Don’t forget….

2ndNYCA U16/12Kenilworth High School
9th-10th 4NCL Division 3 South and 4 South
Rounds 1-2

Holiday Inn
9th-17thEuropean Club CupMontenegroInfo
15th-17thSouth Wales Autumn CongressRougemont School,
Malpas Road
Entry Form
Entries @ 14/11/19
20thCardiff Schools DayCardiff City Stadium
Entry Form
23rdWelsh Secondary School ChampionshipsThe Cathedral School,
Cardiff Road,
Cardiff, CF5 2YH
Entry Form
23rdWCU Junior CongressThe Cathedral School,
Cardiff Road,
Cardiff, CF5 2YH
Entry Form
24thSouth Wales Blitz ChampionshipsThe Cathedral School,
Cardiff Road,
Cardiff, CF5 2YH
Entry Form
30thECF U11 South West
Regional Qualifier
St John's College,
College Green,
William Nicholls Drive,
Cardiff CF35YX
Entry forms soon to be downloadable from ESPCA website



South Wales Autumn Congress Results

South Wales Autumn Open

1st   FM  Peter Varley                    5/5

2nd  FM  Daniel Kosusek                4/5

=3rd J D Turner, Joe Fathallah       3/5 

South Wales Autumn Premier

1st     David Pinch                         4/5

=2nd Matin Jones, Peter Quinn, Harrison Postans, Stephen Horrell   3.5/5

South Wales Autumn Minor

=1st   Oliver Sapsford, Mark Summers   4/5

3rd     Harri Gilbert                              3.5/5

The games from the Open are now available for download from the Games page.

First Rank Edition 29

This can be viewed here

2019 European Club Cup Ulcinj, Montenegro, Nov 9th-17th

White Knights chess club is Wales’ only representative in this year’s European Club Cup.  The team comprised Alan Young, Jason Garcia, Allan Pleasants, Peter Bevan, David Buttell, Adam May and Tomasz Miga.

We were ranked 65 of the 66 teams and the bottom ranked team Tatvan from Turkey even had a GM and IM in their team.  There were going to be some tough matches ahead. 

Continue reading 2019 European Club Cup Ulcinj, Montenegro, Nov 9th-17th

ECU E-Magazine October 2019

This can be viewed here.

2019 West Wales Congress Results

West Wales Open

1st      Daniel Kozusek    4.5/5

=3rd   Grzegorz Toczek, Ian D Thompson   4/5

33 players competed.

West Wales Major

=1st     David Pinch, Philip Pe    4/5

20 players competed.

West Wales Minor

1st         Alex Lawrence     4.5/5

2nd       Paul G Bevan       4/5

9 players competed.

The games from the Open and Major are now available on the Games page.



First Rank Edition Issue 28

This can be viewed here.

World Seniors Team Championships Prague, 5th March-15th March 2020



This announcement invites WCU members, registered as Welsh with FIDE, to let us know by 30 November whether they may be interested in taking part in the 2020 World Seniors Team Championships (and in which section) by e-mailing Peter Bevan (   Players intending to form part of the team for the over-50 section which Mark Adams is organising need not respond directly to this request.

Details of Event

This event will take place in Prague from 5 March 2020 (date of arrival) to 15 March 2020 (date of departure). More detailed information is available here .

Briefly, as in recent years, the WSTC will be a nine-round Swiss with standard FIDE time limits and one round a day. Teams of four play in any one round but that team may be chosen from a squad of five. Teams may represent either a national federation or any club, region, town etc of the Federation in question and there is no limit to the number of teams a federation may enter.  But all the players in a squad must be registered with FIDE as representing the Federation making the entry.  There will be separate open events for teams of players all over 50 and all over 65 at the end of the calendar year.  Details of accommodation costs and the transportation / registration charge are given in the website announcement.

Welsh Participation

Players responding to this note who are over 65 (or will be by 31/12/20) and who are not members of Mark’s team (see above) should say whether they would be interested in taking part as members of a second over-50 team instead of an over-65 team.

As in the past the WCU wish to give as many players as reasonably feasible a chance to participate in these events.  Requests to enter Welsh club etc sides, as well as teams representing the WCU itself, are welcomed.  Players in club etc sides must be WCU members but otherwise need not meet the WCU’s own eligibility rules on international representation. Welsh participants in these events in the past have found them enjoyable with many games against players of roughly the same standard as themselves. 

The WCU is unable to contribute to players’ costs of participating in these events beyond paying one entry fee (of E100 to FIDE).

European Seniors Team Championships 2020

The equivalent event (usually with the same format as the World Seniors) is due to take place from 25 June to 6 July in Wroclaw, Poland but no further details are currently available. The European event in recent years has been rather eclipsed by the World event and has attracted fewer entries.  But, if there is sufficient demand, the WCU is prepared to enter a team or teams in this event too.  A website notice, seeking expressions of interest, will be posted once more is known.


Interested in Coaching?

Thre WCU are urgently seeking members who are interested in coaching (usually juniors although not exclusively).

In order to create a central database of possible coaches, could anyone interested plesase complete the table below and forward to Peter Bevan (Email: as soon as possible. The full table is available via the coaching tab above.

Telephone Number  
Coaching via Skype?  
Area of experience  
Face-face or group sessions?  
Current DBS Certificate  

WCPL Round 1 games

These games are now downloadable from the Games page.

William Davies Evans Ceremony 19th October 2019

On 19th October 2019, at Wolfscastle Village Green in Pembrokeshire, a ceremony was held to commemerate William Davies Evans with the unveiling of a plaque in recognition of his life. Continue reading William Davies Evans Ceremony 19th October 2019