The 49th meeting of the Torbay Chess League
has been held at Newton Abbot where the President, Mr Trefor Thynne
spoke of the success of the League in the previous twelve months.
He said that 90 matches had been played and St Marychurch
had excelled by winning both the first and second divisions and coming
second in the third division.
In Division 1, St Marychurch had won 9 of their 10
matches with Teignmouth, the winners for the past three seasons, having
to settle for second place.
Teignmouth were also the runner-up in Division 2, but
this division and Division 3 were not decided until the last games of
In Division 3 and the Rapidplay competition, which was
won by Totnes with South Hams coming in second place, the winners being
only separated by half a point. The Knock-Out Cup was won by Plymouth,
also in a very tight match. With the final score at 3-3, Plymouth were
only decided by a board count.
It was interesting that 111 players participated in the
Torbay League matches with Charlie Howard and Robert Wilby, both of
Totnes, both playing 21 games.
Special awards were made to Bill Ingham (Teignmouth),
Konrad Sparks (Newton Abbot) 11-year old Oliver Demeger (Newton Abbot),
Andrew Kinder (South Hams) and Robert Wilby (Totnes) for having the best
performances during the season.
The League President thanked Ray Chubb (Teignmouth) for
his organisation of the League Congress held at the Belgrave Hotel in
November. 154 players had participated in the event and plans were
already being made for the next Congress to be held on the 23rd,
24th and 25th November.
Two blind players had participated with George Plachaty
scoring an excellent 60%.
As 2007 is the 50th anniversary of the Torbay
Chess League, a special 50-board match is to be held at the Torquay
Boys’ Grammar School on the 30th September between the Torbay
League and the Exeter League.
Mr Thynne said the League was as strong as ever and in
particular with younger players taking an active part. George Mann and
Robert Thompson had both represented England and were now playing in the
Devon teams at a senior level.
George Mann had played recently in Poland, whilst Robert
Thompson had excelled in the Czech Republic finishing in sixth place.
Mr Trefor Thynne, a master at the Boys’ Grammar School
had taken five boys to Dubai for a tournament and this would be repeated
later this summer.
Chess in the Torbay area was at a very high level –
several new, and strong players, had come into the region and were
playing at St Marychurch, Totnes and Newton Abbot.
The League Secretary, John Doidge, made presentation of
trophies to the winners of the League divisions.
TORBAY CHESS LEAGUE
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2007
TO BE HELD AT THE COURTENAY
WEDNESDAY, 20TH JUNE AT 7PM
Extract from John Doidge's May
John advises that this will be the last Newsletter for this season.
Also for your diaries and for all club
members, the Torbay League 50th Anniversary Match versus the
Exeter and District League will take place at the Torquay Boys’ Grammar
School on Sunday, 30th September. This will be a 50-board
match and will certainly be a big occasion for the League. More details
will follow but it is important to keep this date in mind.
As the season draws to a close, many
clubs will be holding their Annual General Meeting. It is important that
records are kept up to date. and I would appreciate if there are any
changes in officers they are notified to me, as a new Directory will be
issued before the start of next season
Revenue & Customs Chess
Congratulations to Alan Brusey (Teignmouth
and Newton Abbot) who represented the Revenue and Customs Chess
Championships at Nottingham recently. The South West team came sixth
Board 1 Alan Brusey (Teignmouth &
Newton Abbot) 6/10
Board 2 Jeff Nicholas (Camborne)
Board 3 Dave Sturdy (Torquay)
Jeff Nicholas won the gold medal for
the highest score by a Board 2 player.
