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May 27th James Cobb’s title now seems to be official as he is listed as an IM on the FIDE site.

May 25th Hay Festival (21-31 May). No former world champions attending this year. Hay-on-Wye Chess Club have a tent though, in the the town centre - taking on all comers - recommended. Maybe you could arrange some friendly club matches against them?

May 22 WCPL 2009 Final Table

Position

Team

Played

Won

Draw

Lost

Game Points For

Game Points Against

Game Points Difference

Match Points

1

Nidum

5

5

0

0

22.5

7.5

15

10

2

Cardiff

5

3

0

2

16.5

13.5

3

6

3

Wrexham

5

3

0

2

13.5

16.5

-3

6

4

Cardigan

5

2

0

3

12

18

-6

4

5

Cwmbran

5

1

1

3

15

15

0

3

6

Abergavenny

5

0

1

4

10.5

19.5

-9

1



May 12th WCU KO Results so far. Malpas make it through to U1800 Final.
May 12th Please note that the WCU AGM will be held at 7:30 pm, on Thursday 11th June 2009, at the Briton Ferry Constitution Club, Graig Road.

Apr 20th Welsh Championships. Games and cross tables. Report to follow.

Mar 15th Dyfed Congress results. IM Roland Berzinsh wins the open with 4?/5. Second was GM Stuart Haslinger and Andrew Gibbons.
Mar 15th The North Gloucester Weekend Tournament is being held on 4-5th April. Why not use it as a warm up for the Welsh. For further details contact Ian Jenkins 01594827620. I’ve heard that the venue is excellent and they put on a generous buffet lunch.
Mar 15th U1700 Jamboree Report
Mar 15th Just like the buses, you wait for ages and then several come along at once. Sven Zeidler has been awarded the FM title and James Cobb is about to get his IM title. It has been approved by FIDE and should become official in early April. Congratulations to them both (thanks to Robert Taylor for this.).

Feb 11th Another Welsh Title: At last, FIDE have confirmed the WFM title for Suzie Blackburn for her excellent result at the 2006 Turin Olympiad. Llongyfarchiadau!

Feb 1st Welsh Junior Championships and the Welsh Schools championships: Venues and Entry Forms

Jan 27th Congratulations to Ioan Rees who has just been awarded his FM title by FIDE.

Jan 12th East Glamorgan Closed. Report by John Thornton

Jan 11th. T. Llew. Jones. Obituary by Howard Williams.

Jan 10th ‘Colli 'un o eiconau'r genedl'. It is with great sadness that we report the passing of T. Llew Jones. Our thoughts are with Iolo and his family at this sad time. His death is reported on the BBC Welsh Language News. Click here.

Jan 2 New WCU January Rating Lists Available here

Dec 22nd Welsh Junior Rapid Play Report.

Dec 19th Last year the WCU devised a scheme for accrediting coaches, the main requirements being adequate experience and possession of a clear Criminal Records Bureau certificate. We are pleased to announce that David Sully’s application for accreditation has been approved and he thus becomes Wales’ first accredited coach. He can be contacted on 029 2089 0641 or by email at davidsully@msn.com.

Dec 10th Over 30 girls enter this year’s Welsh Championships! Junior Results and Reports

Dec 5th WCU KO Cup Fixtures and Contact Details

Dec 2nd: Just out: Chess in Wales by M.J.Griffiths. A fascinating read for anyone interested in the history of Chess in Wales. Going right back to Thomas Bowdler’s draw against Philidor in 1783 through to the unrest in the late 60’s which led to the breakaway of the WCU from the BCF. If for nothing else, you should buy this book for the photographs of the young Howard Williams, Colin GIlbert, Dave Sully and Hugh Price.

 
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Dec 2nd. It was very sad to learn of the death of Bob Wade on 29th Nov. He devoted his life to chess. He will be greatly missed by the many who knew him.

Nov 30th. Olympiad: Final Thoughts and photos. Ladies update.
Nov 25th Olympiad Round 11 Report.
Nov 25th The Welsh U1700 Jamboree Jan 25th 2009. Details and Rules
Nov 25th Olympiad R10 Report and Ladies team update

Nov 23rd Round 9 Report - Stuart Hutchings’ return to chess!

Nov 22nd. I’ve managed to catch up with the Olympiad reports. I’ve also added the games from each round. Check out Stuart’s report for Round 7 where Wales nearly beat a team of 4 GM’s including Victor Korchnoi - ‘What an absolutley wonderful match’ - Hutchings.

Nov 17th Olympiad. Round 4 and 5 Results, Mid tournament Ladies Report. Susan Owens ‘very proud of the Ladies Team...
Nov 16th Ioan Rees (pictured right) and Phillipe Rogers take top prizes in the year’s WCU individual RP. Report by Jon Gilbert

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Nov 16th Olympiad: Round 3 report. Suzie Blackburn beats IM.
Nov 15th Olympiad: Tough day at the office for the Welsh Teams. Report Round 2
Nov 14th WCU KO Cup Rules and Entry Details (please note the entry deadline of 22nd Nov).

Nov 14th Olympiad: Round 1 games added. Round 2 postponed by an hour due to ‘a series of errors from various departments’.

Nov 13th Sensation at the Olympiad! Wales joint leaders with Russia and England (milk it while you can, I say). Double success for Wales in round 1 as both teams win 4-0! Read Stuart Hutchings report here. In a bizzare twist, both the Welsh teams play Portugal in round 2 (sic).

