Welcome to the newly updated website for the Gwent County Chess Association.

The latest news about chess in Gwent will be posted on this page.



Congratulations to Peter Varley for winning the Gwent Closed yet again. Games to follow.



The Gwent Closed is to be held as a five round Swiss competition at Sebastopol Social Club, Wern Road, Sebastopol, Pontypool. NP4 5DT (Pontypool Chess Club home venue) on Friday 26th, Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th October 2018. Click to download the entry form.



The 2018-2019 season will be starting earlier this year. Click to download the fixture list. You can also find Google calendars on each club's page on this site.


As usual, the results and tables can be found on the Welsh ratings site.




The latest version of the league and cup rules have been added to the site.



A couple of players (Chris Dixon and Harry James) will be staging an event outside Argos in Cwmbran town centre on Saturday 14th July. They'll be there from 10AM to 4PM, playing games etc. to try to garner some public interest in chess. If you'd like to support them and help out, please contact Harry.

Phone - 07825 036805

email - haroldandjanet@gmail.com



All members of the Gwent Chess Association should read our GDPR privacy notice.



The Gwent Chess Association AGM will be held at Panteg House on Wenesday 20th June. Click the links for the agenda, last year's minutes and the motions.



Congratulations to Newport A for winning division 1 and to Newport B for winning division 2.



The agenda for the Welsh Chess Union AGM on Sunday 4th March 2018 at 2.00pm at

Pencoed Miners’ Welfare Hall, Pencoed, Bridgend  CF35 5PE can be found here.





At the Christmas break, Newport A lead division 1 and Malpas C lead division 2.



The Gwent Chess Association wishes you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!



From Jon Gilbert:

Just to confirm that my father's funeral arrangements are


Service at Blaina Methodist Church, Gladstone Street, Blaina. NP13 3HJ

at 11.00am on Friday 17th November

followed by Interment at Blaina Cemetary.

Then people are most welcome to join us afterwards at Llanhilleth Miners Institute, Meadow Street, Llanhilleth, Abertillery NP13 2JT


Family flowers only, donations to The British Heart Foundation


Please can you pass on to anyone who may be interested.




Details for Colin Gilbert's funeral:

Service 11.00am November 17th at Blaina Methodist Church, Gladstone Street, Blaina

followed by interment at Blaina Cemetery.

Family flowers only, donations to The British Heart Foundation.



I'm sad to report that Colin Gilbert has passed away. More details will be added once known.



Congratulations to Peter Varley on winning the Gwent Closed again.


15/10/2017 - Gwent Closed

Details for this year's Gwent Closed, including the entry form,  can be found on the 2017 Closed page.


20/09/2017 - Gwent Closed

The Gwent Closed is to be held on the weekend of 27th-29th October. Contact Jon Gilbert (details on the Cwmbran page) for more information.


10/09/2017 - Fixture Lists

The new season starts soon and the fixture lists are available. For convenience I have added Google calendars of fixtures for each club. To see these, please look at each club's page.



Rule Change for 2017-2018 Season

At the recent AGM it was decided that a new time control will be used for all division 1 matches. In Division 1 of the Gwent Four-board League the time limit shall be all moves in one hour, with an increment of 30 seconds per move.


Download the updated rules from the Rules page.


Social Chess

A few members have been meeting at the Star Inn, Mamhilad on Monday nights for some social games. For more information, contact Chris Dixon (see Pontypool Chess Club on the Clubs page.