Five young chessplayers from TBGS have just returned from the chess
experience of a lifetime when they competed in an international
under 14 tournament in Dubai (United Arab Emirates). The
tournament comprised 136 juniors from countries including the UAE,
Egypt, Saudi Arabia, India, Azerbaidjan, Georgia, South Korea, south
Africa, Germany and Italy as well as a contingent of 14 from
England, five of whom were from Torbay Boys' Grammar School
accompanied by their chess master, Trefor Thynne. This was the
third year that the invitation to the prestigious event has been
extended to boys from the school and obviously represented a
wonderful cultural experience besides the chess tournament itself.
five of the boys acquitted themselves creditably in the nine-round
tournament with the scores as follows:-
Sam Head (Kingskerswell)
Charles Rochford (Paignton)
Edward Woolcott (Liverton)
Freddie Sugden (Bovey Tracey)
George Darling (Torquay)
Pride of place in these results therefore goes to 13-year old George
Darling for whom it was the second year of the event. George
finished 14th overall in the tournament and won a prize of 200$ US.
George, a member of Newton Abbot chess club, achieved the best
result of all 14 English competitors in the tournament, a striking
result given that the players at the top were among the best players
in the world at their age-group. The tournament winner (as in
2007), 13-year old Indian boy Srinath Narayanan was the world Under
12 champion in 2007.
Although most of their 10 day stay in Dubai was devoted to
preparation, coaching and playing, the boys had time to take a
safari into the desert to go "dune-bashing", to ride a camel, to
visit the Wild Wadi water park and to stroll round the souks of
Dubai. Despite the intense heat which reached 48degrees on one
day and the traffic jams of one of the world's fastest growing
holiday destinations, all the boys can look back on a memorable
experience which will certainly help their future chess careers.
EXTRACTS FROM THE TBGS NEWSPAPER "TORQUIN"
Chess Club News 2007-2008
This has been without doubt one of the busiest seasons on
record for the school chess club with lots of activity at all levels.
We have had teams playing in two divisions of the TORBAY LEAGUE, one
team in the DEVON CHESS ASSOCIATION,s Junior Division, one team in the
ECF National School's Cup together with the usual Millfield Tournament,
the UK School's Championships at Brean Sands, Somerset, a visit from a
junior team in Kiev, Ukraine, a Spring term coaching programme, the
annual UK Challenge tournament and the ever-popular House Chess
competition which involved over 220 boys. In addition a number of
our squad members have achieved great things in outside events at Area,
County and National level.
The first big event of the season, as for the past 20
years, was the Millfield School's Team Tournament. As usual, we
took two teams of 12 thus enabling a substantial number of boys to
experience the high standard at this event. Our A team did very
well to win the Major Section outright and we had the unprecedented
sight of no less than 6 Board Prizes being awarded to TBGS players:
Harry Darling, Laurens Stigink, George Darling (100% score), Alex
Billings, Oliver Demeger and Sam Head. ............
In March we hosted a visit by a party of young chess
players from Kiev in the Ukraine who were playing a series of matches in
south Devon. Two of the visitors were of near master standard but
the remainder found themselves well matched against the TBGS squad in an
all-day tournament held in LA8. ..............
The annual tournament for the "UK CHESS CHALLENGE" proved
as popular as ever with 30 entries. It was won this year by Callum
Picken (11H) who can call himself the School champion for 2008. A
number of the boys qualified for the Regional Mega-Final and a few hope
to reach the National Giga-Final of what is claimed to be the world's
largest chess event. ........................
As in 2006 and 2007 a group of Under 14 players is
travelling with Mr. Thynne to Dubai in July to compete in an
international tournament. This year three year 8 boys, George
Darling, Sam head, and Charlie Rochford together with Freddie Sugden and
Ed Woolcott from year 9, are representing the school as part of a larger
group of top English juniors. ...........
Our thanks to Trefor Thynne for the following:
"BLUE WALNUT" RAPIDPLAY
Torquay 25th June
Dominic Mackle and Robert Thompson
(Newton Abbot) 5/6
John Gorodi (Teignmouth) 4˝
Peter Ruszelak (St
George Darling (TBGS)
Harry Mann (St. Marychurch) 3˝/6
22 players took part.
