There are still a few places available on the TSK Chess Residential Course being held in the Vale of Glamorgan from Monday 10 to Friday 14 August. Full details of the Course are on the TSK Chess website www.TSKChess.com.
The WCU are offering to provide some financial subsidy for those who would like to attend - details of the subsidy available are on the application form attached.
The 10th Ladies Olympiad is due to start on September 1st 2015. The Welsh Correspondence Chess Federation (WCCF) is currently looking for any ladies who would be willing to participate. Teams consist of four players with the entry fee of 17 euros per player.
The list of players need to be submitted by 30th June 2015 therefore if any ladies are interested in competing please notify Austin Lockwood. His email address is: email@example.com.
Anyone interested in becoming a qualified arbiter should consider attending the course in Preston over the weekend 11th to 13th September. To achieve the FA (FIDE arbiter) title, you must gain arbiters norms which include (as an essential) attending an arbiters training course and passing the open book exam included as part of the course. Other norms can then be gained by arbiting at FIDE rated events. There are very few of the training courses in Britain, so if you are interested in arbiting,and would like to work towards gaining the FA title, it would be worth trying to get this essential part of the qualifying procedure completed given the current opportunity. The course fees are £230 including accommodation or £90 just for the course C(if registered before 30th June) for anyone interested. Full details are given in the Press release.
The Cheshire & North Wales Megafinal takes place over the same weekend as the Wales v English Regions matches in Monmouth (30th-31st May), so some North Wales juniors have taken an alternative route to qualify for the next stage of the UK Land Chess Challenge. Congratulations to the following players (so far) on their qualification for the Northern Gigafinal:
That's a 100% qualification record so far - well done! Further results will be reported after the CNW Megafinal, which will be held on Sunday 31st May.
The under 9 team from The Dell, Chepstow, just failed to get through to the EPSCA finals, losing out of one of the three places up for grabs on a tie-break ruling to Bramcote Hills A from Nottingham. Both these teams, along with North London Collegiate, scored 16 points from a possible 25 in the five round, teams-of-five semi-final involving 30 teams. In this competition that took place on 16 May at Bristol Grammar School, Haberdashers' Aske's of Elstree, London, won with a score of 21 points, while Colet Court, the preparatory school of St Paul's, London, came second on 17 points.
We congratulate Abergavenny following their success in winning this season's Welsh Premier League.
We also congratulate Morriston (Under 1800 Champions). White Knights (Under 1800 Plate Champions) and Barry (Under 1500 Champions).
Results of the final round of matches below
On 29th April 2015, Tim Kett was asked by BBC Radio Wales' 'Good Morning Wales' show whether or not chess should be recognised as a sport. You can listen to the interview here (which starts about 2:24:00).
This interview was in response to a decision by a judge in the High Court on 27th April to allow a judicial review of the English Bridge Union's case that bridge should be recognised as a sport.
If this judicial review succeeds then both chess and bridge would both be recognised as a sport under English law.
More sad news has reached us that Craig Woolcock of Barry Chess Club has suddenly passed away. The Management Board wishes to express its sadness at his premature passing and extends sincere condolences to his family.