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.

European Seniors Team Championship Poland 2023 Report

I and the rest team would like to thank the Welsh Chess Union for their support in entering us as a side in the tournament. I gather they paid the entrance fees, although the players paid for all the transport and accommodation costs.

We came out to Poland on the Tuesday July 11. I […]

Action from Ukraine Simul 23rd April 2022

Here are some photos taken at the Ukraine Simul on 23rd April 2022 in Treorchy.

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Try this Christmas Quiz!

It can be viewed here.

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 […]

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

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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 […]


Newport Open, Intermediateand Welsh Seniors Results

2023 World Seniors Team Championships North Macedonia 

2023 World Junior Championships Mexico

2023-24 WCPL and U1850 League details

2023 Glorney, Gilbert, Robinson and Stokes Report

ECU E-Magazine August 2023

2023 European Seniors Team Championship Report(Games now available)

ECU Magaazine July 2023

FIDE World Junior Rapid and Blitz Championship 2023

2023 World Rapid and Blitz Champs Sardinia, Italy

2023-24 WCU Fees announced

Selection Committee Procedures and Objectives

Welsh Chess Chat

ECU E-Magazine June 2023

Wales at the 2023 European Seniors Team Championships in Poland

ECU E-Magazine April 2023

First Rank Newsletter 61

ECU E-Magazine May 2023

2023 Welsh Rapid and Blitz Championship Results

Robert Taylor Obituary

Norman Speak RIP

Robert Graham Taylor RIP

ECU E-Magazine March 2023

First Rank Newsletter 60

ECU E-Magazine February 2023

First Rank Newsletter 59

2023 A O Jones Rapidplay Results

2022-23 WCPL Rd 1 Results

A O Jones 2023 Entry Form

U2400 Congress & Welsh U16, 13 & 11 Results

2023 South Wales New Year Open and Major games now available

Kevin O’Rourke RIP

ECU E-Magazine January 2023

2023 Junior Rapidplay Ratings

ECU E-Magazine December 2022

Attention all Senior members!

2022 Welsh U14, 12. 10  and 8 Rapidplay Championships

First Rank Newsletter 57

2022-2023 WCPL website

Alun James RIP

ECU E-Magazine November 2022

Ray Angle RIP

ECU E-Magazine October 2022

2022 West Wales Congress Report

First Rank Newsletter November 2022

John Stanley Strange RIP

Wales has aWorld Chess Champion!

North Wales Training Day in Llangollen

ECU E-Magazine August 2022

2022 Late Summer Open, Major and Welsh Seniors games now on Games page

2022 Welsh Premier and Under 1850 Leagues

Chess in the Hays 28/8/2022

Welsh Seniors, Welsh Under 18 and Late Summer Congress Results

HRH Queen Elizabeth II RIP

2022 Glorney GilbertInternational Report

ECU E-Magazine July 2022

Open 2022 Olympiad Report

Follow Wales at the Olympiad

Laura Staveley RIP (Updated)

Women’s 2022 OlympiadReport by Mike Healey

David Pinch RIP

Pre-Olympiad memories – Stuart Hutchings

Last minute place in 2022 British Championships

World Seniors 50+

Results Italy 2022

ECU E-Magazine June 2022

Peter Wells wins 2022 South Wales International

2022 A O Jones

Rapidplay Report

Jonathan Blackburn

Group Training

Wales 50+ Italy 2022

2022 Olymppiad teams announced

ECU E-Magazine May 2022

Invitation to the European Senior Team Chess Championship 2022

Chess Tutor Training Course21st May 2022 Cardiff

ECU E-Magazine April 2022

Welsh Dragons impress at J4NCL

Welsh players compete in Menorca

2022 Olympiad-Appointment of Non-Playing Captains

Penarth Chess Club History

Three charity simuls in aid of Ukraine

2022 Welsh Champ Prize List

Action from Ukraine Simul in Treorchy

World Seniors WSTC (50+ and 65+)Italy June 2022

ECU E-Magazine March 2022

Welsh Championships – Covid Update

2022 AGM Agenda and Reports

Imogen Camp competes for Cambridge in 2022 Varsity match 

46th Guernsey International

2022 WCU AGM Agenda and

2021 Minutes available

Len Skinner RIP

2022 Welsh Championship Entry Form now available

Ukraine Statement

All Play All for Olympiad Selection, Bridgend March 2022

ECU E-Magazine

February 2022

ECU E-Magazine

January 2022

21-22 Welsh Champs and South Wales Open info

European Schools Champs, Rhodes 20-30 April DEADLINE 25 Feb

Powys Chess Clubs History

ECU Board Communique

WCU Invitational All play All event(s)

Juniors return to OTB J4NCL action

2022 European Individual Championship, Slovenia

DEADLINE: 8th Feb 2022

Pontypridd Chess

Club History

CSC Salaried Teaching Opportunity (Cardiff and Barry)

ECU E-Magazine December 2021

Merthyr Chess Club History

Grzegor Toczek plays

in 2021 World Rapid

Try this Christmas Quiz

3rd WCU Online League Results

ECU E-Magazine November 2021

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 […]