SEASON 2011 - 2012






Andrew Kinder    

Trefor Thynne
The Farriers     54 Silverwood Avenue
Kingston   Milber
Kingsbridge TQ7 4PP  Newton Abbot TQ12 4LG

Tel: 01548 810750                                    

 01626 337876
Dominic Mackle  Vacant
Prospect Cottage    
2 Bradley Road   

Newton Abbot TQ12 1LT

Tel: 01626 356868  


The Newton Abbot Chess Club was reformed in 2004 and is affiliated to the Devon County Chess Association, the West of England Chess Union and the Torbay Chess League.

The club meets on Thursday evenings, from 23th September, weekly at 7pm at The Courtenay Centre, Kingsteignton Road, Newton Abbot. The club takes part in internal competitions, and are also prominent in the Torbay Chess League where they have teams in Divisions 1, 2 and 3 as well as the Rapidplay tournament. The club also has a team comprising solely of youngsters and all youngsters are encouraged to come to the club where they can take part and learn to play chess.

The club also have teams in Devon County competitions, namely the Bremridge Cup, the Schofield Cup, the Bloodworth Cup and the Knockout Cup.

The club has claim to many of the top players in the county but this should not deter anyone from joining as the club caters for both the social and serious player.

Fees have been set for 20010/11 at £40 for senior players and £20 for juniors, with a weekly match fee of £2 for seniors and £1 for juniors.

Anyone interested in playing chess is welcome to telephone any of the above-mentioned officers for information.




Ref Name Sex Age Club(s) Category Standard Previous Category Rapid Previous
129415F Abbott, Mark V M   Exmouth X 167 170     167
264751F Allen, John E M   Newton Abbot B 149 153 X 147 142
128118F Barber-Lafon, Jacquie F   Newton Abbot A 119 114 D 115 112
247356C Billings, Alex J M   Newton Abbot X 171 165 C 158 149
215149C Brooks, Paul J M   Newton Abbot A 157 160      
107557D Brusey, Alan W M   Teignmouth X 174 176 D 175  
286276B Chornenkyy, Andriy M 14 Newton Abbot D 46        
286400K Chornenkyy, Katie F 9 Newton Abbot D 0        
285524A Chornenkyy, Vitali M   Newton Abbot D 117 104      
245568H Darling, George A M 17 Torquay Grammar School C 154 151     149
285528J Darlow, Paul M   Newton Abbot D 62   D 75  
252096F Demeger, Oliver J M 16 Torquay Grammar School E 146 146     152
209855G Doidge, John E M   Newton Abbot C 108 110 D 105 106
286401A Fradd, George M 9 Newton Abbot D 6        
279819A Fraser, John M 14 Newton Abbot X 153 125 C 128 107
111441E Gorodi, John G M   Teignmouth X 148 141 D 142  
273678A Gow-Smith, Alexander J M 13 Torquay Grammar School E 91 97      
254889G Head, Sam M 17 Newton Abbot C 105 127     111
264314F Hocking, J Roger M   Newton Abbot C 128 121      
162619L Homer, Stephen J M   Exeter B 184 180 D 182 175
113071H Howard, Charles V M   Newton Abbot D 154 160      
286277D Katz, Michael M 13 Newton Abbot D 34 22      
162701G Kinder, Andrew S M   Newton Abbot B 162 157 C 166 166
269131A Leung, Jeff M 16 Newton Abbot A 169 166 D 164 165
114766D Mackle, Dominic M   Newton Abbot A 202 204 D 190 190
272540L Mills, Nathan M   Brixham A 125 100 B 116 110
279880D Milne, James E M 12 Newton Abbot C 69 48      
277504K O'Grady, Jim M   Newton Abbot X 113 107 E 113  
276543D Ramesh, Vignesh M 11 Newton Abbot D 76        
268151B Rochford, Charles T M 17 Newton Abbot D 118 117      
281087G Sanders-Wyatt, Ben M 11 Newton Abbot E 43        
231051L Schofield, Stephen W M   Teignmouth A 162 159     170
118649J Scurfield, Sam     South Bradford E 142 141      
245145B Stegink, Laurens A M   Newton Abbot D 114 114      
268153F Sugden, Freddie M   Newton Abbot A 129 142 E 142 147
182650F Taylor, Wilfred RP M   Newton Abbot D 136 142      
242035B Thompson, Robert M   Newton Abbot X 176 185 E 164 169
120405B Thynne, Trefor F M   Newton Abbot A 158 161 B 163 167
277545B Tugwell, Samuel M 15 Devon Junior D 54 66      
286281F Whitehead, Rafe M 14 Newton Abbot A 65        
276539B Whytock, Calum R M 15 Newton Abbot E 97 98  





Club Champion: Dominic Mackle 6 (out of 7)

Runner-up:         Alan Brusey          5 ½

4 ½ Andrew Kinder, Mark Abbot, Alex Billings

4 John Allen, Jacquie Barber-Lafon, John Fraser, Trefor Thynne, Jeff Leung

3 ½  Paul Brooks, Jim O’Grady,

3 John Gorodi, Freddie Sugden,

2 ½ Sam Head

2Vitali Chornenkyy, Vignesh Ramesh

½ Rafe Whitehead

Challengers Trophy: (150 and under):

John Allen

Minor Trophy: (120 and under) 

Jacquie Barber-Lafon

Junior Performance Award

John Fraser



 In view of the very small number of games completed it has been decided not to award any trophy this year. However all the games played have been sent for grading.


