Tom Thorpe awarded FIDE Arbiter title

Congratulations are in order to Tom Thorpe who was recently awarded the FIDE Arbiter title at the 88th FIDE Congress in Antalya, Turkey.

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WCU Membership Fees

Due to Covid-19 the WCU Management Board has decided that no membership fees (Direct or otherwise) for current members will be collected before 1st January 2021 at the earliest. A further decision on this will be made and announced later in 2020.

Any player who is NOT a current member and wishes to take part […]

WCU and FIDE Survey on Anti-Cheating Rules

FIDE has sent out a questionnaire to all Federations to gauge opinion on anti-cheating rules and sanctions in order to form policy. Members can reply individually to anticheating@fide.com, or can use the WCU survey. We will pass on the results on behalf of members.

WCU Survey 

FIDE Notification

Annual General Meeting – Election of Officers

An important element of the AGM to be held online on 6 September 2020 is the election of officers. This democratic process is even more important this year as we seek to deal with the coronavirus crisis, to ensure that chess in Wales remains and continues in a healthy state. It would be good to […]

Postponement of Meetings

In the light of the ongoing restrictions caused by the Covid-19 crisis, the Annual General Meeting for 2020, originally set for 17 May, has been postponed. When rearranged, suitable advance notice will be given in accordance with the terms of the WCU Constitution.

Similarly, the Management Board meeting scheduled for 15 April is also postponed […]

William Davies Evans Correspondence Cup

The Welsh Correspondence Chess Federation and Welsh Chess Union are pleased to announce the William Davies Evans Correspondence Cup.

With the widespread disruption of Over the Board Chess events due to the Covid-19 Virus, we are partnering to organise a server-based Correspondence Chess Tournament.

The event will be held utilising the Silli Tournament system, where […]

CORONAVIRUS – COVID 19 UPDATE

In view of the current situation it has been decided to postpone the Welsh Championships (10-13 April) and also the Welsh Rapidplay and Blitz Championships (24-25 April). All entry fees received for the Welsh Championship will be refunded in full over the next couple of weeks.

Following the postponement of the WCPL and Under […]

Chess Activities and COVID-19

Junior Events

Contrary to current Government advice on school activities, we have decided to cancel the impending Welsh Junior Championship. The conditions affecting our Junior events are rather different from those seen in individual schools. As well as bringing together juniors from different schools, the tournament also requires the services of our volunteers – some […]

Visiting Chess Tutor for Advanced Pupils (all ages) Vacancy September 2020

A vacancy has arisen for a Visiting Chess Tutor for Adavanced Students (all ages) at St John’s College, William Nicholls Drive, Cardiff, CF35YX from September 2020 onwards.

More details are here.

New Rating system now live!

The new rating system is now live with a dedicated webpage for all zones.

This can be found here: