Welsh Junior Rapidplay Championships
(Under 14 - U8)
Bishop Hedley High School,
Penydarren, Merthyr Tydfil, CF47 9AN
19th December 2015
Cardiff and the Vale Junior Champs
County Hall, Atlantic Wharf, Cardiff
7th February 2016
Welsh Girls Championships
Haberdashers Monmouth Girls School
17th January 2016
Welsh Junior Championships
(U13, 11, 9, 8)
The Grange School, Monmouth
30th - 31st January
Welsh Junior Championships
(U14, 12, 10)
St John's College, St Mellon's
20th - 21st February
Frank Hatto Welsh Rapidplay Championship
(including Welsh Ladies, Welsh Under 18 and Welsh Under 16 Rapidplay Championships)
Neath Old Town Hall – 12th December
South Wales New Year Congress
Penarth Conservative Club: 8th - 10th January 2016
The final qualifier for the 2016 Welsh Junior Championships was held at St John’s on Saturday 28 November. The results were as follows:
Howell’s of Cardiff won the Welsh Secondary School Championships, just ahead of Monmouth A. The winning team of Alyssa Wang, Shayanna Sivarajasingam, Neya Govindaraj and Emily Wang scored 11 match points and netted 20 game points. With equal match points, but one less game point were Monmouth A: Nyasha Katsande, Jamie Bell-Thomas, Max Lazarus and Michael Burger. Winners of the two previous years, Bishop of Llandaff, came third with 8 match points.
The six round competition involved seven teams – Howell’s, Bishop of Llandaff, Cathedral, St John’s, and three teams from Monmouth – and was played at St John’s on 28 November.
The WCPL Round 1 and West Wales Congress games can now be downloaded from here.
The Dell, Chepstow, retained the teams-of-ten trophy for schools in South Wales and the surrounding area. In this event, held on Tuesday 24 November at Cardiff City stadium, The Dell emerged as convincing winners, winning all its five matches in division one and netting 10 match points.
Many of the chasing pack were tied on 7 match points. Using game points to differentiate, The Grange, Monmouth came second, Ysgol-y-Wern third, St John’s Cardiff fourth, and The Grange’s B team fifth.
24 teams played in the second division, with Rougement emerging victorious, thanks to five wins. Four teams finished on 8 match points, and determining placings via game points gave Whitchurch second place with third shared between Rhiwbani and Bryn Deri.
The TV show Made in Cardiff broadcast several interviews from the event. Its coverage can be viewed on-line at http://www.madeincardiff.tv/player/ Chess featured in the broadcast on 24 November, in the second part of the show (so go to Hello Cardiff 7 p.m. - 24.11.15 part 2). Chess coverage begins around 7 minutes into this second part of the programme.
On Saturday 14 November The Grange hosted a Welsh Junior Championship qualifier and the ECF under 13 teams-of-four regional semi-final.
The results in the qualifiers were as follows:
European Seniors Team Championship 2016
This note is to alert those interested about the time and place of the 2016 event, which is set to be held in Porto Carras, Chalkidiki, Greece from 18 April to 27 April. We expect further information to become available from the organisers in the next couple of months but if the 2015 format is retained the event will be a nine-round Swiss for teams of four (with a reserve if wished) and federations will effectively be permitted to enter as many teams as they like composed of men over 60 (or women over 50) at the end of the year of the event.
As soon as we have the full details, we will be asking for expressions of interest in taking part in the 2016 event with a view to ensuring as wide a Welsh participation as possible. (In 2015 we fielded two teams Wales Gwent and Wales Dyfed – see the report on pp 46-7 of the WCU Yearbook.)
World Seniors Team Championship 2016
At the moment information about the 2016 World Seniors Team Championship is similarly sparse but we do know it will be held in Dresden from 26 June to 4 July. The format of the 2015 WSTC was similar to that of the 2015 ESTC except that players needed only to be over 50 at the end of the year of the event. The WSTC is a newer event than the ESTC and Wales has not so far fielded a team in it but again our wish is to ensure as wide as possible Welsh participation. Expressions of interest in participating in a Welsh team in the WSTC will also be sought in due course.
Peter Bevan – International Director
Howard Williams – Chairman of Selectors
At the National Youth Championships in early November Cheshire and North Wales were crowned as Under 16 Champions winning the title by just 1/2 point from Sussex.
The team was composed of Under 16 players from both Cheshire and North Wales and included from North Wales Joshua Williams and Petko Petkov.
Cheshire and North Wales also finished 3rd in the Under 12 Section, which involved seven teams. South Wales also fielded a team in that section, coming fourth.
We offer our congratulations to all players.