Against very tough opponents this was
an excellent result and Alan and his colleagues were well pleased with
The 28th Tournament of
Young Talents was recently held over Easter in the Czechoslovakia
Republic and included in the England Junior team was Robert Thompson of
St Marychurch and Newton Abbot. Robert excelled finishing 9th
out of 54, winning six games. Oliver Schofield and Angus Plumply of
Somerset also took part but it was Robert who shone on this occasion and
we send him our congratulations and best wishes as he steadily climbs
the chess ladder of success. (Note from
Chess Devon - Roberts games can be played from a link on the home page)
Have you remembered to send your
internal match results to Ray Chubb so that gradings for 2007 can be
worked out? If you have not done so (and the closing date was 30th
April) please have a word with Ray to see if your members can still
Following is Tony Tatam's final report on the Torbay League events
and Chess Devon would like to take this opportunity of thanking Tony for his
diligent and regular reports throughout the season.
Torbay League Update
TCL Update 4th June 2007
This has I’m sure you’ll all agree been a very successful season. The
leagues have been very closely contested and you only have to look at
Divisions 2 and 3 where the league titles were not decided until the last
match of the season to see what I mean. Division 3 was in fact only
decided on games points and that by the narrowest margin possible.
New players have appeared around the various Clubs and also Newton Abbot
are now well and truly established in the Torbay League. Although unable
to win any silverware this season I’m sure they’ll soon be challenging for
St Marychurch had an exceptional season winning both Division 1 and
Division 2 and also finishing as Runners-up in Division 3.
What a difference a few new players have made compared with the previous
season when they finished mid-table in Division 1 and rock bottom of
Divisions 2, 3 and the Rapidplay.
Surprisingly, Teignmouth will not be collecting any silverware having
finished as Runners-up in three of the five competitions. I’m sure next
year they will again be in the hunt to capture a title or two.
Totnes won the Rapidplay league title by games points from last years
Rapidplay Champions, South Hams, who were unable to field their strongest
players on a regular basis. Full credit though to South Hams for
fulfilling all their fixtures with only a small contingent of players.
Brixham were all at sea in the Rapidplay being unable to register any
points at all. In Division 2 despite holding the Champions twice and the
Runners-up once, they were unable to challenge for the honours.
TBGS could only muster 3 points in the league but all credit to the
youngsters who gained valuable match experience. It was nice to see more
new faces appearing in their teams and they are all a credit to their
Plymouth scraped home by the skin of their teeth in Division 3 and only
managed to win the Knockout Cup by virtue of board count after struggling
to a 3-3 draw. Their step up from Division 2 to the top flight was always
going to tough what with not having the stronger players that other Clubs
can boast of.
Whilst new players have arrived on the scene one has now moved on to
pastures new. John Dunleavy has been with the league for longer than I can
remember and has always been a regular at our meetings. Whilst not now
playing chess so often he still does a considerable amount of work on the
chess scene. Recently the English Chess Federation awarded him the highest
award that the federation can bestow, that of Honorary Life Vice President
of the English Chess Federation. President Gerry Walsh paid tribute to
John who he said had given considerable and substantial service to both
the ECF and English Chess. He said that volunteers are the lifeblood of
chess in this country and many of them gave up considerable amounts of
time to help other chess players. He also said that every player will
welcome the recognition that has been given to John for his quite
outstanding services to chess over many years.
I’m sure you will all agree that John is indeed worthy of such
recognition. Well done John.
Finally thanks to John Doidge our new league Secretary who has continually
kept us informed of what’s going on and produced a newsletter on a regular
basis. I can’t recall us ever having so much information circulated on
such a regular basis.
Don’t forget the Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 20th June at the
Courtney Centre, Newton Abbot. It’s a 7pm start so lets have a good turn
out and force Trefor to build an extension to fit us all in.
Final tables are attached.
Regards to all,
Extract from John Doidge's April
to Alan Brusey of the Teignmouth and Newton Abbot clubs who came second
in the 2007 South West Civil Service Chess Competition. First was Andrew
Kiel of the Met Office in Exeter with 4.5/5. Alan had 4/5 and other
league players taking part were John Dean of Plymouth and Patrick Gwynne
Andrew and Alan will now travel to
Leeds in July to take part in the National Finals and we wish them good
luck in this venture, and will hope to bring news of their fortunes
later in the year.
