FIDE Arbiter's Course

Anyone interested in becoming a qualified arbiter should consider attending the course in Preston over the weekend 11th to 13th September. To achieve the FA (FIDE arbiter) title, you must gain arbiters norms which include (as an essential) attending an arbiters training course and passing the open book exam included as part of the course.  Other norms can then be gained by arbiting at FIDE rated events.  There are very few of the training courses in Britain, so if you are interested in arbiting,and would like to work towards gaining the FA title, it would be worth trying to get this essential part of the qualifying procedure completed given the current opportunity. The course fees are £230 including accommodation or £90 just for the course C(if registered before 30th June) for anyone interested.  Full details are given in the Press release.

2015 Welsh Championships sponsored by Chessmaze International

I write this at the end of the 2015 Welsh Championships. This year, for the first time, the Championships were sponsored by "Chessmaze International" and we sincerely thank them for their continued help and support fo Welsh chess. The sponsorship allowed us to offer the £5 entry fee which I know was very attractive and much appreciated by many players. The sponsorship (and the reduced entry fee) also meant that the event attracted the lartgest entry for many years.

 

  • The 2015 Welsh Championship was won by James Cobb with 6.5 points. 2nd Tom Brown, 3rd Jonathan Blackburn 4th Sven Zeidler.   
  • The 2015 Tom Weston Open/Major Championship was won jointly by Steve Christmas, Gareth Yeo (who also qualify for the British Championship) and Ernest Gibiec all finishing with 5.5 points. Grading Prizes:  Simon Blackmore, Shayanna Sivarajasingam and Imogen Camp
  • The 2015 John Bishop Memorial Championship was won by Mohamed Binesmael with 6.5 points. 2nd Richard Livermore, 3rd: Timothy Allen, Mark Emblem and Anlan Qiu. Grading Prize winner Michael McLoughlin
  • The 2015 Welsh Ladies Championship was won by Lynda Roberts with 3.5 points.
  • The 2015 Welsh Under 21 Championship was won jointly by Alex Bullen, Nicholas Evans and Ben Thomas with 3 points.

I congratulate the prize winners. The complete list is given in the table below.

 

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Finally I must thank John Thornton, Geoff Gammon and Ian Eustis for acting as arbiters at the Championships, and John for inputting the games. We also thank David Clayton for his work ensuring the games from the Championship are covered live on the web. We also thank the staff at the Park Inn Hotel for making us so welcome and being so helpful through the Championships.

 

The 2016 Championships will return to the Park Inn Hotel over the Easter weekend next year (25th - 28th March).

Read more: 2015 Welsh Championships sponsored by Chessmaze International

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