In the sixties and seventies many Miners' Welfare Institutes in the SW valleys supported chess teams playing in the Newport& District League. Six to ten players would gather weekly to play chess amongst themselves or compete with other teams. Many institutes are long gone as are chess teams in Gwent valley towns.
However chess returns to the Llanhilleth Miners' Institute near Newbridge in a grander way this weekend. The South Wales Autumn Chess Congress will draw over 50 players in three sections to the grade 2 listed building. Play commences at 6-30pm on Friday evening and continues Saturday and Sunday morning and afternoon. Visitors are very welcome.
At 2pm on Sunday a presentation will be made to members of the Welsh Boys Under 14 team to congratulate them on winning Robinson Trophy at the recent home international competition. This is believed to be the first time that any Welsh team, adult, or in any age group has finished top in an international event.
The winning team was Nicholas Evans and Mateusz Sieduszewski, Swansea, Rhys and Owen Bennett, Newport, Owain Davies, Abergavenny and Ben Thomas, Penarth.
Come along on Sunday and give them a cheer.
Brian Heath ~ Executive Director