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:

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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 ( 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 (

2019 European Seniors Team Championship 17th-27th September Croatia


This announcement invites WCU members, registered as Welsh with FIDE, to contact Peter Bevan ( by 31 May if they are interested in taking part in one or other section of this event.

As usual the ESTC will be a nine-round Swiss with standard FIDE time limits and one round a day. Teams of four play in any one round but that team may be chosen from a squad of five. Teams may represent either a national federation or ‘any regional structure of a federation’ and there is no limit to the number of teams a federation may enter. But all the players in a squad must be registered with FIDE as representing the Federation making the entry. As usual there will be separate open events for teams of players all over 50 and all over 65 at the end of the
calendar year. The organisers neither meet accommodation nor transport costs.

More details of these costs, the location and its hotels and also the playing rules and timetable are to be found below.



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Players responding to this note should state for which event they would like to be considered and, if they are over 65 (or will be by 31/12/19), in which section they would prefer to play. As in the past the WCU wish to give as many players as reasonably feasible a chance to participate in these events. Requests to enter Welsh club or regional sides, as well as teams representing the WCU itself, are welcomed. Players in club or regional sides must be WCU
members (as well as being registered with FIDE as Welsh)

ECU E-Magazine April 2019

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Welsh Correspondence Chess Championship

Anyone interested in competing in this event should refere to the rules and regulations here.

First Rank Newsletter Edition 23

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2018-19 WCPL Games

The WCPL games for the 2018-2019 season are now available on the Games page.