2019 North Wales Open

The games for this event are now available on the Games page.

4th North Wales Congress Results

2019 North Wales Open

=1st        FM Adam Ashton, Thomas Carroll, Philip Hayward   (4/5)    £158.33p each

Grading Prize U1887 

David Patrick (3.5/5)    £50

There were 23 competitors.

2019 North Wales Major

=1st    Graham Williamson, Paul Benson  (4/5)   £200 each

=3rd (3.5/5) £18.75 each

Duncan Williams, Robert P Taylor, David Pinch, Paul Carlucci

Junior Prize 

Sam Davies (3.5/5) (top scoring junior across all sections)    £50

Grading Prize U1673 

Richard Szwajkun, Barrie Wells, Joe Hirst, Raymond Williams, Niamh Bridgeman   (3/5)    £10 each

There were 39 competitors.

2019 North Wales Minor

=1st    Ken Gorman, Kate Walker   (4.5/5)  £200 each

=3rd    Chris Fraser, Timothy Allen, Jonathan Jones, Nick Holmes   (3.5/5)    £18.75 each

Grading Prize U100 

Jeff Wilson    (3.5/5)    £50

There were 35 competitors.



2019 Northumbria Masters

The Welsh Chess Union has received an invitation which is open to all its members to compete in this event, the Entry Form for which can be found here.

Last year, the 2018 Northumbria Masters was a great success, featuring a very strong field of 7 GMs and 11 IMs in a total of 50 players.  
This year there is more space at a superb new hotel venue, Novotel Newcastle Airport, where the players and their families can stay and relax. Because of the new, bigger venue, there are no rating restrictions – in fact, there are three FIDE-rated sections (Masters- open to everyone), Challengers (Under 2050) and Major (Under 1850) running from 23-27 August, over the Bank Holiday weekend. 
Starting on the morning of Friday August 23, there is also a one-day FIDE-rated Junior Rapidplay, with Under 11 and Under 14 sections.
 Our partners Guaranteed Events Ltd have arranged a special room rate of £69 per person (single occupancy), and £79 per person (double occupancy) at Novotel Newcastle Airport. Please note: This is only available when booking through their dedicated website.
The hotel has 126 very comfortable rooms, has a spacious playing hall accommodating up to 120 players, a stylish restaurant and bar, and secluded outdoor picnic area. There is ample car parking at the hotel, which is free for all competitors, accompanying persons and spectators. It is also very convenient to get to: literally 300 metres from the A1(M) in Newcastle, just 3 miles from Newcastle Airport, and 4 miles from Newcastle Central railway station. 
We aim to provide an enjoyable chess holiday experience for all participants and their families. With this in mind, players can order up to 3 half point byes in Rounds 1-8, and half-day excursions are being organised to the North East’s most iconic tourist destinations: The castles of Northumberland (Alnwick, Lindisfarne & Bamburgh); Exploring Hadrian’s Wall and the Segedenum Roman Fort museum; and a trip to the historic city of Durham, including its Castle and Cathedral. 
As the Northumbria Masters is designed to provide title norm opportunities, special assistance to titled players is being offered. Entry for GMs, WGMs, IMs & WIMs is free, and free accommodation is being offered to a number of these players with local chess players in their homes. 
(For these and other conditions, titled players are requested to contact the organiser personally).

The organiser is 

Tim Wall
Tournament Director
Northumbria Masters
Tel: 0750 372 2366
Twitter: @NorthMasters
Accommodation with local hosts will be made available  on a first come, first served basis.

South Wales Blitz Results

The results were as follows:

1st   IM Collados Jose Camacho (Korea)  10.5/11

2nd  GM Matthew J Turner  10/11

3rd   FM Gzregprz Toczek  8/11

There were 24 competitors

Saturday 6 July: Chess event for Secondary School players

On Saturday 6 July there will be afternoon of fast-paced, light-hearted chess for secondary school players all standards. This will be held at Whitchurch Rugby club, the home of North Cardiff chess club, from 1-4 p.m. (the full address is Whitchurch Rugby Sports & Social Club, Samuels Crescent, Velindre Road, Cardiff, CF14 2TH).

Attendance is free. Players will be divided into teams at random, giving everyone a chance of success while having the opportunity to get to know new players. They play a mix of Blitz, “doubles chess”, and possible some other chess variants. (If you don’t know what “doubles” is, it is detailed here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bughouse_chess. As far as possible, players will be paired against those of similar standard.

Those that wish to attend should send an e-mail to Richard Stevenson, who can be contacted at:  welshsecondarychess@gmail.com

ECU E-Magazine May 2019

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First Rank Newsletter Edition 24

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2019 South Wales Megafinal

The 2019 Megafinal, part of the UK Chess Challenge, took place on Saturday, 18th May at St Teilo’s School, Cardiff. Over 220 students took part.

We sincerely thank all those who helped in so many ways to make this a success:

Continue reading 2019 South Wales Megafinal

Swansea University Rapidplay Results

The tournament went well, with 7 rounds played on the day. There was lunch provided in the hour break.

At the end of it all, Ian Jones defended his title. Having won the tournament last year. He was tied in first place with Friedemann Brock. They played two play off games, only to win one each. At which point they agreed to split the prize, with Ian taking the trophy as well. All in all, there were 20 participants. The grading ranged from 2240 to 1200. 


=1st Ian Jones & Friedemann Brock
=3rd Thomas Van Veelen & Francisco Javier Marin Marin

Junior Prize

Oliver Sapsford
Alex Lawrence came a close second, only 1 point behind. Continue reading Swansea University Rapidplay Results

IQE to sponsor 2019/20 Welsh Secondary School Championships

The Welsh Chess Union are very pleased to announce that Cardiff-based multi-national IQE (https://iqep.com/) will be sponsoring the inaugeral 2019/2020 Welsh Secondary Schools Chess Championships. 
This has been a priority for the Welsh Chess Union for some time as chess in Welsh Primary Schools has been well established for many years but has been largely lacking in Welsh Secondary Schools. 
The individual competition will take the form of an online Rapidplay Championship and is open to all players at Secondary Schools within Wales.
For more information please contact Richard Stevenson (email:welshsecondarychess@gmail.com).