Devon has a rich chess heritage and now in CHESS DEVON we are assembling a series of articles accounting for some of the personalities that have played a significant part in this record.

Our thanks go to Bob Jones for his diligent research that have produced these authoritative portraits.

All articles may be amended at times, but we will endeavour to note when this has occurred.



Thomas Winter-Wood

Charles James Lambert

Modified 08/05/06, 10/05/06,27/09/06

Andrew Rowland Benedick Thomas

Completely revised 18/07/07

Edward J. Winter-Wood

Added 08/05/06

Modified 19/07/06

Henry Maxwell Prideaux

Modified 28/05/06

Sir Robert Newman - Lord Mamhead
Revd Henry Bremridge

Modified 18/07/07

Samuel Passmore

Edith Elina Helen Bird

Modified 19/07/06

Carslake Winter-Wood

Added 19/07/06

Thomas Taylor

Added 28/11/06

William Huntly Drummond

Added 1/12/06 

Modified 12/1/07

Charles Thomas Blanshard M.A.

Added 8/12/06

Henry D'Oyly Bernard     

Added 15/12/06.  

Modified 16/12/06.

Comins Mansfield

Added 19/12/06

George Cutler

Added 12/1/07

Francis Ernest Appleyard Kitto

            Added 16/1/07          Game database added 17/01/07

Ronald A. Slade

Re-written 3rd March 2007

John Edwin Jones

Added 22/9/07

H. V. Mallison

Added 2/11/07

K. J. Bloodworth

Added 4/12/07


A series of short portraits of those men and women who have helped to put Devon chess on the map during the past 150 years.

These articles are not written in stone, and will be added to or amended as further information comes to hand. If you are able to supply further facts or games relating to any of the listed pioneers, please let me know.

I am indebted to Mike Conroy (Burnley), Steve Jackson (Bexhill-on-Sea) and Owen Hindle (Cromer) for making available articles from early B.C.M.s relating to Devon chess history, which made an invaluable starting point.

Other sources are listed after each article.

R. H. Jones.

Games available for some of the early pioneers are unfortunately rare but we are trying to find as many as possible.  If anyone can help please contact either Bob Jones or Bill Frost.

A database will be kept open to take any additions.