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             Finals held at Imperial College, London 29th March 2017

The TBGS chess team performed creditably in the national final of the Team Challenge chess competition held at Imperial College, London. Fourteeen teams, each of which had qualified by winning their regional tournament and which represented an impressive geographical spread from Canterbury to Scotland to Middlesborough to Torquay, contested the fast-moving rapid-play chess competition in which all a player’s moves had to be played in 10 minutes with a two-second “increment” added per move.

Each team played five matches and the TBGS team won two drew one and lost two of its matches, finishing in 8th place. The standard of the top teams was extremely high with a number of members of England junior teams representing their schools.

The TBGS team was represented by Jakub Kubiak (captain), Vignesh Ramesh, Ben Sturt and Luke Glasson.

Final positions:

1st Hampton School, London                                         15 ½ points (out of 20)

2nd Queen Elizabeth School, Barnet                             13 ½

3rd Manchester Grammar School                                 13

4th = Reading School                                                      12 ½

4th= Sir Thomas Rich’s G.S., Gloucester                         12 ½

6th Millfield School                                                          11 ½

7th Mill Hill School, London                                            11

8th= Torquay Boys’ G.S.                                                   10 ½

8th= Yarm School. Middlesborough                               10 ½

10th Wilson’s G.S., Wallington, Surrey                           8 ½

11th Simon Langton G.S., Canterbury                            8

12th Linlithgow Academy, West Lothian, Scotland       6

13th Basildon Upper Academy, Essex                            5 ½

14th  Bourne G.S., Lincolnshire                                       2

TBGS Team results:

Round 1          v  Millfield School                     Lost ½ - 3 ½

Round 2          v Hampton School                    Lost   0 – 4

Round 3          v Linlithgow Academy              Won 4 – 0

Round 4         v Basildon Upper Academy       Won 4 – 0

Round 5         v Simon Langton G.S.                 Drew  2 - 2


Team members’ scores:

Board 1: Vignesh Ramesh    2  (out of 5)

Board 2: Ben Sturt                3 ½

Board 3: Jakub Kubiak          2

Board 4: Luke Glasson:         3






                    ECF JUNIOR TEAM CHALLENGE

Held at the GRANGE SCHOOL, Monmouth 15th October 2916


The first important tournament of the new chess season took place on Saturday when nine  boys travelled to South Wales to represent TBGS in the English Chess Federation’s Junior Team Challenge. This is a new event for teams of four players from years 7 and 8. The winners qualify for a National Final to be held in the spring. The TBGS boys knew that the challenge would be tough as junior chess in South Wales has been strong for some years. So it was with hopes of gaining valuable experience rather than winning  that the boys set off under the supervision of Mr Thynne and Mr Onions.

After an uneventful two and a half hour car journey the boys sat down to play five rounds with each player having twenty minutes on his clock for the entire game.

Each team had to contain at least one year 7 player and it was our year 7 boys who turned out to be our highest scorers: Jack Baxter with 3 points in the A team and Kieran Raine  with 2 ½  in the B team. The B team had five players so each of the five missed one round with all the boys playing four games.

As expected both our teams found the opposition very tough but there were plenty of encouraging signs for the future and the boys left Monmouth full of enthusiasm for future tournaments.


1st Chepstow School “A”

2nd Monmouth School “A”

3rd Chepstow School “B”

4th Hereford Cathedral School “A”

5th Monmouth School “B”

6th TBGS “A”

7th TBGS “B”

8th Hereford Cathedral School “B”

TBGS Teams: “A” team: Evan McMullan, Archie Vourdas, James Gibbs, Jack Baxter

                        “B” team: Michael Hodgkinson, Surinder Virdee, Zac Cash, Kieran Raine, Jake Bartram


