Chess Congress Questionnaire

Kevin Staveley has recently noticed that the number of players playing in weekend congresses has fallen.

To better understand the reasons for this fall, would members please complete the questionnaire below and return it to Kevin Staveley (

Chess Congress Questionnaire

Thank you

Hand and Brain and Bughouse event now cancelled (6th April)

Due to unforeseen circumstances these events have had to be cancelled at very short notice.

The Management Board wish to express our regret regarding this which was due to circumstances beyond our control.

WCU Ratings – action needed?

In view of FIDE’s recent large rating increase given to many of their players (and a rumoured significant increase also planned by the ECF) some of us might want to see the WCU raise our own ratings by similar margins. Would this be a prudent thing for us to do?

More modest changes could also […]

Former Barry player has life saved while playing chess

Former Barry player Richard Hanscombe had his life saved recently while playing chess.

Further details here.

Adult Player development programme – January to April 2024

The Welsh Chess Union has obtained some funding from FIDE to run an adult player development programme in the period January to April 2024. 

This programme will be taken by one of several coaches and will involve six two hour online sessions during the 4 month period.  The coaching will be structured for players of […]

Castell Nedd Christmas Party




2023 West Wales Congress Results


1st Alexis M Harakis 4.5/5

=2nd Daniel Wells, Allan Pleasants and Tim Kett 3.5/5


1st Scott Hammett 4.5/5

2nd Lef Zografos 4/5

=3rd Yaroslav Sharhorodsky, Emma Zihan Kong , Joshua McKenna, Graham Ashcroft and Mark Thomas


Govind Anandkumar 4.5/5

=2nd David Belochkin and Kedar Walke 


Surtees wins 2023 Rhyl Congress Open

The full results can be found here.

Llanelli Chess Club History

‘A Chess Player’ writing from Llanelli in March 1835, wrote that, “three gentlemen resident here, are willing to challenge any three gentlemen in Swansea at a game of chess”, with moves being transmitted by post.  There had already been some biting correspondence in the paper between himself and ‘Jonathon Bradford’ of Swansea.

Writing from Oystermouth […]

Newport Open, Intermediate and Welsh Seniors Results

Newport Open 

1st Keith Arkell 5/5

Newport Intermediate 

1st Yaroslav Sharhorodsky 5/5

Welsh Seniors

=1st Rudy van Kemenade and Mark Thomas (Games now on the Games page)


2023-24 WCU Fees announced

WCU fees 2023-24

At the Special General Meeting of the Welsh Chess Union held on Sunday 16th July 2023 it was unanimously decided to increase WCU membership fees from 1st September 2023 to the following rates:

Category of Member Membership Fees from 1-9-23 Existing WCU Adult member £20 Existing WCU Junior member (under […]