Entries are open for the On-line Championship for Welsh Secondary School players

Entries are now open for the On-line Championship for Welsh Secondary School players. To enter, simply send an e-mail to: welshsecondarychess@gmail.com The deadline for entries is Friday 18 October.


NYCA Team Championship success for U-18’s and U14’s!

Every season we enter four teams from South Wales in the National Youth Chess Association competitions. In effect, these are English intercounty championships. As is to be expected, the opposition is strong and successes are few and far between, an occasional place in the top three being the best we can hope for.


First Rank Edition Issue 27

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Cardiff Primary Schools Championship

This year the Cardiff Primary Schools Championship takes place on WEDNESDAY 20th NOVEMBER at CARDIFF CITY STADIUM.   This year’s Championship is supported by “Mostyn Estates Ltd”.   Entries are invited from primary schools. You can find the entry form here  

Welsh Junior Rapidplay Congress 1 21/9/19 Results

Premier: 1= Anshul Swamy, Oliver Sapsford (4/5) 3= Alex Lawrence, Ben Jaberansari (3.5)

Major: 1= Hassan Amar, Ben Morgan, Lucy Taylor (4/5)

Starters: 1= Edward Swartz, Vivien Townsend (4/5), 3. Noah Grifiths (3)

A special mention for Edward Swartz and Ben Morgan who were playing in their first competitive event.

The rapidplay ratings site […]

First Rank Newsletter Edition 26

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IQE to sponsor 2019/20 Welsh Secondary School Championships

The Welsh Chess Union are very pleased to announce that Cardiff-based multi-national IQE (https://iqep.com/) will be sponsoring the inaugeral 2019/2020 Welsh Secondary Schools Chess Championships.    This has been a priority for the Welsh Chess Union for some time as chess in Welsh Primary Schools has been well established for many years but has been […]

Chess event for Secondary School players Saturday 21st September

On Saturday 21 September there will be afternoon of fast-paced, light-hearted chess for secondary school players of all standards. This will be held at Bishop Hedley High School, Merthyr Tydfil, from 2-5 p.m. (the full address is Bishop Hedley High School, Penydarren, Merthyr Tydfil, CF47 9AN).

Attendance is free. Players will […]

Junior Rapidplay Rating List

The Sept 1st Junior Rapidplay Rating List can now be downloaded from the Grades Page.

This includes the UKCC Southern Challengers event.

There is currently an issue with updating the live ratings which we hope will be resolved shortly.

Glorney-Gilbert Junior International Team Event-Dundalk, Ireland 22nd-24th July 2019

The event was well organised in Ireland this year, with the only obvious glitches being the live boards sometimes being wrongly attributed, and a problem for one group in getting from arrival at Dublin airport to finding the transfer bus, where when we did find it, the driver was expecting to take groups of French […]