HM Revenue and Customs chess
championship is a three a side competition and was held at Nottingham
University at the end of March. Two players from the Torbay League area
were in the South West team – Alan Brusey and Dave Sturdy (Torquay).
– The Annual Rapid Play Tournament will be held at the Trinity School,
Teignmouth on Saturday, 14th April commencing at 9.45am.
Entry forms can be downloaded from the chessdevon site, or can be
obtained from Ray Chubb on 01626 888255. This is a wonderful day out and
can be thoroughly recommended. Late entries can be accepted on the day
by payment of £1 in addition to the entry fee.
Chess Problem Solving.
How many, I wonder, take the trouble to enter into the British Chess
Problem Championship? Not too many I suspect but one local man who has
been doing it for over 17 years is Jon Lawrence of Paignton,
To play in the Championship, players
must qualify via two postal rounds, - the first is relatively easy and
the second more testing – to sort out the men from the boys!
Jon qualified this year with a 100%
score for the 17th time. The event is sponsored by Winton
Capital Management and the reward for qualification is an all expenses
paid visit to the final.
The final took place in March at
Oakham School in Rutland with excellent playing conditions. Oakham is a
famous public school and has become the home of the Championship in
recent years mainly because the school is one of only two in the country
to have a full time chess master on its staff. He is Graham Lee who is a
strong chess solver. The other chess master is IM Matthew Turner at
There were 24 participants in the
Final and it was won by GM John Nunn with GM Jonathan Mestel in second
place. Both these players are, of course, Grand Masters over the board
In third place was Paul Cumbers and
fourth FM Colin Mcnab. Jon Lawrence finished in a very creditable 13th.
It is not generally known that Great Britain is the reigning World Team
Chess Problem Solving Champions with a winning team of Messrs Nunn,
Mestel and McNab.
The sponsors, Winton Capital
Management, and the British Chess Problem Society are very keen to
improve both the ranking and numbers of British players with a rating.
To this end, the reigning World Champion, Piotr Murdzia of Poland was
invited as a guest player supposedly to strengthen the category of the
event! He is the Gary Kasparov of chess problem solving with a grading
of 2860 and made a 100% score - an amazing performance. The event was
probably the strongest ever held in this country and the difficulty of
the problems matched the occasion. It must be very tough solving over 5
Jon’s rating for the event was 1994 –
a wonderful effort, who knows perhaps next year he will reach the 2000
RAY CHUBB REQUIRES THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION
FOR GRADING PURPOSES;-
English Chess Federation
Grading Submissions for 2006/7.
Clubs requiring their
internal Club games graded should submit them to Ray Chubb by the end of
April. Note that there will be a game fee payable for this.
You can send them by e-mail or post.
Information required is as follows:
Game Results Standard or Rapidplay – must provide.
Both players names – must provide.
Result – must provide.
Competition played in or general play – not necessary but desirable.
Colour played – not necessary but desirable.
For new players
without a ECF grading code or new to Devon.
Players Initials (first name preferred and
other initials) and surname.
Date of birth.
If new to area, previous Club.
Player’s names (ECFcodes not needed).
PLYMOUTH WIN LEAGUE K.O. CUP BY NARROW MARGIN
On Thursday 29thMarch Plymouth and Teignmouth met in the Final
of the League Knock Out Cup. Plymouth won by the narrowest margin
after game points were tied and the board count back rule was applied.
The result was in the balance until the very last game was finished.
On board six the Teignmouth player had a winning material advantage but
ran out of time when his opponent had just a lone king. This was
counted as a draw, giving Plymouth victory in the match.
Teignmouth had the white pieces on the odd boards.
FOLLOWING IS AN EXTRACT FROM JOHN DOIDGE'S MARCH
to young Oliver Demeger of the Newton Abbot Club who has been selected for
a trial with the Under 11 England team in April and we wish him well.
