The website reporting on news and events in Devon and the West Country
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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
Newton Abbot crush Teignmouth in the final of the Torbay League KO
In a match played on 23rd March Newton Abbot crushed a Teignmouth team by 5 points to 1 to win the Torbay League KO Cup. The games can be seen on the News/Torbay League page.
Please Note - This was previously reported in error as a match for the DCCA Peter Rooke Cup, an event yet to be played.
Massive sale of books - Many new books added
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.
Devon players to represent England
The World Senior Team Championships will take place in Crete during the period 23rd April-3rd May and Devon players will be taking part. Keith Arkell will be playing in the England 1st team in the 50+ year event, with Steve Homer taking first board in the England third team in the same event. Brian Hewson and Trefor Thynne will be in the England 2 team in the 65+ year event.
Brian Hewson is also taking part in the FIDE World Amateur event together with Meyrick Shaw, which will be held in Spoleto, Italy in April Brian Hewson will follow this by playing in the European Seniors in Barcelona in August. In addition Brian will be playing in the England over 65 team in Nova Sad, Serbia from 24th June to 4th July.
"Chess Devon" will report on these events as they occur.
The East Devon Congress
Petra and John Nunn prior to the 1st Round
Photograph courtesy of Bob Jones
Bob of Keverel Chess puts his camera to more work see Congresses/E. Devon
The first round of the East Devon Congress was played on 10th March at the Exeter Corn Exchange Exeter.
The Open promises to be a strong event, the participants include Keith Arkell, John Nunn, David Simon, Jack Rudd and Dominic Mackle. Games from the open will appear here.
We regret that we have been unable to publish summaries of each round due to Tony Tatam's illness.
The Torbay League
We are pleased to advise that Tony Tatam, who has been seriously ill, is reported as slowly recovering. In the meantime, Ben Wilkinson has temporarily picked up the reins of the Torbay League Match Secretary and his first set of results can be seen on News/Torbay League.
Chess Devon wish Tony a speedy and complete recovery and look forward to him returning to his former chess activities.
Devon success in WECU team championships
Brian Hewson the Devon Match Captain, displays the Bristol, Harold Meek and Wayling Cups won by Devon for the last two years.
Devon overwhelmed Somerset in both matches played on 25th February. In the county match the score was 12½ points to 3½. This enabled Devon to win the Harold Meek Cup.
The Wayling Cup match was won by 11 points to 1. These games can be seen HERE.
The games played in this event can be seen on Games/ DCCA.
Wiltshire & WECU Junior Congress
Yet again the Wiltshire and WECU Junior Congress attracted a large entry. Held in the St. Joseph's Catholic College on 18th and 19th February the large entry enabled imaginative prizes and tested to the full the stamina of many members of the administration. For a complete prize list see Congresses/ Wiltshire & West of England page.
TBGS display the strength of their chess players
TBGS demonstrated the strength of their chess players in the ECF Team Challenge tournament held on 7th February in which they supplied the winning team and five other teams out of a field of 14. See the TBGS page for Trefor Thynne's report.
Tiverton first off the mark
Tiverton won the first DCCA tournament of the season. They beat an Exmouh team by 5 points to 3 to win the Newman Rapidplay. See the DCCA page for details.
It is with great sadness that we report the death of Simon Bartlett. Simon was well-known at club, county and congress chess and will be sorely missed.
Funeral arrangements have been made for 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday 15th February at Glyn Valley Crematorium, Turfdown Road, Fletchers Bridge, Bodmin PL30 4AP and afterwards at The Mason's Arms, Market Place, Camelford, PL32 9PB. Please note change of time.
"No flowers" has been requested but donations can be made to Brain Tumor Research - https://www.justgiving.com/braintr
Please note that the Crematorium is on the Bodmin - Liskeard Road and not in Bodmin itself.
Go Here for Ivor Annett's memories of Simon.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
Devon County Chess Association
67th ANNUAL CONGRESS
Livermead House Hotel
Torquay TQ2 6QJ
Sunday 3rd – Saturday 9th September 2017
(Opening Ceremony at 13.45)
Details and Entry Form can be obtained HERE
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