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Up-Dates - 2nd May Final TCL Tabes entered.

 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.

Teignmouth President enters International Tournament in Greece


Bill Ingham - the Teignmouth President - pictured above- is playing in an International Tournament in Anthemus Sea Resort, Sithonia, Chalkiiki, Greece.  The tournament starts on 19th April with the final round on 27th April.  We will be bringing the results as often as possible

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.

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.  

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.

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 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 -

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

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


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.



A 6-Round Swiss Tournament in 3 Sections

Open, Major (Under 155 ECF) and Minor (Under 125 ECF)


Whit Bank Holiday Weekend

Sat 28th, Sun 29th & Mon 30th May 2016


At King's School, Gloucester, GL1 2BG

An ECF Grand Prix Event

Go to

for more details

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







Halkidiki Chess festival


Bill Ingham is finding it rather tough going in the International Tournament being played in this beautiful seaside township.  Of the four games played to date he has managed just one draw.  There must be better times ahead, with five more rounds to go.


Bill has now got off the ground with one win and two draws.


With two rounds to play, Bill has moved up a gear and has now won two games and drawn two.


With another draw Bill now moves on to a total 3½ points.


Bill collected another half point from the final round and after a shaky start finished with a satisfactory four points.

The above photograph appears on the events website

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