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EU Youth Championships 2016

The Welsh delegation in Mureck, Austria, for the EU Youth Championships features five juniors: Anna Boyle and Ethan Chung, who are both playing in the under 10s; Susanna Fraser, playing in the under 12s; Hugo Fowler, in the under 14s; and his younger brother Caspian, playing in an under 16 open. The team are grateful for the support of GM Marian Petrov and GM Matthew Turner.


Round 9 report 


Round 9 was a successful one for the girls. Both Susanna and Anna gained the initiative and converted it into wins. The boys could not emulate their success. Caspian had been joint leader of the U14 Open overnight, but a difficult match, against the U16 4th seed, put paid to his chances of the title as all 3 Welsh boys lost.

The prize giving, however, brought Welsh success:-

Anna Boyle was awarded a certificate for 6th placed girl in the EU U10s (13th overall);

Ethan Chung was awarded a certificate for 6th placed boy in the EU U10s ( 9th overall);

Susanna Fraser was awarded a certificate for 5th placed girl in the EU U12s (17th overall);

Caspian Fowler won the runner's up trophy in the U14 International Styrian Youth Open.

The players are grateful for the help provided by GM Marian Petrov and GM Matthew Turner who have supported and encouraged them throughout the tournament.


Caspian Fowler, runner up  in the U14 International Styrian Youth Open.


Coach GM Marian Petrov with Ethan Chung, Susana Fraser and Anna Boyle

Read more: EU Youth Championships 2016

Glorney-Gilbert International 2016

This year the Glorney-Gilbert cup had a new format, with A and B teams from England competing with those representing Wales, Ireland, Scotland, and a Paris-based French side.


The Gilbert (under 18s girls), Robinson (under 14s) and Stokes (under 12s) teams all came fourth, while the Glorney team (under 18s) came sixth.

The teams were as follows:

Glorney: Ben Thomas, James Evans, Guto Neave, George Smith and Aron Callist

Gilbert: Imogen Camp, Alyssa Wang and Venetia Sivarajasingam

Robinson: Ben Choo-Yin, Karanvir Lutchman-Singh, Higo Fowler, Petko Petkov, Anlan Qui and Aishwarya Lutchman-Singh

Stokes: Chirag Guha, Ifan Rathbone-Jones, Anton Petkov, David McIntosh, Susanna Fraser, and Hiya Ray


More details can be found here

Two Gwent schools play in ECF Under 11 Open finals


At the ECF Under 11 Open finals played at Uppingham school on Thursday 7 and Friday 8 July, two of the ten participating schools came from Gwent: The Dell and The Grange.

In this teams-of-six, five round competition determined by game points The Dell came fifth with 16 out of 30. Their first day started with a 5-1 loss to Kings College, Wimbledon, but the team bounced back with 6-0 wins against St Edwards School, Leek, and Twickenham Prep School. This put The Dell in second place overnight.

On Friday The Dell began with a game against The Hall. Coached by GM Jonathan Hawkins, The Hall, crowned EPSCA Under 11 champions earlier in the week, were a formidable side with an average ECF rapidplay grade of more than 110. The Dell lost 6-0 and were paired for the final round against St Paul’s Primary. They drew 3-3.


Read more: Two Gwent schools play in ECF Under 11 Open finals

Howell’s retains Welsh Primary School Championships

For the third year in succession, Howell’s of Cardiff won the Welsh Primary School Championships. In this teams-of-four competition, held at Bishop Hedley High School, Merthyr Tydfil, on Saturday 25 June 2016, Howell’s won all five matches in the top-flight section to net 10 match points. Pushing them closest were The Dell, Chepstow, who lost 1.5 to 2.5 and won their other four matches. Three schools shared third place with 5 match points: The Grange, Cathedral and Sandycroft. Also competing in the top flight were Whitchurch, Ysgol Y Wern and Melin Gruffydd.

Read more: Howell’s retains Welsh Primary School Championships

Junior chess activities are generously supported by a

 grant from the

Welsh Assembly