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Theo Slade

The final round of the 2014/15 Hastings Congress was played on 6th January 2015.  There were three entries in the Open event that held the interests of local viewers - Keith Arkell, Theo Slade and John Fraser.  Keith fought hard for the winners prize but came up against very strong opposition.  Theo Slade had a very successful event finishing just two points behind Keith in an event of nine rounds. 

ECF Awards for 2014

Included in the ECF Awards for 2014 are two that have local interest:

1. Player of the year - Keith Arkell.  Well done Keith, an award that has been justifiably won and is richly deserved.

2. Website of the Year - Chess Devon.  Our thanks to all the many contributors that have worked hard for this success.

Further details of the awards can be seen HERE


It is with he deepest regret that we report the death of International Master Peter H. Clarke on 11th December 2015.  For many years Peter and his family were resident in Cornwall during which time he founded the Hexagon organisation that held several very successful congresses in North Devon.  Before, he had taken part in many British Championships and became the captain of the English Olympic team, before ill-health forced him to retire from over-the-board play.  He then became a Grandmaster of correspondence chess and wrote several best selling books.  His bookstall became a regular sight at local congresses and his friendly advise and recommendations were greatly respected.

Batsford  publish a new book for beginners

Under the authorship of Sean Marsh, Batsford have published a new book for beginners that fills a void that  has existed for some  considerable time.  Go to Articles/Reviews for a look at "the Batsford Book of Chess".

Success for Devon Players in Scarborough Congress

Several Devon players ventured to the North of the country to take part in the Scarborough Congress with considerable success.  See Trefor Thynne's report HERE.

1st Plymouth Rapidplay

The first Plymouth Rapidplay event was held on Sunday 7th. December 2014.  Organised by Tony Tatam it introduced a number of innovations that proved to be very welcome and successful.  See Tony's report HERE. 

48th Torbay Congress

The 48th Torbay Congress was held at the Toorak Hotel, Torquay, over the week-end 14th, 15th,  and 16th November 2014.  The crosstables for all events can be seen on Congresses/Torbay and following are the games played in the Open. 

64th DCCA Congress 2014

Prize winners in the Steve Boniface tournament waiting for their cheques

The first round of the 64th DCCA (erstwhile Paignton) Congress was played at the Livermead House Hotel, Torquay, on 31st. August 2014.  An increase in the number of entries (27 in all) vindicated the decision to play another tournament in the morning, thus maintaining comfortable playing conditions.

"Chess Devon" will be showing all the games played in the Ron Bruce Premier together with a selection of games from the other tournaments. 


Round One Round Two Round Three Round Four
Round Five Round Six Round Seven  


Round One Round Two Round Three Round Four
Round Five Round Six Round Seven  

Photographs of the event can be seen on Keverel Chess


The 2015 Beacon Seniors

The 2015 Beacon Congress became the final event which saw Ewart Smith retire from his duties of Chief Arbiter.  He first took on the event at short notice fallowing the demise of Steve Boniface and has officiated in every congress since.  We wish him well in retirement but hope to see his next venture to the Beacon as a player.

Full results can be seen on Congresses Beacon Seniors.


WECU Championships

For details see Congresses/WECU which show the prize list, photographs and crosstables for all events.

Our thanks to Tony Tatam for providing this data.


A general view of the playing hall

The WECU Championships started on Friday 18th April and this year were held at the Manor Hotel, Exmouth - just down the hill from the Royal Beacon Hotel.

For games see Congresses/WECU.

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



Chess Coaching with Kevin Hurst (ECF Accredited Coach)

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.






The Twenty Ninth


Incorporating the


21st & 22nd February 2015

St. Joseph’s Catholic College,
Ocotal Way, Swindon, Wilts. SN3 3LR


Prize & Trophy Fund is in excess of £2,000

Major is a W.E.C.U. nominated open 2015 British Championships qualifying event

This congress is part of the (ECF) English Youth Grand Prix supported by the John Robinson Youth Chess Trust

The Major, U14 & U12 Championships are part of the Ian Cowen Memorial Grand Prix

The Under 12 Championship is an
EPSCA U11 England Trial qualifying event

Details and Entry Form can be obtained HERE


Friday 27th February to Sunday 1st March 2015

At Exeter Corn Exchange

Market Street, Exeter, EX1 1BW

In the City Centre—near Railway Stations and Car Parks


OPEN (Any player can enter)

MAJOR (any player graded under 155) (1890)

MINOR (any player graded under 125) (1650)

All tournaments five round Swiss with 4 hour sessions

Part of the E.C.F. Grand Prix

All correspondence should be addressed to The Entry Secretary:

John Stephens: 67, Holland Road, Peverell, Plymouth. PL3 4PQ

Tel: 07891 648689


Emergency only: S.Pope 01392 436420 (before 10 p.m.)

Details and Entry Form can be obtained HERE


West of England Chess Union 

68th Open Congress

Easter 2015

to be held at

the Royal Beacon Hotel,

Exmouth,   Devon   EX8 2AG

incorporating the West of England Championship

 & British Championship Qualifier.

Fri. 3rd - to Mon. 6th April 2015

N.B. Championship now FIDE-Rated

An ECF Grand Prix

& ECF registered Game Fee event.

Details and Entry Form can be obtained HERE




The first round of this venerable event was played on 6th January 2015.  The result of the International event was:

Final Top Positions

Rank Name Score Fed. Rating 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 GM Zhao, Jun 8.0 CHN 2585 1 1 1 1 1 1 ½ 1 ½
2 GM Mista, Aleksander 7.0 POL 2614 1 0 1 1 1 ½ ½ 1 1
3 GM Fier, Alexandr 7.0 BRA 2592 1 ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 1 1 ½
4 IM Kjartansson, Gudmundur 7.0 ISL 2451 1 0 1 1 1 ½ ½ 1 1
5 GM Rodshtein, Maxim 6.5 ISR 2676 1 ½ 1 0 1 1 0 1 1
6 GM Lagarde, Maxime 6.5 FRA 2576 1 1 1 0 1 ½ 1 ½ ½
7 GM Hawkins, Jonathan 6.5 ENG 2552 1 1 ½ 1 0 ½ 1 ½ 1
8 GM Vakhidov, Jahongir 6.5 UZB 2502 1 1 ½ 0 1 1 1 0 1
9 GM Arkell, Keith C 6.5 ENG 2489 1 1 0 1 1 ½ 1 ½ ½
10 GM Edouard, Romain 6.0 FRA 2659 1 1 ½ 1 1 0 1 ½ 0


The first of this years' elite tournament was held in Wijk aan Zee, The netherlands with the first round of the Masters Tournament being played on 10th January 2015.  Of the three Masters Tournaments, Group A is particularly strong.

First Round results were:

Round 1 - Saturday Jan. 10
Radjabov, T. - Van Wely, L.
Ivanchuk, V. - Jobava, B.
Vachier-Lagrave - Hou, Y.
Ding, L. - Caruana, F.
Saric, I. - Aronian, L.
Giri, A. - Carlsen, M.
So, W. - Wojtaszek, R.



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