Nov 8th Wilf Arnold, the WCU Executive director, poses a question... “If a ‘new’ chess player (or prospective chess player) were to come to your club, what sort of welcome would they get?” See what support the WCU can offer on Your Views

Nov 3rd U1500 Jamboree Report.
Nov 3rd ECC Report
Nov 3rd Unfortunately, Leighton Williams has had to pull out of the Olympiad Squad. His replacement is Alan Spice.

Oct 30th Welsh Chess Premier League
Oct 30th International Events Calendar
Oct 11th 9th 4NCL DIvision 1 and 2 Results. SWD1 off to a steady start with 2 4-4 draws against higher rated teams. Most noticable was the performance of boards 5,6 and 7 in R1 .But there’s disappointment for SWD2.

RD 1

 

SOUTH WALES DRAGONS 1

2232

v

BARBICAN 4NCL 1

2388

1

w

Cobb, James E

2451

? - ?

Parker, Jonathan

2538

2

b

Cooper, John G

2362

0 - 1

Turner, Matthew J

2505

3

w

Rees, Ioan

2297

? - ?

D'Costa, Lorin A R

2411

4

b

Kett, Timothy

2272

0 - 1

Ferguson, Mark

2398

5

w

Blackburn, Jonathan L B

2175

1 - 0

Cox, John J

2381

6

b

Zeidler, Sven P

2224

1 - 0

Knott, Simon

2348

7

w

Morris, Charles F

2195

1 - 0

Rogers, Jonathan W

2347

8

b

Blackburn, Suzie (F)

1883

0 - 1

Lauterbach, Ingrid (F)

2178

 

 

 

 

4 - 4

 

 


RD 2

 

CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY 1

2243

v

SOUTH WALES DRAGONS 1

2232

1

w

Dearing, Eddie

2393

1 - 0

Cobb, James E

2451

2

b

Pinter, Gabor

2355

? - ?

Cooper, John G

2362

3

w

Mah, Karl C C

2408

1 - 0

Rees, Ioan

2297

4

b

Alfred, Nathan

2323

0 - 1

Kett, Timothy

2272

5

w

Moskovic, David M

2307

1 - 0

Morris, Charles F

2195

6

b

Churm, Rohan M

2207

? - ?

Blackburn, Jonathan L B

2175

7

w

Quist, Sven Roy

2137

0 - 1

Zeidler, Sven P

2224

8

b

Kourtseva, Julie (F)

1815

0 - 1

Blackburn, Suzie (F)

1883

 

 

 

 

4 - 4

 

 


RD 1

 

WESSEX 1

2142

v

SOUTH WALES DRAGONS 2

2020

1

w

Lock, Gavin R

2252

0 - 1

Spice, Alan

2173

2

b

Neil, David R

2165

? - ?

Roberts, David L

2144

3

w

Rutter, Nicholas

2177

1 - 0

Brown, Alan M

2121

4

b

Simons, Martin J

2237

1 - 0

Burton, Graham P (def)

2087

5

w

Jenks, Bruce

2145

0 - 1

Miles, Richard

2050

6

b

Yeo, Michael J

2103

? - ?

van Kemenade, Rudy

1989

7

w

de Coverly, Roger

2062

1 - 0

Wilson, Julie (F)

1935

8

b

Khoo, Selina (F)

1991

1 - 0

van Kemenade, Julie (F)

1661

 

 

 

 

5 - 3

 

 


RD 2

 

SOUTH WALES DRAGONS 2

2020

v

WARWICKSHIRE SELECT 1

2176

1

w

Spice, Alan

2173

0 - 1

Thomas, Nicholas

2309

2

b

Roberts, David L

2144

? - ?

Mason, Don

2245

3

w

Brown, Alan M

2121

? - ?

James, Russell A

2235

4

b

Burton, Graham P

2087

0 - 1

Shephard, Chris C W

2220

5

w

Miles, Richard

2050

0 - 1

Pitcher, John

2183

6

b

van Kemenade, Rudy

1989

0 - 1

Webster, Paul

2095

7

w

Wilson, Julie (F)

1935

0 - 1

Ingram, Keith

2070

8

b

van Kemenade, Julie (F)

1661

0 - 1

James, Ann-Marie (F)

2050

 

 

 

 

1 - 7

 

 


Sept 9th 4th European Individual Open, Liverpool. There’s Welsh interest in this year’s event with a number of players from Wales entered: Tim Kett heads the list with fellow Olympian Jonathan Blackburn aiming to get

in some good preparation prior to Dresden. Other WCU players are D.James, P.Bennett, D.Bennion, and R van Kemenade. Round 1: Tim Kett is playing black against GM V.Lasnicka 2601. All the others also have GM opponents except for van Kemenade who has a ‘mere’ IM. England’s Michael Adams is top seed. Website

Sept 9th WCPL. The rules for this year’s WCPL are being reviewed. We hope to have this process finalised by the end of Sept, after which we will be inviting qualified teams to enter.