T.F.Thynne/T.Onions             18.10.16

Ref Member Name Sex Age Club Standard Previous Rapidplay Previous
295618E Bronze Jnr Blackhurst, Jacob M Torquay Grammar School 19 F
290737K Gold Jnr Blackmore, Joshua P M 16 Newton Abbot 138 A 120 A 124 C 93 D
279819A Gold Jnr Fraser, John M Newton Abbot 178 C 179 A 173 C
300442K Bronze Jnr Glasson, Luke M 14 Newton Abbot 74 B 75 A 79 E
293395A Silver Jnr Kubiak, Jakub M 16 Torquay Grammar School 101 C 95 C
276896D Silver Jnr O'Donoghue, Toby M 13 Newton Abbot 59 C 47 C 75 E
276543D Silver Jnr Ramesh, Vignesh M 15 Newton Abbot 154 A 146 A 156 C 157 C
281087G Bronze Jnr Sanders-Wyatt, Ben M 15 Newton Abbot 86 B 83 A 69 D
292547D Silver Jnr Sturt, Benjamin M 15 Torquay Grammar School 118 C 128 B
303231A Virdee, Surinder M 12 Torquay Grammar School 16 F 19 F
286281F Whitehead, Rafe M Torquay Grammar School 94 E 95 E


TBGS CHESS NEWS             March 2016

A lot of activity has been seen on the TBGS chess front recently: here is a summary.

English Chess Federation National Schools’ Cup

Having defeated our own “B” team in the previous round,the TBGS “A” team had a fine win (5-1) against Bristol Grammar School on Monday 29th February and now host MILLFIELD SCHOOL on 17th March for the Western Zone Final decider. The TBGS team was: John Fraser (captain), Vignesh Ramesh, Ben Sturt, Rafe Whitehead, Jakub Kubiak and Ben Sanders-Wyatt. The winning school will have the right to a place in the National Finals to be held in July.

ECF Team Challenge

On 10th February TBGS hosted a regional final of this new schools event for teams of four. (Photo of event attached).

12  Devon school teams took part with the TBGS “A” team coming out on top ahead of Clyst Vale Community College and the TBGS “B” and “C” teams. The final of this national event will be held at Imperial College, London on 20th April and the TBGS team will be taking part.


3 TBGS boys (Luke Glasson, Toby O’Donoghue and Evan McMullan) were selected to play for the Devon under 14 team which travelled to Churchill School in Somerset for the annual 5 team Jamboree (Devon, Somerset, Wiltshire, Glamorgan, Gwent). Devon finished send behind Glamorgan and Toby won all three of his games.

Devon Senior County team:  congratulations to Vignesh Ramesh (year 10) who was selected for Devon  in their recent win over Somerset at Bridgwater.


The league team under the efficient captaincy of Jakub Kubiak (year 11) is having a good season in division 3 of the TORBY CHESS LEAGUE:  6 of the 10 matches have been played with two wins, two draws and two losses. All matches have been against adult opposition. So far the same team has played in every match: Ben Sturt, Jakub Kubiak, Ben Sanders-Wyatt and Luke Glasson. Luke has the best score (3.5/6) to date. Next fixture 8th March v Teignmouth (Away)


The popular House Chess Competition has got under way with Gilbert House victorious in year 7, having won all five matches. The years 8-9,10-11 and 12-13 competitions take place on Tuesday evenings over the next three weeks to decide the overall House Chess Champions.


Another popular feature of the Spring Term is the UK Challenge tournament which is held over 7 rounds during weekly club sessions. After four rounds the leaders are Ben Sturt and Nandaja Narayanan (TGGS) on 12 with Jacob Blackhurst and Ben Sanders-Wyatt on 10.

Year 7 squad

The school is lucky to have a very talented group of year 7 players this year which was reflected in the standard shown in the Year 7 House Chess competition. On Monday 7th March there is a year 7 squad training session and a year 7 team will be playing an away  match against St. Peter’s School, Lympstone at the end of term.







