First Rank Edition Issue 27

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Cardiff Primary Schools Championship

This year the Cardiff Primary Schools Championship takes place on WEDNESDAY 20th NOVEMBER at CARDIFF CITY STADIUM.   This year’s Championship is supported by “Mostyn Estates Ltd”.   Entries are invited from primary schools. You can find the entry form here  

Welsh Junior Rapidplay Congress 1 21/9/19 Results

Premier: 1= Anshul Swamy, Oliver Sapsford (4/5) 3= Alex Lawrence, Ben Jaberansari (3.5)

Major: 1= Hassan Amar, Ben Morgan, Lucy Taylor (4/5)

Starters: 1= Edward Swartz, Vivien Townsend (4/5), 3. Noah Grifiths (3)

A special mention for Edward Swartz and Ben Morgan who were playing in their first competitive event.

The rapidplay ratings site […]

Welsh Seniors Championship 27th-29th September Reminder

Don’t forget it is not too late to enter this event. Kevin Staveley is urgently seeking entries for this!

First Rank Newsletter Edition 26

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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 […]

ECU E-Magazine August 2019

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]