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1stWCPL Round 2Bishop Hedley High School,
Merthyr Tydfil,
CF42 9AN
7th-8th Quadrangular Junior International
14thWCU Junior RapidplayBishop Hedley High School,
Merthyr Tydfil, CF42 9AN
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ECU E-Magazine November 2019

This can be viewed here

WCPL Round 2 1/12/19

All games are now available on the games page.

Ian White RIP

Sad news has reached us that Ian White has passed away.

Chris Dixon has sent us a short bio below.

A native of Pontypool, Ian attended West Monmouth Grammar School for Boys, representing their chess team on many occasions.  He also represented Wales in the Glorney Cup competition.

Ian was a member of Pontypool Chess Club for around 50 years, playing for the team regularly in local leagues and national competitions. He captained the A team in recent years, for whom he was an “ever present” player.

His playing strength is apparent from the Gwent titles he won – outright champion in 2001 and joint champion in 2004. A tough opponent, Ian would love to “grind out” results in endgames, whether pursuing a difficult win or fighting hard for a draw.

Ian was of a quiet and private disposition, but nevertheless he was a popular member of the chess community, both in Pontypool and beyond – a true gentleman.

His sudden passing was a shock to us all, and he will be very sadly missed.

The funeral will be at the Crematorium in Croesyceiliog on Monday, December 9th, at 10.30 am. No flowers are requested, but there will be an opportunity to make a donation to the British Heart Foundation.

2019 Cardiff Schools Chess Day 20/11/19

Yet again, the event was very successful.

Some photos are shown below.

Bill Newrick RIP

It is with regret that Abergavenny Chess Club has to report the loss of a long standing member, Bll Newrick, who passed away recently after a long illness.

Bill had been an enthusiastic and loyal member of the club for more than thirty years and although he had entered his ninth decade he was still playing to a good club standard. Indeed, in his last playing season he very narrowly missed winning the best performance prize for a second division player in the Gwent League.

He will be missed by all the members of Abergavenny Chess Club and those West Walians who enjoyed his company at the Guernsey tournament every October.

WCU Junior Congress Results 23/11/19

The third Junior Congress of the season was held at the Cathedral School, Cardiff with 70 entries.

Section prize winners were


1st           Oliver Sapsford

2nd                Tycho Twohig

3rd           Govind Anandkumar


1st           Bindu Doddi

2nd          Gruff Dafydd, Macsen Evans, Lucy Taylor, Vedant Lutchman Singh


1st           Harris Kumar

2nd          Luca Davies, Louise Davies, Fraser Hughes

2019 Welsh Secondary Schools Championships Results 23/11/19

Held at the Cathedral School, Cardiff this year’s Championships attracted 12 teams, the largest number of entries for quite a few years.

Successfully defending the title the won in 2018 were Chepstow School

2nd          St John’s College, Cardiff

3rd           Whitchurch High School

2019 South Wales Autumn Blitz Results 24/11/19

14 players took part in this 11 round event.

The final results were:

1st           Daniel Kosuzek

2nd          Jose Camacho Collados

3rd           Grzegorz Toczek

Rating Prize:   Ryan Cheung

WCU Selection Policy and Appeals Process Draft Proposals

Since the 2018 Olympiad, following advice from FIDE, the Management Board has drawn up draft proposals regarding selection and appeals process policies which can be downloaded below.

The Management Board would welcome feedback from members and any comments should be forwarded to Mark Adams by 29/11/19.

It is important to remember that these are only proposals at present and therefore will not apply until at least the 2022 Olympiad.  For the 2020 Olympiad, the current Selection Policy applies.

WCU Selection Policy Proposal

WCU Appeals Process Proposal

Cardiff Schools Championships – 20th November 2019

The Annual Cardiff Schools Championship, now in its 8th year, was once again held at Cardiff City Stadium. The event attracted 37 teams with about 400 students present.

We would like to thank all who supported this event with help in so many ways.

This year the event was supported by “Mostyn Estates Ltd” and we sincerely thank them for this support.

Rhydypenau Primary School (A Team) were crowned champions with St John’s School (A Team) second and Caedraw School third.

Other prizes were awarded to Peterston-Super-Ely School (A team); St Joseph’s School, Clydach and Ysgol y Wern (C team)

It has been decided that this year the games from the event will NOT be rated.