Sep 7th Paignton 2008 J.Thornton.
Welsh representation at the 58th Paignton tournament was limited to David Sully and myself. The tournament is played in the splendid surroundings of Oldway Mansion built to the order of the originator of the Singer sewing machine empire, and provides strong but not usually excessively strong competition - mostly 2000-2250 FIDE rated players with barely a junior in sight! - so an ideal competition for any adult either looking for a good partial FIDE rating or a string of solid games against high county standard players. Third seed Tyson Mordue (2298) started by beating me and ended drawing with David. My tournament also ended with a bit of a downer losing to another 2200+ player John H Hodgson in the last game to finish - it seems 2 rooks + 2 rook pawns (one on the 7th) beat 2 rooks. In between I amassed 3/5 so 3/7 in total to gain a decent FIDE part rating. David tried his usual tactic of coming from behind after two early draws, but the competition was so level behind GM's Gawain Jones and Keith Arkell that 4/5 left him in sole third place after round 5 and a 6th round date with Gawain. Although David put up a very good fight, the inevitable happened, so that his last round draw with Tyson left him in joint 5th place. The GM's disappointingly chose not to fight when paired in round 4 and went on to to 1st equal on 6.5 with their nearest competitors on 5/7. There are tournaments for all abilities, and with only 1 round each day anyone wishing to make a holiday of the event can easily do so. More details can be found on the Devon website, which has recently won the ECF website of the year award. (Http://www.chessdevon.co.uk/).

Sep 4th Gwent Closed (26th-28th Sept) goes FIDE Rated. Gwent has decided to lead the way and make the annual Gwent Closed a FIDE rated event. Hopefully, this will lead to more Welsh events becoming FIDE rated. Entry forms here.

Sep 4 Welsh Olympiad Squad finalised. The table shows the teams in board order.

Welsh Olympiad Teams

Men
Non-Playing Captain. Stuart Hutchings

1

IM Leighton Williams

2389

2

FM Richard Jones

2344

3

Ioan Rees

2287

4

Tim Kett

2247

5

Jonathan Blackburn

2196

 

Women
Non-Playing Captain. Susan Owens

1

Suzy Blackburn

1856

2

WFM Olivia Smith

1953

3

Julie Wilson

1935

4

Megan Owens

1775

5

Julie van Kemenade

(1764)



Sept 1 Gwent Fixture List

Aug 28 Is it possible to apply an Elo Rating system to sports other than chess? Apparently so! There is actually a published Elo rating list for International football. It shows Wales in 49th position with a rating of 1608. Our best position was 5th with 1858. Currently Spain have moved to the top slot with a rating of 2059. England are 9th with a rating of 1889. The calculations go right back to 1876 when Wales lost 4-0 to Scotland and include the latest defeat by Georgia where we dropped 16 Elo points. The full list can be found here.
Update: Stewart Reusben said that he was commissioned to do an Elo rating system for snooker. He had Steve Davis comng out at 2700. He goes on to say that rating tennis would be more problematical because of the different playing surfaces. Zane Allford says that the World of Warcraft Arena uses the Elo system to allocate points http://www.wowwiki.com/Arena_point


Aug 26 South Wales Rapid Play and Welsh Junior Team Championships to be held on 20th September at Bishop Hedley High School, Merthyr Tydfil. Entry Forms here

Aug 22 British 2008. Tim Kett gets ‘Best Swindle Award’ for his win over David Eggleston. Read Tim’s report here. Tim has also provided quite in-depth analysis of this game.

Aug 18 Aberdare Chess Club: Venue Change. Aberdare Golf Club Wed 7:30

Aug 8 An interesting article on simuls has appeared on the Chessbase web site. Two games featured are by Nick Davies (Malpas) against Tony Miles and Zane Allford (Brynmawr) against Julian Hodgson. Games are annotated by Karsten Muller. Here.

Aug 1 Glorney/Faber Report

July 28th West Wales Open, Major and Minor Tournament. 10th-12th October. Entry Form

July 25th Anyone interested in playing in the World Senior Championships (men 60+ / women 50+ on 01.01.08) in Bad Zwischenahn, Germany from October 28th till November 8th ? There is one place with free board and lodging available for the WCU to nominate - please contact Tim Kett on 07720-412-800 to apply.

July 13th Junior 4NCL. The 4NCL has announced dates for this year’s junior 4NCL. Teams consists of 4 boards and takes place over 2 weekends (15-16/11/08 and 28/2-1/3/09), 2 games on the Saturday and 1 on the Sunday. Entry fee is ?60 per team. The 4NCL will provide coaching sessions for all before each round (|GM or IM standard). We have negotiated the same room rate concessions as for the main league. Entries can be from clubs, schools, or just a group of friends. There is an age handicap system so that younger teams have good chances of beating older competitors. Check out the 4NCL web site for further information (due soon).

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uly 10th GM’s Miezes and Haslinger win South Wales International. Another IM norm for James ‘I’ve lost my norm certificates’ Cobb.
July 8th Wales Olympiad Team Selection
Men’s Team (in alphabetical order)
1. Jonathan Blackburn 2. Richard Jones 3. Tim Kett 4. Ioan Rees 5. Leighton Williams
Women’s Team (in alphabetical order)
1. Suzy Blackburn 2. Abigail Cast 3. Megan Owens 4. Olivia Smith 5. Julie Wilson
More info to follow soon.

July 5th Basman Northern Giga Finals: Ben Thomas wins age group with 6/6.