               Regional Final held at Torquay Boys’ G.S.   10.2.16


Excellent playing conditions at the tournament


1st             TORQUAY BOYS’ G.S. “A”                            13 points (out of 16)

2nd =         Clyst Vale Community School                      12

                  Torquay Boys’ G.S. “C”   (yr 7)                      12

4th            Torquay Boys’ G.S. “B”                                   10 ½

5th =        Teignmouth CommunitySchool                      9

                 Coombeshead College , N. Abbot “A”            9

7th           Cuthbert Mayne School, Torquay “B”           7 ½

8th          Coombeshead College, N. Abbot “B”              6

9th          Great Torrington School “A”                             5 ½

10th =    GreatTorrington School “B”                              4 ½

               Cuthbert Mayne School, Torquay “A”             4 ½

12th       Great Torrington School “C”                             2 ½


The ECF Schools’ Team Chess Challenge is a new event organised by the English Chess Federation (first held in 2014) specifically to encourage chess in secondary schools, especially those without much chess background. After last year’s successful inaugural South-West tournament held at Torquay Boys’ Grammar School, the 2016 version took place on Wednesday 10th February at the same venue and attracted 12 teams from 6 schools. The 48  youngsters representing their schools enjoyed four fast-paced rounds each lasting 25 minutes. Although the hosts were undoubted favourites with some very experienced boys in their team they did not have an easy ride to first place with Clyst Vale School and the Grammar School’s own year  seven team running them close.

Enjoyment and participation was the keynote of the afternoon. It is very much hoped that the schools involved will continue to foster chess as an activity with much to offer all ages.

Trefor Thynne

i/c chess, TBGS

11.2.16ECF schools team challenge



             Finals: Imperial College, London     Wednesday 22nd April

                  (Report by Trefor Thynne, Team Manager, Torquay Boys’ G.S.)

After a successful inaugural year in 2014,  England’s newest team tournament for secondary schools held a second very enjoyable finals day at Imperial College, London. This time thirteen schools had qualified via regional heats and, together with a fourteenth team made up of reserves attending the event, played five rounds of rapidplay chess at a rate of 10 minutes per player plus a two second increment per move.

Many of England’s top junior players represented their schools and the strength of the teams can be seen by the total team grades; these ranged from 790 for last year’s winners, Manchester Grammar School  (i.e an average grade of 197!) down to 450 for the reserves’ team. Six teams had an average grade above 160.

It quickly became clear that nothing was going to stop Manchester G.S. from repeating last year’s triumph. In fact they only dropped 2 game points out of 20 to finish 6 points clear and won all five of their matches. Interest centred therefore on second and third places: these were hotly contested by six teams separated at the end by a single game point with Royal Grammar School, Newcastle being runners-up, half a point ahead of Wilson’s School, Wallington and Hampton School. The former took third place on the strength of having beat Hampton in their individual encounter.

The Swiss system allowed all the teams to have their moments and the day was greatly enjoyed by all the participants. In the morning, before the start of the  main event, the teams had taken on Grandmaster Jonathan Mestel in a clock simultaneous, Mestel (the Director of undergraduate Studies at Imperial College) having 40 minutes and the teams (who were allowed to consult) 20 minutes on the clock. This proved a tough call for the grandmaster who had to concede defeat to the teams from Manchester Grammar School, Hampton School, Mill Hill School, Nottingham High School and Torquay Boys’ Grammar School.  The teams from Millfield School, Eltham Colllege and King Edward VI (Camp Hill) Grammar School, Birmingham  managed to draw their games . Jonathan Mestel  also presented the prizes to the winners of the team tournament at the end of the day.

Thanks are due to Imperial College for hosting the event and laying on an excellent buffet lunch, to the equipment providers Castle Chess, the first-class controller Chris Howell and, of course, to the chief organiser and  instigator of this valuable addition to the chess calendar, Neill Cooper who is making a big impact in his role as Secondary Schools’ Chess Manager for the ECF. The prizegiving was graced by the presence of the ECF Chief Executive, Phil Ehr who spoke briefly to add his thanks to the organisers.

