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European Online Rapid School Championships (Selection Stage 3rd - 5th December) (Final Stage 10th - 12 December)

The ECU has announced that this year’s European Online Rapid School Championships will be played in 5 different age groups – under 10, 11, 13, 15, 17 and 2 sections – open and girls, separately. The Rapid Championships will consist of two stages: selection and final, both taking place through Tornelo Online platform.


The School Championships will be played in 5 different age groups – under 10, 11, 13, 15, 17 and 2 sections - open and girls. Players of the Championships must not have reached their 10th, 11th, 13th, 15th,17th birthday, respectively, before January 1st of the year 2021.

The selection stage tournaments will be played by separate online 7-round Swiss System tournaments (Girls under 10, 11, 13, 15, 17 and Open under 10, 11, 13, 15, and 17). The time control for the selection stage will be 10 minutes + 3 seconds increment starting from the first move. First 8 winners per category will be qualified to the final stages.

Full details can be found here european-online-rapid-school- championships-official- regulations/

Every Chess Federation can register any number of players per each category in the selection stage.

The entry fee is 50 Euros per player.

If you would like to be entered for this event please send your details to the Director of Junior Chess, Ian Eustis ( by 10th November.

The entry fee must be paid at the same time as entry to Welsh Tournament Chess Account. (Please contact Kevin Staveley for details of this account: homedirector@welshchessunion. uk)

Entries are now being taken for the 3rd WCU Online League. Round 1 will be on Thursday October 28th.

Entry fee is £15. Team entries need to be in by 30th September.

Team lists should be uploaded no later than 10th October.

More details here:   

Latest Pairings, Results, Tables, Rules and more here    



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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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.