Winner:  John Allen   12 ½ points  Runner-up: Alan Brusey: 8.


Club Junior Champion

Vignesh Ramesh     13 points

Under 15 runner-up

Rafe Whitehead            9

Under 12 runner-up

 James Milne                   9

(above awards to be presented at AGM on 28th June)

6 ½ Andrei Chornenkyy

5 ½ Michael Katz

3 ½ Ben Sanders-Wyatt

3 Sam Tugwell, Joshuua Blackmore

1 Jamie Gidley, George Fradd, Katie Chornenkyy



  Played Won Drawn Lost For Against  
Division 1 6 4 1 1 14½ Jt Winners
       "          2 8 2 3 3 14 18    
       "          3 8 2 3 3 14 18*  
       "          4 6 2 1 3 10½ 13½  
Rapid- Play 8 7 0 1 42 22 Winners
Knock-Out 2 1 0 1 4 8  
  38 18 8 12 99 89  

·        In Division 3,  2 of the drawn matches were later deemed losses because of grade limit infringements



  Played Won Drawn Lost Fot Against  
Division 1 4 4 0 0 18½ Winners
    "        2 4 0 2 2 7 9  
    "        3 4 3 1 0 11 5 Winners
    "        4 3 1 1 1 6 6  
Juniors 3 0 2 1 5 7  
Knock-Out 2 1 0 1  
  20 9 6 5 56 40  
OVERALL RESULTS 58 27 14 17 155 129  

Thanks to captains of all the above teams for their efforts this season!          



including Rapid Play

  Played Won Drawn Lost
Mark Abbott 2 1 1 0
John Allen 23 11 6 6
Jacquie Barber-Lafon 12 4 4 4
Alex Billings 19 15 2 2
Paul Brooks 17 11 3 3
Vitali Chornenkyy 12 9 0 3
Paul Darlow 15 2 1 12
John Fraser 15 10 3 2
John Gorodi 2 0 0 2
Sam Head 9 0 3 6
Roger Hocking 23 9 9 7
Stephen Homer 10 4 2 4
Charlie Howard 4 0 2 2
Andrew Kinder 20 11 5 4
Jeffrey Leung 11 5 2 4
Dominic Mackle 10 7 3 0
Nathan Mills 1 0 0 1
James Milne 2 2 0 0
Jim O'Grady 15 4 5 6
Vignesh Ramesh 7 1 0 6
Charlie Rochford 3 1 1 1
Ben Saunders-Wyatt 4 2 0 2
Freddie Sugden 7 2 0 5
Wilf Taylor 5 3 2 0
Robert Thompson 5 3 0 2
Trefor Thynne 20 6 9 5
Sam Tugwell 1 0 0 1
Rafe Whitehead 10 2 1 7
  285 126 62 97

The club award for the best match performance in season 2011-12 goes to ALEX BILLINGS with honourable mentions for Dominic Mackle, Paul Brooks, Vitali Chornenkyy and John Fraser

Thanks to all players for their efforts this season! Same again next year!

Trefor Thynne




The fixture list for this year’s Bremridge Cup threw up an extremely tasty last-round pairing with 2010 and 2011 holders Newton Abbot travelling to Blundell’s School to face Tiverton on 21st April, both sides having won all three of their matches to date. The visitors went into the match with the advantage of knowing that a 3-3 scoreline would be sufficient to retain the trophy since they had a favourable “goal difference”. However, the gradings of the two teams were likely to be close so a tough struggle was in prospect.

And so it turned out with hard-fought games on each board. The first three results were all draws, on boards 4 (Thynne – Duckham), 5 (Kinder- Annetts) and 2 (Homer-Hewson). Only in the final hour as the time control approached, did Newton Abbot’s players get on top, first on board 6 where Paul Brooks,  playing an English  Opening against Keith Atkins’ Dutch Defence, converted pressure into a material advantage. On board 3, perhaps the best game of the match, Alex Billings maintained his fine form this season and kept control in a complex position against Simon Bartlett. This settled the outcome of the match and a good day for the visitors was made better when Dominic Mackle showed exemplary endgame technique to defeat Ben Edgell on top board.  So Newton Abbot retain  the title of Devon’s top club. The league has been very interesting this year with 5 teams competing. It could be even better and more representative of all parts of the county if Plymouth (who certainly have the players on paper) and Barnstaple were to join in.

