Glamorgan - Merthyr Tydfil




Participating Schools:


Ceod y Dderwen

Cyfartha High

Cyfartha Park

Edwardsville School

Gelliflog Primary

Greenfield Special School

Gwaunfarren School

Pen-y-dre High School

St Mary's

Troedyrhiw Primary

Twynyrodyn Community


Ysgol y Graig


Mid Glamorgan Supported Schools:




Previous Projects:

Bishop Hedley Senior School

Dowlais Primary

Goetre Primary School

Goetre School Gurnos

Pant School

St Illtyd's RC


Community Projects

Dowlais Community Centre



CSC tutor for all Participating Schools: Russell Dodington






















182 play in second Merthyr Tydfil Chess Championship

23.6.15 - The Second Merthyr Tydfil Chess Championship was held in The Dowlais Community Centre on Tuesday 23 June. 182 children from nine Primary Schools from The Borough of Merthyr Tydfil took part. Everyone played 6 games, scoring individual points and points for their school.



Adam Toomey from Ysgol y Graig was the individual winner, being the only player to win all his 6 games.


Gwaunfarren Primary School were winning School, with Ysgol y Graig in second place, and St Mary's RC Primary School (last year's winners), Treoderhyw Primary School and Edwardsville Primary School in joint third place.


The Mayor of Merthyr Tydfil, Councillor David Isaac, opened the event and was most impressed at how well everyone played during the first two or three rounds that he was able to watch. He would have been so proud to have been at the prize-giving as he went to Gwaunfarren Primary School.



Adam Toomey from Ysgol y Graig was the

individual winner, being the only player to win all his 6 games.


The Prizes were given out by Chris Binding, assistant to AM Huw Lewis, The Welsh Assembly's Minister for Education, and Frances Bevan from Merthyr Valley's Homes. They were most impressed that the children had being playing chess since 10am that morning and were still engrossed in their games at 2pm.



Gwaunfarren Primary School was the winning school. The winner was

decided by summing the scores of the ten highest-scoring players.


The chess sets and boards, and most important of all, the chess tournament expertise was provided by The Welsh Chess Union. Six members volunteered to help manage the event, and provide help and guidance to the keen young chess players of Merthyr, for most of whom this was their first chess tournament.


The chess initiative in Merthyr Tydfil is organised by The Stephens and George Centenary Charitable Trust and supported by Chess in Schools and Communities, and other funding bodies.



The Mayor of Merthyr Tydfil, Councillor David Isaac, and Helen Hughes,

Manager for The Stephens and George Charitable Trust.






- Report by Sarah Kett, Regional Co-ordinator for Cardiff.


Outdoor set for Gwaunfarren school

10 Sept 2014


"The pupils are absolutely delighted with the outdoor chess set. They have already utilised the skills that they have acquired from the chess in breakfast club and are applying them outdoors, enabling them to work in pairs and discuss moves collaboratively. It is a fantastic opportunity for the pupils to develop their literacy and thinking skills in the outdoor environment. At the same time it is impacting positively on their wellbeing, as they are also having fun!"




Mrs. Bibby, Head of Gwaunfarren school

Tim Kett is 2014 Welsh Chess Champion


Chess in Schools and Communities would like to congratulate Tim Kett on winning the 2014 Welsh Chess Championships. Tim’s score of 6½/7 not only secured him outright first, but left him 1½ points clear of the rest of the field.


This is Tim’s second Welsh title, after sharing first with IM Richard Jones at the 2012 Championships.


Full results can be found here: 


Tim co-coordinates CSC’s activities in Wales with his wife, Sarah. Collectively they teach in 15 CSC schools across Cardiff and Merthyr Tydfil.





Picture | Welsh Chess Gallery



"Children of all abilities and backgrounds have been given the opportunity to learn to play chess; an opportunity that not all children might have had. They are highly motivated and from the outset both their concentration levels and their reasoning skills have been enhanced. This experience will certainly continue to impact on the children and make lifelong learning a reality."


Mrs Elizabeth Owen, Head Teacher, Ysgol Y Graig Primary School



"On average 50 pupils attend Breakfast club at Gwaunfarren Primary School. Since chess has been introduced to the pupils, it has had a positive impact on their interpersonal skills. The pupils are totally engaged; they are interacting with each other and are discussing aspects of the game."


"This is impacting positively on their oracy, thinking and reasoning skills. It has been an absolute joy to observe the pupils making decisions with reasons and thinking strategically, whilst having fun. Behaviour has improved and we hope to develop this further as an after school club, in order to involve more pupils."


Louise Bibby, Head Teacher, Gwaunfarren Primary School


And from pupils:-


"I didn’t like chess before, but now I know what to do I love it!" -  Lewys James Year 3


"It is fun because you get to play with your friends and it is really enjoyable" -  Lili Hughes Year 3


“I like playing with Lewys as he is my friend. I could play it before so it is giving me a chance to practice” - Jack McCarthy


"I like playing chess because it is a new experience" -  Macie Thomas Year 3


"It makes breakfast club more fun and lets me discuss the moves with my friends” -  Marcio Alves, Year 5


"Great pastime/not boring - it keeps you interested as it is competitive/interact with other people/you need a good strategy/expands your imagination" -  Year 5/6


"It is fun and you get to verse people" -  Caitlin McCarthy, Year 4/5


"It is more of a strategy game and you never know what your opponent is going to do next" -  Kian Lewis, Year 4/5


"Because I am currently unbeatable!” -  Adam Cook, Year 4/5


"Competitive – it gets you thinking. I enjoy a challenge" -  James Cummings, Year 4/5


“Really good fun and it is nice to have a new game to focus on" -  Katie Jones, Year 3


"You can have food, then have a game of chess and make new friends as you are playing, which is really good fun" - Bleddyn Pulman, Year 3


"Breakfast club is much better now that we have chess as even if the weather is bad we can still play it" -  Josh Edwards, Year 6


"It improves your thinking skills as you have to think about your moves and what your partner might be thinking" - Jamie Thomas/ Thomas Moran, Year 6


"It helps you with your coordination in Maths and also helps you make new friends at the same time" - Teigan Hughes/Connor price, Year 6


"It improves your mathematical language" - Thomas Moran, Year 6


"It is good to see the younger pupils taking part and engaging with the older pupils. It will help them improve their maths skills and will build their confidence" - Jamie Thomas, Year 6


"I really enjoy playing with Bobby and Ellie as it helps us work out problems and I have helped Bobby learn how to play" - Evan Reid, Year 2



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