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

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 […]

Welsh Chess Chat

A new online channel has been created by Welsh players FM Jonathan Blackburn, CM Alex Bullen & FM Ioan Rees meeting most Thursdays at 10pm discussing Welsh chess, chess improvement, international chess, and anything chess related!

Join them live here:

Or watch on record here: 

If you have something related to Welsh chess or […]

2023 Welsh Rapid / Blitz Champ Results



1st = Jose Camacho Collados

Daniel Kozusek 5 £100 each 3rd = Tom Brown

Alex Bullen

Ifan Rathbone-Jones

Grzegorz Toczek 4½ £10 each U18 / U16 Kristan Enoch 3½ £50 U1800 Simon Blackmore

Callum Davies 4 £20 each




1st Daniel Kozusek […]

2023 A O Jones Rapidplay Results

West Wales Chess League

AO Jones Rapidplay

Saturday 1st April 2023

The annual West Wales Chess League Rapidplay was played at Upper Killay Recreational Hall, Saturday 1st April 2023.

38 players attended on the day, 13 more than last season. Ian Eustis & Joel Chung were arbiters on the day.

We’ve opened the event up […]

U2400 Congress & Welsh U16,13 & 11 Results

Welsh Junior Championships 

4th-5th March 2023

Under 16 Champion  Yuxuan Wu Trophy + £40

Under 13

Champion Farouq Nasir & David Belochkin Trophy each 3rd Csege Hanczar Trophy

Under 11

Champion Lucas Zheng Trophy 2nd Bethan Mattingley Trophy 3rd  Mabon Hanczar & Adam Sarwar Trophy each