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Game of the Week

Two games will be featured here, changing every week. One will be a local game and the other a brilliancy from the rich history of chess

Lists of all featured games: Local  Historical

This week's selection (16/2/2020)

Levy 0 - 1 George (Devon v Cornwall 2020)
Caruana 0 - 1 Firouzja (Professional Rapid Chess League 2020)

This Week's Cartoon

We may be the only chess website in the UK to employ a resident cartoonist, Dee Jay, who used to be an art teacher in his youth. The cartoons, in black ink and watercolour, combine thoughts on the noble game with local interest. Click on the image to enlarge and here for the cartoon archive. The victims of any satirical cartoon are welcome to request the original drawing on art paper.

Dee Jay 10/2/2020

Upcoming Events
Feb 22 (Sat) DCCA Team QP
America Hall, De La Rue Way, Pinhoe, Exeter, EX4 8PX. 1245-1645. 6 rounds, teams of 4. Tim Paulden Email: Full details here (pdf)
Feb 28 (Fri) Camborne Gambit Tournament
Bickford Smith Bowling Club, Tuckingmill, Camborne, TR14 8RG. Arrive by 1900 for 1915 start. Free buffet between rounds 2 and 3.
Entries to Ian George. Phone: 07890 133221. Email:
Full details (dowloadable) here.
Mar 6 (Fri) East Devon Congress (3 days)
Exeter Corn Exchange, Market Street, Exeter, EX1 1BW. Email Details and online entry here
Mar 14 (Sat) Cornwall II v Somerset II
Victory Hall, Church Stile, Exminster, EX6 8DF. 1.30pm start.
Mar 27 (Fri) Camborne Open Rapidplay
Bickford Smith Bowling Club, Tuckingmill, Camborne, TR14 8RG. Arrive by 1900 for 1915 start. Free buffet between rounds 2 and 3.
Entries to Ian George. Phone: 07890 133221. Email:
Apr 17 (Fri) WECU Easter Congress (4 days)
Royal Beacon Hotel, Exmouth, Devon EX8 2AG. Meyrick Shaw. E-mail: Congress brochure here
May 1 (Fri) Cornwall Open Congress (3 days)
Falmouth Hotel, Castle Beach, Falmouth, TR11 4NZ. Details here
May 15 (Fri) Frome Congress (3 days)
Selwood Academy, Berkley Road, Frome, BA11 2EF. Congress and entry details here
May 23 (Sat) Cotswold Congress (3 days)
King’s School, Gloucester. Congress and entry details here
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Cornwall Open Congress 2020

Following last year's successful congress in the beautiful setting of the Falmouth Hotel this year's congress will be held there again from Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd May 2020.

  • It will be open to all, including players from outside Cornwall, although the Emigrant, Falmouth and Penwith cups may only be won by players eligible by birth, education or residence in Cornwall.
  • Three sections: Championship (U190), Major (U150), Minor (U110)
  • It will be a five round Swiss with ½-point byes available in rounds 1 to 4.
  • Time control: All moves in 75 minutes plus 30 second increment per move.

Full details including entry fees, how to enter and pay and congress rules are here. Printable brochure here. List of entries here

We look forward to welcoming a wide range of players both from within and outside the county.

Ian George

Camborne Gambit Tournament - 28 February

Come, free your imagination and let your hair down on the wilder shores of chess openings at our Gambit Blitz tournament at Bickford Smith Bowling Club, Tuckingmill on Friday 28 February. Arrive 1900 for 1915 start. Free buffet after round 2 kindly provided by our Treasurer, Debbie Smith. Cash prizes. The games will not be graded. Entries to Ian George at

Full details are on the Camborne club page and can be downloaded from here

Ian George

David Saqui Cup (Holder: Lloyd Retallick)

Entries are invited for this year's competition to find the best game played by a Cornish player in 2019. Players may submit a maximum of two games played either for the county team or in a local competition in the calendar year 2019. The closing date for entries is 30th April, 2020. The adjudicator is Bob Jones of Devon. We hope to present the cup to the winner at the AGM.

Full details of rules and arrangements can be downloaded from here

Ian George

Time controls for team competitions

It has long been my strongly held view that, now that digital clocks are available that will handle increments, the time controls we currently use are out of date and distort the game in at least two ways.

  • Firstly it's not fair that a player who has outplayed his/her opponent and achieved an overwhelming advantage can be compelled to offer a draw simply because he/she does not have enough time physically to make the moves needed to deliver mate. This could be said to mirror the legal concept of unjust enrichment.
  • Secondly the "two minute procedure", whereby a player can claim a draw if he/she can persuade the arbiter that his/her opponent cannot win by "normal means", raises many anomalies, particularly in our team matches where, instead of an independent arbiter we use the team captains. In addition this rule is generally misunderstood and can lead to unnecessary disputes where, for example, players mistakenly believe that they're entitled to a draw because "the position is drawn".
  • Of course, time is an element of the game and poor time management is not a valid excuse for a loss but I think that under our present rules its significance is disproportionate.