Trefor Thynne




     Newton Abbott



 1   Ben Edgell  (198)


        Dominic Mackle (204)



   2 Brian Hewson (186)


        Stephen Homer (180)



     3Simon Bartlett  (165)


         Alex Billings (165)



     J4on Duckham  (155)


         Trefor Thynne (161)



     Iv5or Annetts  (156)


          Andrew Kinder (157)



     Kei6th Atkins  (146)


          Paul Brooks (160)




Grades as per January 2012


Newsletter: Easter 2012

Dear Member

                   Another newsletter is overdue so, with the sun beating down and Easter upon  us , I thought it was time to do a review of the season to date.

We have had another busy and successful year with lots of matches played, a new format for the internal championship and plenty of progress on the junior front.

TORBAY LEAGUE: (match results since Xmas)

Div 1

TBGS Away        Drew 2-2 (Homer 1 Thynne 0 Allen 0 Taylor 1)

 Teignmouth Home Won 2.5 – 1.5 (Mackle 1 Homer 1 Thynne ½ Allen 0

 Torquay Home Won 2..5 – 1.5 (Mackle 1 Homer ½ Thynne 0 Kinder 1)

Final record: P6 W4 D1 L1  F14.5  A 9.5  Position: Tied for 1st with TBGS

Div 2

 Torquay  Home  Lost 1.5 – 2.5 (Allen 0 Sugden 0 Hocking 1 Barber-Lafon ½)

 Teignmouth  Away Lost  1-3 (Brooks 1 Howard 0 Sugden 0 Darlow 0)                     TBGS Away Won 2.5 – 1.5 (Brooks 1 Allen 1 Hocking ½ O’Grady 0)

 Brixham  12.4.12  to play

Div 3

  Teignmouth  Away  Lost 1.5 – 2.5 ( Sugden 1 Head ½ Hocking 0 Whitehead 0)

TBGS Home      Won 2.5 – 1.5 (Head 0 Hocking 1Barber-Lafon ½ Darlow 1)

South Hams Home Won 2.5 – 1.5(Head ½ Hocking ½ Barber-Lafon 1 O’Grady ½)

Plymouth Home Lost 0.5 – 3.5 (Fraser 0 Hocking ½ O’Grady 0 Darlow 0)

Div 3 Final record: P8 W2 D3 L3 F14 A18 (Lost matches include 2 where we suffered penalty point deductions owing to grading infringements – largely the fault of the Secretary!)

Div 4

Torquay  Away  won 2.5 – 1..5 (Hocking 1 O’Grady 1 Darlow ½ Ramesh 0)

Plymouth Away Lost 1.5-2.5(Barber-Lafon 0 O’Grady ½ Chornenkyy 1 Darlow 0)

Torquay Home Won 3-1(Chornenkyy 1 Darlow 0 Whitehead 1 Sanders-Wyatt 1)

Teignmouth Away 10.4.12 to play


Plymouth Home Lost 3-5 (Thynne 0 Kinder 1 Billings 1 Hocking 1)

South Hams Home Won 6.5-1.5 (Kinder 1 Brooks 2 Billings 2 Allen 1½ )

Brixham Away Won 6.5 – 1.5 (Leung 2 Allen 2 Taylor 1½ Hocking 1)

Torquay Home Won 5.5 – 2.5(Mackle 1 ½ Billings 2 Allen 1 ½ Hocking ½)

Plymouth Away  2.4.12 to play (decisive match)


Plymouth Away (semi-final) Lost 0.5 – 5.5 (Brooks ½ Howard 0 Sugden 0 Hocking 0 Whitehead 0 Darlow 0) Plymouth went on to beat Torquay 5-1 in final)

The games of this match can be seen on the CHESSDEVON website, Plymouth page. Ouch!


Div 1 (Bremridge)

Exeter Away Won 3.5 – 2.5 (Mackle ½ Homer 0 Thynne 1 Kinder 1 Brooks 1 Allen 0)

Exmouth Home won 5 – 1 (Mackle 1 Homer 0 Thynne 1 Brooks 1 Billings 1 Leung 1)

Bremridge (cont.)

Tiverton Away 21.4.12 to play (decisive match)

Div 2 (Mamhead)

Tiverton Away Drew 2-2  (Thompson 0 Leung ½ Alen ½ Fraser 1)

Teignmouth Away Lost 1.5 – 2.5 (Leung 0 Howard ½ Allen ½ Taylor ½)

Exmouth Home Lost 1.5-2.5 (Leung 0 Billings 1 Kinder ½ Allen 0)

Final Record: P4 W0 D2 L2 F7 A9

Div 3 (Schofield)

Teignmouth Home Won 3.5 – 0.5 (Howard ½ Allen 1 O’Grady 1 Chornenkyy1)

Tiverton Away 21.4.12 to play but we have already won this division. Well done Alex Billings and team!