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July 4th I’ve added an events page for each zone so that you can advertise your local events, whether they be closed or open to all, a club event or zonal event. Just supply the following information and I’ll add them to your page: Event Name/description, Date and Start time, Venue, Contact details and whether it’s an open or closed event, entry fee and prizes if any. Email here

July 3rd July FIDE List. Welsh Players
July 2nd Cardigan win WCU KO Cup. Report
June 29th WCPL Appeal. The appeals committee have unanimously upheld Cwmbran’s appeal. Thus Cwmbran finish top with Nidum second and Cardiff third.

 

W

D

L

MPs

GPs

Cwmbran

4

2

0

10

22

Nidum       

4

1

1

9

23?

Cardiff     

4

1

1

9

23?

Wrexham     

2

2

2

6

18

Cardigan    

1

2

3

4

16

Abergavenny 

0

2

4

2

12?

Barry       

1

0

5

2

9?

The final table

June 27th WCU KO Cup Finals 29th June. Start time is 12:30. Please can Captains arrive at 12:00 to hand in team lists
June 25th GM Nigel Short thinks that Wales should be ‘...kicked out of FIDE forthwith’. Do you agree? Have your say
June 14th Ukraine Juniors v Welsh Juniors.Narrow defeat for Wales. Report
June 13th Your Views. Do you have anything to say about the running of chess in Wales? Do you have views on selection policy, eligibility criteria for WCU teams, WCPL issues or anything else to do with Welsh chess. Send an email in and we’ll post it on the web site. Send your comments to yourviews@welshchessunion.co.uk

June 12th WCU KO Finals Day Sunday 29th June. Briton Ferry Constitutional Club. The West Wales Chess League invite you to share the occasion with the competitors. The Open Cup final between Cardiff and Cardigan, will be displayed simultaneously in the lounge area for comment and analysis by IM Leighton Williams with demonstration boards. Further details

June 12th Olympiad 2008. New FIDE rules for the Olympiad come into play this year, some with severe penalties if broken. Ignatious Leong, Chief Arbiter of the Chess Olympiad and General Secretary of FIDE, surprised journalists at a press conference Tuesday, 03 June 2008. ”We will have considerable renewals regarding the regulations in the 2008 Olympiad in Dresden,” the man from Singapore declares.
Here’s a sample. No draws will be allowed before the 30th move, and more controversially all players have to be at their table exactly at the beginning of play to shake hands, just like in any other sports, or else they will lose the match (sic). Imagine applying this in the WCPL! The number of rounds to be played is reduced from 14 to 11. Match points are privileged over game points. Women’s teams are extended to 4 players and the number of reserve players reduced to one.

June 11th British Championship Places: This year I'm delighted to say we were oversubscribed with applications for the Welsh nominees for the British Championships (the first time this has happened this century!). The outgoing International Director selected Tim Kett, David James and Lee Davis for the three available places.
         European Union Individual Championships. These will also be held in Liverpool (as part of the European Capital of Culture festivities) as a 10-round Swiss from 9-18 September. They are open to any member of the WCU to play in but we have two nominations for free entry at our disposal. Please contact Tim Kett either by email or phone (029) 2061 3870.

June 6th WCU AGM: The WCU Welcomes a new President

              WCU Management Board and Officials
              President C.F.Morris
              Vice-President T. Llew jones
              Executive Director W.Arnold
              Deputy Executive Director B.Harle
              Finance Director A.H.Williams
              Home Chess Director S.Kett
              International Chess Director T.Kett
              Junior Chess Director I.Eustis
              Development Director L.Davis
              Publicity Director M.Adams
              Womens’ Chess Director J.Evans
              Chairman of Selectors L.Williams
              Grading Officer R.Taylor
              FIDE Delegate D.James
              Chief Arbiter P.Purland
              Rapid Play Rating Officer K.Staveley

Other AGM News:

    Both motions (see below) were defeated. T.Gutteridge is Year Book Editor. Zones encouraged to elect vice-presidents to sit on appeals committee. Olympiad selection meeting scheduled for last week in June. WKO Finals 29th June. North Wales grades to appear in WCU Rating List. Financial surplus announced. (Detailed minutes to follow).

