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.

2021 European Team Championship Report

Wales at the European National Chess Team Championships – Catez, Slovenia November 11th 2021 – November 22nd 2021 – Jason Garcia

In the current Covid-19 world holding over the board competitions, which are considered safe for chess players, is harder than it has ever been. When the European Chess Union announced this year’s National Team […]

Wales at the FIDE Online Chess Olympiad

Following on from the success of the 1st online Olympiad in 2020 and with the continuing travel restrictions due to Covid 19 it was unsurprising that FIDE organised a second online Olympiad.  Once again the time limit for the event was 15 mins each for all moves plus 5 second increments from move 1.  This […]

2021 Welsh Correspondence Championship

The 2021 Welsh Correspondence Chess Championship will commence in June 2021.

Entry to the 2021 Championship is open to all Welsh flagged chess players; there will be no entry fee for this season only.

The tournament will be played online using the ICCF webserver

All players must be registered […]

Attention Google Chrome Users

A recent update to Google Chrome has disabled the left-click on links in this website.

Users are advised to either:

right-click and view in a new tab, or use an alternative browser i.e. Edge.

Caplin Mens and Womens British Championships, Rapidplay and Blitz Results

Welsh players acheived the following:

Mens Championship Name Seeded Pts Final Position Grzegorz Toczek FM 15/37 5/9 =13th Jonathan Blackburn FM 16/37 5/9 =13th Ifan Rathbone-Jones 24/37 0.5/9 =33rd


Mens Rapidplay Championship Name Seeded Pts Final Position Grzegorz Toczek FM 9/28 4.5/7 5th Nazir Rizvi 18/28 2/7 20th


Mens Blitz Championship Name Seeded […]


2021 European Team Championship Report

2021 European Team Championship Games available

2021 European Team Championship Update

ECU E-Magazine

October 2021

WCU Online Games

Father Cunane RIP

2021 European Team Championships, Slovenia

ECU E-Magazine September 2021

Mike O’Leary RIP

2021 European Seniors Championship, Sardinia

Fred Clough is 90 on 8th October

Urgent! Membership Application and Renewal

FIDE Rating Monthly Update

3rd WCU Online League  Details and Entry Form

ECU E-Magazine Aug 2021

FM Iolo Ceredig Jones RIP and Obituary

Junior Rapidplay

Ratings Update

Wales at the FIDE

Online Olympiad Div 2 and 3 Reports

Llandudno Chess

Club History

ECU E-Magazine July 2021

Wales team for 2021 FIDE Online Olympiad

COVID-19 WCU Club Zoom Meeting

URGENT: 2021 FIDE Online Olympiad Announcement

ECU E-Magazine June 2021

Welsh Online Open, U1800, U16, U13, U11 and U9 Results

15th Online Scottish Chess Tour Weekender 2/7-5/7

2021 European Individual Championships, Reykjavik, Iceland Deadline 30/6/21

2nd Welsh Online

League Results

WCU Online Open and U1800 Season 2 All Rounds

ECU E-Magazine May 2021

2021 Welsh Online Closed, Major and Minor games now available

Jukes wins Online Major and Bagga wins Online Minor

Jonathan Blackburn wins 1st Welsh Online Championship

WCU Online Rounds

1-6 now available

Tredegar Chess Club History

WCU Online Championship Entry Form and Details

John Porter RIP

COVID Precautions

Version 1 – May 2021

ECU E-Magazine April 2021

WCU Online Rounds 1-4

now available

Gary Wakeham RIP

Rhosllanerchrugog Chess Club History

WCU Online Rds 1, 2 and 3  now available

2021 Welsh Correspondence Championship

Rhondda Chess Club History

ECU E-Magazine March 2021

WCU 1st and 2nd Online Games now available

New Welsh Candidate Master

Aberdare Chess Club History

Attention Google Chrome Users

‘The King’ Chess Training

First Rank Newsletter 47

ECU  E-Magazine

February 2021

2021 WCU AGM Agenda

 (21/3/21 @ 14.30)

Tony Haigh RIP

Chess Training Session Flyer

Update on OTB chess

First Rank Newsletter 46

 Cardiff Chess Club History

ECU E-Magazine January 2021

2nd WCU Online League

First Rank Newsletter 45

Martyn Whiteside RIP

2021 WCU AGM 21/3 Deadline for Motions 10/2

First Rank Newsletter 44

WCU Online League and Blitz Results

ECU E-Magazine December 2020

Caplin British Championship Results

Port Talbot Chess Club History

Nigel Granville RIP

Report on Welsh juniors in FIDE Rapid Championships

1st WCU Online League winners anounced

British Online Championship Finals selections made

ECU E-Magazine November 2020

Clubs and Covid-19: Advice – Updated 1st October 2020

WCU National Arbiters Seminar

First Rank Newsletter 42

Expressions of Interest required for vacant WCU posts

ECU E-Magazine October 2020

Netflix series – The Queen’s Gambit – The welsh connection

The check weekly (29/10/20)

Biographies of three Welsh chess geniuses now available

Club histories for Blaina and Neath now added


Welsh Chess Union National Arbiters Seminar

We are looking for suitable persons to become Welsh Arbiters. All applying must be WCU members. A Seminar will be held during January over two evenings (dates to be confirmed). Those seeking to become Welsh National Arbiters need to take part in such a seminar and sit and pass an examination at the end of […]

Expressions of Interest required for vacant WCU posts

The Management Board require urgent expressions of interest from any WCU member to fulfill the following vacant posts of:

Role Job Description Deputy Executive Director Link Director Women’s Chess   Publicity Director  

Anyone interested should contact the Execevutive Director Mark Adams at



ECU E-Magazine October 2020

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Netflix series – The Queen’s Gambit – The welsh connection

There is now a very popular mini-series streaming on Netflix called ‘The Queen’s Gambit’ which I am sure our members will find very entertaining. 

What is probably less well known though is that a former Wales Junior International, Paul Atkinson from Gwent, (who currently lives and plays in Berlin), worked as an on-set consultant and […]