Division 4 Moyle

Tiverton Away Lost 1.5 – 2.5 (Sugden 1 Barber-Lafon ½ Darlow 0 Sanders-Wyatt 0)

Teignmouth Away Won 2.5 – 1.5 (Fraser 1 Rochford 0 Barber-Lafon 1 O’Grady ½)

Final Record: P3W1D1L1 F6 A6

Junior (Bloodworth)

TBGS Home Lost 1-3 (Fraser 1 Whitehead 0 Ramesh 0 Tugwell 0)

2 friendly boards were also played Milne 1 Sanders-Wyatt 1.

Broadclyst PS Away Drew 2-2(Whitehead 0 Ramesh 1 Sanders-Wyatt 0 Milne 1)

1 friendly board played: Katz 1

Final Record: P3 W0 D2 L1 F5 A7


Knock-Out Cup (Peter Rooke)

Teignmouth Home (semi-Final) Won 5-3 (Homer 0 Thompson 1 Thynne  ½ Taylor 1 Fraser ½ Hocking 1 O’Grady 1 Darlow 0)

Peter Rooke Final v Exeter or Plymouth date tba.


The club should be proud of its juniors. Four have played successfully for Devon Senior County sides this year: Alex Billings and Jeff Leung are now established in the first team and Jeff’s fine win against Gloucestershire is given below. Freddie Sugden and John  Fraser have both appeared in the County second team.

It is good to see some keen younger juniors making  progress: Vignesh Ramesh, Rafe Whitehead, James Milne, Ben Sanders-Wyatt, Sam Tugwell, Joshua Blackmore, Michael Katz  and Andriy Chornenkiy have all played for club teams in matches this year. Next year we may be able to enter a junior team in Division 4 of the Torbay League as we did a few years ago with the successful PAWNS team.


Congratulations to Mark who recently got married in New Zealand – he should be back by now!


The general feeling seems to be that the new basis of running the championship on a SWISS PAIRING SYSTEM has worked well with little difficulty getting the games played. At the time of writing with 2 rounds to complete DOMINIC MACKLE is in a good position to justify his rating as favourite but any slip-ups will be watched eagerly by a group of chasers. It is intended that the final round will be completed by 17th May. We are grateful to TIM ONIONS who has carried out the pairings for us following the resignation of John Doidge. Incidentally John has been seriously unwell and members who would like to send him their regards can do so at

The Handicap and Rapidplay tournaments have not had many games played in them, probably because of the club’s busy match programme. Any thoughts on alternative ideas for internal tournaments would be welcomed by the club’s committee.

The Junior Tournament has been a well-contested success (10 players)with Vignesh Ramesh in the lead. There are still plenty of unplayed games and junior members are encouraged to make every effort to finish their programme. It is intended to award an Under 15 and an Under 12 prize in this.

ENGLISH CHESS FEDERATION: new membership scheme

Most members will be aware that from September a completely new financial system is being introduced by the ECF, replacing the current game fee method. I do not intend to go into details here other than to say that players wishing to take part  in competitive chess will have to become individual members of the ECF at one of 3 levels (Bronze,Silver,Gold) with fees of £12,£18 and £24.  The method of collecting this is what is currently exercising minds at County, Union and National Level and it is expected that the DCCA will be issuing guidance on this in the near future. Those members wishing to find out more should visit the ECF website. Our club will be affected like all other clubs but we hope to be able to minimize complications for members. Watch this space!


At the time of writing Jacquie Barber-Lafon leads in the DEVON LADIES’ CHAMPIONSHIP. Alex Billings and Freddie Sugden are competing in the Devon intermediate Championship. Jim O’Grady came second in a tournament at the Hastings Congress over the New Year. John Fraser achieved one of two “norms” needed to become a member of the English Junior Squad set-up when he did well in the West of England Under 14 Championship held in Swindon in February.

(I hope I have not made any glaring omissions in this list – please let me know: no false modesty!)


Now that we own a demonstration board  the committee is offering a training session to  members. This will take place on THURSDAY 26h APRIL from 7 to 9 p.m. Members who wish instead to play a tournament game that evening will be able to do so using a different room. The training will be jointly conducted by Dominic Mackle and Trefor Thynne (those who think that the Secretary needs to receive some training himself based on this year’s form please keep your opinion to yourselves!!). This training is open to all members including juniors.


I have provisionally earmarked Thursday 21st June for the club’s AGM and Presentation of Awards but will confirm this when I have consulted with other committee members.


Members are reminded that it is not too late to enter for the TEIGNMOUTH RAPIDPLAY on 14th April. The WECU Championships start on Good Friday at the Royal Beacon Hotel, Exmouth and are well worth a visit as a spectator if you are not competing. Entry forms are out for this year’s PAIGNTON CONGRESS which starts on September 2nd.




