The website reporting on news and events in Devon and the West Country
IMPORTANT NOTICE TO "CHESS DEVON" READERS
Very shortly it will be phased off chessdevon.co.uk and will only be available as chessdevon.org.uk. Please make this your bookmark.
Furthermore, we are experimenting with a new games presentation. For an example of this please go to http://www.chessdevon.org.uk and open Games/DCCA. This format is better seen using Google Chrome as a browser as this will activate the built-in chess engine.
To help your understanding of the game board functions, we have prepared a page of explanations which can be viewed Here
History of Teignmouth CC
The Teignmouth Chess club has reached the ripe old age of 106 this year. Maybe not the oldest club in Devon but it does boast an unbroken existence. The history of the club has been traced by Bill Frost and gathered together with reminiscences of club and ex-club members set out in 70 pages of A4 size with many photographs. This is now available at £15 inclusive of postage and packing
Gary Lane : "I think the book is great and it brings back many memories. "
"A slice of chess history for a keen player or a highly recommended step by step guide on how to honour a local club." ECF Newsletter No.4.
For Gary's review go HERE
Bob Jones : "An excellent and valuable project, beautifully executed and finished." Western Morning News
For Bob's review go HERE
Book your copy with firstname.lastname@example.org
DCCA Jamboree 2017
This event was held on 15th January 2017 at the Plymouth Chess Club premises. In a two team event (the North and the East sections did not provide teams) the West won by 7 points to 5. Details and games can be seen on the DCCA page.
The Editorial returns
After a long silence the Editorial has returned. See link above.
Success for the Devon captain
During October 2016 Brian Hewson played in the Guernsey Open and finished in third place scoring 5 points from the 7 rounds played. Following the finish of the tournament he took a close look at two interesting critical positions from the games he played. He has offered his conclusions in the form of a quiz. HERE are the positions setting out the queries and HERE are his explanations.
German "Chess Village"
Ivor Annetts draws attention to a German village with a unique culture. Go HERE for details.
Devon v Gloucestershire
Devon had a tough fight to overcome Gloucestershire in a 1st team match played on 10th December. The details can be seen on News/WECU and the games can be seen HERE
The 3rd Plymouth Rapidplay
The 3rd Plymouth Rapidplay attracted an increased entry that included a grandmaster. The scoretable and prize list can be seen on Congresses/Plymouth Rapidplay.
David vs Goliath
Are you about to play an opponent who outranks you by 150 grading points? Before you do so it will help your cause to study this new Batsford publication by Andrew Soltis.
See Articles/Reviews for an insight,
NEW TORBAY CHESS CLUB!
The formation of a new chess club to be known as the Torbay Club is announced by John Ariss, Meetings will be held at the Methodist Church, Paignton - Room 1. The first meeting will take place on Monday 5th December at 7p.m. Contact John Ariss at Tele. 01803 843754 or e-mail Marriottqpr@hotmail.com.
We offer Torbay CC a welcome to the pages of "Chess Devon" and our good wishes for a successful entry into the chess of our county. See News/Torbay CC for further details.
Monday 6th December saw the opening night for Torbay Chess Club. There
was a good initial turnout of 13 people with guest appearances from GM
Keith Arkell and David Archer (South Hams Chess Club). The majority of
people played in a blitz tournament that was won by Keith Arkell despite
only playing with 1 minute on his clock compared everyone else's 5
minutes. He did nonetheless draw one of his games (congratulations to
Alex Taylor for that).
The 26th World Senior Championships
The West Country is well represented in the 26th World Senior Championships taking place in Marianske Lazna, Czech Republic. Keith Arkell, Brian Hewson and Meyrick Shaw are playing in the 50 years+ tournament and Bill Ingham in the 65+ event. Michael Marshall of the Exmouth club is also playing but under a Danish flag.
After two rounds Arkell has 2 points, Hewson 1½ and Ingham 1. Shaw has yet to score.
The 50th Torbay Congress
Under the control of Ken Alexander the first round of the 50th Torbay Congress was played on Friday 11th November at the Livermead House Hotel, Torquay.
See Congresses/Torbay for results, crosstables and Prize List.
Annual DCCA Quick Play Competition
There was a good response from teams entering this DCCA annual event. Go to News/DCCA for Trefor Thynne's report.
The 17th Beacon Seniors
There was a resurgence of local players in the 17th Beacon Seniors. Bill Ingham of the Teignmouth club won the Seniors and Graham Bolt of Exeter took the Junior prize. Details can be seen on Congresses/Beacon Seniors.
Devon start the season with a win
In a match played at the Plymouth Chess Club on 8th October, Devon overcame Cornwall by 12 points to 4. Cornwall conceded the 2nd. team match.
