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  Welsh Seniors Championship and South Wales Summer Congress


27th - 29th August

 Penarth Conservative Club

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SENIORS:  Peter Bevan, Chris Dixon, Bob Hurn, Dai James, Kevin O'Rourke, Ian Reynolds, Nigel Saunders, Robert Taylor, Rudy Van Kemenade, David Williams


OPEN:   Walter Braun, Paul Bridges (1), Tom Brown, Alex Bullen, Steve Christmas (1), Lee Davis, Joe Fathallah, Guy Wagner (1), Tihana Ivekovic, Nayana Kalavala (1), Tim Kett (1), Deio Parri (1), Ian Reynolds, David Robinson, Shayanna Sivarajasingam, Venetia Sivarajasingam, Matthew Staniforth, Grzegorz Toczek, David Turner, Julie Van Kemenade


MAJOR:   Stephen Bonutto, Rosie Christmas (1), Kimberly Chong, Daniel Chung, Joel Chung, John Cox (1), Gareth Davies, Scott Hammett, Benjamin Jaberansari (1), Daniel Jaberansari (1), Jeremy Jones, Richard Livermore, Callum Penny (1, 2, 3), Liam Penny (1, 2, 3), Morgan Rees, David Roberts, Keiron Roberts, Peter Watkins  

Roland Spencer RIP

Sadly, news has been received that Roland Spencer (the former Treasurer and President of Dyfed Chess Association and organiser of the Dyfed Open Congress) passed away on December 1st.


An obituary written by Howard Williams can be found below.

Roland Spencer 16/7/1931 - 1/12/2015

Roland Spencer, who has died on 1 December 2015, aged 84, was a stalwart of Dyfed chess for many years, whether as Treasurer of the Dyfed Chess Association from 1991 to 2012, and latterly as our President, or in the more prominent role of Organiser of the Dyfed Open Weekend Congress for the same twenty-one year period.

Before moving to West Wales on retirement in the late eighties, Roland and his first wife Mags, who died in 2012, had lived in Salisbury, Rhodesia (as it then was) bringing up their three sons to whom he passed on his love of the game – the family on their own comprised a team in the Salisbury and District Chess League! Though compelled to leave nearly all their property behind the family returned to the UK when Zimbabwe was granted independence, to Southampton where Roland worked as an accountant.

On arrival in the Teifi Valley, Roland found himself quickly drawn into the administration of Dyfed chess, to its great benefit, putting the Association’s financial affairs in order and, selflessly supported by Mags, taking over all aspects of the organisation of the Congress, as well as teaching chess to local school children. Roland remained a keen, determined and resourceful chessplayer himself for Cardigan and Newcastle Emlyn in the Dyfed League, as well as for Dyfed in WCU Zonal competitions. One of his achievements was to score a decisive victory for Cardigan in winning the Welsh Challenge Cup competition held in the Senedd Building in Cardiff in 2009.

On the death of Mags, Roland initally intended to move from West Wales to be rather nearer his sons but in the event he stayed in the area and had remarried shortly before his sudden death.  Our sympathies go out to his widow and to his whole family. He will be greatly missed.


Howard Williams


Roland with Mags at his side speaking at the Dyfed Congress in 2012 on his retirement as Organiser


Below is an entertaining win by Roland played in the Dyfed League

Roland Spencer - Tony Haigh Dyfed League: Cardigan A - Cardigan B 13.01.2011

1. e4 e6 2. e5 d6 3. exd6 Bxd6 4. Bc4 Nf6 5. d4 b6 6. f3 Bb7 7. Bg5 Nbd7 8. Ne2
c5 9. c3 Qc7 10. Bh4 cxd4 11. Qxd4 Bc5 12. Bg3 e5 13. Qd3 O-O 14. Nd2 Rad8 15.
O-O-O Qc8 16. Bb3 Rfe8 17. Qf5 g6 18. Qg5 e4 19. Nxe4 Nxe4 20. fxe4 Rxe4 21.
Nf4 Be3+ 22. Kb1 Qb8 23. Rhf1 Re5 24. Bxf7+ Kxf7 25. Nxg6+ Ke8 26. Nxe5 Bxg5
27. Nf7 Be4+ 28. Ka1 Qa8 29. Nxg5 Nc5 30. Rde1 Rd7 31. b4 Re7 32. bxc5 Bg6 33.
Ne6 Qc6 34. Bd6 Rxe6 35. Rxe6+ Kd7 36. Re7+ Kd8 37. Rf8+ Be8 38. Rfxe8+ 1-0






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