As you are aware, we have to move from Oldway Mansion
after 62 years.
However, we have found a very suitable alternative at
the Livermead House Hotel, situated just off the main
road, between Paignton and Torquay.
The facilities offered by the hotel are very good, with
preferential terms offered for those wishing to stay at
the hotel for the congress (Tele 01803 294361)
The restaurant and bars will be open for meals, snacks
and refreshments throughout the congress. Unlike
Oldway, there is extensive free car park available to
Despite an increase in the hiring charge, we have
decided to keep all entry fees unchanged.
Thank you for supporting the congress in the past, we
hope you will continue to support the congress at this
The Livermead House Hotel, Torquay.
The 63rd Paignton Congress will be held at the Livermead
House Hotel, Torquay. Following a survey of other
possible venues, the Congress Organiser, Alan Crickmore,
has announced that arrangements have been made
with the hotel management to allow the Congress to go
forward on the previously advised dates.
The hotel is situated very close to the seafront and
within walking distance of the town centre. Space is
available for approx 300 vehicles very close to hotel.
A spacious room has been made available that will hold
the entire congress, together with side rooms for
analysis etc. thus enabling the existing tournament
format to be continued.
Further details will be made available.
Memories of the Paignton Congress
It was with a sad feeling that I left Oldway
Mansions on the afternoon of Saturday 8th September,
knowing that it was lowering the curtain on some
fifty years of passing through the doors as a chess
player, organiser and reporter. Fifty
years is a long time but I recall as if it were
yesterday the first time I sat at a board in the
Mansion and surveyed the grand surroundings in which
so much history had been made. Now both the
Mansion and I are a little older and both are
showing signs of passing years. The structure
of the Mansion has deteriorated to an extent such
that it is too costly for the local council to keep
it in prime condition and they are passing this
responsibility on to a development company that
undertake to retain the core of the building in its
current condition and convert the remainder into
hotel accommodation. This means that
construction activities preclude the use of the
building for the Congress in 2013. When the
alterations have been completed it is rather in the
lap of the gods whether or not it will be suitable
for the Congress in later years.
However, we are blessed with a pro-active group of
organisers who are in the process of finding and
securing a suitable venue for 2013 and we understand
that shortly this will be confirmed.
Torbay has always welcomed chess congresses and at
various times it has hosted not only the Paignton
Congress but also the Torbay and District weekend
congress, various British Championships and the West
of England Chess Union championships. This
latter event was held in Torre Abbey, another venue
with historic ambience that is dated much earlier
than Oldway. Should the organisers secure this
as a venue, it will provide wonderful playing
accommodation together with excellent surrounding
leisure facilities. Just a hop, skip and a
jump would take one from the Abbey into the sea!
The recent Congress at Oldway attracted almost 200
players and resulted in some closely fought
tournaments that were not decided until the last
pieces were moved on the Saturday morning.
Luckily it coincided with the launch of Keith
Arkell's autobiography and he was at hand to sign
copies throughout the week during which he once more
won the Ron Bruce Premier. Keith is now a
local resident so that his victory can be counted as
a success for local talent! Local players also
pushed for high places in the other tournaments.
My reporting role allowed sufficient time to speak
to other players some of whom I have known for forty
or more years. Among these was Peter
Griffiths, an erstwhile winner of the Premier during
the period in which I carried out the secretarial
duties. Peter has also taken up local
residence and it is to be hoped that he will return
to his writing activities that produced many notable
books. It is a surprising fact that many
people who have now stopped playing still reserve
the period to attend the congress as a spectator.
I for one, will look back on the period in which the
Congress was held at Oldway, with considerable
nostalgia, but I also look forward to the event
continuing and surviving this rather difficult
period. I feel that no one will be
disappointed with the new arrangements that will be
put in place. For this we have mainly to thank
the efforts of Alan Crickmore and Linda, his wife,
for having the energy and enthusiasm to ensure the
successful prolongation of the Paignton congress.
