West Wales 51st Weekend Congress

All players in the Open and Major Events must be registered with the Welsh Chess Union or their respective national body.

Schedule of Rounds
Round 1 – Friday 12th October 6.30 p.m.
Round 2 – Saturday 13th October 9.30 a.m.
Round 3 – Saturday 13th October 2.30 p.m.
Round 4 – Sunday 14th October 9.30 a.m.
Round 5 – Sunday 14th October 2.30 p.m.

West Wales 50th Weekend Congress 2017

Open to any FIDE registered member of the Welsh Chess Union or other National Body

All players in the Major Event must be registered with the Welsh Chess Union or their respective national body.

If you are playing in the Open Section you must ensure you have a FIDE ID number before entering the tournament. To do this you will need to contact your National Federation.

Schedule of Rounds

Round 1 – Friday 17th November 6.30 p.m.
Round 2 – Saturday 18th November 9.30 a.m.
Round 3 – Saturday 18th November 2.45 p.m.
Round 4 – Sunday 19th November 9.30 a.m.
Round 5 – Sunday 19th November 2.45 p.m.

Prizes and Entry Fees

OPEN Entry fee £25
Prizes 1st £200; 2nd £75; 3rd £50
A grading prize will be awarded at under 2000

MAJOR (Under 1850) Entry fee £22
Prizes 1st £150; 2nd £70; 3rd £35
A grading prize will be awarded at under 1650

MINOR (Under 1500) Entry fee £20
Prizes 1st £120; 2nd £60; 3rd £30
A grading prize will be awarded at under 1300


Rates of play

All moves in 90 minutes, with 30 seconds cumulative increment for each move starting from the first move.


Players may claim a ½ point bye in any of the first four rounds
provided it is requested with entry.


Regrettably refunds will not be considered until the cost
of overheads are met.


The organizers reserve the right to exclude or transfer


Only the highest prizes will be awarded to players eligible for more than 1 prize. Organizers reserve the right to adjust prize levels depending on the level of entry.

Late arrivals

Will be allowed 30 minutes in all rounds and then defaulted.


Any Appeal against an arbiter’s decision must be made within 30 minutes of the original decision and accompanied by a deposit of £40 which will only be returned if the appeal is upheld. The decision of the Chief Arbiter (or Deputy Chief Arbiter if the Chief Arbiter made the original decision) is final and cannot be appealed.


In the Open section the November 2017 FIDE Rating List will be used together with the Summer 2017 WCU, ECF and other national lists.
For Major and Minor sections the Summer 2017 WCU, ECF and other national lists will be used.
Ungraded players must consult the congress secretary before entering the Major or Minor section.

West Wales Individual Championship (E.J. Clarke Trophy) 2017

The West Wales Individual Championship is open to all registered members of the West Wales Chess League. It is a five round Swiss Tournament so all entrants get to play five games. The schedule is given below.

In this type of tournament players are listed in grading order. The top half is then paired with the bottom half. For instance, if there are twenty players number 1 is paired with number 11, number 2 is paired with number 12 and so on. Win, lose or draw, all players proceed to the next round where winners are pitted against winners, losers are pitted against losers and so on. In subsequent rounds, players face opponents with the same (or almost the same) score. No player is paired up against the same opponent twice and if possible the rules also try to ensure that each player plays an equal number of games with white and black.

The event is being organised by June Evans and if you want to enter just let her know.

Ian Eustis will be controlling the tournament.

The entry fee is £5 and all the entry fees plus £20 from the League will go towards prizes (including grading prizes), the number and value of which will be dependent on entries. In addition the League is providing a £50 first prize to the winner who will also hold the E.J. Clarke Trophy for a year.

Schedule of Rounds

Round 1:
Wed 25th October 2017 7:15 p.m.
Upper Killay Chess Club

Round 2:
Tue 21st November 2017 7:15 p.m.
Castell-Nedd Chess Club

Round 3:
Tue 6th February 2018 7:30 p.m.
Morriston Chess Club

Round 4:
Thu 12th April 2018 7:30 p.m.
Briton Ferry Chess Club

Round 5:
Wed 9th May 2018 7:15 p.m.
Upper Killay Chess Club

Quickplay Tournament 2017

The South Wales International Tournament is currently taking place and may be followed through the WCU website.


Steve Smith is the new Club Quickplay champion. His strong player under time pressure payed dividends as he managed to stay unbeaten, drawing his last two games with Martyn Griffiths and Michael Beck to score 4/5. Michael finished on 3.5, having previously lost to Martyn. The latter could have won the title outright but lost in the last round to Anthony Beck.

1st – Steve Smith 4

2nd/3rd – Martyn Griffiths, Michael Beck 3.4

4th – Anthony Beck, Louis Ba Thein, Dennis Thomas 3

Dylan Greenway retained the Junior Quickplay title.


The first round of the 2018 Club Championships. All games are with 30 minutes on the clock for all moves.

Steve Smith v. Michael Beck
Louis Ba Thein v. Hywel Griffiths
Martyn Griffiths v. Anthony Beck

Dennis Thomas v. Dylan Greenway
Stephen Lloyd-Brown v. Byron Jones
Andrew Powell v. John Davies

Netsima Chess Tournament 2017

The annual Netsima Junior Championships run by Hywel were disappointing this year with only 11 turning up.

The small Under 9 section was won by Muhamed Muscahiber of St. Michael’s.  The Under 11s was shared by two St. Michael’s boys who live in Neath, James Lester and Danny Lin.  The former was somewhat fortunate in at least one of his games and the best player seemed to be Danny who beat James in their individual game.  The U16 title was won by Jack Cummin.

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