Gratitude is also due  to the many organisers  and hosts of the regional heat tournaments which  took place between October and February and, finally, to the participants themselves for their sporting attitude and for travelling, in many cases, long distances to attend this most worthwhile new tournament.

     Further information about the Team Challenge can be found on its website:     www.TeamChessChallenge.org.uk

Results: (team total grades in brackets)



1 Manchester Grammar School                                       18 790
2 Royal Grammar School, Newcastle 12 667
3 Wilson’s School, Surrey        11½ 585
4 Hampton School         11 ½    695
5 Millfield School  11 693
6 Eltham College 11 689
7 Mill Hill School       10½ 563
8 Nottingham High School          10½ 669
9 Magdalen College School, Oxford       9½ 549
10 Reserves team        9½ 450
11 Torquay Boys’ Grammar School    9 513
12 Westminster Under School 8 582
13 King Edward VI 9Camp Hill) Grammar School, B’ham 5 452
14 Bangor Grammar School 3 500





A long season has come to an end with last week’s match at South Hams. Here is a summary of statistics:

Played 10 Won 3 Drew 0 Lost 7 Points for 16 Points against 23 (one match played over 3 boards not 4)

14.10 14        Plymouth        H      1-3             L

12.11.14       Torquay           A       1-3            L

18.11.14       Teignmouth    H      3 ½ - 1 ½  W

11.12 14       Newton Abbot  A   1 ½ - 2 ½   L

6.1.15           South Hams       H   0 – 4          L

26.1.15         Plymouth           A     ½ - 3 ½    L

24.2.15      Torquay               H   2 – 1          W  (only 3 boards played!)

10.3.15        Teignmouth       A     4-0          W

31.3.15     Newton Abbot     H     1 ½ - 2 ½  L

16.4.15    South Hams          A       1 – 3         L           


Individual performances:

Ben Sturt   6 out of 10   (fantastic season for Ben, playing in EVERY match!)

Jakub Kubiak      4 out of 10  (well done captain Jakub, also played in every match!)

Ben Sanders-Wyattt  1 ½ out of 8 (very loyal support from Ben)

Yul Lee 1 out of 5

Luke Glasson 2 out of 3 ( a good debut season for Luke!)

Alex Lee 1 out of 2

Toby O’Donoghue ½ out of 1

My thanks to the parents who helped with transport and to Kuba for his excellent captaincy over the season. Much valuable experience was gained even though the matches can be tough! Thanks to all boys who supported the school tea


                                    DCCA Division 4 MOYLE CUP

Played 5 Won 2 Drew 2 Lost 2 Points for 10 ½ Points against 9 ½

6.12.14    Newton  Abbot  H         1 ½ - 2 ½   L

31.1.15    Teignmouth       A        2 ½ - 1 ½   W

21.3.15   Barnstaple          H              3 – 1    W

11.4 15   Tiverton               A           2 -2        D

18.4.15     Exeter                H           1 ½ - 2 ½ L

(Home matches were played at Newton abbot Chess Club)

Individual perfornances:

Jared Wray  (captain)            1 ½  out of 2

Ben Sturt                                 2 ½ out of 4

Jakub Kubiak                           2 out of 4

Ben Saders-Wyatt 1 out of 3

Luke Glasson 1 ½ out of 2

Yul Lee 1 out of 2

Nandaja Narayanan 1 out of 1

James Milne 0 out of 2

I hope you will agree that it was a worthwhile experiment to enter a team in the Devon League in which matches are played on Saturday afternoons. This clearly has implications for travel and venue but if a suitable volunteer for the post of captain/organiser comes forward for next season, the experiment can be repeated.

Thank you all for your valuable support.







Date Opponents   Result
      For Against
6/12/14 Newton Abbot Home
31/1/51 Teignmouth Away
21/3/15 Barnstaple Home 3 1
11/4/15 Tiverton Away 2 2
18/4/15 Exeter Home 2½½



The TBGS Torbay League Division 3 team scored its first win of the season on 18th November with a 3 1/2 - 1/2 victory over Teignmouth. Having lost  their first two matches against Plymouth (1-3) and Torquay (1-3)  the boys were determined to notch up a win and soon got on top against the visitors' veterans.

