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


Up-Dates - 13 June Devon v Essex County Match.  DCCA Individual Championships completed.


As from 25/07/2016 this version of "Chess Devon" will not be up-dated.  Readers are directed to for an up-dated version.


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

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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

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


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

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.

50 Games

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.

Paignton Congress

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



For chess coaching. lectures, simultaneous displays etc contact Dominic Mackle.  See his website -

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



at the

Livermead House Hotel

Torquay   TQ2 6QJ

( 01803-294361


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.

Best wishes

Linda Crickmore


Keverel Chess presents

The 17th Royal Beacon Seniors

Chess Congress


*** 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




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 principle entry is Micky Adams who seldom enters this sort of open tournament.  Other SW entries are Keith Arkell, Jack Rudd, Jeremy Menadue, Brian Hempson, Allan Pleasants and Stephen Dilleigh.

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

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

22nd July

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