Tim Kett has played since the age of 4 when he first set eyes on a chess set and begged his parents to show him how it worked ! He won various schoolboy events and reached his peak rating(s) - around 2250 FIDE, 204 ECF - while in his early 20's.


After that work (in software development for a large company) set in and for the next 20-odd years his chess was mostly limited to local league matches. A move to Cardiff ten years ago rejuvenated his chess career and since then he has played regularly for Wales at Olympiads and European Championships. In 2012, after about 10 attempts and many 2nds and 3rds, he finally managed to win the Welsh National Championship.


A few years ago Tim retired from 'regular' work, partly to spend more time playing chess but mostly to continue developing junior chess in Wales. He has been taking on more and more chess teaching ever since and now works in about 15 schools per week, runs after-school Junior chess clubs in Cardiff, teaches many of the stronger Welsh youngsters one-to-one and is a regular coach for the Welsh Junior squad.