The most exciting game was the board two encounter between Yul Lee and Teignmouth's captain Ray Chubb in which the younger player threatened an unstoppable mate in one on g7 but was somewhat fortunate that Ray missed a perpetual check opportunity. 

























Jakub KUBIAK (c)











Alex LEE









Michael WHITE



After a three-year gap, a TBGS team once again entered the long-established MILLFIELD INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS’ CHESS TOURNAMENT. Having first competed in its predecessor, the Marlwood Tournament, as long ago as 1988, TBGS has a long and successful association with the event and were winners in 1998  besides being runners-up on 5 other occasions.

The format, involving teams of 12, is a true test of a school’s chess strength and has always attracted some of the top schools in the country, besides attracting a contingent of Irish schools who give the event its international flavour.

This year’s TBGS team lacked three members of its top six players for differing reasons of unavailability and so was able to “blood” some newcomers to competitive chess on the bottom three boards.  There was also a novelty in that, for the first time ever the team contained.....a girl! This was NANDAJA NARAYANAN, a pupil at TGGS and Devon’s top girl player who filled a late vacancy in the team and, in fact, made it stronger.

The TBGS team performed well above  expectations in finishing as RUNNERS-UP in the MAJOR SECTION. After the two qualifying rounds the team had scored 12 points out of 24 which placed them in the 8-team MAJOR SECTION with the top six qualifiers competing in the CHAMPIONSHIP SECTION. In the five rounds of the Finals, the TBGS team performed consistently well, only being pipped to first place by the section winners, the “B” team of GONZAGA COLLEGE, DUBLIN. Given that Gonzaga’s “A” team won the CHAMPIONSHIP SECTION, this can be considered a real success. The Gonzaga chess tradition, bolstered by coaching from Russian International master, Alexander Baburin, a Dublin resident, goes right back to the early days of the competition which they won in 1999.

 The individual highlights of the team’s performance were Board-Prize winning scores from JOHN FRASER with 6 ½ points out of 7 on board one (John is shortly off to Georgia to compete in the European Youth Championships) and from year 7 newcomer TOBY O’DONOGHUE who scored an impressive  6 points. Mention must also be made of two newcomers from year 11, MAX ZHU (4 points) and CIARAN MIDDLETON-BLAKEMAN (5 points) who exceeded expectations on boards 11 and 12. NANDAJA NARAYANAN of TGGS, an honorary boy for the duration of the weekend, carried off the BEST GIRL PERFORMANCE award with 4 out of 7.

All-in-all, a successful tournament with much future promise. The team’s behaviour and commitment was exemplary.

T.F.Thynne                 13.10.14


Championship Section


2nd Royal Grammar School, Guildford

3rd Manchester Grammar School

4th Queen Elizabeth’s School, Barnet “A”

5th Millfield School

6th St. Benildus’ College, Dublin

Major Section



3rd Winchester College

4th St Olave’s Grammar School, Orpington, Kent

5th Queen Elizabeth’s  School, Barnet, N. London

6th St. Andrew’s College, Dublin

7th Yately Manor School, Hampshire

8th Colaiste Eanna School, Dublin

                                                            TBGS INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCES




John Fraser

6½ 7

Alex Lee


Vignesh Ramesh

4 8

Ben Sanders-Wyatt


Jared Wray (capt)

4½ 9

Toby O'Donoghue


Nandala Narayanan

4 10

Luke Glasson


Ben Sturt

3½ 11

Max Zhu


Jakub Kubiak

3½ 12

Claran Middleton-Blakeman








John Fraser has been selected to represent England in the World Youth Championship to be held in Georgia during October 2014.

Go the News/DCCA for more details.