18th May Bridgend Junior RP Report by John Thornton

15th May The Hay Festival. Sun 25th May 6pm. The legendary world champion Boris Spassky, plays a simultaneous game against twenty opponents. To apply to play him, please email chess@hayfestival.com
Spassky is also giving a talk on Monday 26th May at 2:30pm “Boris Spassky talks to Ronan Bennett The legendary Grand Master discusses Russian and Soviet chess culture, the psychology of the game, and the 1972 Reykjavik Match of the Century World Championships in which he lost his title to Bobby Fisher.” ?8 per ticket Web Site
14th May This year’s AGM will take place at Whitchurch (Upper) High School, Cardiff on Thursday 5th June 2008 at 7:30 pm as previously announced. As can be seen from the agenda there are two motions to vote on. The first will be a straightforward yes/no vote after discussion. However, the eligibility proposal has been brought about by extensive discussion (both in MB meetings and ex-committee exchanges) and a number of options are presented in the motion. These centre on the length of time of the qualification period, the number of games in the period, and the status of previous Welsh Champions. It has been decided that the best way to vote on it is as follows.
Phase 1:
Following discussion, an initial vote as to whether the AGM want to change to some variant of the proposal or not will be taken. If the AGM votes against the proposal it will be considered defeated as a whole and the rules will stay as they are.
Phase 2:
If the motion is passed then voting will take place on which variant will be adopted. The exact details of this are still being finalised but will be explained on the night, although I will try to publish before then if possible. Note that unless the motion is defeated at phase 1 some form of change will be implemented.
Please ensure you read the proposals before the meeting.
The school have informed us that the hall will be set out for exams the following day (appropriate given the above), so please do not shift things around. We have a good rapport with the school to maintain – especially as we’d like to hold the Welsh Championships there again next year.
Wilf Arnold
Exec Director WCU
2007 Minutes 2007 Accounts (Excel) 2008 Agenda
7th May 4NCL success for Welsh teams. Congratulations to South Wales Dragons 1 and 2 who gained promotion to the first and second divisions respectively. Celtic Tigers finished second in division 4 and also gained promotion. Pontypridd had a very good season, finishing 4th in division 4, losing only 2 matches. Tables 2008/9 sees a restructuring of the league with 3 divisions instead of 4. 4NCL have also found new venues which will accommodate the whole league on one site. There will be a 4NCL Rapid Play competition on June 28-29. Further Details.
28th Apr: English Chess in Turmoil. 4 directors resign from ECF Committee! Read More here and here
28th Apr Wales v the Greats (and ordinary GMs!). More games by Welsh players against GM’s. See Charles Morris’ win against Tony Miles, Roy Phillis taking out Zoltan Almasi, Cooper beating legend Najdorf and Leighton Williams’ humiliating defeat of Grechihin
16th Apr British Championship Places
There are some nominated places avilable for this year’s British Championships. If you are interested please contact Gwynfor Rees asap.
15th Apr WCU AGM is at 7:30 pm on Thursday 5th June in the Main Hall, Whitchurch High School (Upper), Penlline Road, Whitchurch, Cardiff, CF14 2XJ
13th Apr Chess exhibition at Newport Museum and Art Gallery. Details
13th Apr WCU Management Board Ruling on WCPL Rule Infringements. (Amended 14/4)
Cwmbran's appeal to the WCU management board, regarding the penalty incurred by their illegal use of Michael White in round 1, was rejected.
The result of this match is still Cardigan 3? - 2? Cwmbran.
It was decided, at the same meeting, that I (John Trevelyan) should also penalise only one other breach of the rules this season
There may be more breaches in the final round but so far ...
Round 3: Cardigan 2.0 - 4.0 Abergavenny. Abergavenny incorrectly played John Waterfield (1967) on board 4 above Richard Miles (2071) on board 5. The result of this match is now Cardigan 3.0 - 3.0 Abergavenny.
The meeting decided that Abergavenny should not be penalised for postponing their round 6 match against Barry to an illegally late date. The meeting also decided that Barry should not be penalised for using an unrated player (Richard Hanscombe) above a rated player (Peter Watkin) in their round 1 match against Cardiff. It is not totally clear from the minutes but I assume that Barry are also not penalised for an almost identical offence against Abergavenny in round 6.
6th Apr Former World Chess Champions To Visit Wales.
Former World Chess Champions Gary Kasparov and Boris Spassky are to give talks at this year’s literary festival at Hay-on-Wye, Powys (22nd May - 1st June). Spassky will appear on 26th May at 14:30 and Kasparov is scheduled for 20:30 on May 31st. Other guests include ex US President Jimmy Carter, Salman Rushdie, Top Gear star Jeremy Clarkson, playwright Alan Bennett and many more. BBC Hay-on-Wye
2nd Apr Welsh FIDE Ratings List.
30th Mar Welsh Championships: Leighton Williams and James Cobb win. Report and Games (Maj and Min games added)
Photos Added
(thanks to Rej Jones)
10th Mar. Welsh Junior Championships Results
24th Feb Dyfed Chess Congress, Fishguard. Leighton Williams has won the Dyfed open with a superb 5/5. Leighton defeated
Stuart Haslinger
in the final round to take the title.Howard Williams finished 2nd, also undefeated on 4.5.
Cross Table
5th Feb U2000 Jamboree Report WCU Junior Championships 8-9th March, Monmouth Entry Form
25th Jan Welsh FIDE Ratings Jan 08
12th Jan: Tim Kett wins the South Wales Winter Congress with 4/5 ahead of D.Sully and J.Sherwin. Report (Updated)
Games Cross Table
1st Jan: Two sets of brothers, coincidentally all surnamed Thomas, featured as champions in the Welsh Junior Rapidplay
Championships
............Report28th Dec WCU Championships, March 21st-24th 2008. Whitchurch Cardiff.
 Entry Form.
Welsh Juniors v English Regions and Scotland. Results
10th Dec Dyfed Congress 2008 22-24/Feb/08 Entry Forms
New - Pontypool Chess Club Web Site
3rd Dec 07 WCU Open Jamboree Results Games (thanks to Glynn Sinnett) U1500 Results
2nd Dec 07