If there is any demand for chess in the summer months it is easy to book a small room at the Courtenay Centre provided it is financially self-supporting. Anyone interested should make himself known to Jim O’Grady who raised the issue with me.


The Secretary wishes it to be known that, with next year in mind, he needs more help from members in running the club. This year has been untypical in that, with the resignation of John Doidge early in the season, the job of running internal competitions fell to the Secretary. In addition, he has had to take over the team selection for Torbay League Division 4 as well as keeping an eye on the various selection/availability problems caused by having so many teams in different divisions of both the Torbay and Devon Leagues, standing in for the President as RapidPlay Captain when the latter was in New Zealand, trying to keep the juniors happy etc etc. Not surprisingly, his own chess has suffered badly!  We urgently need to identify a Competitions’ Secretary and to co-opt different captains for all the teams (assuming we continue the policy of entering everything). In addition, the Secretary  would like more help in setting out the equipment before club sessions and, from juniors especially, in clearing up after matches. Some members have been very helpful but not all. Perhaps we can give these issues an airing at the AGM.

               That’s all for now!

Trefor Thynne




  Result For Against
Teignmouth Won 5½ ½
Exeter Won 3½ 1½
Exmouth Won 5 1
Tiverton 21/4/12    
Barnstaple Drew 2 2
Teignmouth Lost 1½ 2½
Tiverton Drew 2 2
Exmouth Lost 1½ 2½
Teignmoth Drew 2 2
Tiverton Won 2½ 1½
Teignmouth Won 3½ ½
Tiverton 21/4/12    
DIV 4 MOYLE      
Exeter Drew 2 2
Teignmouth Won 2½ 1½
Tiverton Lost 1½ 2½
BLOODWORTH (Junior)      
TBGS Lost 1 3
Exeter Juniors Drew 2 2
Broadclyst PS Drew 2 2
Semi Teignmouth Won 5 3
Final - Exeter or Plymouth      








A. Kinder


M. Abbot



A. Brusey


F. Sugden



T. Thynne


P. Brooks





J. Leung















J Barber-Lafon






V. Ramesh



J. O’Grady



R. Whitehead





NEWTON ABBOT CHESS CLUB: match reports 24.3.12

Despite several players being unavailable the club did well to put out 12 players on Saturday: 8 in the Peter Rooke (DCCA) Cup semi-final versus Teignmouth plus 4 more in the Mamhead Cup (DCCA Div 2) against Exmouth. An interesting and enjoyable occasion with 24 players involved and the Courtenay Centre room full.

Rooke Cup

Newton Abbot 5 Teignmouth 3

1.     Stephen Homer     0 - 1   Alan Brusey

2.     Robert Thompson 1 - 0   Bill Ingham

3.     Trefor Thynne       ½ - ½   Peter Halmkin

4.     Wilf Taylor             1 - 0      John Gorodi

5.     John Fraser            ½ - ½  Kevin Hindom

6.     Roger Hocking      1 - 0     Charles Doidge

7.     Jim O’Grady          1 - 0     Graham Bramley

8.     Paul Darlow          0 - 1     Ray Chubb

The outcome was never really in doubt after we raced into an early 3-0 lead with wins  from  Jim, Roger (only 15 moves!) and Robert.  We will play either Exeter or Plymouth in the final, details to follow.

Mamhead Cup

Newton Abbot 1.5 – Exmouth 2.5

1.     Jeff Leung    0 – 1   John Stephens

2.     Alex Billings 1-0   Brian Gosling

3.      Andrew Kinder ½ - ½  A. Hart

4.     John Allen    0 -1  M Shaw

A  very tight match with Exmouth just having the edge. Alex Billings maintained his superb season with another win and our President kept up his unbeaten match form since return from “down under”.  (Given that Wilf Taylor also had a good win in the Rooke Cup match after a recent trip to Australia, perhaps the whole club should take a winter break there next year!!)

Thanks to John Allen for his captaincy of our Mamhead Cup team this year: final record below.

Played 4 Won 0 Drew 2 lost 2 Points For 7  Points  Against 9

J. Leung ½ /4 A Billings 2/2 P Brooks 0/1 J Allen 2/4 A Kinder 1/1   R Thompson 0/1    J Fraser 1/1   C Howard ½ /1  W Taylor ½ /1


Trefor Thynne



Newsletter   December 2011

To all members:

   The first half of the season has whizzed past and we are coming up to the Xmas break so, as usual, I shall attempt a brief retrospective.   We were pleased to welcome two new junior members at the beginning of the season: Vignesh Ramesh and Jamie Gidley plus most of the familiar faces from last year. We have (temporarily) lost  Wilf Taylor who is on a post-retirement trip to Australia  and one or two others who have not rejoined but in general membership remains healthy and we are able to sustain teams in all the team competitions run by the Torbay League and DCCA.

