First Rank Newsletter Edition 22

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2019 Welsh Blitz Championship Results

1st Alex Bullen 9/112nd Grzegorz Toczek 8.5/11=4th Robert Taylor, Tom Brown 8/1125 players competed.

2019 Welsh Rapidplay Championship Results

1st Tom Brown 5.5/6

=3rd Grzegorz Toczek, Ian Jones 4.5/6

32 players competed.

Tutor Training Day in Cardiff on Thursday 23 May

The charity “Chess in Schools and Communities” (CSC) are running a Tutor Training Day on Thursday 23 May at The Park Inn City Centre Hotel, Mary Ann Street, Cardiff CF10 2JH (opposite the Motopoint Arena).

The course is aimed at anyone involved, or wanting to becomoe involved, in junior chess including parents, grandparents, teachers, […]

Saturday 30 March: Chess event for Secondary School players

On Saturday 30 March there will be afternoon of fast-paced, light-hearted chess for secondary school players all standards. This will be held at Whitchurch Rugby club, the home of North Cardiff chess club, from 2-5 p.m. (the full address is Whitchurch Rugby Sports & Social Club, Samuels Crescent, Velindre Road, Cardiff, CF14 2TH).

Attendance […]

Delancey UK Schools Chess Challenge 2019: An opportunity to qualify

A local round of the UK Land Chess Challenge will be held on Sunday 7 April in Chepstow. It will provide an opportunity for children that have not had a chance to play in the UK Land Chess Challenge through their school or local chess club, and a second chance for children that have […]

2019 Welsh Junior Championships (U16,13,11,9) Results

The results were:

U11 Championship

1st   Sridatta Dantu2nd  Tom Davies3rd   Ashika Shahameeran

U9 Championship

1st   Govind Anandkumar2nd  Seb Hoccom3rd  Jamie Lau Jones

U11 Major

1st Govind Anandkumar2nd Joseph Elliott3rd Dylan Haddow

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A O Jones Rapidplay Results

The joint winners were Friedemann Brock (2241 Germany), currently working at Swansea Uni & Ian Jones 4.5/5, so Ian receieved the A O Jones trophy.

34 players entered, 2 failed to show, but 2 new entrants turned up on the day.


Steve Christmas RIP

Sad news has reached us that Steve Christmas (Pontypool and Nelson Chess Clubs) passed away on 6th March.

Those who knew Steve might also have known his oldest daughter Rose Christmas, a keen chess player like her father. Steve also leaves a wife Theresa, and younger daughter Cherry.

The Management Board wish to extend […]

Management Board Vacancies

As the 2019 WCU AGM is on 7th April, would all WCU members please note that the following Management Board posts will be vacated at the meeting and that volunteers are required to fill these vacancies.

National Rating Officer

Publicity Director

Would anyone interested in filling either of these posts please inform the Executive […]