The National Youth Chess Association event took place on 10th November 07, at Edgbaston in Birmingham. Wales was represented at
under 16 and under 12 level as "South Wales", although a small number of North Wal
es players were part of the Cheshire & North Wales teams.
Most of the teams were very strong, and the South Wales teams struggled in both age groups.
The under 16s finished 8th of 8 with 6.5/32 (best performances of 2/4 from Jac Thomas and Adam Davis), having taken a weakened team
in the absence of some top players. Cheshire & North Wales won.
The Under 12s amassed 18/48, finishing 7th of 8 teams. Daniel Wilmot (Swansea) starred with an excellent 4/4 on board 5, and
Harsith Maruthireddy also remained unbeaten on board 8. Cheshire & North Wales finished 5th
Thanks to all the players for their efforts against strong opposition. Mike Kilner
10/11/07 Euro Cup and Closing Report with photos. R9 Report
29/10/07 WCU Junior Championships Results
29/10/07 European Club Cup 2007 Report
25/10/07 The Second Bridgend Junior Rapidplay will be held on Saturday 17th May 2008 at Nolton Church Hall, Bridgend. Last year's event
was a big success and hopefully this year's will surpass that tournament. There are tw
o competitions, 16&Under (won by Larry Khanna last year) and 12&Under (won by Alex Freeland).
Contact : Andrew Trickey (01656) 750274 for more details.
20/10/07 Frank Hatto RP Nov 18th Jon Gilbert 01633 874723 Entry Forms
20/10/07 East Glamorgan Minor League Underway. Report
17/8/07 Congratulations to Megan Owens who is the U12 and U13 British Girls Chess Champion 2007.
She was also presented with the Roy Clues Cup for the best Welsh player overall.
19/7/07 GM M.Dzhumaev wins the South Wales International and ?1000 with 8/9. Stuart Haslinger gets final GM norm.
Web Site
19/7/07 WCO KO Finals Day Games
15/7/07 WCU AGM Home Director’s Report
7/7/07 4th South Wales International Underway. Results.
7/7/07 Welsh Challenge Cup Final Report
27/5/07 Wanted: Welsh players for the British Championships. Click here for details.
27/5/07 WCPL report and final standings
25/5/07 Welsh AGM. Agenda
24/4/07 2007 Welsh Championship cross table and games now online.
15/4/07 WKO Cup Results and Semi Final Draws here
15/4/07 Welshbase Update. 12035 Games. Download zipped file here (2.6MB)
15/4/07 2007 Welsh Championships. While we are waiting for a report and the Championship games, here are the headlines of the event.
The Championship was won by James Cobb(6/7), with Michael White and Sven Zeidler joint 2nd (5/7).
Ioan Rees was U-21 champion (4?/7) and Abigail Cast Welsh Ladies Champion (3?/7). John Bowers and Jason Garcia win the
Tom Westom Major with 5?/7.
Danny Gottschalk won the John Bishop Minor with 6/7. Click on the links for
the John Bishop Minor and Tom Weston Major games. Cross Tables. Major Minor
15/4/07 2007 WCU AGM will be held on Thursday 7th June 2007 at 7:30 pm. The venue is the Vale of Glamorgan Hotel
. Attendees should park in the Main Car Park and enter the hotel via the main reception where they will be directed
 to the actual meeting room.
1/4/07 FIDE April 2007 list
31/3/07 2007 Welsh Chess Championships starts 6/4/07 at the superb Vale of Glamorgan Indoor Training Centre
23/3/07 The 4NCL will be holding an inaugural team rapidplay tournament in the summer over 2 days (30/6-1/7/07) for which entries
are invited from all interested teams throughout the WCU, whether existing 4NCL teams wanting to
 “dust off the cobwebs” during the summer or new teams wanting to try out the 4NCL without necessarily committing to the full league.
Click here for
further details.
2/2/07 Forum added: In this age of the 4NCL, the SWPL and Challenge cup, has the zonal competition lost it’s place in the WCU calendar?
Click here
to post your views. Click here for the forum
2/2/07 Zonal News: East Glamorgan lose 10-0 by default to Gwent. Click here.
24/1/07 Coaching in the WCU. At present people looking for a coach either for themselves or their children have no reliable information to
assist them
 in making their choice. A list of accredited coaches will help players t
o find someone with relevant experience and provide some protection for young players from unsuitable persons.
From a new initiativ by the WCU
U management board, you can now apply to become an accredited WCU coach. Click here for details.
20/1/07 Jan FIDE Rating List. Congratulations to James Cobb on reaching 2420.
19/1/07 New Junior Club Chess Club - want to join? Click here for details of Dave Sully’s initiative..
1/1/07 Want to improve your chess? Click here to find out more!
12/11/06 WCU KO CUp 2006-7. First round draw.
12/11/06 Gwent win the U1500 Jamboree Results
8/11/06 Dyfed (23/2/07) and WCU Rapid Play (26/11/06) Entry Forms
31/10/06 Stuart Hutchings has sent an excellent final report on this years ECC
31/10/06 3-way tie at this years Gwent Closed.
23/10/06 SWPL 60-07. Season kicks off with a win for Cardiff.
23/10/06 For Sale: Ornate Chess Sets from the late Frank Hatto’s collection.
       For further details contact Ian Eustis 01792 862115.
7/10/06 Today, the teams jet off to Austria for this years Euro Club Cup. Watch this space for on the spot reports
3/10/06 FIDE Rating List Oct 06
18/9/06 4NCL: Mixed fortunes for Welsh Teams. SWD 1 lose 7-1 to Guildford, SWD 2 lose to Brown Jack (Peter and Jane Richmond)
Results
4/9/06 Junior Competition Entry Forms. Please note that the WCU Junior Championships have been brought forward to 30th Sept.
4/9/06 James Cobb gets another GM scalp and finishes =2nd News.
2/9/06 James Cobb gets GM scalp.
26/8/06 West Wales Congress Oct 06 Entry Form
25/8/06 2006-7 WCU Rating List added
24/8/06 WCU Calendar Updated
24/8/06 Cardiff are Welsh Club Champions after drawing 3-3 with Nidum.Click here for details.
26/6/06 WCU AGM 2006 Minutes
25/6/06 Welsh Challenge Cup Results and Fixtures.
20/5/06 WCU AGM 15/6/06 Agenda and registration proposal.
13/5/06 WCU Statement supporting the Right Moves Election Campaign Click Here
4/5/06 4NCL: South Wales Dragons gain promotion to Division 1 4NCL Site Report
24/4/06 John Trevelyan wins the Welsh Championships Report.
4/4/06 Newsletter 1st Edition
4/4/06 OLYMPIAD - Selectors Report
4/4/06 Gwent win Zonals Results
29/3/06 U2000 Jamboree Results and games
29/3/06 British Championships Swansea 2006 WCU qualifiers and how to qualify
25/3/06 OPEN, U1800 & U1500 Results and Semi-Final Draw
5/3/06 New Link Added Bridgend Chess Club
 
