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18th May

2024 West Wales Chess League A O Jones Rapidplay

Morriston Rugby Club,
Heol Gwernen,
Swansea SA66JS


30th - 8th June*

2024 European Schools Tournament

Limerick University,
Irish Republic


8th June*

The Battle of the Immortals Phase 2

Heronstonn Hotel & Spa
Ewenny Road
Bridgend CF355AW


9th June*

WCPL and U1850 Leagues Round 7

Best Western Heronston Hotel,
Ewenny Road,
Bridgend CF355AW





WCU Ratings – action needed?

In view of FIDE’s recent large rating increase given to many of their players (and a rumoured significant increase also planned by the ECF) some of us might want to see the WCU raise our own ratings by similar margins. Would this be a prudent thing for us to do?

More modest changes could also be in our interest. One such proposal is to increase the start rating of new players (currently 850) and to make this the minimum rating for all players at the beginning of each 6 month period. This would add points to higher rated opponents playing those with the new rating and those small increases would then permeate upwards to also benefit stronger players.

We would like to hear the views of all players on this (or make other suggestions) and on the wider implications for us of possible FIDE and ECF changes. We can then decide what action to take, if any, on July 1st this year.

Please forward any comments to me at

Paul Orton

WCU Rating Officer



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.

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