Ref Member Name Sex Age Club Standard Previous Rapidplay Previous
290737K Silver Jnr Blackmore, Joshua P M 15 Newton Abbot 120 A 101 B 93 D 95 D
279819A Gold Jnr Fraser, John M 17 Newton Abbot 179 A 176 A 173 C 174 C
300442K Bronze Jnr Glasson, Luke M 13 Newton Abbot 75 A 68 D        
301187C   Grant, Isaac M 12 Devon Junior         57 F 47 F
293395A Silver Jnr Kubiak, Jakub M 15 Torquay Grammar School 95 C 87 C        
297378K   Lee, Alex M 16 Torquay Grammar School 47 F 50 F        
279860J   Lee, Yul Han M 15 Torquay Grammar School 83 D 81 D        
269131A   Leung, Jeff M   Torquay Grammar School 157 E 157 E        
279880D   Milne, James E M 15 Newton Abbot 92 D 94 C        
279359D Silver Jnr Narayanan, Nandaja F 15 Newton Abbot 115 A 109 A 98 D 97 D
276896D Bronze Jnr O'Donoghue, Toby M 12 Newton Abbot 47 C 39 D        
276543D Silver Jnr Ramesh, Vignesh M 14 Newton Abbot 146 A 144 A 157 C 156 C
281087G Bronze Jnr Sanders-Wyatt, Ben M 14 Newton Abbot 83 A 75 B        
292547D Silver Jnr Sturt, Benjamin M 14 Torquay Grammar School 128 B 123 B     58 F
303231A   Virdee, Surinder M 11 Torquay Grammar School 19 F            
286281F   Whitehead, Rafe M 17 Torquay Grammar School 95 E 97 D        
269026D   Worsey, Elliott M 17 Torquay Grammar School 113 E 105 E        
286282H   Wray, Jared M   Torquay Grammar School 116 D 116 C  


 English Chess Federation: National Schools’ Cup

    Finals held at Uppingham School, Rutland 3rd-4th July 2014

The TBGS team travelled by train to England’s smallest county to take part in the annual Finals competition of the English Chess Federation’s Schools’ Cup.  The event was staged at the historic and prestigious Uppingham School, founded in 1546 and situated right at the heart of the town of the small town of Uppingham.

The finals of the premier schools’ chess competition (formerly known as “the Times Cup”) are divided into two sections: the Championship Section for schools who were winners of their regional zones and a Plate Section for schools who were zone runners-up.  TBGS competed in the Plate section along with Wilson’s G.S of Wallington (Surrey), Queen Elizabeth School, Barnet (North London) and Newcastle-under-Lyme School (Staffordshire).

On arrival on the Thursday, having been allocated rooms in one of the boarding houses of the host school, the TBGS team sat down to play Wilson’s G.S. in their semi-final match. The Torquay boys were aware that this was likely to be a tough task given that the Wilson’s team were considerably higher-graded , a reflection of the fact that Surrey junior chess is the strongest in the whole of England. Nonetheless the TBGS team fought well, all six games lasting more than three hours. James Milne on board four and Yul Lee on board six did especially well to hold their opponents to a draw but the final score of 1-5 in favour of Wilson’s was a fair reflection of the disparity in rating. Wilson’s went on to win the competition on the Friday by beating Barnet 4-2, the London school having disposed of Newcastle-under Lyme by a score of 6-0!

After a buffet meal on the Thursday evening and a good night’s sleep the TBGS boys sat down to play the Staffordshire school for third place and quickly swept into a 3-0 lead with wins on the bottom three boards by James Milne,  Rafe Whitehead and Yul Lee. These were followed by hard-fought victories for captain Jared Wray on board  three and Vignesh Ramesh on board two, leaving top-board John Fraser to agree a draw with a strong opponent. This gave TBGS a convincing win by 5 ½  - ½  and third place in the Plate Competition.

The  Championship section was won by Reading School who  narrowly defeated Manchester Grammar School in a tense final. Third place was taken by Royal Grammar School, Guildford who beat Hampton School (London).