During the last few months Ray Chubb has been wrestling
with the possibility that the Belgrave Hotel in Torquay may not be
available for the forth-coming congress. Due to a change in
ownership the future of the congress was placed in some jeopardy.
Ray's worst fears were realised when today (13th June 2008) he visited
the new hotel management who had just recently finalised their plans for
the future of the hotel. He discovered that the rooms formerly
used by the Congress were to be reconstructed and the facilities that we
have enjoyed for the past few years would no longer be suitable.
This prompted Ray to research the possibility of other
establishments that have previously hosted the Congress. Of these
he discovered that the Riviera Centre (themselves having undergone
reconstruction) were able to offer a venue that was eminently acceptable
and would maintain the high standard of playing conditions that all
Devon congresses aspire towards. He concluded a deal that will see
the Congress returning to the Centre in this coming November and also
secured for 2009. Ray has reported that the staff of the Centre
will welcome the return of all chess players.
Ray assures "Chess Devon" that the facilities made
available by the Riviera Centre will maintain the high standard of
playing conditions that has been a paramount consideration of all the
recent Torbay Congresses. Not only will the playing conditions be
pristine but the supporting facilities provided by the Centre will be
available. In addition, the Torbay Congress dates will be
"back-to-back" with the Beacon Seniors in order that visitors to South
Devon will be able to conserve on traveling costs should they wish to
play in both tournaments.
This is a tremendous achievement on the part of Ray and
it is now up to the chess playing fraternity of Devon and all national
players to support and secure the future of this popular congress.
Brochures will shortly be available and will be posted on
"Chess Devon", so keep a keen eye open.
"Chess Devon" applauds the energy, enthusiasm and
fortitude that Ray has demonstrated in overcoming what appeared to be
insurmountable difficulties during the last months. We are indeed
fortunate in Devon to have Ray as one of the hard-working and dedicated
workers who promote and maintain the interests of all chess players.
13th June 2008
TORBAY CONGRESS 2007
The Torbay League Congress of 2007 - a year that
celebrated the 50th anniversary of its formation- was held in the
Belgrave Hotel on the Torquay sea-front over the week-end of 23rd/25th
November 2007. This date was contrived to go back-to-back with the
Beacon Seniors held during the preceding week, in order to cut the
escalating costs of visitors travelling to our West Country chess
Once again, Ray Chubb organised a magnificent congress in
the congenial surroundings of this superb hotel fronted on Torbay.
The aim of all congresses held in the West Country is to provide
pristine playing conditions, even if this is at the expense of congress
finances. Ray managed to do this despite an overwhelming demand
Chess Devon intends to give a full account of this event
by providing the games from all sections, but in the meantime we offer
our sincere thanks and appreciation of Ray's hard work and dedication.
Following is his report on the event.
Report on the 41st. Torbay Chess Congress held
at the Belgrave Hotel, Seafront, Torquay.
The 41st. Torbay League
Congress was held at the Belgrave Hotel, Seafront, Torquay, from 23rd.
to 25th. November2007. This Torbay Congress was
the second to be held at the Belgrave Hotel and was again found to be
excellent and very popular with all the players. The venue has been
booked for both the 2008 and 2009 Congresses.
Thanks must be given to our local Torbay
League players John Ariss and Tony Tatam for giving up there weekend to
arbitrate and control at this event.
Trefor Thynne, Torbay League President,
opened the Congress by welcoming the players to the 41st.
Torbay Congress. He reported that this years Congress was special as it
is in the 50th Year of the start of the Torbay Chess League.
There had been a 46 board commemorative match played earlier against the
counterpart East Devon League. Trefor concluded by wishing the players
an enjoyable congress.
The Congress, with additional seating, was
again full and some prominent players had to be turned away. Entries
were from all parts of the UK. The number of entries for each Section
and the names of local players in the Torbay League who competed are:
Open 24 entries (A. Dunn, A. Brusey and Dominic Mackle); Major 48
entries (I. Annetts, J. Gorodi, P. Halmkin, W. Ingham, R. Thompson, A.
Pinkerton, S. Scofield); Intermediate 44 entries (R. Barnes, C. Doidge,
R. Greenhalgh, H. Mann, J. Parker, j. Robson, G. Rosser, N. Tidy, C.
Southall, R. Wilby); Minor 50 (R. Ballentyne, C. Blamey, J. Britten, M.
