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Upcoming Events
Sat Jun 3

Charity QP

St Augustine’s Church, Woodland Road, St. Austell PL25 4RA, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (lunch afterwards). In aid of St Petroc’s Homeless Charity. Entry fee, including lunch, is £10 (juniors £5), pay on the day

Entries please to Jackie Davis. Email: Jackie.Davis@stpetrocs.org.uk.

Sat Jun 17

Kerrier Cup

Carnon Downs Village Hall, Tregye Road, TR3 6GH, 1.30 p.m. to early evening. Cornwall Grand Prix triple points event. Detailed arrangements here

Sat Sep 16

Charity QP

Carnon Downs Village Hall, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. In aid of St Petroc’s Homeless Charity Detailed arrangements TBA


2016/17 Season

Grand Prix standings
Diary of the season
Junior diary
Cornwall grades
Annual congress
County matches


Chess Puzzle of the Day

There are 3 positions to solve of increasing difficulty. Choose L1, L2 or L3 and solve the displayed position by dragging and dropping the piece from one square to another on the board. "Hint" highlights a relevant square.

When you have finished one position you can put up another one and start again. "More" displays a graded series of training positions. The more difficult positions are usually at the higher levels of this section.



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Laws of Chess
FIDE Laws of Chess (1 July 2014)
Guidance notes on the Laws of Chess (Ian George)
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English Chess Federation
ECF Grading Database

Penwith Club Informal QP

Next Tuesday (23th May) is Penwith's last club meeting of the season and we are holding an informal (i.e. unrated) quickplay 15 mins each player for the game, 5 rounds Swiss. £2 on the night to enter, arrive 7:15ish for 7:30 start; helpful if you can let me know in advance if you will be attending. Hope to see you there.

David Jenkins


Cornwall v Leicestershire - 13th May

This match, played at Mark Village Hall, near Highbridge was won by Leicestershire by 1½ - 12½. Full scores here. My thanks go to those that went a long way for a bad result.

Mark Hassall


ECF membership and Game Fee

At the ECF Council meeting on 1st September the 2017/18 budget was passed. The new membership rates, effective from 1st September 2017 are:

  • Bronze £16 (junior £9.50)
  • Silver £23.50 (junior £17)
  • Gold £34 (junior £27.50)

The system of charges for graded games played by non-members has changed. For league, club championship and games played in tournaments within the county (ie Bronze), game fee has been abolished. From 1st September 2017 each non-member can have 3 games graded for free. Thereafter, he or she will have to pay a flat fee of £16 (equivalent to a bronze membership) as soon as they exceed the 3 graded games. Bronze members and higher will have their games graded for free. The response of the ECF office to my query suggests that this rate also applies to juniors with no discount.

This means that our arrangements for next season's team and individual competitions will need to take these changes into account in order to avoid the county association and its members incurring unnecessary costs.

Ian George


A message from Robin Kneebone

I’m on holiday from Tuesday morning (9th May) – any urgent emails please send to rfgk2008@gmail.com


West Cornwall QP - 30th April

This was the fourth event in the Cornwall Grand Prix and was held at Marazion Community Centre on 30th April. Lloyd Retallick continued his run of fine form in rapid chess, winning with 5/5. David R Jenkins was 2nd with 4. Robin Kneebone and Kenton Richings were equal 3rd with 3½. Bryan Jones won the grading prize.

The Cornwall Under 16 Championship was won by Harvey Richings with 3/5, 0.5 ahead of Adam Hussain.

Team Competitions

Congratulations to Carrick A on winning the County Shield with a match to spare and a 100% record.

The Roberts Cup match between Carrick B and Penwith, due to be played on 24th May was defaulted by Penwith. With one match to play Camborne cannot be overtaken and win the title.

On 26th April at Probus Village Hall Carrick All Stars defeated Lerryn in the 500 League East-West final and win the competition.

Liskeard defeated Calstock by 2½-1½ in the final of the Roger Grime Cup.

In the semi-final A. W. Busby Cup Newquay won the tie on board elimination and will play away at Penwith in the final at Ludgvan on Tuesday, 6th June.


Cornwall Grand Prix

The West Cornwall Quickplay was the fourth event in the 2016/17 Grand Prix, counting for double points.

Grand Prix standings Grand Prix programme


Junior Chess

Cornwall Chess provides a full programme for juniors with competitions, including age-group Cornwall championships for all years from Under 7 to Under 18.

Details of all our junior chess events, and advice for parents, here

Robin Kneebone


Laws of Chess

I have written a series of guidance notes on the laws of chess for the benefit of anyone playing in our competitions and those venturing East of the Tamar. These cover the revised FIDE Laws effective from 1st July 2014 (including the way in which they are implemented in our competitions where there is a range of options) together with notes on a number of areas that are not always properly understood and can sometimes result in unnecessary disputes. They can be found here. A printable version is here.

Ian George


Get involved!

