WELSH JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS (Under 14, 12, 10 , 8) 9th-10th Feb, MERTHYR TYDFIL

Entries are still being taken for these Championships. You can find the entry form here Entries to 8/2/19:UNDER !4 CHAMPIONSHIPJoel Chung, Harrison Postans, Alex Lawrence, Hiya Ray, Madeleine Smith, Tycho Twohig, Anish Choudhury, Neil StevensonUNDER 12 CHAMPIONSHIPBence Szakmany, Daniel Chung, Rio Northey, Milo Davies, Ethan Chung, Jonathan Davies, Arnan Kulkani, Ashika Shahameeran, Bradley Parfitt, […]


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Once again held at Cardiff County Hall and supported by both Cardiff City Council and the Rotary Club of Cardiff Bay the Championships were held on 3rdFebruary, celebrating the 30th anniversary of the first Championships in 1989. We are extremely grateful to Cardiff City Council and the Rotary Club of Cardiff Bay for […]

Welsh Girls Championship Results

The 2019 Welsh Girls’ Championships were held at Ysgol Gymraeg Caerffili on 26th January.

The lower age groups were paired as one large group with the following prizewinners:

U8: 1st Nona Roberts,

2nd Lydia Thomas 

3rd Amelie Caesar

U9: 1st Vivien Townsend

2nd  Gwennan Evans

U10: 1st Isabella Caesar

2nd  […]

Junior Congress Results

The winners were:

Starters’ (7 player all-play-all) 

1st= Tom Griffiths and Jamie Lau-Jones  6/7, 

3rd Nathaniel Ekemani 5/7

Major (6 round Swiss) 

1st=  Hassan Amar and Govind Anandkumar 5,

3rd Robert Sequeira 4.5   (18 entered)

Premier (6 round Swiss) 

1st Daniel Seymour 5.5,

2nd Ahmed Bilal 5, […]

First Rank Newsletter Edition 1 2019

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World Cadets Championship, Spain, Nov 3-16

Belated news from the World Cadets Tournament held in Santiago in Spain during November.

Hiya Ray was the only Welsh player to take part, playing in the Girls U12 Championship. She was given financial support with a bursary from the WCU. These bursaries are to support players whose rating suggests they have a good […]

Junior Quadrangular Results

The annual quadrangular tournament was held in Liverpool on 8th-9th December.Wales best placing was 2nd in the U16, 2.5 game points behind the winners Scotland. The U14 team finished 3rd, but were only beaten by the winners Scotland. The U12 competition was very close with Wales in last place, but only 3 game points […]

Welsh Junior Rapidplay Championships Results

The Junior Rapidplay Championships were played on Saturday 15th December at Bishop Hedley school in Merthyr.

The prizewinners were:-U8 Championship (7 players) Joint champions:  Aaryan Pandit  and Hasan Amar    3rd= Govind Anandkumar, James Choung, Gruff DafyddU10 Championship  (9 players) Champion: Tom Davies   2nd  Evan Lewis   3rd= Wangsu Xu, Isabella Caesar, Henry GoldsmithU12 […]

First Rank Edition 18

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  Playing at home on Sat 1st of December 2018, St John emerged as the victors in this 5 round Swiss tournament.   The six teams that took part in this competition were:  Dell, Rhydypennau A and B, Ysgol y Wern, St John and Broadfield primary who travelled from Swindon.   With scores tied at […]