Cuggy, G. Darling(J), P. Gwynne, S. Howard, W. Hume, D. Orton, C
Picken(J), M. Rickard, C. Rochford(J), P. Ruszelak, F. Sugden(J)). The
total entry of 166 played 830 games.
Scoring Torbay league player in each section.
Alan Brusey, Teignmouth and Newton Abbot. Winner of the Basil Wallis
Major. Robert Thompson, Newton Abbott.
Winner of the challenge shield. A junior player of 14 years
achieving a remarkable performance playing in a section above his
current English Chess federation grading.
Rob Wilby, Totnes. Winner of the Intermediate Cup for second successive
George Darling winner of the Candidates Cup on Tiebreak with Mike Cuggy,
Highest Scoring Devon Player Across all
Robert Thompson, from Kingskerswell,
Devon. Winner of the Ralph Newman Cup for 2007 for the highest score
achieved across all graded sections.
(181) (Horfiels, Bristol) 4/5
A.L. Therrien (193)
(Exeter, Devon) 3˝/ 5
I. Ponter (170) (Downsend
M.J. Yeo (186) (Wessex
4NCL & Lymington)
P. Helbig (177) (Keysham,
Note: There were no
senior players who scored more than 70% in the Open Section.
Grading Prizes Under
175. Ian Ponter (170) Downsend & Fishponds. 3.5 / 5
R. Thompson (121
Junior)* (Newton Abbot, Devon) 5 / 5
S. Schofield (136)
(Newton Abbot) 4 / 5
W. Drennan (137)
Under 126 -
D. Rogers (127)
Exmouth. 2˝ / 5
C. Sellwood (133)
M. Cresswell (130)
L. Fursman (129)
P. Halmkin (131)
R. Spence (133)
I. Annetts (135)
J. Nielsen (132)
Grading Prizes Under
T. Stephenson (122)
Exeter 2.5 / 5
J. Symons (114)
(Salisbury) 4.5 / 5
R.G. Wilby (116)
(Totnes, Devon) 4 / 5
H. Mann (119
Junior) (Newton Abbot, Devon)
N.F. Tidy (99) (St.
T.V. Greenaway (110) (
MINOR (Under 100)
A. Fraser (87)
(Beckham & Bromley) 5 / 5
M.J. Cuggy (95) (Brixham,
Devon) 4 / 5
G. Darling (76
Junior) (Torquay B.G.S., Devon)
J. Maloney (85)
J. Clark (98) (Droitwich,
P. Ruszelak (97) (St.
R. Hood (83) (ISCA) 3˝
P. Gwynne (80) (Teignmouth)
I. Bowman (55) (Corwall)
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SUCCESS FOR DEVON JUNIOR
The 14 strong England Junior Squad that
attended the Guernsey International Festival, included Robert Thompson a
pupil at Torquay Boys' Grammar school. He played in the Holiday
section and finished as outright winner with six points from seven
TORBAY CHESS LEAGUE - latest news from Tony Tatam
– 27th April 2008
TEIGNMOUTH are the TCL CHAMPIONS
The final Division 1 fixture of the season saw
Newton Abbot defeat previously unbeaten Teignmouth 2˝-1˝ at the
Courtney Centre. This result meant that both Clubs finished level on 9
points but it is Teignmouth with a slightly superior games points
record who are the TCL Champions. Newton Abbot were leading 2˝-˝ and
the final game would decide the Championship. A win for either Club
would give them the title and a draw would mean the title would be
shared. So no pressure on Charlie Howard and John Gorodi then. With an
endgame of Rook, Bishop & Pawn against Rook and Pawn both players went
for the win but it was the home player with the pawn advantage whose
flag which fell first to give Teignmouth the precious 1˝ games points
that enabled them to take the title. And so it was that the TCL
Championship was decided in the last game of the last Division 1 match
of the season.
The next night the Division 3 title was decided
in a similar fashion when Plymouth were leading 2-1 against Totnes. In
the last game Plymouth’s Rob Barnes was playing Rob Wilby on Board 1.
A win or draw for Plymouth meant they would win the match and take the
title. Totnes needed a win to draw the match and take the title. Both
players frantically pounded out the moves as the flags hovered. The
Totnes flag fell first but several seconds passed before Rob Barnes
noticed and claimed the win. And so it was that the Division 3 title
was won in the last minute of the last game of the last league match.