Oliver’s mum, Diane, tells me it is extremely difficult to get a place in
the England team as school year 6 and below have to do well at two
separate national competitions against the best. As the best under 11’s in
the country have grades of 100+ the competition is very high but I am sure
Oliver will do us all proud, and he must not be disappointed if he has to
wait a year or two to reach his goal.
I had a most interesting
email from Robert Wilby of Totnes on a remarkable opening he has
come across and, whilst losing to Andrew Dunn in their 4-0 defeat at St
Marychurch, it obviously caused a bit of a headache. See what you think.
The opening moves are:
e4 a6 2
Nf3 b5 3
At this point Andrew took
45 minutes to decide 3..... bxc with Robert taking back with the
bishop. This enabled Robert to dominate the game until the point where his
opponent only had 5 minutes left on his clock compared to Robert’s hour.
Andrew still had 15 moves to make before time control.
It is very difficult to
play someone who has to move very quickly, and Robert saw an opportunity
to exchange a knight for a rook and a pawn, which, in most circumstances,
would be enough to shake up any opponent and for them to make mistakes.
However, this sequence actually freed up Andrew’s game sufficiently enough
to launch an attack with the Queen on its own chasing the King up the
board, eventually trapping it and, with no where to go, getting a mate!
Although first seen in
1868 in London, it did not reappear until the 1980’s when Michael Basman
and Tony Miles started using this defence, and when Miles defeated Anatoly
Karpov using this defence it soon came to be used in serious tournament
Playing a6 is not a
ridiculous move. Black would like a pawn on b5 but the white bishop
controls this square. So, Black must play a6 to allow b5. Black wants to
play b5 for two reasons. Moving this pawn allows a queenside fianchetto,
and the pawn on b5 hinders white’s development. White has built up a pawn
centre with e4 and d5 but Black attacks the e-pawn with Bb7 and Nf6. After
white defends, black plays e6 and c5 to attack the d-pawn as he would in
the French Defense. Now there is a normal position in which to enter the
In the East Devon Chess
Congress at Exeter, Robert tried this in his final game although his
opponent played a c4 opening instead of e4 or d4. Consequently he lost
pawns along the way and eventually the game.
Whilst this seems a
drastic opening it could be worth following up and Robert will be glad to
give advice if required.
Robert Wilby has also been investigating suitable chess programs and has
found one at a reasonable cost of £15 from
www.chessgenius.com/. Robert says it shows what the computer’s best
line is, can switch sides, load up positions and force the computer to
make his move. All without a masters degree to figure it out.
Sounds a bargain.
Events. A reminder the
WECU Congress will be held at Exmouth from 6th to 9th
April. I know several Torbay League members enter this Congress and wish
this month’s game is taken from the Devon Inter Area Jamboree held at the
Torquay Boys’ Grammar School in January. An old friend of mine, Bob
Luffman, of the Plymouth Club was pitted against M Abbott. An interesting
Items for the next
Newsletter, please, by the 28th March.
IS AN EXTRACT FROM THE FEBRUARY EDITION OF THE MONTHLY TORBAY LEAGUE
NEWSLETTER PREPARED BY JOHN DOIDGE.
IS TO BE CONGRATULATED ON HIS EFFORTS TO GET THE NEWSLETTER TOGETHER, SO
LET'S GIVE HIM OUR FULL SUPPORT AND PROVIDE HIM WITH NEWSWORTHY
The South Hams Chess Club is holding a Junior Tournament
on Saturday, 17th March from 13.45 to 16.30. This is a Swiss
tournament with a maximum entry of 32 and is restricted to South Hams
schools, although, if there is room, others can compete by invitation.
