Welsh Team Raidplay Championship
Pencoed Miners Welfare Hall
12th March 2016
1st Welsh Blitz Championship
Pencoed Miners Welfare Hall
10th April 2016
Welsh Junior Championships
(U14, 12, 10)
St John's College, St Mellon's
20th - 21st February
Fishguard Bay Hotel: 26th - 28th February 2016
2016 "Chessmaze International" Welsh Championships
including Welsh Ladies, U21, U18 and U16 Championships
Park Inn Hotel, Llanedeyrn, Cardiff North
25th - 28th March
The early entry fee cut off date (10th Feb) is fast approaching. Enter by this date at the reduced entry fee of £10
EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST
DEADLINE: 13 March
This note follows up our earlier note (here) about both this event and the European Seniors Team Championship (ESTC). Full details of the WSTC are now available on the tournment website (here) Like the ESTC 2016 there will be separate open events for teams over 50 and over 65 at the end of the calendar year with the facility to enter multiple teams (which may represent parts of Wales) in each event and a requirement that all players in a team are registered as Welsh with FIDE. Though this event follows hard on the heels of the equivalent ESTC event (for which two teams have now been put together), we still wish to give as many players as reasonably feasible a chance to participate in the WSTC.
This note therefore asks:
a) anyone seeking to organise a club or regional side for the 2016 WSTC; and
b) others who are either
a) unconnected with any such side they are aware of or
b) would prefer in any case to play in Dresden for a national team rather than such a side
to get in touch with Howard Williams, copying in Peter Bevan if e-mailing, as soon as possible and in any case by 13 March 2016. If qualified for the over-65 event (i.e 65 or older by 31/12/16), please state whether you would also be willing to play for a Welsh over-50 team.
Details of the schedule, format, deadlines, the cost of accommodation etc. can be found by following the link to the tournament website above.
Briefly, the championship 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. We shall endeavour to send squads 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.
In common with all these seniors’ events the German organisers do not pay for the players’ accommodation and, in this case, also levy a registration (‘entry’ fee of E50 per player. As the WCU are in no position to help with these costs they will have to met by participants in addition to travelling expenses. The WCU will be willing to contribute towards the (separate) entry fee of E100 per team payable to FIDE.
Welsh teams, comprising players with an average rating of roughly 2000, finished about halfway in ESTC events in the years 2011-15 where the format was broadly simlar, but not identical.
Two squads have now been selected to represent Wales in the above event.
Over 65 Section
Iolo Jones (Capt.)
Rudy van Kemenade
Over 50 Section
Mark Adams (Capt.)
We wish the players an enjoyable and successful tournament.
Held at Cardiff County Council offices in Atlantic Wharf the event attracted near 200 participants. We are grateful to Cardiff County Council and the Rotary Club of Cardiff Bay for their contiuinued support of this event. The trophies were presented to the prizewinners by the Lord Mayor of Cardiff, Councillor David Walker and we thank him for giving his time to this event:
The Grange hosted the Welsh Junior Championships for the under 8s, 9s, 11s and 13s over the week-end of 30-31 January 2016.
The result in the championship sections were as follows:
Under 13s: Joint first were Daniel Jaberansari, Aishwarya Lutchman Singh, Duncan MacDonald and Emily Wang
Under 11s: First Venetia Sivarajasingam, second Nayana Kalavala and third equal were Madeleine Smith and Nye Bradfield
Under 9s: First Ethan Chung, second equal Daniel Chung and Milo Davies
Under 8s: First Tom Davies, second Benjamin Jaberansari and third Alfie MacMillan
by John D Thornton (arbiter)
Inglefield House in Monmouth was as usual the comfortable venue for the girls' championships. Kevin Thomas had done his customary sterling work in ensuring a good number of players from the school, with an overall total of 40 entries, only one failing to make it on the day. This year he was rewarded with a new star Xanthe Harris, who was winner of the U9 championship with 5/5.
As usual it would have been unkind to turn away entries on the day, having made the trek to Monmouth, and as usual most of these arrived close to the start time, which makes sorting out all the different age group tournaments rather a problem. In the end we finished with 6 player all-play-alls in the U9, the U10 and the U11 age groups; the U8s was a 12 player Swiss tournament; and the only combined event being the U12 and U14s running as a 9 player Swiss.
Expressions of interest are now required for the above event. Please see further info below.
At the second week-end of the junior 4NCL ’15-16, held in Birmingham on 9-10 January, Welsh Dragons Red came second in the first division of the junior 4NCL, and Welsh Dragons Green took third in the second division.