The strength of  the top schools’ chess teams can be seen by the fact that in the Championship final the grades (ratings) of the Manchester team ranged from 215 to 166, those of Reading School from  185 to 135, Hampton’s from 185 to 135 and RGS Guilford’s from 184 to 144. In the Plate,  Wilson’s G.S. grades  ranged  from 186 to 111,  QE Barnet’s from 189 to 78 , those of TBGS from 180 to 80 and Newcastle’s from 158 to 70 (estimated). This meant that the standard of play was terrifically high and a number of the players involved have already represented England teams at various levels including of course our own John Fraser!

The whole experience of competing at this level was very rewarding for the TBGS boys who are keen to return for another attempt in future years, though it is not easy as qualification from a strong south-western  zone has to be earned first.

Detailed results:


                           TBGS                                                             Wilson’s G.S. Surrey

1.           John Fraser  (180)             0         1               Adam Taylor (186)  

2.           Vignesh Ramesh (114)     0          1              Philip Knott (166)

3.           Jared Wray (110)               0         1              Tharshan Kuhendiran (164)

4.           James Milne (78)              ½          ½             Pava Murali  (149)

5.          Rafe Whitehead (88)         0          1              Ryan Eaw   (129)

6.          Yul Lee (80)                         ½          ½             Arun Appulingam (111)                                                                

1                     5     


3rd-4th Play-off:

                           TBGS                                                          Newcastle-under-Lyme School

1.          John Fraser  (180)             ½           ½            Conrad Green (158)

2.          Vignesh Ramesh                1            0            Jack Healings  (110)

3.           Jared Wray                        1            0             Harsh Ojha      (U)

4.           James Milne                      1            0             Rhys Owens    (U)

5.           Rafe Whitehead                1           0             Arif SAlim         (U)                            

6.           Yul Lee                                1           0             Zohaib Shezad  (U)     

                                                 5 ½        ½             


7th  July 2014    



TBGS win their way to the last 8 of the National Schools' Cup (Plate Compettion) by beating Sir Thomas Rich School, Gloucester on

26th March 2014. 

They will now play at home to Dr Challoner's G.S. Amersham Buckinghamshire in early May.

HOME Sir Thomas Rich’s School

TEAM (insert school name)

AWAY Torquay Grammar School

TEAM (insert school name)




of birth

Yrs  Mths




of birth

Yrs    Mths


Michael Ashworth





½ - ½

John Fraser






Robert Ashworth





½ - ½

Vignesh Ramesh






Anthony Ifeacho





0 – 1

Jared Wray






William Sullivan





1 – 0

James Milne






Adam Schonbeck





0 – 1

Rafe Whitehead






Scott Grint





0 – 1

Jonathan Rosser






Average age of team ......13y 11m            Team Scores:


2 – 4


             Average age of team ....15y 7m.........



In the annual tournament held in the Spring Term to find the school champion and the qualifiers for the Devon Megafinal, the result was a tie between JACOB BLACKHURST of year 9 and NANDAJA NARAYANAN also of year 9 who is a pupil at the Girls' Grammar School.

In a playoff Nandaja won and so a girl is now the Boys' School Champion!!


Also this term the annual HOUSE CHESS COMPETITION is underway with separate competitions for year 7, years 8 and 9, years 10 and 11, years 12 and 13. In all over 220 boys in the school participate in this popular event. Current holders (2013) are Gilbert House and they have also  won the first competition in 2014, the Year 7 tournament.


   CHESS NEWS: January 2014

The TBGS chess team pulled off a terrific win on Monday 27th January when they defeated PLYMOUTH CHESS CLUB to reach the Final of the Torbay Chess League Knock-Out cup for the first time. The result of a tight and engrossing match was 3-3 but the TBGS team went through on board count because  they scored their 3 wins on higher boards than their opponents.

