Kevin O’Rourke RIP

Kevin O’Rourke was a member of the Caerphilly Chess Club for many years.  Until recently he was a captain of one of the Caerphiiily league teams until lockdown and also took part in many Congresses.  He was keen to show everyone the metal chess set he made.

Kevin passed away on 20 […]

Ray Angle RIP

Ray Angle died peacefully early today with his family around him.

Funeral details will follow in due course.

Ray stepped away from chess a few years ago. He was in his mid eighties. He had been a stalwart member of the Pentyrch Chess Club since 1989. He was also for a long time the club’s […]

Alun James RIP

  It is with sadness that I have to announce the passing of former Cardigan chess club member Alun James. He passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his family on Sunday the 27th November.  Alun, father of former Welsh Ladies Chess champion Diana Adams, was a key member of Cardigan chess club for many […]

John Stanley Strange RIP











Sadly, the WCU can report that on Wednesday 21st September, John passed away after a short illness. He was 75 years old.

Originally joining Swansea Chess Club in the 1970’s, John enjoyed playing chess for a few years. He then took a […]

HRH Queen Elizabeth II RIP

The Welsh Chess Union offers its condolences after the death of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.

Our thoughts are with the family at this very sad time.













[Photograph courtesy of The Royal Family / Twitter. Photograph by Jane Bown CBE]



Laura Staveley RIP

On Sunday, 31st July, Kevin’s mother, Laura (Staveley), suffered a severe catastrophic stroke. At this present time Laura is lovingly been cared for by the doctors and nurses of the Royal Glamorgan Hospital where she is visited by close family only.   Kevin and the whole family express their grateful thanks to the staff of the […]

David Pinch RIP

Dyfed Chess has lost another stalwart.  David Pinch, who passed away on Sunday 17 July, only moved to the area a few years ago but in that short period had become responsible for all that was good about chess in the Zone. 

Having initially been very active just as a player he […]

Len Skinner RIP

It is  with great sadness that news has reached the WCU that Len Skinner, Bridgend Chess Club, East Glamorgan passed away over the weekend of 6th-7th March 2022.

Len was a long serving member of Bridgend Chess Club although due to his age etc he had not been a regular at the club for a […]

Father Cunane RIP 1929-2021

2021 has not been a good year for Cardigan Chess Club and on 6 October a third stalwart left us.  Seamus, as he was known to the least respectful in chess circles (and Canon James Cunnane to those most respectful in the Catholic Church), was a member of the Club more or less from its […]

Mike O’Leary RIP

  Mike O’Leary, one of the founder members of the current Barry Chess Club, sadly passed away on 30th September after a long illness.   The WCU wishes to express our sincere condolences to Mike’s family and friends at this very sad time.

There will be a funeral on Friday 22nd October at St Helens […]