The following list of hotels and guest
houses in the Paignton area are listed in no
particular order. However, if you have a
need for somewhere to stay during the
congress, why not support one of these
Cliff Road TQ4
6DG 01803 550330
The Ashleigh Hotel
15 Queens Road
TQ4 6AT 01803 558923
Carrington Guest House
10 Beach Road TQ4
6AY 01803 558785
Belle Dene Guest House
25 Garfield Road TQ4
6AX 01803 559645
The Haldon Guest House 6
Beach Road TQ4 6AY
Esplanade Road TQ4 6EB 01803
Hotel 12 Marine
Parade, TQ3 2NU 01803
House 28 Garfield
Road TQ4 6AX 01803
Hotel 24 Manor
Road TQ3 2HR 01803
Trentham Guest House 6
Norman Road TQ3 2BE
Waverley guest House 9
Warefield Road TQ3 2BH
Norbreck Guest House
35 New Street TQ3
3HL 01803 558033
Dalehurst Guest House
4 Berry Square TQ4
6AZ 01803 557628
Rosemead Guest House 22
Garfield Road TQ4 6AX
Rockview Guest House
13 Queens Road TQ4 6AT
30 Sands Road TQ4 6EJ
If all the accommodation on this list is
fully booked, further details are available
from the English Riviera Tourist Board,
Torquay, TQ2 5JG.
The current FIDE Laws of
Chess, ECF Swiss Pairing rules and other ECF guidelines
will govern play. Grades used for eligibility and
seeding will be those from the latest national list: if
a player has more than one national standard play grade,
the higher one will be used. If a player qualifies for
more than one prize in any one tournament, he/she shall
be paid the higher amount, and the Chief Arbiter will
decide how most fairly any balance shall be
re-distributed. In grade-limited tournaments, ungraded
players shall not win more than the value of 3rd
The DCCA Congress
Committee reserves the right to transfer an entry to a
different tournament or to refuse an entry. Players
accept as a condition of entry that (i) the Committees
decision on any aspect of the Congress shall be final
and (ii) that information provided on the entry form may
be recorded and used for congress administration, the
congress mailing list and grading purposes only.
Unless the Arbiter
decides otherwise, a player shall lose the game if he
arrives at the chessboard more than 30 minutes after the
scheduled start of play: the Arbiter may offer a new
pairing to the opponent with any other player who,
initially, was unpaired.
A player may appeal
against an arbiters decision. The appeal must be in
writing and within one hour of the end of the relevant
game, or of the disputed decision, whichever is the
later. The appeal must be accompanied by a fee of
£30.00, refundable if the appeal is upheld. The Appeals
Committee will consist of two experienced players and
two organisers, none of whom would be involved in the
original dispute, and its decision will be final.
Players wishing to
submit an entry for the best game prizes must ensure
that the copy of the game is accurately annotated, and
can clearly be interpreted by the independent
All prizes will be sent
within four days of the end of the congress. If a player
who thinks he/she has won a prize and does not receive
it within the time limit stated above, he/she should
contact the treasurer Alan Crickmore immediately ((01752-768206).
If a player wishes to
withdraw from a tournament, particularly on the last
day, he/she should give prior notice to the Chief
Arbiter, in order to avoid disruption to the pairings.
Similarly, if a player wishes to claim a bye after the
tournament has started, but before the last round, again
the Chief Arbiter should be notified to avoid disruption
to the following days pairings.
Players are requested
not to remove sets or clocks from the playing areas.
In order to assist the
arbiters players are required, as a gesture of good
intent, to reset the board and clock at the completion
of their game.
Please ensure that you
are familiar with the fire regulations displayed in the
Smoking is not permitted
anywhere in Oldway Mansion. No
mobile phones are allowed in playing areas.
The links given in the following matrix will provide a
complete coverage of the 2011 congress.
The Keverel Chess site has a daily commentary plus
photographs and Chess Devon all the games played in the