Games can be seen Here and details are on NEWS/WECU
Notice to DCCA Team Captains and Secretaries
Nick Butland has completed the League Tables etc. for the season 2016/17. Go to News/DCCA for details.
Note:- Entries to individual competitions need to submit their entry before 21st October 2016. See News/DCCA for details.
The WECU opened the season with the traditional Jamboree held in the Tacchi Centre, Taunton, on Sunday 11th September. Devon won the Senior Section and Torbay League the Graded Section. Details, supplied by Ben Edgell, can be seen on News/WECU.
Games of both the Open and Graded Jamboree can be seen on News/WECU. Our thanks to Brian Hewson.
The 66th Paignton Congress
The 66th annual congress held its first round at the Livermead House Hotel Torquay on 4th September. Final cross tables can be seen on the Congresses/Paignton page.
Brian Gosling has won the Boniface Morning and Norman Andrews has taken the Thynne Morning.
The winner of the Boniface has submitted his games which can be seen HERE.
All the games played in the Premiere will be published here.
Devon players continue their trek around Europe
Trefor Thynne was part of a British contingent that took part in the Dieppe Congress held during 20-27 August 2016. His report plus games can be seen here.
Brian Hewson and Bill Ingham have entered the World Seniors Championships to be held in the Czech Republic in late November.
Devon County Chess Association
The DCCA held their AGM on 17th June 2016 at the Courtenay Centre, Newton Abbot. The minutes of this meeting can be seen on News/DCCA.
East Budleigh Chess Club
We welcome the East Budleigh Chess Club to our pages. Founded by Brian Gosling, East Budleigh is the youngest club in Devon. More details can by found on the News link above.
The British Championship 2016
This year the championship was held in Bournemouth and attracted players from the SW region amongst whom was Brian Hewson. Brian gives his impression of the Open Championship HERE.
Tiverton Chess Club
Tiverton Chess Club set out their stall for the coming season. If you live in the Tiverton area, play chess or want to learn to play chess, take a look at News/Tiverton.
World Seniors Team Tournament
England were well represented at the World Seniors Team Championship in Radebaul, Dresden, Germany, from 26th June to 4th July. Trefor Thynne was in one of England's 65+ teams and has sent an interesting report that can be seen HERE.
Team Captains and County Players Please Note
Brian Hewson has carefully put together a diary of chess events covering the season 2016/17, which can be seen on the News/DCCA page. Please make a note of the critical events that effect both yourself and your club.
A Knight to Remember
Recently the Exeter Club employed the skills of Grandmaster Timur Gareyev to hold a session of blindfold simultaneous play against ten opponents. See the article that Tim Paulden sent to the Express & Echo on News/Exeter.
WECU Results for 2014/16 and Programme for 2016/17
On the News/WECU page the table of results for the 2015/2016 can be seen together with the programme for 2016/17. County Captains are asked to check and confirm any changes needed.
Devon Lose to Essex
In a match played over 14 boards, Devon lost to Essex by 5 points to 9. See News/WECU for details.
GAMES can be seen in GAMES/DCCA
Devon Player Candidate for ECF Player of the Year
Meyrick Shaw of the Exmouth Club has been nominated for the award of "ECF Player of the Year" for his performance in the World Seniors Tournament. To be nominated for this award is an achievement in itself and Meyrick has our best wishes for his success.
Death of Victor Korchnoy
The death has been announced of the Russian grandmaster Victor Korchnoy, in Switzerland on 6th Jue2016. Korchnoy came close to winning the World Championship when, in 1978, he very narrowly lost the final Candidate Masters tournament to Karpov. As a result of this match, Karpov was awarded the Championship title following the default of Bobby Fischer. Having defected from the USSR Korchnoy struggled to enter international tournaments in the face of Soviet opposition. However, he was still playing in strong international tournaments when aged over 80. He was 85 years old on his demise.
To appreciate his playing strength a few of his games, annotated by himself can be seen here.
Devon in National U180's Semi's
With the help from two defaults Devon beat the Middlesex under 180's and go through to meet Essex in the Semi-final of the National Team competition. See News/WECU for details.
Devon has a new Ladies’ Champion
A new name is set to be engraved on the Devon Ladies’ Championship Cup – 16 year-old Nandaja Narayanan of Torquay Girls’ Grammar School and Newton Abbot Chess Club beat reigning champion Jacqueline Barber-Lafon of Kingskerswell to capture the trophy for the first time. Nandaja, a year 11 pupil and a keen member of Devon Junior teams as well as Newton Abbot club sides in Torbay and DCCA leagues, has made steady progress in chess over several years and this result is a fine achievement by such a young player.
Nandaja has a 10 year old sister, Nirinjana, who is also an up-and-coming player and member of the Newton Abbot club.
