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

 12-year old beats Grandmaster!

On 10th January Grandmaster Keith Arkell took on 20 players in a simultaneus display organised at Courtney Centre, Newton Abbot.  He won 18 games, drawng one against Trefor Thynne and losing to 12 year old, Aarv Paul!  These two games can be seen HERE.

DCCA Inter-Area Jamboree

This annual event was held in Courtney Centre, Newton Abbot on Sunday 13th  January.  The West won with 8 points followed by the South on 6 points and the East on 4 points.   Go to News/DCCA for details.

24th Jan: Games added   see News/DCCA

Brits still perform well in World Seniors

Brian Hewson provides a mouth-watering account of this years World Seniors tournaments held in Slovenia which was attended by many regional players with good results. Go HERE to read.

The Wiltshire & West of England Junior Championship

We regret to announce that the committee of the Wiltshire and West of England Junior Championships have deemed it neccessary to cancel the 2019 congress.

The 19th Royal Beacon Seniors.

This year's event completed on 9th November  saw W. Adaway, S.Berry and N. Hutchinson winning the Seniors section and M. Waddington the Juniors.  

Games from the Seniors
Round 1 Round 2Round 3
Round  4        Round  5
                         Games from the Juniors
   Round 1          Round 2Round 3
Round 4Round 5

The 52nd Torbay Congress

The first round of the 52nd Torbay Congress was played on Friday 9th November.  The final tables can be seen in Congresses/Torbay.

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

An Exmouth World Champion!


Meyrick Shaw (centre) displays the trophy awarded to the FIDE senior U-2000 that he won recently in Crete.

His report can be seen HERE.

ECF to increase Membership fees!!??

It has only rcently become common knowledge that the ECF are considering a proposal to increase membership fees by 20-30% over the next two years.  A vote on this proposal is due to take place on 13th October.and although it may be too late for your vote to have effect it is still worth making your feelings known.  Please contact Tim Paulden who is compiling a list of dissenters..

World Problem Solving Championship

At the recent World Chess Problem Solving Championships held at Ohrid, Macedonia, Great Britain came 3rd out of 19 teams and gained the Bronze Medal. Individually, John Nunn was 6th, Jonathan Mestel 11th and David Hodge 23rd out of 89 individual entrants.

David Hodge was a pupil at Torquay Boys' Grammar School in the 1990s and, by far, the strongest player the school produced. He went on to be a top mathematician and is now a lecturer at Nottingham University.


This years Championships were held at Radebeul, Dresden, Germany from 7th to 15th July 2018.  A number of Devon players and players with a Devon connection took part.  For Trefor Thynne's report  go Here.


The "Paignton" Congress

This annual event is again being held at the Livermead House Hotel, Torquay from 2nd to the 8th September, the first round being played on 2nd September.


152 players have entered and reports can be seen on Congresses/Paignton.


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

The coming Season

Tiverton CC have set out their agenda for the coming season - see News/Tiverton. If your club wish to do the same please contact the webmaster

Michael Adams - British Champion

Michael Adams won the British Championship recently completed in Hull, winning or drawing every game except one played against Luke McShane in the play-off to break the tie.

See all the games played by Mickey in the classical time section HERE.

The World Championship

The World Championship match between the holder, Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana will start on November 9th 2018 at The College, Holborne, London.


2018 World Team Seniors

                   The World Team Championships is being held in Dresden 
and the English teams include many Devon players and others with a Devon connection.

Read Trefor Thynne's interim report here.

Final report here

Newton retain Peter Rooke cup

In a match played on 19th May 2018 Newton Abbot beat Exeter to retain the Peter Rooke KO Cup.
 Games can be seen here and downloaded in PGN format here.


We regret that due to illness of the webmaster, this site has not been updated since 1st May. We shall be using our best endeavours to correct this position.

Teignmouth Rapidplay


Peter Hampton receives the Open Cup from Dominic Mackle, last years winner

This annual event was held in Trinity School, Teignmouth on 14th April 2018. Peter Hampton won the strong Open event and Anthony Dunford shared first place in the Graded event with Matt Penn and Robert Wilby. Details can be seen on Congresses/ Teignmouth Rapidplay..

Devon 1 v's Cornwall 1

The match between these two county teams was played on 25th March 2018 with Devon winning comfortably by 12 points against 4. Details can be seen on News/WECU

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 71st WECU Championship


       The 71st WECU Championshis was played in Exmouth   with the 1st round on 30 th March.  Results can be seen on Congresses/WECU

Games played in the Open
Round 1 Round 2  Round 3
Round 4.

The 43rd East Devon Congress

The 43rd Congress was played over the week-end 23/25th February 2018.

Round 1 Round 2 Round 3
Round 4   Round 5
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.


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  

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.  

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

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

Dates for your diary

East Devon Congress -  March 9 & 10th 2019.  

This will be a 2 day event.

Brochure to follow.

The 44th East Devon

Chess Congress

Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th March 2019 at Exeter Corn Exchange

[Please note the new two-day format for 2019!]

Entry is now OPEN for the 44th East Devon Chess Congress, which will take place on Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th March at Exeter Corn Exchange, 

The 2019 East Devon Congress will be a 5-round Swiss with 3.5-hour play sessions, and three sections are available: the OPEN, the MAJOR (U155), and the MINOR (U125).

Details & Entry Form HERE. PDF Format

West of England Chess Union


72nd Open Congress

to be held at

the Royal Beacon Hotel,

Exmouth,   Devon   EX8 2AG

 incorporating the West of England Championship

British Championship Qualifier.

Fri. 19th April to Mon. 22nd April 2019 

      Championship & Major are FIDE-Rated 
An ECF Grand Prix

& ECF registered Game Fee event.

Details &  Entry Form HERE

38th Teignmouth Rapidplay
 Saturday 6th April 2019
To be held at:
The Salle, Trinity School, Buckeridge Road, Teignmouth, Devon TQ14 8LY
6 round Swiss Rapidplay tournament
Now with incremental time (25 mins + 5 secs/move)
Open Section (for players graded 140 and above)
Graded Section (for players graded under 140)

Details & Entry Form HERE




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