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Saturday 9th December

Junior Team Event


Saturday 16th December 

Welsh Junior Rapidplay Championships
Under 14, 12, 10 and 8

Norton Hall,
MerthyrMawr Road North,
Bridgend CF313NH

Entry Form

Tuesday 19th December *

Bridgend Blitz
11 Rounds, FIDE Rated
Tuesday 19th Dec 7:30pm
Open to All
Rate of Play: All moves in 3 minutes with 2 seconds per move added from move 1
Venue: Nolton Hall,
Merthyrmawr Rd North,
CF31 3NH



Saturday 13th January

South Wales and
South West County
Junior Team Tournamen

Chepstow Leisure Centre

January 19th-21st 

South Wales Winter Chess Congress

Best Western Heronston Hotel,

Entry Form

Saturday 20th January 

Welsh Under 9 Championship

Best Western Heronston Hotel,

Entry Form

Sunday 21st January 

Welsh Under 8 Championship

Best Western Heronston Hotel,

Entry Form

Saturday 27th January

AM Blitz

Best Western Heronston Hotel,

Sunday 28th January

WCPL and U1850 Leagues Round 3

Best Western Heronston Hotel,
Ewenny Road,
Bridgend CF355AW







Kevin Staveley B.E.M.

It is with great pleasure that the WCU can announce that Kevin has been awarded the BEM in this year’s Birthday Honours list, for services to chess. I am sure you will join me in congratulating Kevin, on this well deserved award. 

ECU E-Magazine September 2020

This can be viewed here.

Amabel Moseley bio

The bio of  Amabel Moseley (a previously unknown Welsh-born British Champion) can now found on the History page.

The Check Weekly 25/9/20

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Barry Chess Club

A history of Barry Chess Club edited by Martyn Griffiths is now available on the Club Histories page.

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WCU Membership Fees

Due to Covid-19 the WCU Management Board has decided that no membership fees (Direct or otherwise) for current members will be collected before 1st January 2021 at the earliest. A further decision on this will be made and announced later in 2020.

Any player who is NOT a current member and wishes to take part in online competitions can join the Welsh Chess Union. Please contact Kevin Staveley ( for details.

Coronavirus and Over the Board chess

The Management Board has for some time been considering how and when over the board activities may resume. We are consulting with and taking advice from the Welsh Sports Association, of which the WCU is a member. They in turn are continually in touch with the Welsh Government and their advice / legal requirements concerning the resumption of sports activity. For this purpose, chess falls within this heading. Continue reading Coronavirus and Over the Board chess

The Check Weekly 12/9/20

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