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Game of the Week
Smith v Gill
Camborne Club Championship, Rd.1
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Game of the Week

Upcoming Events
Sat Jan 21

Cornwall v Somerset

Victory Hall, Main Road, Exminister EX6 8DF

Fri Feb 10

Annual Congress (Ends Feb 12)

Carnon Downs village hall. Full details here

Sat Feb 25

Gloucestershire v Cornwall

Kenn Centre, Exeter Road, Kennford, Exeter, EX6 7UE. Directions here.

Fri Mar 10

East Devon Congress (Ends Mar 12)

Exeter. Detailed arrangements TBA

Sun Mar 19

U9, U11, U13 Championships

Penair School. Detailed arrangements TBA

Fri Apr 14

WECU Easter Congress (Ends Apr 17)

Royal Beacon Hotel, Exmouth. Detailed arrangements TBA

Sun Apr 30

Penwith QP

Marazion Community Centre. Includes the Cornwall Under 16 Championship. Other arrangements TBA

Sat May ?

Megafinal (UK Chess Challenge)

Date and other arrangements TBA

Sat or Sun May ?

Kerrier Cup

Carnon Downs Village Hall. Includes the Penwith Cup and Under 15 Championship. Date and 0ther arrangements TBA


2016/17 Season

Grand Prix standings
Diary of the season
Junior diary
Cornwall grades
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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Truro Chess Club on Facebook
Jeremy Menadue's Twitter feed
Laws of Chess
FIDE Laws of Chess (1 July 2014)
Guidance notes on the Laws of Chess (Ian George)
English Chess Federation
ECF Grading Database

Annual Congress 2017

The annual chess congress will be held at Carnon Downs Village Hall from Friday 10th (evening) to Sunday 12th February . Given the long advance notice, and preferred date, we hope for a larger entry this season.

Note that the playing sessions are four hours long; the lunch break on the Sunday is short, but will be extended if the Hall is not booked by another organisation for the evening.

Entries to James Hooker please as it states on the form. Entries received after noon on Thursday February 9th incur a £2 penalty.

Please note that if you have not yet paid your ECF membership fee for 2016-7 you will be required to do it as part of your entry.

Both the Emigrant and Falmouth Cups will be part of the 2016/17 Cornwall Grand Prix, counting for double points.

Full details here.

Cornwall Grand Prix

The second event in the 2016/17 Cornwall Grand Prix took place at Lerryn Village Hall on Saturday 22nd October. The winner was Jeremy Menadue with 4½, a half-point ahead of Lloyd Retallick and Gary Trudeau and one point ahead of Robin Kneebone. Lloyd Retallick retains his lead in the Cornwall Grand Prix with 383 points, followed by Robin Kneebone (297) and Jeremy Menadue (200 ).

The event incorporated the Under 14 Championship which was won by Adam Hussain on 3/5 with Sam Edwards 2nd on 1½.

Full scores 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

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

Last updated 17/1/2017


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 4 16
Penwith 4 14
Carrick B 5 14
Camborne 5 12
Newquay 4 4
Liskeard 4 4
Played at Carnon Downs on 11/01/2017
  Carrick B 4 - 1 Camborne
1 174 Robin Kneebone 1 - 0 Colin Sellwood 154
2 148 Richard Stephens 1 - 0 Jeff Nicholas 147
3 147 Marcus Pilling ½ - ½ Richard Smith 141
4 119 Ian Renshaw 1 - 0 John Wilman 130
5 UB David Walton ½ - ½ Philip Spargo 106
Camborne had white on the odd boards
Played at Newquay on 09/01/2017
  Newquay 5 - 0 Liskeard
1   Default 1 - 0 Default  
2   Default 1 - 0 Default  
3   Default 1 - 0 Default  
4   Default 1 - 0 Default  
5   Default 1 - 0 Default  

Roberts Cup

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

Camborne 5 18
Penwith 5 16
Carrick A 6 12
Carrick B 5 10
Newquay 5 8
Liskeard 5 8
Calstock 3 7
Played at Ludgvan on 03/01/2017
  Penwith 4 - 0 Newquay
1   Default 1 - 0 Default  
2   Default 1 - 0 Default  
3   Default 1 - 0 Default  
4   Default 1 - 0 Default  


500 League

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

West Division
Carrick All Stars 3 9
Carrick A 2 5
Penwith 1 1
East Division
Lerryn 2 8
Liskeard 1 1
Calstock 1 1
Played at Carnon Downs on 04/01/2017
  Carrick 3 - 5 Carrick All Stars
1 172 Richard Stephens 1 - 1 Robin Kneebone 158
2 106 Ian Renshaw 0 - 2 Mick Hill 133
3 96 Guy Bolton 1½ - ½ David Walton 50
4 46 Tamara Burgess ½ - 1½ Sam Edwards 57