There is no entry fee this year and the principal organiser is Paul
Brooks – Tel: home 01548 830518 or at school 0n 852641/1/105.
them well in this excellent way to get youngsters interested in this
wonderful game. Our League President, Trefor Thynne, has agreed to go
along to support and present the prizes.
good to hear from the Brixham
and Mike Cuggy tells me that they have got some new members, probably as
a result of a quayside chess challenge held in the summer (Sounds good
fun!). It is interesting that one of the new members had been hoping to
find a local club since moving to the area some two years ago and it was
only by seeing this quayside chess that he managed to get involved. The
club have had some “business” type cards printed to hand to friends
and this must surely help to get new members. If any club is interested
in these cards then please contact Mike for information. His email
address is email@example.com.
interesting, too, that Mike produces a Newsletter for the Brixham club.
Perhaps if I ask nicely he will send me a copy!
says that Brixham is a small but happy club who enjoy their chess on
Tuesday evenings. Like all clubs, they would like some younger members
as the average age must be about 70.
at the league tables, Brixham have not had too bad a season in Division
2 and could still finish top with four matches to play.
Division 2 Totnes
are also in with a chance of winning this league but may have lost too
many matches to win the first division title. They have another new
player from Poland who is looking very promising. In a recent Division 1
match, with a strong team out, Totnes thought they had chances against
St Marychurch but the match ended in a 2-2 draw with Totnes taking the
top two boards and St Marychurch the bottom two.
coincidence, both Norman Tidy and Rob Wilby have been studying “My
System” by Aron Nimzowitsch with Norman playing true to the strategic
advice in the book and Rob deviating which were not up to the task
resulting in a good win for Norman.
Semi-Final of the Knock Out Cup has been played. A strong Plymouth side overcame Newton Abbot by 4.5 to 1.5 whilst a very
team, with a total grading of 637, overcame a very talented Torquay
Boys’ Grammar School
by 5.5 to 0.5.
interesting to note the Boys’ youngest player, Jeff Leung, playing on
board 5 with white against Ray Chubb showed great promise in a game
lasting 65 moves before Ray, with a pawn promotion to Queen, gave the
inevitable checkmate. Teignmouth will now meet Plymouth in the final
towards the end of March.
exciting match involving Teignmouth was their Division 1 encounter with
Totnes. Teignmouth, who have been having a good season, felt favourites
to win this match but good play by Totnes secured a win for them by 2.5
4, John Parker (w) for Teignmouth found himself against an in form
Steven Greeno and in the latter stages found his Queen in front of his
King with a threatened rook pin and there was no defence to a resulting
Gorodi, on Board 3, found himself against a new Totnes player, Andrzej
Buczylowski of unknown playing strength but it soon became apparent he
is a good player. Bill Ingham had a win over Rob Wilby and on Board 1
Alan Brusey and Charlie Howard were the last to finish and with each
with one pawn and a rook a draw was eventually agreed.
SOUTH TEAM TO PLAY IN THE DCCA JAMBOREE ON SUNDAY 21st JANUARY AT
TORQUAY BOYS' GRAMMAR SCHOOL - START TIME 2:30p.m.
LEAGUE CONGRESS 2006
Hotel, Torquay24th - 26th November 2006
a gap of a year, the Torbay and District League Congress was
re-established at the excellent venue of the Belgrave Hotel, Torquay.
Entries were limited to 150 to ensure good playing conditions for all
from the luxurious playing conditions and adjacent bar and dining
facilities, spacious free parking was available. All this was
overlooking the sea, just 50 yards away, although the weather never
aspired to anything other than blustery and wet.
gave Devon the chance to parade a new crop of arbiters, chief among whom
was newly qualified John Arris. Tony Tatam, amongst his other
numerous duties as the Torbay and District Fixtures Secretary and
Plymouth C. C., handled the Minor Tournament with aplomb and his usual
good humour, whilst the experienced Victor Cross ensured the smooth
progress of the Intermediate. All this was supervised with a keen
and critical eye by Ewart Smith aided by his charming wife.
