Newsletter no.5 - March 2017 - Winning in Wales


Winning in Wales


Report for CSC Spring 2017 from Cardiff and Chepstow


CSC is currently running in eight schools in Cardiff and three in Chepstow, with pupils from our current schools and previous schools taking part in the Welsh and Cardiff Chess Championships held this term.  Many have also been selected to play for South Wales against English Regions, and for Glamorgan and Gwent against other Welsh Counties.


Whitchurch Primary School


Whitchurch PS have a very active chess club and many of their pupils regularly enter weekend junior tournaments, play in the Cardiff Minor League on Monday evenings, and play in the east Glamorgan League with adults. 


The star of the school for this year is Ellison Smith who is Welsh and Cardiff Under 11 Chess Champion, and came second in the Welsh Under 12 section as well.  However, perhaps the highlight of his season was playing 1.e4 for Topalov at the London Chess Classic! Several other boys at Whitchurch PS have also achieved considerable success:


Fraser Britton – Joint second in the Welsh U11 Champs Finlay Britton – Second in the Cardiff U8 Champs The above and Alistair Hamblin, Edward Maguire, and Alex Mitias were all selected for the Glamorgan County Squad.



Elison Smith

Welsh U11 Chess Champion





Ysgol Y Wern    
Ysgol Y Wern is our leading Welsh Language CSC school, with very enthusiastic support from the Head and staff.


Rhys Matthews - Joint Second in the Welsh U11 Champs


Jonathan Davies – Joint Second in the Welsh U10 Champs


The above and Carys Davies were all selected for the Glamorgan County Squad.



Rhys Matthews




Roath Park Primary School

Maazin Rizwan is the first pupil from Roath Park PS, who only joined CSC in 2016, to win a chess trophy. He came Joint Third in the Welsh Under 9 Chess Championships, and has been selected to play in the Glamorgan County Squad.


We hope he will be the first of many from this very enthusiastic school.



Maazin Rizwan





Ton Yr Ywen Primary School


Amany Schwarz finished Joint Second in the Cardiff Under 9 Chess Championships. She and her brother, Abbas Schwarz, were both selected for the Glamorgan County Squad.


Enthusiasm for chess within the school is growing and 110 children have signed up for the School’s internal Chess Championship.




The Dell


At the Welsh Girls championships in January, Gabby Watkins came second in the under 10s and Lilian Sapsford came second in the under 9s.


The following pupils played for Gwent this term in either the Wales & West-of-England jamboree, the EPSCA South Zone, or both: Harrison Postans, Steffan Griffiths, Oliver Sapsford, Nia Rathkey, Miles Peckham, Willian Edwards, Gabby Watkins, Nia Rathkey, Osian Jessop, Theo Hodkinson, Willian Truckle, William Pennock, Dylan Watkins, Luna Clarke and Joseph Gibbon.


At the local EPSCA Under 11s and Under 9s zonal rounds, The Dell won both sections in fields dominated by private schools. The under 11s scored a very convincing 22/25 game points, while the under 9s netted 18/25.



The Dell wins convincingly at QEH, Bristol






St Mary’s


The chess club at St Mary’s is growing in number, and now exceeds 20.


The following pupils played for Gwent this term in either the Wales & West-of-England jamboree, the EPSCA South Zone, or both: Jacon Wynn, Kingsley Brown, Findlay Coleman, Lewis Wynn, Luke Duffield, Daniel Jones, Connor Watkins, Daniel Boxall and Aidan Dempsey.







CSC tutor Richard Stevenson has started to support the chess club at Shirenewton. After Easter, the club will meet after school, providing more time for playing and learning.






CSC tutor Richard Stevenson is laying the foundation for starting a chess club at the school after Easter.


Former CSC Pupil Success


Anlan Qiu, formerly of Lakeside Primary School, is the Welsh Under 14 Chess Champion.


Daniel Jaberansari, also formerly of Lakeside PS, came Joint Second in the same tournament.


Tycho Twohig, formerly of Peterlea Primary School, is the Cardiff U13 Chess Champion.


Cian Grattidge, formerly of Peterston-Super-Ely Primary School, came Second in the Cardiff U13 Chess Championships.


Callum Smith, formerly of Whitchurch Primary School, cam Joint Third in the Cardiff U15 Chess Championships.


A number of former CSC pupils are now at Chepstow Secondary School, and are continuing to play chess at a high level:


At the Welsh Championships Rachel McIntosh came joint second in the under 14s; David McIntosh and Madeleine Smith came joint second in the under 13s; and Neil Stevenson and Madeleine Smith came joint second in the under 12s.


The school has qualified for the finals of ECF team problem solving championships and came third in the ECF National Blitz. At the South West zone of the ECF Team Challenge, involving 7 schools, each with an A and B team, the A team came second, and the B-team placed second highest of the B teams. Over Easter the school will play in the ECF Junior Team Challenge.



Anlan Qiu & Daniel Jaberansari



Chepstow School comes third

in the ECF National Blitz.




Team Tournament Success


In Wales we have two opportunities to enter School Chess Teams. In November the Welsh Schools 10 Board Teams Championship was held in the Cardiff City Football Stadium. Six of our eight current CSC schools entered, and many former CSC schools entered as well. Ysgol Y Wern and Whitchurch PS finished 5th and 6th out of 34 teams.


The Welsh School 4 Board Chess Teams Championship is being held in Merthyr Tydfil on Saturday 1 April, and we wish all our CSC School Teams the very best of luck.


Sarah Kett, Timothy Kett and Richard Stevenson

March 2017





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