First Rank Newsletter 36

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First Rank Edition 35

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Chess in Schools and Communities (CSC)

Chess in Schools and Communities (CSC), which as I’m sure you know delivers chess to schools mainly in inner cities, has launched a campaign to get 1 million children playing chess online during lockdown. While schools are closed, both schools and parents would appreciate an activity for children that keeps them entertained constructively […]

UKCC Online Chess Challenge

Last week we setup the official UKCC Online Chess Club  This is free for all players and we are running daily events plus multiple events at the weekend. If this doesn’t clash with anything you are doing we’d love it if you could direct any chess playing children this way. If you’d like to […]

First Rank Edition 34

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Chess Activities Online

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 for up to […]

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, […]

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: and can even be played on

 The competition should […]