Mordue is a very welcome participant in Devon's tournaments and this
time he added to his local following and his support of the Braille
Chess Association, by gleaning four and half points to tie for first
place in the Open. His last round win to draw level with A. Lewis
is well worth playing through. (available on Chess Devon on Monday 4th
players in the prize list are Graham Bolt as a grading winner in the
Open and Rob Wilby as joint winner in the Intermediate. This is
not the first time that Rob has claimed first place in a Torbay Congress
tournament employing his rather unique style of play.
is a crop of cups and awards available to Torbay League players and the
prize list below will give some indication of the many donors that have
made this congress popular and well supported.
of all, we must thank Ray Chubb, the Tournament Secretary and Director,
who, having survived the loss of the Riviera Centre that prevented a
Congress last year, found the magnificent new venue and organised it in
such a manner as to provide first class playing conditions.
promote many tournaments each year and each of these aim to provide good
playing conditions as it's primary aim.
year, the Beacon Seniors and the Torbay Congress will be "back-to-
back" in order that travelling will be eased for those who normally
play in both tournaments. The message here is to book early for
both events, as both tournaments cap entries to ensure pristine playing
1st= A. P. Lewis (Colchester)4½/5 £140 each
T. Mordue (Keynsham)
3rd= S. Dilleigh (Bristol) 4 £30 each
F. S. Menadue (Truro)
U175: G. Bolt (Exeter) 3£30
U163: R. J. Webster (Ashfield) 3£30
British Championship Qualifying Place went to A. P. Lewis.
1st= R. Dean (Pudsey) 4/5 £44 each
R. Kneebone (Penwith)
U140:1st= R. Kearsley(Wimbldon) 3/5 £10 each
N. Burton (W. London)
Nielson (Wimborne) 2½£5 each
R. Rogers (Exmouth)
1st= T. Clayton (London) 4½/5 £90 each
3rd= E. Smith (Brixham) 4 £20 each
G. Mason (Shaldon)
U-114: I. Blencowe (Gloucester) 3 £5 each
Mann (St. Marychurch).
U-105:1st= R. Ludlow (Trowbridge 2½£10 each.
1st. P. Hills (Sidmouth) 5/5 £110
2ndM. F. Cuggy (Brixham) 4½ £70
3rd=D. Healey (Watford) 4 £20 each.
U-841st= J. Britten (Brixham) £7 each
U-70: S. Billett (Portsmouth) £20
Torbay Individual Championships:
Andrew Dunne (St. Marychurch).
Major: Stephen Schofield (Newton Abbot)
Rob Wilby (Totnes)
Minor: Mike Cuggy (Brixham)
Newman Cup for highest score by
a Devon player in any section:
FOR DATABASE OF GAMES PLAYED IN THE OPEN IN PGN FORMAT
The League Secretary, John Doidge, has sent the following
notice to Torbay League Club Secretaries :-
"You will remember at the last Council Meeting it was agreed it
would be an idea to send out a newsletter each month to clubs with the object of
trying to keep clubs and their members up to date with happenings and events,
but obviously this can only come about if clubs can send me snippets of
information on a regular basis.
As an example, at the Newton abbot Club, Alan Brusey gave a
simultaneous display to start off the season. They have also welcomed some
new members - among them Stephen Schofield who has come to town from Cornwall
and has an impressive grading of 143.
Brixham and South Hams have already kicked off their Rapid
Play season with a 5-3 win for South Hams.
What I am trying to do is to give all members an insight into
other clubs and their players, together with some good games. Perhaps
someone has had an impressive win over a much stronger player. Why not let
us have details and let someone else play it?
The success or failure of this can only come from you.
Hopefully I can get the first newsletter out in November and would ask for
contributions no later than 31st. October."
Chess Devon supports John's initiative and energy. This
website is read around the world, no doubt by Devonshire ex-patriates trying to
maintain contact with their roots. Let's help them. We fight like
tigers over the board, but we all have one thing in common - our love of chess.