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22nd-24th September

Rhyl Chess Congress

Rhyl Town Hall, Wellington Road, Rhyl, LL181BA

Entry Form

30th September

2023 UK Open Blitz Championship (Wales Qualifier)


7th-8th October

2023 South Wales Autumn Congress and Welsh Under 8s and 9s Championship

Mercure Cardiff North Hotel,

Circle Way East,


Cardiff CF23 9XF


14th & 15th October

Welsh Chess Union Junior Coaching Weekend for 12 years and over

Led by FM Jonathan Blackburn with FM Ioan Rees
Organised by WCU Junior Director Ian Eustis

Venue: Fraser Buildings, 
126 Bute Street,
Cardiff, CL10 5LE.

Cost £30 a day or £50 for weekend

To join email jonathan.blackburn1985@gmail. com

Saturday 21st October

Welsh Junior Rapidplay

Best Western Heronston Hotel,
Ewenny Road,
Bridgend CF355AW


Sunday 22nd October

WCPL Round 1

Best Western Heronston Hotel and Spa
Ewenny Road



10th-12th November

West Wales Congress

Pontlliw Village Hall, Carmel Road, Pontlliw, Swansea, SA49EX

Entry Form

Sunday 26th November

WCPL Round 2

Best Western Heronston Hotel and Spa
Ewenny Road







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

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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

The Check Weekly 12/9/20

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