Please send news of Cornwall chess events, interesting games, corrections, notifications, broken links and suggestions for improving the website to Ian George


Last updated 22/5/2017

 

League and Cup Results 2016/17 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

Carrick A 9 36
Penwith 9 31
Camborne 10 26
Carrick B 10 23
Newquay 10 17
Liskeard 10 9
Played at Camborne on 19/05/2017
  Camborne 3 - 2 Carrick B
1 154 Colin Sellwood ½ - ½ Robin Kneebone 174
2 169 Ian George ½ - ½ Mick Hill 143
3 147 Jeff Nicholas 0 - 1 Adam Hussain 135
4 141 Richard Smith 1 - 0 Guy Bolton 96
5 130 John Wilman 1 - 0 Bryan Jones UG
 
Played at Liskeard on 15/05/2017
  Liskeard 3 - 2 Newquay
1 153 Gary Trudeau 0 - 1 Lloyd Retallick 176
2 129 Jason Henderson ½ - ½ Barry Moss 143
3 115 Brian Parkin 0 -1 Richard Clark 146
4 121 David Lucas ½ - ½ Martin Jones 126
5 107 Maurice Richards 1 - 0 Richard Nancarrow 104
 
Played at Carnon Downs on 10/05/2017
  Carrick B 2½ - 2½ Newquay
1 148 Richard Stephens 0 - 1 Lloyd Retallick 176
2 147 Marcus Pilling ½ - ½ Martin Jones 126
3 135 Adam Hussain 1 - 0 Richard Nancarrow 104
4 119 Ian Renshaw 0 - 1 Darius Saliche UG
5 90 Hugh Brown 1 - 0 Ted Needham-Williams UG
 
Played at Liskeard on 08/05/2017
  Liskeard ½ - 4½ Carrick A
1 125 David R Jenkins 0 - 1 Jeremy Menadue 189
2 153 Gary Trudeau 0 - 1 Richard Stephens 148
3 UG Stuart Lee ½ - ½ Mick Hill 143
4 105 Eric Westlake 0 - 1 Ian Renshaw 119
5   Default 0 - 1 Default  
 
Played at Camborne on 05/05/2017
  Camborne 2 - 3 Penwith
1 154 Colin Sellwood 0 - 1 Mark Watkins 182
2 169 Ian George ½ - ½ David Saqui 176
3 147 Jeff Nicholas ½ - ½ Percy Gill 149
4 130 John Wilman ½ - ½ David J Jenkins 134
5 115 Anton Barkhuysen ½ - ½ Kenton Richings 123
Penwith had white on the odd boards

Roberts Cup

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

Camborne 11 38
Penwith 12 35
Carrick B 12 30
Calstock 10 26
Newquay 11 23
Carrick A 11 20
Liskeard 11 14
 
Played at Carnon Downs on 24/05/2017
  Carrick B 4 - 0 Penwith
1   Default 1 - 0 Default  
2   Default 1 - 0 Default  
3   Default 1 - 0 Default  
4   Default 1 - 0 Default  
 
Played at Camborne on 12/05/2017
  Camborne 3½ - ½ Calstock
1 147 Jeff Nicholas 1 - 0 Jason Henderson 149
2 130 John Wilman ½ - ½ David R Jenkins 125
3 106 Philip Spargo 1 - 0 Steve Knight UG
4 70 Thomas Oates 1 - 0 Alan Yoshihara-Coles UG
Camborne had white on the odd boards
Played at Newquay on 08/05/2017
  Newquay 3 - 1 Penwith
1 176 Lloyd Retallick 1 - 0 Percy Gill 149
2 126 Martin Jones 1 - 0 James Galloway 128
3   Default 1 - 0 Default  
4 48 Ted Needham-Williams 0 - 1 Richard Humpleby 120
 
Played at Camborne on 28/04/2017
  Camborne 2½ - 1½ Carrick B
1 154 Colin Sellwood ½ - ½ Marcus Pilling 147
2 130 John Wilman ½ - ½ Mick Hill 143
3 70 Thomas Oates 0 - 1 Adam Hussain 135
4 46 Conner Mitchell 1 - 0 Guy Bolton 96
 

500 League

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

West Division
Carrick All Stars 4 13
Carrick A 4 10
Penwith 4 7
East Division
Lerryn 4 16
Liskeard 4 10
Calstock 4 4
 
Final: Played at Probus on 27/04/2017
  Carrick All Stars 6½ - 1½ Lerryn
1 172 Richard Stephens 2 - 0 Gary Trudeau 151
2 137 Adam Hussain 1½ - ½ Jason Henderson 119
3 106 Ian Renshaw 1 - 1 David R Jenkins 125
4 57 Sam Edwards 2 - 0 Phil James 82

 


A. W. Busby Cup
Semi-final: Played at Carnon Downs on 06/04/2017
  Carrick 2½ - 2½ Newquay
1 189 Jeremy Menadue ½ - ½ Lloyd Retallick 176
2 183 Mark Hassall ½ - ½ Barry Moss 143
3 174 Robin Kneebone 0 - 1 Richard Clark 146
4 148 Richard Stephens 1 - 0 Martin Jones 126
5 147 Marcus Pilling ½ - ½ Richard Nancarrow 104

Newquay win on board elimination


Roger Grime Cup (U135)
Final. Played at Calstock on 26/01/2017
  Calstock 1½ - 2½ Liskeard
1 129 Jason Henderson 1 - 0 David Lucas 121
2 125 David R Jenkins ½ - ½ Brian Parkin 115
3 80 Alan Yoshihara-Coles 0 - 1 Stephen Pearce 108
4 113 Richard Hendin 0 - 1 Maurice Richards 107