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5th - 10th July

South Wales International

Best Western Heronston Hotel,
Ewenny Road,
Bridgend CF355AW


23rd - 25th July

2024 Glorney Cup
University of Hull

25th - 4th Aug

British Chess Championships

Hull City Hall


13th - 14th Aug

2024 ICCF Congress

Imperial Hotel,


16th - 18th Aug

Newport Chess Congress

Rougemont School Auditorium,
Malpas Road,
Newport NP206QB


16th - 18th Aug

8th WCU Senior Championships

Rougemont School Auditorium,
Malpas Road,
Newport NP206QB

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WCU Ratings Alignment

Dear WCU Chess Colleagues,

As you know FIDE have uplifted sub-2000 players to counter inflation over a period of time.

We have done extensive analysis to remedy this effect on our ratings.

On balance, we are adopting Plan B of the 2 options outlined in the document shown in the link found here:

Please see the above link to document which explains the current situation and conclusions therein.

David Norris

International 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