  The first two events of the season, the Simultaneous Display by GM Keith Arkell and the 10-second Buzzer Tournament both proved enjoyable. Congratulations to Andrew Kinder, our President, for his fine win in the Simul .  The club owes a debt of gratitude to John Allen and Jim O’Grady for their generous financial support of the Arkell evening and to Jacquie Barber-Lafon for the terrific success of her Raffle which raised over £100 for club funds. Thanks to these members our financial position should be healthier this year.

  As members are aware, we have tried a different format for the club championship this year with a Swiss pairing system being used.  The aim is to play 7 rounds at roughly one per month. So far the new system seems popular. After 2 rounds only Andrew Kinder, Alan Brusey and Mark Abbot have  2 out of 2 with top-seed Dominic Mackle have dropped half a point to the club’s most improved player, Alex Billings.

In the Torbay League we got off to a bad start in Division 1 losing to TBGS but then beat Torquay convincingly with Paul Brooks scoring a notable win against Andy Dunn. Paul’s Division 2 team is unbeaten with a win against Brixham and draws with Torquay and Teignmouth. Roger Hocking’s division 3 side has played 4 games drawing 2 and losing 2 (though one of the losses, a 2-2 draw on the night came about because we had inadvertently exceeded the grade limit. If you want the whole story ask the Secretary whose fault it was! ).  In Division 4 Vitali Chornenkyy’s team has drawn its only match to date against Plymouth. The Rapidplay team under our President’s iron grip has had 3 wins by the same score (5-3) against South Hams, Torquay and Brixham and John Allen’s Knock-out cup team edged a tight match against Teignmouth (3 ½ - 2 ½) and will now travel to Plymouth (date not yet fixed).

In the DCCA competitions the Div 1 Bremridge team plays its first match on December 17th against Teignmouth. John Allen is captaining the Div 2 Mamhead team which drew  2-2 with Barnstaple whose team notably included IM Jack Rudd and up-and coming Devon junior Theo Slade (aged 11). Alex Billings is captaining the Division 3 Schofield team and they have beaten Tiverton and drawn with Teignmouth.  The Div 4 Moyle team captained by Jim O’Grady drew 2-2 with Exeter.

John Fraser’s team in the Bloodworth Shield (junior division) gets under way on December 16th at Exeter and, finally, our Peter Rooke Knock-Out Cup team will host Teignmouth in February (date to be confirmed).

So a great deal has gone on already.  Several members competed in the ever-popular Torbay Congress at the ERC in Torquay and pride of place in the results goes jointly to Dominic Mackle, joint first in the Open with two others one of whom was GM Keith Arkell and to Jacquie Barber-Lafon with 4/5 in the Minor which she looked odds-on to win after 4 rounds when she had a 100% score.  Dominic, incidentally, qualifies for the 2012 British Championship to be held in Newcastle.

In October the club hosted the now traditional DCCA Team Rapidplay event. Entries were up again with 12 teams taking part. Tiverton were this years winners.

Some of the club’s juniors competed in the Devon Junior Championships at Teign School on December 3rd. John Fraser did well with 4.5/6 in the unde 15s and Vignesh Ramesh scored 5/6 in the under 11s.

IMPORTANT NOTICE:  Xmas break: the last club session before Xmas is Thursday December 15th and the first session of the new Year will be January 5th.

Junior Tournament:  Vignesh Ramesh is the runaway leader in this tournament with 10 wins out of 10 followed by Rafe Whitehead with 7/7. (Well done to Rafe, by the way, for his first senior  win in Torbay League match against South Hams). Juniors are reminded that these games should be played with clocks and that 2 games will be played against each other player.


Thur  5th      TL2 Torquay                         H       7 p.m.

Sat 7th            DCCA 2 Mamhead Tiverton  A        2.30 p.m.

Sat 7th        DCCA 4 Moyle Tiverton        A         2.30 p.m.

Tues 10th   TL3 Teignmouth                    A        7 p.m.

Thur  12th   TL R-P  Plymouth                 H         7 p.m.

Sat 14th    DCCA1 Bremridge   Exeter    A         2.30 p.m.

Tues 17th  DCCA Junior Bloodworth  Broadclyst PS    A   4 p.m.

Wed 18th  TL4    Torquay                       A          7 p.m.

Thur 19th   TL1  Teignmouth                  H          7 p.m.

Thur 19th TL R-P  South Hams                   A         7 p.m.

Tues 24th  TL2 Teignmouth                         A        7 p.m.

Sat  28th DCCA 2 Mamhead Teignmouth    A        2.30 p.m.


I conclude by appending a couple of games played by club junior members this season.