Torbay League KO
Plymouth CC rounded off a fine season by winning the Torbay White Knights KO, defeating Newton Abbot by 4 points to to 2.
See News/Torbay league for details.
West of England Chess Union Championships
The WECU Championships are being held over the period 25-28th March at the Royal Beacon Hotel, Exmouth. We shall be publishing round by round results plus all the games from the Open and a selection of games from the other sections.
28/03/2016 - 14:30 Final tables
30/03/2016 - 18:00 Final Prize list added.
E. Devon Congress -Test for Local Players
Players waiting for the start.
Photo courtesy of Keverel Chess
Local players faced a severe test at the East Devon Congress with the entry of Grandmaster Keith Arkell in the Open Tournament.
He was joined by International Master Jack Rudd so some keen competition was expected.
See all the games here.
Go to Congresses/ E. Devon for final crosstables. Prize list added 7th March 2016
Our thanks to Tony Tatam
Small alterations have been made to some games after initial publication. To obtain a correct database it is necessary to download the games played in each round again. - 15/03/2016
Massive sale of books - some as good as new
We are privileged to bring to your attention a massive sale of chess books. The book you have been looking for will no doubt be available on the lists you can see here.
Note: A fine selection of "Caissa Edition" books has been added.
In the past we have made it a practice to publish some annotated games that have somehow found themselves on my hard disc. It is some time ago that we last carried out this practice but we continue it here.
See some of the games HERE.
Download the entire database HERE
Devon get the better of Somerset
In two matches played on Saturday 6th February, Devon beat Somerset overwhelmingly in the under U160 but very narrowly in the county match. For details see News/WECU.
Games of Devon 1 v Somerset 1 HERE Amended 12/02/2016
Games of Devon 2 v Somerset 2 HERE Amended 12/02/2016
Our thanks to Brian Hewson for keying-in the games.
The scores of some games are subject to amendments. Any amendments will be notifi
Games of the National U180 Final
The games played in the U180 National Final can be seen here. Our thanks to Brian Hewson for keying these in.
Games of the National U180 Quarter Final
Devon entertained Nottinghamshire at Frampton-on-Severn on 16th May in the Quarter-Final of the County U180 and, after a nail-biting finish, emerged winners with 8½ points to 7½.
Match details can be seen on News/WECU page.
Games can be seen HERE - thanks to Brian Hewson.
Devon will meet Lancashire in the Semi-Final.
Database of games by Local Players
During the life of "Chess Devon" we have collected games played by local players in tournaments, county games, club games etc. until we have accumulated circa 27,000 such games. The term "Local Players" rather loosely describes all players who have participated in these tournaments etc. We are willing to place this database on sale by download at the price of £12.
If you are interested, please contact email@example.com.
In retail news ChessBaron have unveiled several new chess set designs. The company say that the Baggio, Alexander and King Edward are good additions to their range line-up.
Chess Sets UK - Online Supplier of Chess Sets & Boards.
Go HERE for all sets etc.
EAST DEVON CONGRESS
Friday 10th March to Sunday 12th March 2017
At Exeter Corn Exchange Market Street, Exeter, EX1 1BW
OPEN (Any player can enter)
MAJOR (any player graded under 155) (1890)
(any player graded under 125) (1650)
Dr Tim Paulden: 9, Nethercott Place, Roseland Drive, Exeter EX1 2TT email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 07809 464639 (evening only, email preferred)
only: S.Pope 01392 436420 before 10 p.m.
DETAILS & ENTRY FORM CAN BE DOWNLOADED HERE
Somerset New Year Chess Congress
Walton Park Hotel is a lovely
Best Western seaside hotel
3 Sections U-175, U-145 & U-120
Five Round Seeded Swiss Tournaments
Play commences Saturday 0930
14th and 15th January 2017
You can find out who has entered the Congress anddownload an entry form athttp://somersetchesscongress.webs.com
DETAILS AND ENTRY FORM CAN BE DOWNLOADED HERE
The Thirty First
WILTSHIRE JUNIOR OPEN CHESS CHAMPIONSHIPS
18th & 19th February 2017
St. Joseph’s Catholic College,
Details & Entry Form can be downloaded HERE
36th Teignmouth Rapidplay
Saturday 1st April 2017
To be held at:
6 round Swiss Rapidplay tournament
30 minutes each
Open Section (for players graded 140 and above)
Graded Section (for players graded under 140)
Grading prizes, team competition
460 Babbacombe Road,
Details and Entry Form can be obtained
70th Open Congress
be held at
the Royal Beacon Hotel,
incorporating the West of England Championship
& British Championship Qualifier.
14th - to Mon. 17th April
Championship & Major are FIDE-Rated
An ECF Grand Prix
& ECF registered Game Fee event.
More details and entry form can be obtained HERE.
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