Depleted Malpas team fall to Cwmbran

On Tuesday night a depleted Malpas A nearly manged to achieve a draw against Cwmbran Crows but slipped to a narrow defeat.

Nick lost against John Thornton and I lost an interesting tussle against Bob Hurn to leave Malpas 2-0 down . However Dave Turner pipped Jon Gilbert to leave everything hingeing on the game between Dave Williams and Steve Williams. With both players running short on time Dave launched a fierce kingside attack but Steve managed to survive and earned a hard fought draw.

Hey We are Back.

First post for a while , due to personnel changes , but we are sort of up and running again.  Last Thursday the final Division 2 match of the season saw a hard fought draw between Malpas B and Malpas C with the outcome going down to the final game.

That result gave the Dision title to Newport B with Malpas C and Malpas B finishing second and third.

Our congratulations to Newport B over a competitve season.

That’s it for now but hopefully we’ll be posting more often now and hope you can bear with us in this transtion period.

Chess and Beer Evening

Hi all,

Hope you can attend next Monday’s chess and beer evening at the Star Inn, Mamhilad.

More opening theory, coaching for beginners, looking at games, Brexit discussions, North Korea, life the universe and everything. Feel free to bring along one of your games to show off or analyse. Send in your suggestions.

See you there


Dyfed Chess Congress 2017

This just in from Howard Williams (thanks Ron!) regarding the DYFED CHESS CONGRESS 2017: FISHGUARD: FEB 24-26

Dear All 

Many of you will have seen an entry form for our annual congress (and some may even have entered) but in case not there is a link to the form below (though I’ll send a paper copy to anybody who asks).  

Perhaps you could pass on this message to anybody else in your club you think may be interested. 

For those who have not played before the hotel is adjacent to the railway station and to the Rosslare ferry terminal. And as usual we try to offer generous prizes,  with in particular four grading prizes in the Open of £100 each (up from three last year) and a guaranteed first prize in the Major (under 1600) of £150. For the first time we are offering this year a Blitz Tournament on the Saturday evening which we hope to be FIDE rated.

Entries should be sent to Tony Haigh. 

Entry Form

 Happy New Year / Blwyddyn Newydd Dda


Secretary Dyfed Chess Association

Gwent Championship

This just in from Jon Gilbert:

Dear all,

Attached is this years Gwent Championship entry form

Please can you publicise within your clubs and circulate to anyone who I’ve missed who may be interested.

thanks, Jon


Latest MCC Results

Malpas Chess Club Championship, results so far….


Amazing Penarth Congress Results!

Richard Livermore has given us some great news about Malpas results in the recent Penarth Congress.  Thanks Richard.

Richard himself won the Major with a score of 4.5 out of 5!   This score cements Richard’s position as a force to be reckoned with, especially given his strong continuing performance in the Malpas Chess Club Championship.

Robert  Taylor came joint 2nd in the Welsh Seniors’ Championship, with a score of 3.5 out of 5, unbeaten despite three of his opponents being over 2000.

Dave Turner‘s performance was outstanding  –  he tied for 1st in the Open with 3.5 out of 5, which was actually 3 out of 4 over the board, as he had taken a 0.5 point bye in the first round.  His draws were against two 2250 players, Tim Kett and a Polish Fide Master, and his wins against a 2160 player and a 2200 Women’s Fide Master.   I think you’ll agree that this is an awesome performance and worthy of major congratulation.

These bullet-proof Malpas players scored a total of 9 wins, 5 draws and no losses!

Well done to everyone.


The Malpas Chess Club AGM will be held at The Usk Vale (formerly the Gladiator), Pillmawr Road, Malpas on Wednesday 7th September at 7:30pm.

An agenda has been sent via email.


Shoes Refurb & AGM

From Ron Williams:

Just to let you know that the ‘Shoes’ will be closed for refurbishment from Sunday 14th August.  At present I have no idea how long the closure will last but will advise you when I know more.

Dave Williams will contact you about arrangements for the AGM, which is likely to be on Wednesday, 7th September. Because of the closure of the Shoes and the large backlog of unplayed games I am extending the period for completion of the club championship until the end of the year.

New MCC Championship Results

Latest results below.  Well done to Richard Livermore, who seems to be making great progress.