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2nd Roche Rapidplay cancelled

Regrettably, we have had to cancel this event. We received only 7 entries, about half the number we would need for a viable tournament. It seems that there is little appetite for summer chess down here. I am in in the process of writing to the entrants and arranging refunds.

3rd Cornwall Autumn Chess Congress
  • This takes place from Friday Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd September 2024 at the Queen's Hotel, The Promenade, Penzance, TR18 4HG
  • 3 sections: Open, Major (under 1850) and Minor (under 1550)
  • Time control: all moves in 75 minutes plus 30 second increment per move from move 1
  • Details and and a link to the online entry form
    Team competitions 2024/25
  • The fixture lists for each club will be posted to the club pages when available.
  • Closing date for entries: 7th July
  • County Shield: entries from Bude, Calstock, Camborne, Falmouth & Truro, Liskeard, Newquay, North Cornwall. Double-round APA.
  • A. W. Busby Cup: entries from Bude, Camborne, Falmouth & Truro, Newquay, North Cornwall. Knock-out with preliminary round.
  • Quick Play League: entries from Bude (possibly 2), Calstock, Liskeard (East),  Camborne (2), Falmouth & Truro, Newquay (West). Double-round APAs: followed by a final match between the winners of the East and West sections.
  • Minor League: entries from Bude, Camborne, Lerryn, Newquay. Double-round APA.
  • The Club Jamboree is being revived after a gap of several years and will take place on Saturday 14th September. Closing date for entries: 31st July

    Annual General Meeting

    This was held on Tuesday 11 June at Victoria Inn, Roche, PL26 8LQ starting at 7.15 p.m. The minutes are here. The main points were:

  • The purchase of the David Jenkins Cup to honour the memory of our late president.
  • Agreement of the programme for the 2024/25 season.
  • It is intended to revive the team Jamboree after several years. To take place on Saturday, 14 September. Closing date for entry: 31 July 2024
  • For team matches, ECF rating list published 1st July to be used for player eligibility.
  • Board order to be determined using current ratings. Where the ratings of two players differ by less than 100, team captain may place them in the order of his/her choice.
  • For QP and Minor leagues, where a team defaults a board, for the purpose of calculating the average, the "missing player's" rating deemed to be 1400 (QP) or 1200 (Minor)
  • All games to be played under the current laws of chess.
  • Changes to ECF membership system highlighted.
  • Closing date for entry to the County Shield, A.W. Busby Cup, Quickplay League and Minor League: is 7 July 2024
  • Ian George

    Teaching chess to children
  • Anyone wishing to coach a group of children might be interested in attending one of the courses run by the charity "Chess in Schools and Communities (CSC)". An online option is available.
  • Alternatively, Robin Kneebone is authorised by CSC to guide people through the ideas and material that CSC provides.

  • Link to CSC courses

    Cornwall Chess Trust

    The trust was created following a generous bequest in the will of the late David Saqui. Its main object is to make grants to support the organisation and playing of chess in Cornwall.

    Further information and links to grant application forms are here.

    Last updated 15/7/2024

    Online chess

    Up to date information about our online activities can be found at

    OTB events
    Aug 31 (Sat)
    7 days
    Riviera Congress
  • Torquay
  • Further information along with entry forms will appear in due course when available.
  • Sep 14 (Sat)
    Cornwall Club Jamboree
  • Venue and start time TBA
  • Teams of 5 using the Hutton pairing system
  • 75 minutes + 30 second increments from move 1.
  • Sep 20 (Fri)
    3 days
    3rd Cornwall Autumn Congress
  • Queen's Hotel, The Promenade, Penzance,
  • Open, under 1850 and under 1600 sections
  • 5 round Swiss. 75 minutes + 30 seconds per move increments.
  • Details and and a link to the online entry form
  • Oct 18 (Fri)

    3 days

    Weymouth Congress
  • Hotel Rembrandt, 12-18 Dorchester Road, DT4 7JU
  • Open, U1850, U1550
  • 5 round Swiss.
  • 75 minutes + 30 second increments from move 1.
  • Congress website and link to brochure and online entry form
  • Oct 25 (Fri)

    3 days

    Torquay FIDE Congress
  • Hampton by Hilton hotel, The Terrace, Torquay TQ1 1DP
  • Open, U1900. U1700 (FIDE and ECF rated), U1400 (ECF rated)
  • 5 round Swiss.
  • 90 minutes + 30 second increments from move 1.
  • Congress website
  • Nov 8 (Fri)

    3 days

    56th Torbay Congress
  • TLH Toorak Hotel, Chestnut Avenue, Torquay, TQ2 5JS
  • Open (FIDE rated and ECF rated), U1950. U1750, U1500 (all ECF rated)
  • 5 round Swiss.
  • 90 minutes + 30 second increments from move 1.
  • Congress website (including link to online entry form)
  • 2025
    Jan 11 (Sat)

    3 days

    7th Somerset New Year Congress
  • Walton Park Hotel, Wellington Terrace, Clevedon, BS21 7BL
  • U2050. U1750, U1550 (all ECF rated)
  • 5 round Swiss.
  • 75 minutes + 30 second increments from move 1.
  • Congress website (including link to online entry form)
    Feb 14 (Fri)

    3 days

    Bristol Congress
  • Details TBA