In 2008, Martyn Griffiths wrote the book "Chess in Wales" (which is still available through Chess & Bridge or Moravian Press) during which many people sent him copies of old chess photographs. Unfortunately, the publishers did not do justice to them and the quality of reproduction was poor.
He currently has a record of about 60 pre 1970 chess related photographs for Wales which he intends putting into an album for depopsit at a county archives so that the record will not be lost and will be available to all.
If there is anyone who would like to scan and send him copies of any old chess pictures they may have then he would be happy to include them in the album, together with details of who owns the original.
The English Chess Federation National Schools Girls Championship is the top chess UK tournament for teams of girls. On Sunday two teams from Howell’s Juniors and one team from the Seniors took part in the Southern UK semi-final and all three teams of three players qualified for the Final. This event will take place over two days during the Easter holidays and will be hosted by St.Catherine’s School, near Guildford.
Very sad news has just been received that Clive Wheeler of Caerphilly chess club has recently passed away.
The Welsh Chess Union would like to express our sincere condolences to Clive's family and friends at this very sad time. Clive's presence will be very sadly missed.
The details of his funeral are:
Resting at Co-op Funeralcare, 85 Pontygwindy Road, Caerphilly.
Funeral to take place on Tuesday 20 January at Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints, Heol-y-Deri, Rhiwbina, Cardiff, CF146UH. (13.15)
Commital at Bedwas Cemetary, Newport Road, Bedwas. (15.00)
Clive had requested that no black be worn, Welsh Shirts preferable.
Only Family flowers, donations can be given at service for Velindre Hospital.
There are two tiers to the Welsh Junior Championships. There is a ‘championship’ section for those that score at least four points in one of the qualifiers; and there is also ‘major’ section, for which there are no qualifying criteria. Following the fifth qualifier at Cathedral School, the following children have qualified for the championship section:
Cathedral School, Cardiff, hosted the fifth Welsh qualifier for the Welsh Junior Championships on Saturday 17 January. This was a six-round event, with players scoring four or more qualifying for the 'championship' section of the finals.
This note follows up our earlier note on handling Welsh entries to international seniors’ team championships and asks:
b) those who are either
Read more here.
The Welsh Girls’ Championships were held at their customary venue of Inglefield House in Monmouth on 11th January. As usual entry numbers meant combining some age groups. The combined U14/U12 was strong with 6 of the 7 girls all able to beat each other on a good day. Emily Wang’s draw with Shayanna Sivarajasingam in the first round had a significant effect on events as this left Shayanna for the whole event having to play catch up with Stephanie du Toit. The crunch came in round 4 when these two played. Shayanna missed her chance to win in a K+P ending, with the resulting draw leaving Stephanie an easy road to the title. Aishwarya Lutchman Singh was the unlucky U12 who had to play up to Shayanna in the last round - the only one of the top three U12s to play both U14s, though a win for her would have meant she would have won the U12 title outright. As it was she lost, allowing Emily Wang and Neya Govindaraj to overtake her.
The deadline for entries for the 2014 award is 31 January 2015; so there is still time to nominate a game (which need not have been played by the person making the nomination).
The detailed rules can be found here but briefly to qualify for consideration a 2014 game must be a win or a draw by a player qualified to represent Wales in a FIDE competition against a non-Welsh opponent graded over 2250 and FIDE-rated at least 150 points above the entrant at the time the game was played.