The website reporting on news and events in Devon and the West Country
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
World Seniors Team Tournament
A view of the playing hall
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.
Team Captains and County Players Please Note
Brian Hewson has carefully put together a diary of chess events covering the season 2016/17, which can be seen on the News/DCCA page. Please make a note of the critical events that effect both yourself and your club.
A Knight to Remember
Recently the Exeter Club employed the skills of Grandmaster Timur Gareyev to hold a session of blindfold simultaneous play against ten opponents. See the article that Tim Paulden sent to the Express & Echo on News/Exeter.
Want to Become a Grandmaster?
Do you aspire to become a grandmaster? To find out what is needed study Andrew Soltis' new Batsford book "How to Become a Grandmaster" See Articles/Review for a look a this publication.
WECU Results for 2014/16 and Programme for 2016/17
On the News/WECU page the table of results for the 2015/2016 can be seen together with the programme for 2016/17. County Captains are asked to check and confirm any changes needed.
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 Player Candidate for ECF Player of the Year
Meyrick Shaw of the Exmouth Club has been nominated for the award of "ECF Player of the Year" for his performance in the World Seniors Tournament. To be nominated for this award is an achievement in itself and Meyrick has our best wishes for his success.
Death of Victor Korchnoy
The death has been announced of the Russian grandmaster Victor Korchnoy, in Switzerland on 6th Jue2016. Korchnoy came close to winning the World Championship when, in 1978, he very narrowly lost the final Candidate Masters tournament to Karpov. As a result of this match, Karpov was awarded the Championship title following the default of Bobby Fischer. Having defected from the USSR Korchnoy struggled to enter international tournaments in the face of Soviet opposition. However, he was still playing in strong international tournaments when aged over 80. He was 85 years old on his demise.
To appreciate his playing strength a few of his games, annotated by himself can be seen here.
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.
Devon has a new Ladies’ Champion
A new name is set to be engraved on the Devon Ladies’ Championship Cup – 16 year-old Nandaja Narayanan of Torquay Girls’ Grammar School and Newton Abbot Chess Club beat reigning champion Jacqueline Barber-Lafon of Kingskerswell to capture the trophy for the first time. Nandaja, a year 11 pupil and a keen member of Devon Junior teams as well as Newton Abbot club sides in Torbay and DCCA leagues, has made steady progress in chess over several years and this result is a fine achievement by such a young player.
Nandaja has a 10 year old sister, Nirinjana, who is also an up-and-coming player and member of the Newton Abbot club.
Torbay League KO
Plymouth CC rounded off a fine season by winning the Torbay White Knights KO, defeating Newton Abbot by 4 points to to 2.
See News/Torbay league for details.
Newton Abbot at National Club Championships
Newton Abbot entered a team in the National Club Championships held at Birmingham Airport over the weekend 8-10th April but were unable to repeat the success of last year. Nevertheless, they enjoyed a modest result and urge a greater entry from Devon clubs in the future. See Trefor Thynne's account HERE.
Dominic Mackle back in the saddle
Dominic Mackle returned to tournament chess after a considerable break and togther with J. Bourne he lifted the Gordon Walker Cup as joint winner of the Open Section of the Teignmouth Rapidplay on Saturday 9th April. Draws were in the air as first place in the Graded Section was filled with A. Dean, M. Worrall and D. McArthur.
See Congresses/Teignmouth for Prize List
15/04/2016 Crosstables added. Thanks to Mark Cockerton.
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
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
Massive sale of books - some as good as new
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.
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 notified.
DCCA Inter-Area Jamboree
The annual DCCA Inter-Area Jamboree was held at the Royal Beacon Hotel, Exmouth on 17th January and was won by the West Team who repeated their performance of last year. Go to News DCCA for details.
19/01/2016- Games added HERE
The 16th Beacon Seniors
The first round of the 16th Royal Beacon Seniors was played at the hotel on 2nd Novenber 2015. Final crosstables can be seen on Congresses/Beacon Seniors.
Our thanks to Tony Tatam for this information.
5/12/2015- note the scores of games in Rounds 1 & 3 of the Juniors have been amended.
John Ariss of the Teignmouth Club collects his prize as winner of the Thynne Tournament.
The first round of the 65th. Paignton Congress was played at the Livermead House Hotel, Torquay on 13th September.
The final cross tables and prize lists for the all tournaments can be see on Congresses/Paignton.
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 email@example.com.
For chess coaching. lectures, simultaneous displays etc contact Dominic Mackle. See his website - www.chessdemon.com
In retail news ChessBaron have unveiled several new chess set designs. The company say that the Baggio, Alexander and and King Edward are good additions to their range line-up.
Chess Sets UK - Online Supplier of Chess Sets & Boards.
Go HERE for all sets etc.
Devon County Chess Association
66th ANNUAL CONGRESS
Livermead House Hotel
Torquay TQ2 6QJ
Sunday 4th – Saturday 10th September 2016
(Opening Ceremony at 13.45)
Early entry advised
n FIDE-rated n
n British Championship Qualifier n ECF Grand Prix
Details can be obtained HERE
Entry form can be obtained HERE
I should like to thank everyone who enquired as to my health following my recent operation.
I am on the way to a full recovery, and look forward to seeing many of you at the Annual DCCA Congress during the first week of September.
Keverel Chess presents
*** To be held at the Royal Beacon Hotel, Exmouth ***
From Monday 31st October to Friday 4th November 2016
Open to all players aged 65+ on 1st November 2016
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 01.11.16.)
“Junior” prizes according to entry.
Entry fee for either section £26 less discount for ECF Members.
To ensure pristine playing conditions, entries
will be restricted to the first 90. Luxurious accommodation at this *** hotel
Air conditioning in the playing hall.
Details can be obtained HERE
Entry form can be obtained HERE
50th Torbay Chess
11th, 12th and 13th November 2016
The Livermead House Hotel
Torquay Road, Seafront,
You can enter online at the Congress website
It also has more information about this
event, previous events and the venue.
W.E.C.U. nominated open qualifying event for the
2017 British Championships
Incorporating the Torbay Chess League Individual Championships
and the Devon Ralph Newman Cup
OPEN, U-170, U-140& U-120
Five Round Seeded Swiss Tournaments
Play commences Friday at 7.00 pm
Admission to the playing area from 6.30 pm
DETAILS AND ENTRY FORM CAN BE
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