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This event has just been announced. The qualifiers take place 1st - 20th August with the finals 26th – 31st August.

Rate of play: 10 mins + 3 secs

There is an entry fee of 65 Euros per player which is not refundable.

If you are interested in being considered for selection for the FIDE Online Cadets and Youth Rapidplay please inform Ian Eustis by email by 18th June. Please note that at this stage it is expected that the entry fee with be paid by players/parents. Once we know the level of interest in participating in this event a final decision will be made on entry fees which must be paid to the WCU by 30th June.

Note that the Open Under 10 and Girls Under 18 take place 1st – 5th August and the Open and Girls Under 14 take place August 6th – 10th. The British Online Championships take place between 24th July and 8th August with qualifiers 24th-30th July and standardplay finals 2nd–8th August.


Details and entry form can be found at

British Online Chess Championships 2021 – English Chess Federation



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

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