Welsh Junior Championships – The Cathedral School, Cardiff – this weekend

During this weekend at the Junior Championships  We ask all players not to shake hands at the beginning or end of games Throughout the Chanpionships there will be hand wipes available and would encourage all players to use these before games (and during games if necessary). The only refreshments on sale will be tea. coffee, […]

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Advice for Parents about online chess for their children

If parents are interested in allowing their children to play chess online there are lots of sites available, many of which are free to use.  However there are a number of features of which they should be aware with regard to Safeguarding.  Some of the sites offer games […]

Welsh Junior Championships, 14th and 15th March – The Cathedral School, Cardiff

In view of the ongoing Coronavirus situation we have taken the decision to cancel these Championships. All entry fees will be refunded and should further information be needed to do this you will be contacted next week. We will repay all entry fees by 23rd March.

Please consult the Welsh Chess Union website www.welshchessunion.uk for up to […]

2020 Welsh Primary School Championships

31 teams took part in the 2020 Championships held at Bishop Hedley School, Merthyr Tydfil on 29th February.


Saturday 29 February: Doubles chess event for Secondary School players

On Saturday the 29 February there will be a ‘doubles’ chess competition, open to anyone attending a Welsh secondary school. (Doubles is a hugely popular, well-known variant of chess where pieces taken on one board are passed over to another. It is described in detail here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bughouse_chess and can even be played on chess.com).

 The competition should […]

First Rank Edition 33

This can be viewed here.

2020 Cardiff and the Vale Schools Chess Championships Results (2/2/20)

This year’s event was on 2nd February at Cardiff Council Hall. The event, as usual, attracted a large number of entrants all keen to compete in these popular Championships. We sincerely thank Cardiff City Council for once again hosting the Championships.

We also thank Cardiff Bay Rotary Club for their continued support of these Championships.


Welsh Girls Championships and Boys Starters Results (25/1/20)

U8 Champions: Louise Davies, Amelie Caesar 3rd= Yuxin Wu, Lola Mealing

U9 Champions: Lydia Thomas, Esther Williams

U10 Champion: Emma Kong, 2nd Vivien Townsend, 3rd= Gwennan Evans, Keeley Fowler

U11 Champion: Swar Gamare, 2nd Mia Jones, 3rd Isra Hussain

U12 Champion: Khushi Bagga, 2nd= Ava Choung, Ashika Shahameeran

U14 Champions: Kirby Paul, Alice Todd

A […]

First Rank Edition 32

This can be viewed here.

2020 Junior Rapidplay Rating List

This can be downloaded from the Grades page.