Who would have predicted that two of the four leagues
would not be decided until the last match of the season and that a
different Club would win each of the four leagues,
Division 1 - Teignmouth
Division 2 - St Marychurch
Division 3 - Plymouth
Rapidplay - Newton Abbot
In the other matches played recently, Totnes played
three Rapidplay fixtures in the space of just seven days,
losing the first 1-7 away to St Marychurch and then winning the next
two 7-1 at home and then 7-1 away, to bottom of the table South Hams.
In the final Rapidplay match Champions Newton Abbot lost at home 2-6
to St Marychurch who finished as Runners-up.
In Division 2, Teignmouth won their final match
2˝-1˝ against the youngsters from Torquay BGS who had to settle for
bottom spot. And in the final Division 2 match Plymouth won away to
Brixham to snatch the Runners-up spot away from Teignmouth on games
St Marychurch drew their third consecutive Division
3 match when they were held at home by the Newton Abbot Pawns who
were fresh from their whitewashing of the Champions elect. Teignmouth
completed their Division 3 fixtures with a win over Torquay BGS and
the Division was set for the top of the table showpiece title decider
between Plymouth and Totnes.
The season is all but complete, as the only fixture now
remaining is the KO Cup Final, Newton Abbot v Plymouth, which will be
played on the 7th May.
Regards to all,
THE FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION MATCH
50th Anniversary of the Torbay League was celebrated by a match against
Exeter and District played at the Torbay Boys' Grammar School on Sunday
30th September. Originally it was planned as a 50 board match but,
unfortunately, Exeter were unable to raise the requisite number of
players and eventually with the help of extra Torbay players a match of
46 boards was arranged.
Thynne, the President of the Torbay League and captain of the league
side, welcomed all players with a short account of how the league was
formed and drew attention to copies of the minutes displayed that
recorded the meeting at which the league was initially established..
In particular he welcomed Ken Bloodworth, now working on his centenary,
to the match. Ken was mentioned in the minutes and must now be the
oldest surviving member of the league. The captain of the league
team that won the WECU graded tournament the week before, Rob Wilby, was
presented with the WECU cup and a personal award for his efforts in the
preceding season. Bill Ingham won a similar award.
Jones, as the visiting captain, responded to Trefor's welcome and
offered congratulations and well wishes from Mrs Jones, the wife of Eddy
Jones, who had been a prime mover in the formation of the league, and
Gary Lane, who had been the most prominent player in the league.
Writing from Australia, where he has now settled with his family, Gary's
message was :-
to offer my congratulations on the Torbay League's 50th anniversary.
This was a great environment in which to practice my chess and left many
fond memories. It was invaluable to play against such experienced
players as Ivor Annetts, for example, Peter Halmkin, Bill Frost, John
Gorodi and Alan Brusey. However, my memory must be fading, because since
then, all of them claim to have beaten me!
Have a great time, and I hope Torbay wins".
started at three o'clock and at the close the official result was Torbay
League 30˝ points, Exeter and District 15˝.
There is no evidence that Torbay members playing for Exeter artificially
assisted such a massive victory.
A rather sumptuous tea was provided and as a
memento of the occasion, each player received an inscribed pen.
Victor Cross, as arbiter, was given the invidious
task of arranging the pairings at short notice and must be cleared of
any hint of partisanship.
All thanks are due to Trefor Thynne for planning
and organising the event together with a handful of helpers on the day.
Of the 46 games played, 35 were between Torbay and
Exeter players. This match was won by Torbay with 25 points
Torbay winners in this "match" were D. Mackle, E.
Walton, T. Thynne, C. Howard, J. Gorodi, H. Mann, R. Barnes, R. Wilby,
C. Doidge, A. Tatam, N. Tidy, P. Ruszelak, m. Fisher, M. Chester, J.
Ariss, A. Hatch, R. Chubb, J. Doidge, P. Gwynne, and S. Howard.
Drawn games were played by W. Ingham, S. Schofield, P. Halmkin, A.
Clarke, E. Smith, M. Quinn, K. Bloodworth, W. Frost and M. Cuggy.
Our thanks to Tony Tatam for providing the following tables.