Alan Falconer RIP

It is with great sadness that we have heard that Alan Falconer passed away on 6th January.

Alan originally played for Swansea University in West Wales during the 1970s and then Rhyddings for many years. 

He will be sadly missed by his many friends.

Alan’s cremation will be on Friday 9th February at Morriston Crematorium […]

Norman Speak RIP

It is with considerable sadness that we have learned that Norman Speak died on Wednesday 26th April 2023.   Norman was a stalwart of the Upper Killay Chess Club making regular appearances for the club over many many years.  He was playing for the Harriers as recently as mid March and his death […]

Robert Taylor Obituary

As many of you know Robert Taylor sadly passed away on the 10 April 2023 (Easter Monday).

He was a great character, filled with a passion for chess and helped young and older players learn the fundamentals of the game. He was also a proficient ‘Go’ player too and used to play at a […]

Robert Graham Taylor RIP

Robert Taylor was a member of the Malpas Chess Club and was the International Rating Officer for the Welsh Chess Union. 

His sudden passing will leave a substantial hole in many member’s lives throughout Wales. He was always generous with his time spent on ensuring member’s ratings (both national and, in recent times solely, international) […]

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 […]