Welsh Seniors Championship and South Wales Summer Congress
27th - 29th August
| Penarth Conservative Club
Entry Form downloadable from Events page
Entrants for Seniors and Summer Congress
PAIRINGS AND RESULTS CAN BE FOUND ON CHESS-RESULTS.COM
BYES IN BRACKETS
SENIORS: Peter Bevan, Chris Dixon, Bob Hurn, Dai James, Kevin O'Rourke, Ian Reynolds, Nigel Saunders, Robert Taylor, Rudy Van Kemenade, David Williams
OPEN: Walter Braun, Paul Bridges (1), Tom Brown, Alex Bullen, Steve Christmas (1), Lee Davis, Joe Fathallah, Guy Wagner (1), Tihana Ivekovic, Nayana Kalavala (1), Tim Kett (1), Deio Parri (1), Ian Reynolds, David Robinson, Shayanna Sivarajasingam, Venetia Sivarajasingam, Matthew Staniforth, Grzegorz Toczek, David Turner, Julie Van Kemenade
MAJOR: Stephen Bonutto, Rosie Christmas (1), Kimberly Chong, Daniel Chung, Joel Chung, John Cox (1), Gareth Davies, Scott Hammett, Benjamin Jaberansari (1), Daniel Jaberansari (1), Jeremy Jones, Richard Livermore, Callum Penny (1, 2, 3), Liam Penny (1, 2, 3), Morgan Rees, David Roberts, Keiron Roberts, Peter Watkins
Many congratulations to Tony Balshaw on acheiving the International Master title at correspondence chess.
Tony's medal and certificate will be awarded at the 2016 ICCF Congress in Bremen.
All junior players are strongly encouraged to participate in the Welsh Junior Championships held later this term. In age groups from under 8s through to under 11s, running in parallel to the competitions for those that have qualified for the top-flight section, there are competitions for identical age groups for those that have not qualified – these are referred to as the “Majors”. Note that for ages under 12s and above, no qualification is involved.
Closer to Easter, there are events for county teams at under 9, under 11 and under 14 (for example, teams from Gwent and Glamorgan will play in the South Wales and West of England Jamboree on Sunday 28 February). Teams will draw on players participating in both tiers of the age group championships – this means that a strong result in the “Majors” would give a player a great chance of representing their county.
The 2016 Junior Rapidplay Grading List can now be downloaded from here.
Congratulations to Dafydd Chapman (+331), Jacob Wynn (+258) and Benjamin Jaberansari (+224) whose playing standards
have shown massive improvements in the space of four months since the last list was published.
The 2015-2016 Provisional Registered Members List (one sorted alphabetically by member and the other by club and zone) can be found here.
EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST
DEADLINE 16 JANUARY 2016
This event is being held alongside the European Seniors Team Championships (see below).
This event is open to men and women with a FIDE rating of 1700 and above (see attached info).
The entry fee is 30 euros per person and accommodation costs (including daily full board with breakfast, lunch and dinner) are:
480 euros total per person in a triple room for 10 nights
590 euros total per person in a double room for 10 nights
830 euros total per person in a single room for 10 nights.
In addition flight costs to Thessalonoki and back will be extra as will be 60 euros transfer costs per person from Thessaloniki Airport to the veniue and back.
Regrettably, the WCU are unable to contribute to the costs in any way.
Entries to be sent to Peter Bevan (see below) by 16th January 2016.
On Saturday 19 December, Bishop Hedley High School in Merthyr Tydfil hosted the Welsh Junior Rapidplay Championships 2015. The results were as follows:
On Saturday 12 December, Jason Garcia won the Welsh Rapidplay Championships, which were held in Neath. Alan Young took second place, with Ben Thomas netting third and also taking the titles of Under 18 and Under 16 Rapidplay Champion. Bob Hurn and Liam Penny were joint winner of the Frank Hatto Memorial Major Championships, and in the Welsh Minor Rapidplay Championship, Stephen Bonutto and Ethan Chung shared first place, and equal third were Eleanor Collins and Duncan MacDonald. The title of Welsh Ladies Rapidplay Champion also went to Eleanor Collins.
At the Quadrangular tournament held in Liverpool on 5-6 December 2015, the Welsh under 12 team put in an incredibly strong performance, taking this title by netting 23.5 points out of a possible 30.
Individual results for this team of ten that played rounds against Scotland, the North of England, and the Midlands, were: Chirag Guha (2), Ifan Rathbone-Jones (2.5), Anton Petkov (2), Susanna Fraser (3), Duncan MacDonald (2), Caspian Fowler (2.5), Hiya Ray (3), Emily Wang (1.5), Robert Goodwin (2) and David McIntosh (3).
In this section Scotland came second with 14 points, the North third with 11/5 points and the Midlands fourth with 11 points.
A team-of-six from The Dell, Chepstow, emerged victorious in a very closely fought semi-final of the ECF Under 11 Open at Magdalene College School, Oxford, on Sunday 6 December.
In this five round competition, The Dell started strongly with a 6-0 win over the B-team from Magdalene College School. The next three rounds were very competitive, with a narrow win against Laxton A, a 4-2 loss to Aldro, and a draw with Magdalene College School A. This left The Dell in third place going into the final round, 2.5 points behind Laxton A and 2 points behind Aldro. Paired against Laxton B, The Dell finished with a 6-0 win, and thanks to a win by Magdalene College School A over Laxton and Aldro only picking up 3.5 points against a very strong side made up of reserves, The Dell came first by just half a point.