9/2/06
Mens: 1. L.Williams 2374 2. R.Jones 2297 3. R.Dineley 4. T.Kett 2213 5. A.Spice 2202 6. J.Thomas 1933
Reserves 1st J.Trevelyan 2219 2nd F.May 2136 3rd P.Varley 2172 4th G.Morris 2094 5th C.Walsh 2205 Capt G.Rees
Ladies: 1. A.Cast 2. J.Wilson 3. S.Blackburne 4. M.Owens 1293 Reserve Julie van Kemenade 1696. Capt J.Cast
6/2/06 SWPL Results and games
6/2/06 U1700 Jamboree Results
6/2/06 Zonal Results Rounds 1 and 2
5/2/06 Who is on the management board? Click here to find out.
5/2/06 This year's WCU Easter Congress will be held in exceptional surroundings provided by our sponsor, the Vale Hotel, Hensol. The
entry form i
s now on the web-site.
Note: the qualification requirements for entry to the Welsh Championship have been slightly relaxed since the form was printed. See the
 box on 'page
3' of the form.
28/1/06 Welsh Base updated 1172 games including Newport, and St Vincent.
22/12/05 Calendar added
2/12/05 4NCL SWD Report by David Sully plus some annotated games
 
29/11/05 U1500 & U1800 Ko Cups. Results and R2 draw here.
27/11/05 WCU U1500 Jamboree results
27/11/05 SWPL Round 1 Complete.
 
20/10 WCU Rapid Play Entry Form
9/10 Welsh Juniors in Europe. Click here
9/10 Bridgend Youth Tournament: Nov 12th Information
1/10 WCU KO Cup U1800 and U1500 Draw here
1/10 WCU Registration Form.This is the form that EG use to register players. Club secretaries in other Zones are welcome to
adapt it, with the agreement of their Zone Treasurer, to register their players.
7/9 Welsh Chess History - can you help? Click here
4/9 Welsh British Champions Report
3/9 SWPL Qualifying Event Report
3/9 East Glam Rapid Play Results and Report
 
30/8 West Wales Entry Forms
13/8 British Championships:
Joseff Thomas, Jac Thomas, Megan Owens - British U16, U14 and U11 Champions! Report to follow
10/8 Gothenburg: Welsh Stats
7/8  Gothenburg Final Round Report
6/8  Gothenburg R8 Wales beat Scotland!! Report Here
6/8  Gothenburg R7 Wales 1-3 Luxembourg Report here
5/8  Gothenburg R6 Turkey 3-1 Wales Report Here
3/8  Gothenburg R5 Wales 3?-? Cyprus Report here
3/8  Gothenburg R4 - Ireland win clash of Celtic brothers Report here
1/8  Gothenburg R3 Finland 3-1 Wales Report Here
 
31/7 Gothenburg R2 Wales 0-4 Sweden Report Here
31/7 Gothenburg R1 Jones ?-? Korchnoi !! Report here
20/7/2005 Monmouth: Dobrov and Rayner win. Tables here
18/7/2005 Dyfed Entry Form added
14/7/2005 South Wales International - Dobrov wins Results here
07/7/2005 WCU Rating List Published here
04/7/2005 July FIDE Rating List here
 
30/6/2005 Challenge Cup: Cardiff Win here
 
22/5/2005 WCU Cup Rules for 2005/6 here
        WCU AGM - a new President and a new Treasurer, plus more MB changes. Details to follow soon.
        East Glam AGM Details here
        Nidum win the KO Cup. Results
9/5/2005 East Glamorgan RP Report
6/5/2005 WCU KO Finals day pairings here
4/5/2005 WCU AGM Details here
3/5/2005 Cardigan win the 1st South Wales Premier League
 
25/4/2005 East Glam win the U1700 Jamboree Results
11/4/2005 Welsh Championships Leighton Williams Wins! Results
11/4/2005 WCU FIDE Ratings April 05 Click here
 
25/03/2005 SWPL Round 4 Complete
21/03/2005 Welsh Junior Championships Report
12/03/2005 WCU KO Results and Semi Final Draw. All games to be played by end of April.
12/03/2005 SWPL Round 4 Results: Caerphilly topple Cardigan
 
24/02/2005 Updated Link to the New Nidum Liberals web page
24/02/2005 Dyfed Results
12/02/2005 Newport 2005 - results
09/02/2005 U1500 Jamboree Results
09/02/2005 Zonal Results and Table
07/02/2005 South Wales Premier League R3 - Cardigan maintain slender lead
07/02/2005 The Grange, Monmouth School. Welsh Chess success story!.
Read about Monmouth schools superb record for providing chess for youngsters. Can your zone emulate this? Kevin Thomas reports.
02/02/2005 Welsh Chess Championships Entry Form
02/02/2005 WCU Management Board Meeting minutes here
02/02/2005 SWPL Cardigan maintain their lead.
 
