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2023-24 Season

Expressions of interest in playing in either Premier League, or Under 1850 league (or both) must be submitted to Kevin Staveley ( by 30th June 2023

Entries, including payment of entry fee, must be confirmed by 31st July 2023. The entry fee for 2023-24 season is £60 per team in Premier League and £40 per team in Under 1850 League.

Squad lists must be submitted by a date to be announced in September.

Full regulations for 2023-24 season will be published as soon as possible.

7th - 12th July South Wales International Open Heronston Hotel, Bridgend 


18th - 20th August

The Glorney Gilbert International Tournament will be held from August 18th to 20th in Glasgow.
Selection of the teams involved will take place after Easter.



COVID Update (28/3/22)

Current COVID-19 guidelines are that mask wearing at any chess event, including chess clubs is now optional. However, we encourage players to do a lateral flow test before attending tournaments. Clubs and organisers are at liberty to enforce stricter rules at their discretion. 

COVID Guidance / Recommendations

As the Welsh Government (WG) announces changes to regulations it remains the case that clubs and organisers must continue to take responsibility for any events they put on, with suitable risk assessments, mitigation arrangements and precautions in place. This page summarises some of the key WG guidance points and recommendations which are relevant for chess events and should be considered by clubs and organisers as we move forward.

Updates (7th September 2021) are shown in blue.

Further updates will be made as necessary when regulations/guidance change

Relevant guidance for current regulations in place can be found on the main WG COVID-19 web pages here:

Coronavirus (COVID-19) | Topic | GOV.WALES

Continue reading COVID Guidance / Recommendations

COVID Precautions Version 1 – May 2021

This document will be updated following further review and input. Organisers should consult the version current on the website at the time of organising an event.

As we continue along the Welsh Government’s relaxation of restrictions, chess players are looking forward to over-the-board play once again, and organisers for clubs, leagues and events will be considering when to open up, what type of events to run, and what precautions to take. Continue reading COVID Precautions Version 1 – May 2021



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

This can be viewed here.

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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