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 menu linking to the new documents.

Would all Club and Zonal Officials please study these documents as a matter of urgency.

2018 Olympiad Batumi Georgia Sept 23rd-October 6th

The following (not necessarily in board order) have accepted invitations to represent Wales

Open Section

Carl Strugnell
Jonathan Blackburn
Alex Bullen
Allan Pleasants
Francis Rayner
Non-playing Captain / Coach: Marian Petrov

Women’s Section

Jane Richmond
Olivia Smith
Imogen Camp
Venetia Sivarajasingam
Shayanna Sivarajasingam
Non-playing captain / Coach: Leonid Sandler

We wish them every success.

In addition, Bill Harle will attend the FIDE Congress as WCU FIDE Delegate and Syringa Camp will be the Head of Delegation.

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 WCU would like to offer our sincere condolences to his family at this difficult time.

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.

Saturday 30 June: Chess event for Secondary School players

On Saturday 30 June 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 1-4 p.m. (the full address is Whitchurch Rugby Sports & Social Club, Samuels Crescent, Velindre Road, Cardiff, CF14 2TH).

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Results are in from the Mercia Megafinals, Hereford 29th April 2018

A good number of welsh juniors (many from Monmouth) competed in the The Mercia Megafinals held at Hereford on 29th April 2018. Continue reading Results are in from the Mercia Megafinals, Hereford 29th April 2018

ECU Newsletter April 2018

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

Also, information regarding the ECU School Chess Teacher Training Certificate can be viewed here.

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 was Joel and Daniel Chung (4/6).

In the 2018 Welsh Blitz Championship, 1st was Grzegorz Toczek with an impressive 9/11.

The writer sneaked in second with 8 points just ahead by half point of Alex Bullen and Rudy van Kemenade.

Thank you to Kevin Staveley for organising as ever!

Report by Paul Hatchett