    I therefore intend to propose at the next AGM that, with effect from the 2020/21 season, that all competitions organised by the county association, including league and cup matches, be conducted using the Fischer system whereby a time bonus is added after every move such that if a player has not lost on time he/she always has at least the amount of the time bonus to make the next move. This would lead to fairer outcomes and would enable us abandon the "two minute rule" altogether.

    This has been discussed by email within the Executive Sub-Committee and a measure of consensus has been reached that the appropriate time rates to be used should be 75 minutes for all the moves with 20 seconds added after every move for League and Cup matches and 30 minutes for all the moves with 15 seconds added after every move for 500 League matches. This is not set in stone at this stage and if better options are suggested they can be put to the vote.

    Of course, for such a rule to be implemented it would be necessary for all the clubs to have enough digital clocks with a time bonus function. I therefore undertake that, if the motion is passed, I will personally buy five digital clocks each for the four clubs which do not currently have suitable digital clocks. These would be the property of the County Association and lent to the clubs concerned.

    In my view this measure would align our arrangements with best practice throughout the chess world and would represent an advance analogous to the abandonment of adjudication many years ago (well, perhaps not quite that far but significant nevertheless!).

    There would also be a separate proposal for 7.15 starts, although the above change is not dependent on start times.

    Ian George

    Devon 5½ - 11½ Cornwall

    This match was played on Saturday 18th January at Plymouth Bridge Club

    Full results here

    A big thank you to everyone for making the trip in terrible weather, Especially Prof David Jenkins who came in at short notice as a very late replacement.

    We had 9 draws by Lloyd, Robin, Jamie, Percy, Jan, Richard, Jeff, Colin, and David against a really strong Devon team. Each opponent was about 20 to 30 grading points higher on average.

    Lovely to see a fantastic return to county chess, after a 10 year hiatus, by Ian George with our only win (see Game of the Week)

    Richard Smith

    Chess in Schools and Communities (CSC)

    Chess in Schools and Communities” are looking for people to run chess clubs in the following town libraries: St Austell, Truro and Falmouth Contact Robin Kneebone (CSC Cornwall Coordinator) for more information.

    Robin Kneebone

    Social Chess
    In addition to chess activities organised by the county association and its affiliated clubs you can get a game at any of the following locations. I would like to hear of others so that I can publicise them here.


    There is now a chess club at Fowey which welcomes all who wish to come and play. The club meets monthly on Sundays from 1400 to 1630 at Squires Field Community Centre, Langurtho Road, Fowey, PL23 1EQ. The next meeting is on October 27th. Please email Owain Fitzsimmons at"

    Mawnan Smith

    An informal social chess group meets weekly on Wednesdays from 7.30 to 10 p.m. at the Red Lion, Mawnan Smith. Everyone is welcome to just turn up and play. It is a normal pub environment, so there is plenty of action and we play with a drink in hand.

    For more information contact Mick Ferrie at or 01326 250403


    Chess is played at the Redwing Gallery, Wood Lane (just off Market Jew Street opposite the Wharfside shopping centre) on Wednesdays and Fridays at 11 o'clock a.m. The telephone number is 01736 448402.


    If you would like to play some friendly games, please come along to the Godolphin Club in Wendron Street any Monday or Wednesday evening at 7.30 p.m. or call Steve Fanning on 01326 372948.

    Ian George

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    Last updated 21/2/2020

    League and Cup Results 2018/19 Season

    Complete fixture lists for each club can be found on the club pages

    Expanded league tables, the draws for the cup competitions and links to the detailed results are here.

    County Shield

    Win = 4, draw = 2, loss = 1, default = 0 points

    Falmouth 9 27
    Camborne 8 24
    Bude 7 20
    Calstock 8 20
    Truro 6 17
    Newquay 8 16
    Penzance 8 15
    Liskeard 8 12
    Played at Carnon Downs on 12th February 2020
      Falmouth 1½ - 3½ Truro
    1 164 Robin Kneebone ½ - ½ Jeremy Menadue 187
    2 153 Toby Willis 0 - 1 Adam Hussain 158
    3 122 Bryan Jones 0 - 1 Marcus Pilling 145
    4 109 Ian Renshaw 0 - 1 Peter Doubleday 79
    5 UG Beatrice Steele 1 - 0 Myla Hussain 54

    Falmouth had White on the odd boards

    Played at Camborne on 7th February 2020
      Camborne 3 - 2 Penzance
    1 167 Grant Healey ½ - ½ Ian George 164
    2 142 Richard Smith ½ - ½ Percy Gill 149
    3 142 Jeff Nicholas 0 - 1 Jan Rodrigo 152
    4 142 Colin Sellwood 1 - 0 Martin Pope 128
    5 122 Thomas Oates 1 - 0 Richard Humpleby 109

