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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
PETER H. CLARKE
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.
Photographs of the event can be seen on Keverel Chess
GO TO CONGRESSES/PAIGNTON FOR DETAILED RESULTS OF ALL TOURNAMENTS and PRIZE LIST
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.
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 email@example.com.
The Twenty Ninth
WILTSHIRE JUNIOR OPEN CHESS CHAMPIONSHIPS
WEST OF ENGLAND
21st & 22nd February 2015
St. Joseph’s Catholic College,
40th. EAST DEVON CONGRESS
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.)
West of England Chess Union
68th Open Congress
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.
THE 2014/15 HASTINGS CONGRESS
The first round of this venerable event was played on 6th January 2015. The result of the International event was:
Final Top Positions
THE 2015 TATA STEEL TOURNAMENT
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:
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