Upcoming Events

Don’t forget….

21st April 22nd April
Megafinal  WCPL Round 4
St Teilo’s Church in Wales High School
Circle Way East
Cardiff CF239PD
Melyncryddan Community Centre,
Crythan Road, Neath SA11 1TB
Info Info
28th April 29th April
Welsh Rapidplay Championship
There are two sections:
1. Championship   
2. Under 1600 (for players with a national rating under 1600)
Welsh Blitz Championship
Pencoed Miners Welfare Hall
Bridgend CF355PE
Pencoed Miners Welfare Hall
Bridgend CF355PE
Entry Form Entry Form
5th May
Various venues





Chess Players / Teachers / Parents

Momentum is growing in Junior Chess and more adults are needed to help out.  The charity “Chess in Schools and Communities” (CSC) are running a course to encourage people to get involved on either a paid or voluntary basis.  The course will cover:

· Techniques for teaching chess—practical exercises

· Resources available from CSC including a syllabus

· Classroom Management Skills

· Benefits of chess

· Chess variants

You do not need to be a chess player—just interested in chess !

The course is being held on Thursday 26 April from 9.30 to 4 at The Park Inn City Centre Cardiff, Mary Ann Street, CF10 2JH.

For further information and to book a place go 


Sarah Kett      (029) 2061 3870


ECU Newsletter March 2018

The March 2018 ECU newsletter can now be downloaded from here.

Three tie at Welsh Championships

At the 2017/18 Welsh Championship held in Cardiff over Easter weekend, there was a three way tie for 1st place between Gerry Heap, David Jameson and Sven Zeidler.

The Ladies,  Under 21 and Under 18 Championship was won by Venetia Sivarjasingam.

There was also a tie for 1st place in the Tom Weston Major between Nicholas Evans and Dominic Gibbs.

The Minor was won by Alun Smith. Continue reading Three tie at Welsh Championships

Welsh Championship weekend games now available

The games from the 2018 Welsh Championship, Tom Weston Open Major and John Bishop Minor are now available for download from the Games page.

Gwilym Moses RIP

Sad news has reached us that Bridgend Chess Club member Gwilym Moses passed away on Monday March 26th 2018. He was 92.

He will be sadly missed by all at Bridgend Chess Club.

Funeral details are:

Funeral at Coychurch Crematorium, Bridgend, CF35 6AB on Friday, 27th April at 2.15 pm.

After at Pontyclun Athletic Club, CF72 9EH

No flowers, but those who wish can make a donation to Cancer Research, Wales.

St John’s retains Welsh Primary School Championships

St John’s, Cardiff, were convincing winners of the 2018 Welsh Primary School Championships held at Bishop Hedley School Merthyr Tydfil, on Saturday 24 March. The team of four won all five matches, and netted 18 game points out of as possible 20.

Three schools shared second place with 8 match points: Rhydypenau A, Caedraw A and Melin Gruffydd. The best performance for a B-team came from St John’s, netting 7 match points, and The Dell and Rhydypenau shared the top spot for C teams, netting 4 match points.

Continue reading St John’s retains Welsh Primary School Championships

St John’s qualify for ECF Under 19 Open finals

St John’s, Cardiff, have qualified for the national finals of the ECF Under 19 Open (formerly The Sunday Times and then the Times Championship) by beating Chepstow School on tie-break, after the match finished 3-3. The team of Shayanna Sivarajasingam, Anlan Qui, Hiya Ray, Danield Jaberansari, Aron Callist and Anish Choudhury progress to the finals, where they will be one of 16 teams from all over the UK. The finals will be played at Uppingham on 3-4 July.

Continue reading St John’s qualify for ECF Under 19 Open finals

2017/18 Welsh Rapidplay now rearranged for 28th April

Please note that the Frank Hatto Memorial Welsh Individual Rapidplay Championships has now been rearranged for 28th April 2018 at Pencoed.

Please also note that players who entered this event in December are asked to contact Kevin Staveley to confirm they will be playing.

The entry form can be downloaded here.

Richard Jones wins Geof Tyrrell Best Game Prize 2017

In this the eighth year of the competition in memory of Geof, the judges, Stuart Hutchings, Dave James and Howard Williams, looked at 24 games which met our basic criteria.  In short, these are wins or draws by Welsh players against foreign opposition rated both 2250 or over and 150 points or more above the Welsh player. The number of games which met these criteria was well down on the 2016 total (24 as against 42), but that was still rather more than the 2015 total.  It’s also probably worth noting that 2016  was an Olympiad year and also featured two Welsh teams in the European Club Cup (no Welsh entrants in 2017). These events generated 11 qualifying games in 2016. Continue reading Richard Jones wins Geof Tyrrell Best Game Prize 2017

Dyfed Open games now available

The games from the Dyfed Open can now be downloaded from the Games page.