Tom Thorpe awarded FIDE Arbiter title

Congratulations are in order to Tom Thorpe who was recently awarded the FIDE Arbiter title at the 88th FIDE Congress in Antalya, Turkey.

South Penlan Chess Club

A new chess club has opened in Penlan, Swansea.

The details are below:

South Penlan Community Centre

Heol Frank, Penlan, Swansea, SA5 7AH

Players of all ages and abilities welcome

Fridays 4pm -6pm


Paul on 07592266526 or

ECU Newsletter May 2018

The May edition of the ECU Newsletter can be viewed here.

GDPR – Urgent

Today, 25th May 2018, the new GDPR Data Protection Regulations came into force.

Mark Adams has kindly created documents to inform Parents, Clubs and Zones on the impact the regulations will have on how data is aquired and stored.

There is a new tab at the top of the page and link on the left […]

Urgent! The WCU require a new Finance Director shortly

Would all members please note that the office of WCU Finance Director will become vacant on 31st August 2018.

Therefore, would all zones please seek a volunteer for this role as a matter of urgency and certainly during the zonal AGM’s.

RIP GM Evgeni Andreyevitch Vasiukov

It is with great sadness that the WCU has learned that GM Evgeni Andreyevitch Vasiukov died on 10th May.

As a chessplayer he was among the strongest players at his peak having won the Moscow Championships six times.

He regularly competed for Russia in the World and European Seniors Team Championships until last year.

The […]

New Correspondence Chess players needed!

If you have ever thought of giving Correspondence Chess a try, Wales are about to start a friendly match against Italy,.

This represents a great oppurtunity to get involved!

More information can be found here.

Welsh Correspondence Team win the North Atlantic Team Tournament VII

It is not every day that a team representing Wales wins any tournament but the Welsh Correspondence Chess team have acheived just that!

Congratulations to all the team members involved!

The Final Table can be found below.

2018 Welsh Rapidplay and Blitz Championship Results

There was a three-way tie for 1st place in the 2018 Welsh Rapidplay Championship between Ian Jones, Tom Brown and Jonathan Gilbert with 5/6.

Fourth with 4/6 were Tim Kett, Matthew Staniforth and Rudy van Kemenade. Congratulations!

The Minor was won by Alun Smith with an impressive 5.5/6.

Second was Wu Yuxuan (4.5/6) and third […]

Attention all Club Secretaries in Dyfed, East Glam, Gwent and North Wales!

Following a suggestion by our new Publicity Officer Paul Hatchett, the website now has a page allowing the user to search for a local club based on their postcode. In order for this to be a success, would all club secretaries outside West Wales (I have those) please notify me of the details of their […]

Information for Chess Players in North Wales

Between 19th and 23rd August, the International Correspondence Chess Federation (ICCF) Conference will be held in Llandudno.

Therefore, the Welsh Correspondence Chess Federation (WCCF) would like to use this opportunity to engage with chess players in North Wales regarding over-the-board events to be held during the conference and information can be found here.