Gwent Closed

This just in From Jon Gilbert (via Ron):


Hi all,
I’ve provisionally booked the 25th to 27th November weekend in the Woodlands, Cwmbran for this years Gwent Closed.
Are there any preferances for a 2 day (i.e 3 games on Sat) or standard 3 day format can you let me know asap.
thanks, Jon


Registration Fees

To all members, if you have any views on the following email from Jon Gilbert, please contact Jon directly.


Hi all,
The new season has now just started so just a reminder to you all to start arranging your clubs subscription fees…..
The collections/payments last year went really well so thanks for all your efforts, it made my first season as Gwent treasurer a relatively easy one.
The aim date for your initial club list is again the 31st October and the fees are the same as last year i.e
                                         WCU         Gwent
Adults                                  £10      +     £2        =  £12
Adults (over 75 years)                  £10      +     free      =  £10
Juniors                                  £7      +     50p       =£7.50
New members (1st season)               free            free
in addition for a club, each team in the N&D remains as £1
Cheques payable to the Gwent County Chess Association
thanks, Jon

Abergavenny – New Venue

This just in from Andy Owen:


New Venue, new club night (which you’ll see from the fixture list)

Directions below.

Please, please, please note the following: we have a restricted time, and are requested to vacate the premises no later than 10:30.  So, we will have to play +15′ at the end, +30′ will not be an option.

Also, clocks will have to be started relatively promptly, regrettably if you arrive after 7:30 the
clocks are likely to be going.

Please pass this onto as many as you need to.


Andy Owen

Abergavenny Chess Club 

Now playing at Abergavenny Rugby Club on Wednesday

We need to vacate the premises by around 10:30, so,
regrettably, all matches will need to start promptly and will need to be at the
shorter of the available time limits, namely, clocks back 15 minutes, rather
than 30 minutes. 

Directions as follows: 

From the Hardwick roundabout, (the big double one joining
Heads of Valleys, Pontypool Road, Hereford and Raglan). 

Proceed into Abergavenny town, direction A40. 

In town centre, road turns sharp right (so please do
so) just before the Angel Hotel. 

Continue for about 300 metres until traffic lights (Esso
garage will be on your right) 

Turn left at these lights, direction Brecon A40. 

Take your first right, which will be after about 250

A large car park will be on your right

Proceed for about 100 metres to the entrance to the car

Abergavenny RFC is straight in front of you. 

Car park is free at the time you will be arriving. 

And especially for our friends from Malpas, there is a bar ! 

If you get lost, and no one knows where the RFC is, ask
for directions to Robert Price Builders Merchant and the car park above is



Fixture List Now Available

Robert Taylor has provided a fixture list for the new season, available here:




Want a FIDE rating?

To all Malpas Players, this just in from Ron Williams:

Robert Taylor is thinking of organising a tournament to enable non-FIDE rated players to obtain FIDE ratings.  To ensure that all games, ie including those between non-Fide rated players, qualify for FIDE rating the Tournament would take the form of a 10 player all play all, probably spread over two weekends.  To qualify for FIDE rating the tounament would include 4 FIDE rated players and all games would have to be played, ie no defaults or withdrawals.  Please let me know if you would be interested in taking part in such a tournament.  I just need an agreement in principle, there is no commitment at this stage.

Best wishes,


MCC Championship

It’s that time of year again when all Malpas Players huddle together and find out who’s the best!  If you want to take part in this season’s Malpas Chess Club Championship, send an email to Mark Emblem below:

Click here to email Mark Emblem


AGM Photos

Take a look at the Gallery to see three new photos from the 2011 AGM!