The website reporting on news and events in Devon and the West Country

Up-Dates - DCCA League Tables & Results entered..


In the past "Chess Devon" has only been available as  Now it is also available as

Very shortly it will be phased off and will only be available as  Please make this your bookmark.

Furthermore, we are experimenting with a new games presentation.  For an example of this please go to 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

Wiltshire Junior and Open Congress

This popular junior congress took place on 17th ad 18th February in Swindon and produced it's usual massive prize list.  See Congresses/Wiltshire Junior and Open Congress page above for details.



The semifinal match between Seaton and Newton Abbot was played on  3rd February and Newton won in a close fought encounter.  Trefor Thynne's report and the games can be seen on News/DCAA.


The Simon Bartlett Memorial Tournament was held at the Livermead House Hotel on 26th - 28th January. Complete crosstables can be seen here. Our thanks to Tony Tatam for making these available.

Devon v Gloucestershire

         Aided by two defaults Devon won their match   against Gloucestershire played on 20th January by 10  points to 6.  Details can be seen on News/WECU.
31/01/2018 Games added.

Devon Inter-Area Jamboree

The South enjoyed a comfortable victory in this triangular competition played in the ISCA Centre on 14th January.  Details can be seen on News/DCCA

The 4th Plymouth Rapidplay

Thirty-eight entries were attracted to the 4th Plymouth Rapidplay held on Sunday 3rd December. Paul Hampton emerged as the sole winner with 5 points from the 6 rounds played.
See Congreses/Plymouth Rapidlay for details.

Devon, Somerset, Cornwall & Gloucestershire

With both teams under new managment Devon scored wins in both the matches played on 25th. November.  Although stretched to win the first team fixture, the U160 was won quite comfortably.  On the same day Cornwall aided by 4 defaults beat Gloucestershire.  See details and games played on News/WECU.

The Beacon Seniors

The final round of the "Oldies" was played on Friday 10th November at the Royal Beacon Hotel, Exmouth.

Ian Myall won The Seniors and Steve Dilleigh The Juniors.  All the games will appear here.

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Round 1 Round 2 Round 3
Round 4   Round 5
Round 1  Round 2  Round 3
 Round 4    Round 5


The first round of the 51st Torbay Congress was held at the Livermead House Hotel, Torquay on Friday 10th November.

Final Crosstables can be seen on Congresses/Torbay.

Games of the Open
Round 1 Round 2 Round 3
Round 4 Round 5  

DCCA Quick-Play Tournament

This event continues to attract new team entries each year.  This year saw 15 entries and led to some sparkling play.  Go to News/DCCA for full results and report.

Grandmaster plays for the Torbay Club


Arkell v Crickmore

In a Division One Torbay League fixture Keith Arkell headed a strong Torbay Club side against Plymouth on 23rd. October.  Torbay won a hard fought match by 2½ points to 1½.  It is hoped that we will be able to publish the games.  

Teignmouth Rapidplay

After a short period of uncertainty, the Teignmouth Rapidplay will now definitely be taking place on Saturday 14th April 2018.  Further details to follow ......

Another Devon website wins award

In addition to "Chess Devon" the South Hams Chess Club has also won the ECF Website award for 2016.  Our congratulations to webmaster Phil MacConnell.  The site can be accessed at

DCCA Individual Competitions

Entry is now open to the 2017/18 DCCA Individual Competitions. Go to News/DCCA for details.

Return of a Torbay club to the Torbay Chess League

After a year’s absence, there will be Torbay teams returning to the Torbay Chess League. Torbay Chess Club will be fielding teams in Division 1, Division 2, and the KO Cup. This is the first time there have been three Torbay teams in the League’s competitions for several years, and marks the return of a Torbay Club to both Division 1 and the KO Cup. The club feels this is part of the upward direction that the club is currently taking.

Further details on the club can be found at News/Torquay.

Start the 2017/18 season here!

East Budleigh and Newton Abbot were first out of the blocks in letting the county, country and the world (!) know their plans for the season 2017/18 by updating their website on "Chess Devon".  Come on you other clubs and follow suit!

The 67th DCCA Congress

The first round of the 67th Annual DCCA Congress was played at the Livermead House Hotel on 3rd September.

We will be showing results and games as they become available.  See Congresses/Paignton.

It is with great pleasure that we note Tony Tatam's return to the Congress scene.

Premier Games
Round 1 Round 2  
Round 3 Round 4  
Round 5 Round 6  
Round 7  

All games shown above can be downloaded here in PGN Format.

World Seniors

Currently there are two local players taking part in the World Senior Tournaments being held in Sabadell, Spain.  Brian Hewson is playing in the over 65 event and Neil Crickmore in the over 50's.  There will be a report on completion of the events.

A note for your diary

We are advised that the 37th Teignmouth Rapidplay will be held on 14th. April 2018.  Further details are forthcoming.

Chess Players Wanted

Rob Wilby is looking for players to represent the county and the Torbay League.  Go to News/DCCA.

Steve Homer on ChessBase 

Jonathan Speelman takes a look at a couple of Steve Homer's games on the ChessBase website -

Devon win National U 180!

