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Up-Dates - 24/03/2016 Plymouth and Torbay League pages.

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.

26/03/2016 - 20:45  Round 4 results and Round 5 pairings.


Round 1


Devon add to their County Trophies

By winning their U160 county match against Wiltshire U160 on Saturday 12th March, Devon added the third county trophy to the two already won this season.  They are now the holders of the Wayling Cup, The Bristol Cup and the Harold Meek Cup.  Details of the match against Wiltshire together with the games played can be seen on News/WECU.

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

The Wiltshire & West Of England

Junior Championship

This huge Junior Championship was held at the St Joseph College Swindon on 20th and 22nd February 2016.  The prize winners list can be seen on Congresses/WOE Junior Championship page.

05/03/2016 Crosstables added.

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

TBGS Teams success in ECF Schools' Challenge

The Torquay Boys' Grammar School was the venue for the Regional Final of the  RCF Schools' Challenge tournament and the pupils of the school responded by winning with one team followed closely with two other school teams.

A report by Trefor Thynne ca be seen on News/TBGS.

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.  

ECF Gradings

The ECF have published an up-date to the grades to include all games played up to 31st December 2015.  These are give on clubs web pages.  See above menu News.

Tim Paulden is 2015 DCCA Champion of Champions


Tim Paulden (left) has been crowned the 2015 DCCA Champion of Champions, winning the Winter-Wood Shield. He is pictured with John Stephens, winner of the  2015 Devon Championship (Winter-Wood Cup). The moves of the final game between Tim and Dennis Cowley can be seen on News/DCCA, with notes by Tim.

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

Dennis Ayress

It is with the deepest sadness that we report the death of Dennis Ayress earlier this month.  Dennis was a long time member of the Teignmouth Club for some forty years.  He represented the club in many events and will be sorely missed by all his colleagues.

2nd Plymouth Rapidplay

The 2nd Plymouth Rapidplay was held on Sunday 6th December and continued it's successful course set by by the first event.  The crosstable and prize list can be seen on Congresses/Plymouth Rapidplay.

Bremridge Cup match

In an important Bemridge match played on Saturday 7th November, some canny decisions producing draws, saw Exmouth winning against Newton Abbot by virtue of the only game resulting in their favour.  Details will become available but in the meantime the games can be seen 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.

WECU County Matches

Somerset fielded a very strong side against Gloucestershire in a match played on Saturday 24th October, and scored an overwhelming victory by 13 points to 3.  The results can be seen on News/WECU and the games are on Games/WECU.  Our thanks to the Somerset County Chess website for the games.

WECU Jamboree

The annual WECU Jamboree, organised by Ben Edgell, was held at the Tacchi-Morris Art Centre, Taunton on Sunday 27th September.  The Open section was won by Devon and the Graded section by Somerset S & W.  Details of the event can be seen on News/WECU.




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.

DCCA Secretary continues his trek

Very recently Trefor Thynne played in the Dieppe Chess Festival and won the Open Seniors section.  For a description of his visit to Dieppe and a sample of the games he played go HERE.

The 2015 Winter-Wood Championship Cup

The long drawn out struggle between John Stephens and Tim Paulden for the Devon Individual Championship (and the 2015 Winter-Wood Championship Cup) has been won by John in a fine game that can be seen HERE with some fine notes by the winner.

Games of the National U180 Final

The games of played in the U180 National Final can be seen here.  Our thanks to Brian Hewson for keying these in.

Teignmouth CC History

The webmaster of "Chess Devon" is in the course of writing the history of the Teignmouth Chess Club, celebrating its 112 year old  anniversary in 2015.  Any ex-member, member and indeed any other reader having news items and photographs referring to the club, is invited to pass on such data to Bill Frost - billfrost@hotmail.co.uk.

County Under 180 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.

National success for the Newton Abbot Club

John Fraser and Steve Homer in deep thought.

Photograph courtesy of Brendan O'Gorman

More photographs by Brendan can be seen HERE

Over the weekend 11th/12th April, a Newton Abbot team gained national honours by winning the Under 175 Club Team Championship in Birmingham. 

Trefor Thynne's report and games can be seen 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 billfrost@hotmail.co.uk.

  Up-dates :-  2nd March Newton Abbot News page.


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.

West of England

Chess Union


69th Open Congress

Easter 2016

to be held at

the Royal Beacon Hotel,

Exmouth,   Devon   EX8 2AG

incorporating the West of England Championship

 & British Championship Qualifier.

Fri. 25th - to Mon. 28th March 2016

          Championship & Major are FIDE-Rated

An ECF Grand Prix

& ECF registered Game Fee event.

More details and entry form

can be downloaded HERE



Saturday 9th April 2016

6 – round Swiss

Open Section     (for players graded 140 and above)   

   Graded Section (for players graded under 140)   

Grading Prizes in both Open & Graded Sections)

Team Competitions for Graded+Open

Organised by the Teignmouth Chess Club.

The Salle

Trinity School, Buckeridge Road, Teignmouth, Devon. TQ14 8LY

Congress Organisers:

     Mr. Norman Tidy,                     Mr. Mark Cockerton

     23 Lyndhurst Close,                   Tele:  0747 2144 448            

      Kingskerswell,                          Email: bloke795@gmail.com

      Newton Abbot,                         

      TQ12 5AH.

      Tele: 0797 2699 535

       01803 873595

 (Entry forms, correspondence and accommodation information)

 Details can be downloaded Here and Entry Form Here


13th -15th May 2016

will be held at

Selwood Academy

Berkley Road



BA11 2EF

A brochure and entry form can be obtained


More detail can be see Here



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