The website reporting on news and events in Devon and the West Country
IMPORTANT NOTICE TO "CHESS DEVON" READERS
Very shortly it will be phased off chessdevon.co.uk and will only be available as chessdevon.org.uk. Please make this your bookmark.
Furthermore, we are experimenting with a new games presentation. For an example of this please go to http://www.chessdevon.org.uk 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 email@example.com
The 43rd East Devon Congress
The 43rd Congress was played over the week-end 23/25th February 2018.
16th March 2018 - Byes added to the above
Go to Congresses/East Devon for Prize List and Final Crosstables.
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.
PETER ROOKE SEMI-FINAL
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
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.
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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51st TORBAY CONGRESS
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.
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.
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 https://www.southhamschessclub.com
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
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.
All games shown above can be downloaded here in PGN Format.
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 - http://en.chessbase.com.
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.
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.
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.
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.
NEW TORBAY CHESS CLUB!
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 Marriottqpr@hotmail.com.
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.
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chess Sets UK - Online Supplier of Chess Sets & Boards.
Go HERE for all sets etc.
Dates for your diary
DCCA Congress - formerly the Paignton Congress - 2- 8th September 2018
East Devon Congress - March 9 & 10th 2019. This will be a 2day event.
Brochures for both events to follow.
37th Teignmouth Rapidplay
Saturday 14th April 2018
To be held at:
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
460 Babbacombe Road,
Details and Entry Form
Details and Entry Form HERE
West of England
71st Open Congress
to be held at
the Manor Hotel,
incorporating the West of
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
Entry Form and more detail is available HERE
ECF Grand Prix Event
Spring Bank Holiday Weekend
Sat 26th, Sun 27th & Mon 28th
The King’s School,
Get Entry Form HERE
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