Game 1 DCCA Schofield Cup  Newton Abbot v Tiverton 12.11.11

White: Alex Billings 157    BLACK Keith Atkins   146

1 d4 g6 2 e4 c6 3 c4 Bg7 4 Nf3 d5 5 exd5 cxd5 6 Nc3 Nf6 7 Bg5 dxc4 8 Bxc4 Nc6 9 h3 0-0 10 Qd2 Bf5 11 d5 Nb4 12 0-0 Qc8 13 Qe2 Re8 14 Rfd1 h6 15 Bf4 Nh5 16 Bh2 Nf6 17 Rac1 e5 18 a3 Nc2 19 Nb5 e4 20 Ne5 e3 21 Rxc2 Bxc2 22 Qxc2 exf2+ 23 Kf1 Qc5 24 Qd3 a6 25 Nc3 Nh5 26 Nxf7 Qe7 27 Ne5 Qd6 28 Nxg6 Re1+ 29 Rxe1 fxe1(Q)+ 30 Kxe1 Bxc3+ 31 Qxc3 Re8+ 32 Ne5 Nf6 33 Qg3+ Kh7 34 Qg6+ Kg8 35 Qh6+ Kg8 36 Qg6+ Kh8  37 Qxe8+!   1-0 A nice finish

Game 2 TORBAY CONGRESS (Intermediate Section)

White: Chris Webb 140 Black: John  Fraser 125

1 d4 Nf6 2 Bf4 d5 3 e3 e6 4 Nf3 c5 5 Be2 Nc6 6 0-0 Be7 7 Nc3(?) a6 8 h3 0-0  9 dxc5 Bxc5 10 Na4 Be7 11 c4 dxc4 12 Nc3 Nd5 13 Bxc4 Nf4 14 exf4 b5 15 Bb3 Bb7 16 Re1 Qxd1 17 Raxd1 Rfd8 18 Ne5 Nd4 19 Rc1 Nxb3 20 axb3 Bb4 21Re3 Rac8 22 Ra1 Rd2 23 Nd3 Bxc3 24 bxc3 Rxc3 25 Nb4 Rxe3 26 fxe3 Rxg2+ 27 Kf1 Rb2 28 Nxa6 Bxa6 29 Rxa6 g6 30 Rb6 Rxb3 31 Ke2 Kg7 32 Kf3 h5 33 Ke4 Rb1 34 Ke5 Rh1 35 Rxb5 Rxh3 36 e4 Rh1 37 f5 exf5 38 exf5 Rg1 39 f6+ Kh6  40 Kd6 Re1 and Black soon won  0-1

Good technique from John against a higher- graded player.

Finally may I wish all members an excellent Xmas break and look forward to seeing you refreshed for the battles ahead in the New Year.


Trefor Thynne

Club Secretary  15.12.11


Club Championship round 3

White                                          Black

A Kinder (2)                               A Brusey (2)

D Mackle (1.5)                         M Abbot (2)

T Thynne (1.5)                         A Billings (1.5)

P Brooks (1)                             J Allen (1.5)

J O’Grady (1)                            J Gorodi (1)

F Sugden (1)                         J Barber-Lafon (1)

R Whitehead (0.5)                V Chornenkiy (1)

J Leung (0.5)                         S Head   (0.5)

J Fraser  (0.5)                        C Rochford (0)

V Ramesh (0)                         J Gidley (0)

Games to completed by January 12th 2012





DIV 1 Bremridge    (Trefor Thynne)  6 boards no limit

Teignmouth      Home      17 December 2011         

Exeter               Away      14 January 2012  

Exmouth          Home       18 February 2012

Tiverton           Away        21 April 2012


DIV 2  Mamhead  (John Allen)  4 boards under 640

Barnstaple       Home     26 November 2011

Tiverton           Away        7 January 2012

Teignmouth      Away     28 January 2012

Exmouth          Home     24 March 2012


DIV 3 Schofield  (Alex Billings) 4 boards under 560

Tiverton         Home       12 November 2011             Teignmouth    Away        10 December 2011

Teignmouth   Home       18 February 2012

Tiverton         Away        21 April 2012


DIV 4  Moyle (Jim O’Grady)    4 boards under 480      

Exeter           Home      26 November 2011

Tiverton        Away         7 January 2012   

Teignmouth   Away        4 February 2012


Knock-Out Cup (Peter Rooke Cup)  (Trefor Thynne)                         8 boards under 1120

Round 1 bye

Round 2

Newton Abbot home to either Tiverton or Teignmouth

(before 28 February 2012)


Junior Division (Bloodworth Cup)  (John Fraser)

4 boards maximum individual grade 135)

Exeter Juniors            Away        16 December 2011     5 p.m.

Broadclyst P.S.           Away         17 January 2012        4 p.m.    

Torquay Boys’ G.S.      Home         8 March 2012           7 p.m.                    

Members please note:

All the above dates are Saturdays (except the Junior Division)

Home matches of 4 boards are booked in the Club Room (small room where cupboard is) as the rental is much cheaper. When two matches are being played on the same date the normal club room has been booked.

