entered, 2 failed to show, but 2 new entrants turned up on the day.

Continue reading A O Jones Rapidplay Results

Steve Christmas RIP

Sad news has reached us that Steve Christmas (Pontypool and Nelson Chess Clubs) passed away on 6th March.

Those who knew Steve might also have known his oldest daughter Rose Christmas, a keen chess player like her father. Steve also leaves a wife Theresa, and younger daughter Cherry.

The Management Board wish to extend their sincere condolences to Steve’s family and friends at this very sad time.

The funeral will take place on 1st April 2019 2.15pm at Thonhill Crematorium.

Management Board Vacancies

As the 2019 WCU AGM is on 7th April, would all WCU members please note that the following Management Board posts will be vacated at the meeting and that volunteers are required to fill these vacancies.

National Rating Officer

Publicity Director

Would anyone interested in filling either of these posts please inform the Executive Director (email – executive as soon as possible.

WCPL Round 4

The games can now be downloaded from the Games page.

Welsh Primary Schools Championships Results

The Welsh Primary Schools Championships took place at Merthyr Tydfil on 9th March. The Championship attracted 24 teams and also 32 individual players.
Prize winners are as follows:

Champions        St John’s College, Cardiff
2nd                  Rhydypenau Primary School A
3rd                  Rhydypenau Primary School B

Further prizes were awarded to:

Rhydypenau Primary School C
Cwrt Rawlin Primary School
Birchgrove Primary School A
Gwaelod y Garth Primary School A

The Individual Championship was won by Anshul Swamy.
Evan Lewis, Ali Amar and Hassan Amar were equal 2nd

Photos of the prize winners below:

Fischer’s Catch at the 4NCL

The report by Olivia Smith can be viewed here.

First Rank Newsletter Edition 21

The newsletter can be viewed here.