Recent Gwent Closed Championships

Congratulations to James Lavender, Lee Davis and Peter AC Varley for jointly winning the Gwent Closed Championships with 3.5/5 points. A hotly fought contest which allows them to jointly be names Gwent Champions. James did well to hold onto this title.

Congratulations to Ron Williams who came joint first in the U1600 section with Bob Hurn on 4.5/5.

Can we at Malpas, thank Chris Dixon for organising the Venue at the Sebastopol Social Club.

Thanks also to the organisations skills of Jon Gilbert and arbiter John Thornton.

A great Weekend and long may it continue as an annual event in Gwent.

Dave N

Gwent AGM

Can I make members aware that the timing of the Gwent AGM will be as follows:

Wednesday 26th June 2024 at 7.15pm at the Sebastopol Social Club (Pontypool Chess Club Venue)

Please inform Dave N if you wish to attend.

2nd Aberystwyth Rapidplay Tournament – 17th Feb 2024

With one week to go we are still open for entries into the 2nd Aberystwyth Rapidplay on February 17th 2024.

The venue is Gwleidyddiaeth Ryngwladol International Politics, Aberystwyth SY23 3FE.

The entry costs are £18 for Aberystwyth Students, Alumni and Under 18s/Juniors and £23 for all others

It will be a 7 round tournament with the first round starting at 11am and the last round starting at 5pm and they will be starting on the hour each time.

The time control is 15+5.

More information is also available at:

The current entries are:

Under 1800:


For more information please email or myself.

Hope to see you there!


Patrick Bourne

League Controller Dyfed Chess Association.

Payment of Subs

Can I gently remind those who have yet to pay their subscriptions that these should be made soon. Jon Gilbert has to pay zone fees to the WCU by the end of October.

If Dave Norris could receive the subs then he will forward payment to Jon Gilbert.

Many thanks