Don’t forget….

7thUK Blitz Championship QualifierThe Cardiff North
Hotel by AccorHotels,
Circle Way East,
Cardiff, CF239XF
Entry Form
21st Chess Event for Secondary School players
For info contact:
Bishop Hedley High School,
Merthyr Tydfil, CF429AN
21stWelsh Junior Rapidplay Congress 1Bishop Hedley High School,
Merthyr Tydfil, CF429AN
Entry Form
27th-29thWelsh Senior ChampionshipsBishop Hedley High School,
Merthyr Tydfil, CF429AN
Entry Form
29thNYCA U18/14 Team ChampionshipKenilworth High School



IQE to sponsor 2019/20 Welsh Secondary School Championships

The Welsh Chess Union are very pleased to announce that Cardiff-based multi-national IQE ( will be sponsoring the inaugeral 2019/2020 Welsh Secondary Schools Chess Championships. 
This has been a priority for the Welsh Chess Union for some time as chess in Welsh Primary Schools has been well established for many years but has been largely lacking in Welsh Secondary Schools. 
The individual competition will take the form of an online Rapidplay Championship and is open to all players at Secondary Schools within Wales.
For more information please contact Richard Stevenson (
The flyer for the event can be downloaded here.

ECU E-Magazine August 2019

This can be downloaded here.

Chess event for Secondary School players Saturday 21st September

On Saturday 21 September there will be afternoon of fast-paced, light-hearted chess for secondary school players of all standards. This will be held at Bishop Hedley High School, Merthyr Tydfil, from 2-5 p.m. (the full address is Bishop Hedley High School, Penydarren, Merthyr Tydfil, CF47 9AN).

Attendance is free. Players will be divided into teams at random, giving everyone a chance of success while having the opportunity to get to know new players. They will play a mix of Blitz, “doubles chess”, and possibly some other chess variants. (If you don’t know what “doubles” is, it is detailed here: As far as possible, players will be paired against those of similar standard.

Note that there is also a Junior Congress, held at Bishop Hedley High School, on the afternoon of 21 September. So if players are looking for a more competitive afternoon of chess, and have a Welsh Rapidplay rating below 1400, they should enter this competition.

Those that wish to attend the Secondary School event should send an e-mail to Richard Stevenson, who can be contacted at:

Alan Rosser RIP

Sad news has reached us that Alan Rosser passed away on 27th August.

He had been diagnosed with cancer.

Alan started playing chess in the West Wales Chess League in the early 70’s by
joining the Tycoch Chess Club.. This club quickly folded, but with encouragement
from Paul Headon, Alan and a few others joined the Hendrefoilan Club in Killay.
Alan has beena loyal member of the League until the present day although the club
itself has changed it’s name many times as we moved from venue to venue.
Alan’s profession was as a teacher with most of his time spent at the Pennard Junior
school where he eventually rose to become headmaster. He decided to take early
retirement, and then enjoyed a pleasant sideline of delivering flowers for a well
known Mumbles florist. He particularly remembered delivering a huge number of red
roses to Bonny Tyler who accepted them at the door herself .

His interests were varied, but he was an excellent Badmington, Tennis and squash
player. Alan and I also tried our hand at orienteering but with mixed success.
Rugby was his big love. He was a loyal fan of Swansea and recently of course the
Ospreys. Over the years we have both enjoyed going to International matches
together, and have had many happy memories. He particularly loved travelling
abroad, and enjoyed France so much that he and his wife Liz bought a holiday home
near Royanne on the Gironne estuary.

Alan will be sorely missed by all his friends an family and the WCU wishes to send them our condolences at this very sad time.

The funeral will be a cremation for family members only.

There will however be a service of remembrance at the Uniting church on Dillwyn Road, Sketty at 2.00pm Thursday the 12th September.  Parking will be near the Poppy lounge so will not be easy.  Give yourself time for this.
Note :-  This is the old  church and not the modern one just around the corner which has the same name.

1st Welsh Masters 2019

This event will be held at the Heronston Hotel, Bridgend between 26th August and 30th August.

Round Times:

Monday 26th August 

Round 1 11.00 am    Round 2 4.15 pm

Tuesday 27th August

Round 3 11.00 am    Round 4 4.15 pm

Wednesday 28th August

Round 5 11.00 am    Round 6 4.15 pm

Thursday 29th August

Round 7 11.00 am    Round 8 4.15 pm

Friday 30th August

Round 9 11.00 am


GM Matthew Turner
GM  Keith Arkell
IM   Adam C Taylor
IM   Jack Rudd
FM   Grzegorz Toczek
FM   Mike Waddinton
FM   Jonah Willow
FM   Peter Varley
Tim Kett
Dai James
Live games will be viewable here:
The event is also being displayed on Follow Chess here.
The games are now available on the Games page.

Junior Rapidplay Rating List

The Sept 1st Junior Rapidplay Rating List can now be downloaded from the Grades Page.

This includes the UKCC Southern Challengers event.

There is currently an issue with updating the live ratings which we hope will be resolved shortly.

2019/20 Season Entry Forms

Entry forms for many events have now been added to the Calendar.

Welsh Chess Union Ratings

Things are pretty much back to normal now although we are still looking for a permanent Rating Officer for the Gwent Zone. Please spread the word or contact me if you’d like to know more about the role.
 We have now embarked on a major overhaul of all the sites. This is still very much in its early stages though. Matthew Lunnon (East Glamorgan) is doing the programming for us. If there are features of the old sites that you didn’t like or features that you did, please let me know. If you have ideas for new functionality that you think would improve the rating service, please also let me know.
All five zonal websites have now been moved to the WCU domain. Many of you are already accessing them successfully but only by redirection from their old homes. The best way to access them from now on is to point your browsers here :-
If you run into any problems with the sites, please contact me.   
Paul Orton, National Rating Officer

2019 South Wales International

All games from the 2019 South Wales International are now available for download on the Games page.

ECU E-Magazine July 2019

This can be downloaded here.