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


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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 sadof 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

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. 

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.

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.

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,


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 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 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

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.

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

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


Round 1

Round 2

Round 3

Round 4

Round 5


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


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.



A 6-Round Swiss Tournament in 3 Sections

Open, Major (Under 155 ECF) and Minor (Under 125 ECF)


Whit Bank Holiday Weekend

Sat 27th, Sun 28th & Mon 29th May 2017


At King's School, Gloucester, GL1 2BG


An ECF Grand Prix Event

Entry Form & Details can be obtained HERE

Devon County Chess Association


at the

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

Keverel Chess presents

The 18th Royal Beacon Seniors

Chess Congress

*** To be held at the Royal Beacon Hotel, Exmouth ***

From Monday 6th to Friday 10th November 2017

Open to all players aged 65+ on 5th November 2017

1st prize £100 2nd prize £50 plus grading prizes of £50

Also “Junior Section” open to players aged between 50 yrs and the lower

age limit of the Seniors section. (age on 05.11.17.)

“Junior” prizes according to entry.

Entry fee for either section £28 less discount for ECF Members.

To ensure pristine playing conditions, entries will be restricted to the first 90.

Luxurious accommodation at this *** hotel

Entry Form & Details can be obtained HERE



Torbay Chess


For Congress entry and much more information

about this event, past events and the venue

OPEN, U-170, U-140 & U-120

Five Round Seeded Swiss Tournaments

Play commences Friday at 7.00pm

Admission to the playing area from 6.30pm

Part of the South-West Chess Festival

10th, 11th and 12th November 2017

The Livermead House Hotel

Entry Form & Details can be obtained HERE



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Jeremy Menadue

Photo courtesy of Brendan O'Gorman

The British Championships for 2016 will be held in Bournemouth this year, commencing on Saturday 23rd July and then running for a further two weeks.

Included in the main tournament are some 80+ entrants which includes several SW players.  The principal entry is Micky Adams who seldom enters this sort of open tournament.  Other SW entries are Keith Arkell, Jack Rudd, Jeremy Menadue, Brian Hewson, Allan Pleasants and Stephen Dilleigh.

Entering for the Major is Matt Wilson whilst other tournaments include Dinah and Kenneth Norman and Brian Gosling.

Chess Devon will be publishing interim reports concentrating on the SW entrants.

22nd July

11th  Round Results

  S     S  
Brown 7 0 Adams 9 1
Fodor 6½ 1 Arkell 6½ 0
Bridg 5 ½ Rudd 5 ½
Menadue 5 ½ Mason 5 ½
Elwin 4½ ½ Hewson 4½ ½
Britton 4 0 Pleasants 4 1
Dilleigh 3 ½ Grogoryan 2½ ½

S = Score before start of round

Games played by SW Entrants
One Two Three Four
Five Six Seven Eight
Nine Ten Eleven  

1 Adams,Michael 2727 10.0 / 11
2 Howell,David Wl 2663 8.5 / 11
3 Jones,Gawain Cb 2650 8.0 / 11
4 Tan,Justin Hy 2438 8.0 / 11
5 Gormally,Daniel W 2494 7.5 / 11
6 Hebden,Mark L 2509 7.5 / 11
7 Emms,John M 2467 7.5 / 11
8 Fodor,Tamas Jr 2505 7.5 / 11
9 Pert,Nicholas 2570 7.0 / 11
10 Ward,Chris G 2437 7.0 / 11
18 Arkell,Keith C 2455 6.5 / 11
38 Rudd,Jack 2213 5.5 / 11
43 Menadue,Jeremy Fs 2034 5.5 / 11
60 Hewson,Brian Wr 2082 5.0 / 11
74 Pleasants A 2038 4.0/11
82 Dilleigh,Stephen P 2053 3.5 / 11

THE 42nd Olympiad

The 42nd Olympiad is being held in the chess city of Baku

Following a heavy defeat inflicted by The Netherlands, the English team set about repairing the damage by beating Vietnam.  The 7th September is a rest day.

Round 5 on 2016/09/06 at 15:00
Bo. 32
  Vietnam (VIE)
Rtg - 6
  England (ENG)
Rtg 1 : 3
14.1 GM
Le, Quang Liem
2723 - GM
Adams, Michael
2738 ½ - ½
14.2 GM
Nguyen, Ngoc Truong Son
2633 - GM
McShane, Luke J
2671 ½ - ½
14.3 FM
Nguyen, Anh Khoi
2448 - GM
Jones, Gawain C B
2635 0 - 1
14.4 GM
Dao, Thien Hai
2486 - GM
Short, Nigel D
2666 0 - 1

Games played by the English team - Rounds 1-3
Round 5 -