Trefor Thynne






Simultaneous display by Grandmaster Keith Arkell

          29th September 2011, Courtenay Centre

Report by Trefor Thynne


Newton Abbot Chess Club opened the new season, the seventh since its formation in 2005, with a special event, a SIMULTANEOUS DISPLAY by GRANDMASTER KEITH ARKELL. Arkell (50) now lives in Paignton though he comes originally from the West Midlands. He is one of England’s top chessplayers, English Champion in 2008 and many-times winner of the prestigious PAIGNTON CONGRESS, held every September at Oldway Mansion.

Arkell took on 22 players, not only members of the Newton Abbot club but also players from Teignmouth, Bovey Tracey and  Brixham. Some of Devon’s top junior chess players also participated, including 12 year old Theo Slade from Bude who is forecast to become one of the best of his age group in England and 17-year old Alex Billings of Torquay who recently won the Winter-Wood Cup, awarded to the winner of the competition for champions of Devon clubs.

After three hours of tough battle Arkell had won 18 games but conceded draws to 18 year-old Robert Thompson, 13 year-old John Fraser (a pupil at Torquay Boys’ Grammar School) and  Paul Brooks of Modbury and lost to Newton Abbot Club President Andrew Kinder,retired headteacher of Furzeham Primary School in Brixham. Arkell admitted that he could easily have conceded further games and that Newton Abbot had given him a hard evening!

Trefor Thynne, the Newton Abbot Club Secretary said that the club had risen in its short existence to be the most active and successful club in the county. Currently holders of the Torbay Chess League title and winners of  the Devon County Chess association Division One title, the club is actively recruiting new members including those who are new to club or competitive chess

The club has the current Devon Champion, Dominic  Mackle, as its number one.    It caters for players of all levels and particularly welcomes new junior members of any age or ability.

The club meets every Thursday from 7 p.m. at the Courtenay Centre and potential new members are warmly welcomed.

Further information can be obtained from the secretary, Trefor Thynne, on 01626 337876.


Gradings for Season 2012
Ref Name Sex Age Club(s) Category Standard Previous Category Rapid Previous
129415F Abbott, Mark V M   Exmouth A 170 170 E 167 167
264751F Allen, John E M   Newton Abbot C 153 150 C 142 142
128118F Barber-Lafon, Jacquie F   Newton Abbot C 114 113 E 112 112
247356C Billings, Alex J M 17 Newton Abbot A 165 157 E 149 161
215149C Brooks, Paul J M   Newton Abbot B 160 160      
107557D Brusey, Alan W M   Teignmouth X 176 174     178
285524A Chornenkyy, Vitali     Newton Abbot E 104        
245568H Darling, George A M 16 Torquay Grammar School C 151 145 E 149 143
269130K Demeger, John     Newton Abbot D 116 114      
252096F Demeger, Oliver J M 15 Newton Abbot C 146 147 E 152 151
209855G Doidge, John E M   Newton Abbot C 110 106 C 106 106
279819A Fraser, John M 13 Newton Abbot B 125 125 D 107 107
111441E Gorodi, John G M   Teignmouth X 141 149      
273678A Gow-Smith, Alexander J M 12 Torquay Grammar School D 97 94      
254889G Head, Sam M 16 Newton Abbot D 127 120 D 111 110
264314F Hocking, J Roger M   Newton Abbot D 121 120      
162619L Homer, Stephen J M   Exeter C 180 179 C 175 175
113071H Howard, Charles V M   Newton Abbot C 160 158      
286277D Katz, Michael   12 Newton Abbot E 22 42      
162701G Kinder, Andrew S M   Newton Abbot C 157 162 E 166 166
269131A Leung, Jeff M 15 Newton Abbot C 166 165 D 165 167
114766D Mackle, Dominic M   Newton Abbot A 204 197 D 190 192
279880D Milne, James E M 11 Newton Abbot D 48        
277504K O'Grady, Jim M   Newton Abbot D 107 108      
268151B Rochford, Charles T M 16 Newton Abbot E 117 118      
231051L Schofield, Stephen W M   Newton Abbot B 159 166 D 170 170
118649J Scurfield, Sam     South Bradford D 141 141      
233237B Sparks, Konrad M   Newton Abbot D 105 105      
245145B Stegink, Laurens A M 17 Newton Abbot E 114        
268153F Sugden, Freddie M 17 Newton Abbot A 142 147 E 147 157
182650F Taylor, Wilfred RP M   Newton Abbot C 142 141      
242035B Thompson, Robert M   Newton Abbot X 185 178 D 169 169
120405B Thynne, Trefor F M   Newton Abbot A 161 171 C 167 168
276539B Whytock, Calum R M 14 Newton Abbot E 98        
175380A Yau, Justin M   Torquay Grammar School D 139 139