Don’t forget….

A calendar for 2020-21 will appear here when possible.

In the meantime why not play in the ........
1st Welsh On-line League

Free to all WCU members in the 2019-20 season

Organised on the Lichess platform
2 sections: Open and Under 1800
Play will take place on a set evening each week beginning in early September
Teams of 4 players (do not have to come from the same club)
Will not count towards over the board ratings
Rate of play: all moves in 45 minutes + 15 secs added per move

Full details, regulations and entry procedure will be announced by Sunday 9th August

Also don’t forget The Welsh Online Blitz – every Wednesday at 7 pm

3rd4NCL Junior Online Season 2 Round 2
6thWCU AGM (Online)
8th4NCL Online Season 2 Round 2
15th1st WCU Online LeagueEntry Details, Results, Games and Final Crosstables
17th4NCL Junior Online Season 2 Round 3
22nd4NCL Online Season 2 Round 3
23rdWCU Online Blitz ChampionshipsEntry Details, Results, Games and Final Crosstables



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.

Coronavirus and Over the Board chess

The Management Board has for some time been considering how and when over the board activities may resume. We are consulting with and taking advice from the Welsh Sports Association, of which the WCU is a member. They in turn are continually in touch with the Welsh Government and their advice / legal requirements concerning the resumption of sports activity. For this purpose, chess falls within this heading. Continue reading Coronavirus and Over the Board chess

The Check Weekly 12/9/20

This can be viewed here.

Stan Owen RIP

Sad news has reached us that Stan Owen of Pontypool Chess Club passed away on August 26th aged 96.

Funeral details to follow.

An obituary provided by Chris Dixon is below. Continue reading Stan Owen RIP

Wales v Lesotho Online match 5/9/20 Result

The match consisted of two rounds over 12 boards. 

Wales won the first round of matches 9.5 – 2.5 and won the second round 10.5 – 1.5. 

Overall the score was Wales 20 – 4 Lesotho.

The captain was Jason Garcia.

The full results can be downloaded here.

1st WCU Online League Update 3/9/20


OPEN:                              All play all

UNDER 1800:                   6 round Swiss

Rule Change

Please note we have amended rule 5 to give some flexibility to the fixtures (changes in italics):

  1. Fixtures
    (i) A league schedule will be issued by the controller before 7th September. This will be published on the WCU site.
    (ii) Matches will be scheduled to start on Tuesday 15th September.
    (iii) All matches will be played fortnightly on Tuesday evenings beginning at 7pm (but see 5.vii below).
    (iv) The first named team shall play white on board 1, with alternating colours on all boards below.
    (v) All match fixtures must be fulfilled.
    (vi) Board pairings will be published 1 hour before the start of each round.

          (vii) Matches can be played on an alternative night or time, providing

              a) it is in the same week as the original fixture

              b) the controller agrees

              c) the opposing team’s captain agrees

              d) the request for a new date is made, and agreed by all parties, no later than 1 week before     
original fixture.

We are using Tuesday evenings to fit in with 4NCL matches which are also fortnightly on Tuesdays, and thus we will be using the alternate Tuesday evenings Continue reading 1st WCU Online League Update 3/9/20

ECU E-Magazine August 2020

This can be viewed here.

Lyndon Todd RIP

Sad news has reached us that Lyndon Todd of Briton Ferry Chess Club has recently passed away. 

Funeral details to follow.

Junior Rapidplay Ratings Update

The Sptember 1st list is now available for downloading or printing on the Grades page.

The Check Weekly Inaugural Edition 28/8/20

This can be viewed here.