    Penzance had White on the odd boards

    Played at Bude on 6th February 2020
      Bude 3½ - 1½ Newquay
    1 245 John Nunn 1 - 0 Lloyd Retallick 177
    2 141 Geoff Lingard ½ - ½ Barry Moss 143
    3 130 Ian Rescorla 0 - 1 David Grant 146
    4 119 Christine Constable 1 - 0 Martin Jones 117
    5 114 John Constable 1 - 0 Richard Nancarrow 111

    Newquay had White on the odd boards

    Played at Calstock on 5th February 2020
      Calstock 3 - 2 Liskeard
    1 158 Gary Trudeau 1 - 0 Stephen Savill 134
    2 142 Nigel Kirkman ½ - ½ Keith Brewer 127
    3 142 Mick Hill 1 - 0 Brian Parkin 126
    4 128 Alistair Bissell 0 - 1 Stephen Pearce 116
    5 113 David Jenkins ½ - ½ Maurice Richards 105

    Liskeard had White on the odd boards

    Roberts Cup

    Win = 4, draw = 2, loss = 1, default = 0 points

    Truro and Falmouth Kings 4 14
    Calstock 3 12
    Truro and Falmouth Rooks 5 12
    Newquay 3 10
    Camborne 4 9
    Bude 3 7
    Redruth 4 6
    Liskeard 4 5
    Lerryn 4 5
    Played at Camborne on 31st January 2020
      Camborne 1 - 3 Truro/Falmouth Kings
    1 142 Jeff Nicholas ½ - ½ Toby Willis 153
    2 128 Martin Pope 0 - 1 Marcus Pilling 145
    3 102 Philip Spargo ½ - ½ Ian Renshaw 109
    4 UG Pat Scully 0 - 1 Beatrice Steele UG
    Camborne had white on the odd boards
    Played at Bude on 30th January 2020
      Bude 1 - 3 Truro/Falmouth Rooks
    1 141 Geoff Lingard 0 - 1 Robin Kneebone 164
    2 119 Christine Constable 1 - 0 Bryan Jones 122
    3 114 John Constable 0 - 1 Boris Kostadinov 121
    4 50 Nick Egleton 0 - 1 Peter Doubleday 79
    Bude had white on the odd boards
    Played at Calstock on 29th January 2020
      Calstock 4 - 0 Liskeard
    1 142 MIck Hill 1 - 0 Don KIng 96
    2 142 Nigel Kirkman 1 - 0 Eric Westlake 73
    3 128 Alistair Bissell 1 - 0 Jack Otter UG
    4 97 Steve Knight 1 - 0 Stuart Lee 72
    Liskeard had white on the odd boards
    Played at Lerryn on 29th January 2020
      Lerryn 2 - 2 Redruth
    1 137 Jason Henderson 0 - 1 Colin Sellwood 142
    2 113 David Jenkins 1 - 0 Colin Long 102
    3 104 Mark Reid 0 - 1 Craig Fenwick 86
    4 88 Phil James 1 - 0 Bryan Atkinson 50

    500 League

    Win = 4, draw = 2, loss = 1, default = 0 points

    West Division
    Camborne 4 13
    Redruth 4 8
    Truro and Falmouth Knights 3 7
    Truro and Falmouth Bishops 3 6
    East Division
    Bude 3 12
    Calstock 4 10
    Liskeard 4 7
    Lerryn 3 6
    Played at Camborne on 31st January 2020
      Redruth 4½ - 3½ Truro/Falmouth Bishops
    1 167 Ian George ½ - 1½ Richard Stephens 158
    2 149 Richard Smith 2 - 0 Boris Kostadinov 134
    3 125 Thomas Oates 2 - 0 Ivan Gersimenko 71
    4 50 Bryan Atkinson 0 - 2 Maria Evdokimova 50

    A. W. Busby Cup
    Played at Camborne 17th January 2020
      Camborne 3½ - 1½ Liskeard
    1 164 Ian George 1 - 0 Gary Trudeau 158
    2 152 Jan Rodrigo 1 - 0 Stephen Savill 134
    3 149 Percy Gill ½ - ½ Keith Brewer 127
    4 142 Colin Sellwood 1 - 0 Stephen Pearce 116
    5 142 Jeff Nicholas 0 - 1 Maurice Richards 105


    Roger Grime Cup (U135)
    Played at Camborne on 22nd November 2019
      Camborne 1½ - 2½ Bude
    1 122 Thomas Oates 1 - 0 Ian Rescorla 130
    2 102 Philip Spargo ½ - ½ Christine Constable 119
    3 102 Colin Long 0 - 1 John Constable 114
    4 UG Bryan Atkinson 0 - 1 Nick Egleton UG