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

Fred Clough celebrates his 90th birthday!

The Welsh Chess Union would like to wish Fred Clough a Very Happy 90th Birthday.

Fred played chess for many years for the Swansea University, Swansea and even longer for the Upper Killay club. He is still very active, playing over the board chess for Penrith, where he now lives, and is still also […]

Sam Jukes wins 1st Welsh Online Major and Khushi Bagga wins 1st Welsh Minor Championship

Major results:

Sam Jules came 1st with 6/7.

Elliott McNeil came 3nd with 5.5/7.

Yuxuan Wu came 3rd with 4.5/7.

Full results here:

Minor results:

1at Khushi Bagga 6/7.

2nd Anshul Swamy 5.5/7.

=3rd David Norris and Emma Kong 4.7.

Full results here:

‘The King’ Chess Training 17th-18th April 2021

Welsh International FIDE Master Jonathan Blackburn will be running training courses online via Zoom for Adults, U18’s and U11’s.

A statement from FM Jonathan Blackburn: I’m running the second in my series of online chess training sessions on Saturday and Sunday 17th & 18th April, please find the flyer here: (see attached). To book please […]

Chess Training Session Flyer

Jonathan Blackburn is launching the first in his series of online training session mid-March on the subject of positional play.

There are two sessions one for adults and one for juniors.

The content of the sessions will cater for players both at the higher and lower end of the grading list but a basic knowledge […]

Update on OTB chess

Dear Member,

We hope you are well and are coping ok during these ongoing challenging times. We have received a number of questions from members in relation to the plans for returning to over-the-board chess and we thought it would be useful to give you all an update.

The Welsh Chess Union (WCU) will continue […]

2nd WCU Online League

The 2nd Online league will start on Tues March 16th. We will decide on the exact format after the number of entries is known. There will, however, be an Open and U1800 section. To this end, please can you ensure that you register your team by Feb 28th at the latest, but the earlier the better.

You have […]

WCU Online League and Blitz Results

Following the completion of fair play measures stated in the rules we can confirm the results of the Welsh Online League and Welsh Blitz



1st Newport and Friends 2nd Cardiff 3rd Pontyfenni B

UNDER 1800   

1st North Cardiff Panthers 2nd Aberystwyth University 3rd Steynton A


1st Grzegorz Toczek 2nd Daniel […]

1st WCU Online League winners anounced

The 1st WCU Online League concluded on Tuesday with the overall winners being Newport and Friends.

North Cardiff Panthers won the U1800 League.

Congratulaions to both teams!

Barry Chess Club

A history of Barry Chess Club edited by Martyn Griffiths is now available on the Club Histories page.

1st WCU Online League Update 3/9/20


OPEN:                              All play all

UNDER 1800:                   6 round Swiss

Rule Change

Please note we have amended rule 5 to give some flexibility to the fixtures (changes in italics):

Fixtures (i) A league schedule will be issued by the controller before 7th September. This will be published on the WCU site. (ii) Matches will […]