Winners for the school were John Fraser  (now one of the top junior players in the West of England and a regular members of the senior Devon county side), chess teacher Trefor Thynne and school chess captain Jared Wray. The other, younger members of the team (Vignesh Ramesh, Jonathan Rosser and Girls’ Grammar School pupil Nandaja Narayanan who is a member of the Boys’ school chess club)  all had good positions at one stage in their games so that a 6-0 whitewash even looked possible but inexperience led to errors and the matched finished all square. The school will play Newton Abbot Chess Club in the Final in the Spring.

Meanwhile the school’s first team is preparing for a tough clash away to Millfield School on 5th February in the zonal semi-final of the English Chess Federation’s  National Schools’ Cup.  The under 14 team is travelling to Birmingham on 8th March to take part in the annual Birmingham and District Scools’ Invitation Tournament.

Internally, the various school Houses are preparing for the ever-popular House Chess Competition which “kicks off” after half-term. Over 200 boys take part in this fiercely contested event. Gilbert House are the current House Chess Champions.






Ref Name Sex Age Club Standard Previous Rapidplay Previous
247356C Billings, Alex J M   Newton Abbot 171 C 176 A     158 C
290737K Blackmore, Joshua M 13 Newton Abbot 84 A 79 D 71 E    
279819A Fraser, John M 15 Newton Abbot 163 X 154 A 163 C 134 C
269131A Leung, Jeff M 17 Newton Abbot 162 A 180 A 164 E 163 D
279880D Milne, James E M 13 Newton Abbot 93 B 84 A 95 E 70 E
252753E Nie, Daniel M   Torquay Grammar School 140 D 141 B        
279824E Passmore, Munro M 16 Torquay Grammar School 47 D 59 E        
276543D Ramesh, Vignesh M 12 Newton Abbot 115 A 98 A 99 D 78 E
268151B Rochford, Charles T M   Torquay Grammar School 103 D 110 D        
280483K Rosser, Jonathan M 16 Torquay Grammar School 63 D 66 E        
281087G Sanders-Wyatt, Ben M 12 Newton Abbot 77 D 62 D        
292547D Sturt, Benjamin M   Newton Abbot 63 E            
242035B Thompson, Robert M   Bristol University 186 X 180 X 173 E 164 D
286281F Whitehead, Rafe M 15 Newton Abbot 79 C 77 A        
269026D Worsey, Elliott M 15 Torquay Grammar School 111 D 109 D        
286282H Wray, Jared M 16 Torquay Grammar School 108 D 104 D

2013/14 Mid-Season Gradings
Ref Member Name Sex Age Club Standard Previous Rapidplay Previous
247356C   Billings, Alex J M   Newton Abbot 171 D 171 C        
290737K Silver Blackmore, Joshua P M 13 Newton Abbot 81 B 79 A 74 E 71 E
279819A Gold Fraser, John M 15 Newton Abbot 180 X 167 X 176 A 163 C
269131A   Leung, Jeff M 17 Newton Abbot 165 B 162 A 170 E 164 E
279880D Bronze Milne, James E M 13 Newton Abbot 88 B 88 B 94 E 95 E
252753E Silver Nie, Daniel M   Torquay Grammar School 141 D 140 D 138 E    
279824E   Passmore, Munro M 16 Torquay Grammar School 50 D 47 D        
276543D Silver Ramesh, Vignesh M 12 Newton Abbot 114 A 112 A 106 B 99 D
268151B   Rochford, Charles T M   Torquay Grammar School 103 D 103 D        
280483K Bronze Rosser, Jonathan M 16 Torquay Grammar School 62 D 63 D        
281087G Silver Sanders-Wyatt, Ben M 12 Newton Abbot 57 D 56 D        
292547D Silver Sturt, Benjamin M 12 Newton Abbot 77 D 63 E        
242035B Gold Thompson, Robert M   Bristol University 176 X 186 X 183 X 173 E
286281F   Whitehead, Rafe M 15 Newton Abbot 78 C 78 C        
269026D   Worsey, Elliott M 15 Torquay Grammar School 110 D 111 D        
286282H Silver Wray, Jared M 16 Torquay Grammar School 110 C 107 D