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The WCU AGM will take place on 6th March at 14.00 hours. At present it is anticipated that it will be online via Zoom. For further details regarding invitation please contact Kevin Staveley

IDE – ISF World School Online Chess Cup: Registration begins

Dear Member Federations,
We are glad to inform you that FIDE and the International School Sport Federation (ISF) organize the FIDE - ISF World School Championship Online Chess Cup 2022 which aims to motivate young students and teachers to be active and participate in the online chess competition.

Following the success of the first-ever ISF World Schools Championship Online Chess Cup held in October 2020 that brought together boys and girls from 37 countries and five continents, the event invites students and teachers from FIDE and ISF member countries as well as students from all over the world to take part.

The tournament will be held on Tornelo online platform in boys and girls U15 and U18 age categories and in men and women teachers in March of 2022.

The qualification tournaments for students are scheduled for March 12 and 13, while the finals will take place on March 19 and 20. The teachers’ event will be held on March 26 (qualification tournaments) and March 27 (finals).

Tournament registration is open until March 05, 2022 (for students) and March 12, 2022 (for teachers) on the ISF website.

The participation fee is 30€ per participant.

The winners in each category will get a ticket to the World Chess Olympiad 2022 in Moscow with free accommodation for two nights in the official hotel of the Olympiad. All the medalists will also be awarded free participation at the lessons with top grandmasters. The top-5 ranked players in each age and gender category will receive the ISF - FIDE ranking certificate, while all the remaining finalists will get participation certificates.

Regulations of the FIDE - ISF World School Championship Online Chess Cup 2022 can be found here

About International School Sport Federation (ISF)

Based in Belgium, International School Sport Federation (ISF) has been organizing international competitions to encourage education through sport and student-athletes since its foundation in 1972. ISF was recognized by the IOC in 1995, and it currently has 113 members which compete in 45 different sport disciplines. Many of these sports have their own World Schools Championships every two years, while some others are part of the bi-annual Gymnasiade.

In September 2021 FIDE and ISF signed the memorandum of understanding on ensuring the development and promotion of Chess through school sport. The document signed within the framework of the School Sport Forum held in Serbia encourages and supports the education of youth through chess sport and culture, contributes to the social and intellectual development of youngsters, and promotes chess sport and chess in education on a local and international level.

Any interested juniors should email Ian Eustis at by Saturday February 11th at the very latest.

There are two categories of entry, under 15 and under 18 on 1-1-22 and the entry fee is 30 euros.

This is a blitz tournament, with all moves to be played in three minutes with two second increments from the first move.



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

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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.