24/01/2005 U1500 Jamboree double round event - 6th Feb. at North Cardiff Chess Club.(09:45. Team lists to John Thornton by 09:50)
05/01/2005 KO Cup Round 1 results and Round 2 Pairings Click here
 
18/12/04 Jan 05 Welsh FIDE Ratings Click here
16/12/04 SWPL Round 2 completed. Cardigan are top! Click here
09/12/04 SWPL Round 2 games added
08/12/04 SWPL Cardigan defeat Nidum!!
04/12/04 4NCL Div 2 results R3&4 -SWD2 3 points from 4! Results and Games
04/12/04 SWPL Round 2 Monmouth hold Cardiff 2?-2?! Click here
04/12/04 Added pgn download for Welsh Base Click here
01/12/04 County matches: round 1 results plus some games. Click here
 
28/11/04 New link added Nidum Chess Club
16/11/04 New Link added to West Wales Chess League
14/11/04 Welsh Base updated
14/11/04 Update from Crete Click here
14/11/04 SWPL First Round Completed. Tables here
8/11/04 4NCL: R1 and 2 Welsh Team Results Click Here
7/11/04 South Wales Premier League Click here
7/11/04 News from the World Youth in Crete Click Here
5/11/04 Olympiad News Results and Games
 
16/10/04 Welsh KO Cup draw Click here
 
30/09/04 West Wales Weekend Congress, Swansea 8-10/10. 5 round swiss. Qualifies for the
 BCF  Grand Prix. For details and entries ring Les Philpin 01792 418711 email here
29/09/04 Added link to Rhyddings Web Site Click here
11/09/04 WCU KO Cup Entry Details Click here
03/09/04 Important dates for Juniors Click here
 
23/08/04 Jac Thomas - British U12 Champion!!
         Megan Owens - British U9 Girls Champion!! Click here for report
23/08/04 Welsh Ladies Report Details here
05/08/04 WCU Rapid Play Details here
 
30/07/04 Glorney/Faber: Girls finish second!! Boys finish with wooden spoon after a 3-2 defeat against a strong Czech team. Click here.
30/07/04 Olympiad Squad Click here
29/07/04 Bad day at the office for the Welsh in Aberdeen. Click here.
28/07/04 Welsh Girls lead Faber after 3 rounds, but a 4?-? defeat for the boys Click here
27/07/04 Glorney/Faber Results and games. Steady start for the Welsh!! Click here
26/07/04 2004-5 Calendar Click here
20/07/04 Summer Events Update (Cardiff and Caerphilly Clubs) Click here.
20/07/04 Monmouth Congress Results Click here
06/07/04 Press release: Monmouth School win BCF Schools Championships. Click here
05/07/04 Welsh Challenge Cup Results Click here
04/07/04 Jul 04 FIDE List. Click here
 
18/6/04 New Link Added Click here
 
25/5/04 Cardiff Chess Club - Summer Events programme. Click here
23/5/04 Welsh Base - update 3 added. WCU KO and ECC Greece. Click here
23/5/04 WCU KO Finals - games added. To play through Click here
16/5/04 Welsh KO Results Cardigan win!! Click here
13/5/04 It is with great regret that we have to announce the sad death yesterday of former WCU President, Frank Hatto. Obituary
to follow shortly.
Kevin Staveley’s personal obituary.
3/5/04 North Wales contacts added
3/5/04 Report on the East Glamorgan 50th Anniversary Event. Click here29/04/04 Summer Events Programmes Click here.
If you wish to advertise your club’s events, e-mail them to me here
18/04/04 - AGM - major changes to management board - details to follow soon.
03/04/04 New FIDE list out. click here
03/04/04 AGM Agenda Click here
 
07/03/04 Read Tim Kett’s report on the Welsh performance in Crete Click here
03/03/04 Oxford v Wales games Click here
 
26/02/04 Welsh base - more games added Click here
23/02/04 4-way tie in Fishguard Open. Abigail Cast beats IM Leighton Williams Click here
19/02/04 Read Tim Kett’s Report on Wales v Oxford University. Click here
19/02/04 Welsh base - more games added Click here
12/02/04 East Glam 50 year Celebration Event. Click here
11/02/04 Wales v The Greats - a selection of games. Click here
08/02/04 Links Updated. Click here
01/02/04 Entry Forms now available for download. Click here
 
25/01/04 Welsh teams at the 4NCL Click here
19/1/04 Gallery added Click here
19/1/04 South Wales Rapid Play Results. Click here
19/1/04 Hebden wins Welsh International Click here
05/01/04 Alan Spice wins the Newport Open. Click Here
04/01/04 Selection Tables for Ladies Olympiad added
25/12/03: Jan 04 provisional FIDE Rating List out. Click Here
 
25/12/03 Selection Tables for Olympiad (open section) updated.
22/12/03: read Tim Kett’s excellent round by round account of the trials and tribulations of the Welsh team’s exploits at Polvdiv 03.