On a tiebreak board count Devon beat Middlesex in the National U-180 team match.  Details can be seen, together with the match captain's report, on News/DCCA.

Games HERE.

A new chess magazine!


Michael Adams takes a look.

There is a new chess magazine available - the "American Chess Magazine".  Take a look at a review HERE.  

Devon in Final of National U180

Devon won a close match with Surrey in the National Under 180 team championship played on Saturday 10th June and now face a team from Middlesex to be played on Saturday 1st July.

Full details of the match v Surrey appear on the WECU page.

Games can be seen HERE

Note 13/06/2017 - The game Howes - Quinn has been amended.

World Teams Seniors

Trefor Thynne provides his account of this event that took place in Greece during April/May.  Go HERE.

Devon win through to National U180 semi-final

By a score of 10.5 to 5.5 over Notts, Devon eased through the National U180 Quarter Final on Sat 20th May and will meet Surrey in the semi-final to be played in June.  Details can be seen on News/WECU.  Games can be seen Here.  Our thanks to Brian Hewson. 

A new editorial

A new editorial takes a look at some current events in the county.  See Editorial in menu above.

Newton Abbot do it again!

Newton Abbot repeated their performance in winning the Torbay League KO by crushing Teignmouth yet again in the Peter Rooke Final.  This time they denied Teignmouth any points in a whitewash of 8 wins to nothing.  The games can be seen here.

World Team Seniors

Very recently the World Team Championships for Seniors was completed in Crete.  England entered teams in both the 50+ and 65+ tournaments and chose Keith Arkell, Brian Hewson, Trefor Thynne and Steve Homer to play in these teams.

Trefor will be providing a full report on the event but in the meantime we give some of the games played by the above  HERE

6/05/17  A game which Stephen Homer won against the Latvian Lady Champion included.

Theo Slade

Many readers will remember the young, talented Theo Slade, coached by Dave Regis.  Theo left these shores some time ago to move to the USA.  To show that he has retained his skill we give one of his recent games Here in which he defeats a much higher graded player.

The 70th WECU Championships

The first round of the 70th WECU Championships was played on Friday 14th April at the Royal Beacon Hotel, Exmouth.

Just at the moment news from the event are not forthcoming but we are endeavouring to obtain the score sheets in order to publish the games very soon.


Round 1

Round 2

Round 3

Round 4

Round 5

Round 6

Round 7

It has not been possible to complete all the games and it would be appreciated if the players of such games could notify us of the missing moves.

For the Prize List and Crosstable of the Open see Congresses/WECU Championships

36th  Teignmouth Rapidplay

The winning team

The 36th Teignmouth Rapidplay event was held at the Trinity College, Teignmouth on Saturday 1st April.  See Congresses/Teignmouth Rapidplay for a report, crosstables and prize list provided by Mark Cockerton.

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. 

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.

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.


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

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.

Torbay CC

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 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 Premier will be published here.

Games of the Ron Bruce Premier

Round 1

Round 2 Round 3 Round 4

Round 5

Round 6

Round 7


Selection of Games from the Challengers

Round 1

Round 2

Round 3

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


This website is supported by congresses held in the West Country, the West of England Chess Union and chess clubs and leagues within the county of Devon.  Every organisation represented here have contributed to the running costs and we thank them for their contributions.  If any other organisation wish to be similarly represented, please contact






Chess Sets UK - Online Supplier of Chess Sets & Boards.

Go HERE for all sets etc.


 Friday 23rd February to Sunday 25th February 2018 

at Exeter Corn Exchange,  

Market Street, Exeter EX1 IBW 


Open: Any player can enter

                   U-155 Major:  For players graded under 155 (1863 FIDE)

              U-125 Minor:  For players graded under 125(1638 FIDE)

All tournaments are five-round Swiss, with 4-hour play sessions.

Part of E.C.F Grand Prix

More Details & Entry Form can be obtained HERE.

37th Teignmouth Rapidplay


Saturday 14th April 2018


To be held at:

The Salle,

Trinity School,

Buckeridge Road,



TQ14 8LY


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

Congress Organiser:

Mark Cockerton

Flat 6,

460 Babbacombe Road,





Tel: 07472144448


Details and Entry Form HERE

The Thirty Second


Incorporating the



17th & 18th February 2018

UTC Swindon, Bristol Street,
Swindon, Wiltshire, SN1 5ET


Prize & Trophy Fund is in excess of £2,000


This congress is part of the (ECF) English Youth Grand Prix supported by the John Robinson Youth Chess Trust, further info at


The Major, U14 & U12 Championships are part of the Ian Cowen Memorial Grand Prix

The Under 12 Championship is an
EPSCA U11 England Trial qualifying event

More detail and entry form can be downloaded here.

West of England

Chess Union


71st Open Congress

Easter 2018

to be held at

the Manor Hotel,

Exmouth,   Devon   EX8 2AG 

incorporating the West of England Championship 


British Championship Qualifier.

Fri. 30th March to Mon. 2nd April 2018


          Championship & Major are FIDE-Rated


An ECF Grand Prix


& ECF registered Game Fee event.

Entry Form and more detail is available HERE 




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