CHESS CORNWALL
Welcome to the website of the Cornwall County Chess Association
Featured Games
Cornwall Online Congress, Round 6

Willis ½ - ½ Morgan, Major
Kneebone 1 - 0 George, Premier
Menadue 1 - 0 Trudeau, Premier

2nd 4NCL Online League, Round 6

Hasssall 1 - 0 Moxey, Division 3, Bd.4
Morgan 1 - 0 Wiseman, Division 4, Bd.4
Bettley 0 - 1 Kostadinov, Division 6, Bd.4

Others

Kneebone 1 - 0 Beryozkin, 4NCL Autumn U2000, Rd.5

Lists of all featured games:
Local
General

English Chess Federation
English Chess Federation
ECF Grading Database

 
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 28/10/2020

 
Online Chess: Links

Team Competitions
West of England Counties Online Championship
4NCL Online League (season 3)
Cornwall Online League (season 2)

Individual Events
Bude Under 125 tournament
Cornwall Online Winter Congress
2nd Cornwall Online Congress
4NCL Autumn Online Congress

Cornwall Online Chess
Fair Play Guidelines
List of Members with online ratings Lichess: Cornwall team

Others
ECF Online Ratings Lichess User Guide
How to start a game in Lichess

Completed Events
Results of completed events
1st Cornwall Online Congress
4NCL Online League (season 2)
Online match: Falmouth & Truro 4 - 7 Lewisham
Cornwall Online League (season 1)
4NCL Online League (season 1)
National Online Club Championship

Search this site


2nd Cornwall Online Congress

This starts up in January 2021. Arrangements are similar to the 1st Cornwall Online Congress except that it consists of 3 rated Swisses (U2100, U1800, U1550) and that there is only one game per round at 45'/15" time rate. Information, arrangements and how to enter


1st Cornwall Online Congress

The competition has now finished. Final standings, round by round scores and the prize list are here.

Ian George


Cornwall Online Winter Congress
  • Anyone with a past or present connection with Cornwall is welcome to enter. Holidays don't count!
  • Sun 24 January 2021
  • Start time: 1 p.m.
  • Single section. Two or more graded sections if 18 or more entries
  • 5 rounds.
  • Rate of play: 30 min + 15 sec increment from move 1
  • There is no entry fee
  • Prizes per section: 1st £50, 2nd £25, 3rd £15. Grading prizes £50 each
  • Go to the Congress Summary page for details of how to enter
  • Detailed Information and Arrangements


    4th 4NCL Online Congress

    This will be a five-round Swiss from on Friday 15 to Sunday 17 January 2021. Information and Arrangements


    4NCL Online Autumn Congress

    This was held as a Swiss with seven fortnightly rounds from 1st September to 24th November

    Congratulations to Robin Kneebone who won the Under 2000 section with 7/7 and a clear margin of 1½ points.

    Results of the Cornish players were as follows:

  • OPEN: 7th= Jeremy Menadue: 4½. 49 entries
  • UNDER 2000: 1st Robin Kneebone: 7. 22nd= Jamie Morgan: 3½. 45th= Kieran Macphail: 2. 55 entries
  • UNDER 1700: 19th= Maurice Richards: 4. 27th= Christine Constable, Bryan Jones: 3½. 37th= David R Jenkins: 3. 54th= Lloyd Russell:2. 64th= Hugh Brown: 1. 68 entries

  • Tuesday Themed Tournaments

    There are some free Tuesdays before the 4NCL starts its third season on 26th January 2021. On those evenings we will be running a series of Themed tournaments. They will all be unrated and the rate of play will be 10 minutes plus 10 seconds increment from move 1. All games will start with the same opening position with White or Black to move as appropriate. The programme is:

  • 08/12/20: Sicilian Najdorf
  • 15/12/20: Modern Benoni
  • 22/12/20: French, Winawer variation
  • 29/12/20: Queen's Gambit Accepted
  • 05/01/21: Sicilian Dragon
  • 12/01/21: Nimzo Indian
  • 19/01/21: King's Gambit Accepted
  • Ian George

    Cornwall v Fiji - 16th January 2021

    For three years from 1992 our president, David Jenkins, was Head of Education and Psychology and a professor at the University of the South Pacific, Fiji. During that time he was a member of the Fiji team at the Moscow Olympiad of 1994 and was elected president of the Fiji Chess Federation in 1995. Since returning to the UK he has maintained contact with the chess community on the island.

    I am delighted to be able to announce that as a result David has managed to instigate an online match between Cornwall and Fiji to be played on Saturday, 16th January 2021 starting at 9.30 a.m. The rate of play will be 45 minutes for the whole game plus 15 seconds per move from move 1. Number of boards, composition of teams and other arrangements will be announced as soon as they are finalised.

    This wonderful initiative is another example of the immense contribution that David has made to Cornish chess since moving into the county a number of years ago.

    Ian George


    West of England Counties Online Championship

    Back in October I approached all seven West of England Counties to see if there was any interest in holding a western counties championship played online. I am pleased to say that all seven counties responded positively. The event will therefore get under way in the new year as a five round all-play-all featuring Cornwall, Devon, Dorset & Wilts (combined team), Gloucestershire, Hampshire and Somerset. Matches will be played over 16 boards at 60//15" on Sunday evenings at fortnightly intervals beginning on 10th January.

    From a Cornish perspective it will be good to play matches against counties we haven't met for several years, in the case of Dorset and Wiltshire 20 and 15 years respectively.

    Robin Kneebone has kindly agreed to captain the Cornwall team.

    Detailed Information and Arrangements

    Ian George


    4NCL Online League (season 2)

    Nine Cornish teams entered. 7 fortnightly rounds. Full details, including links to fixtures, results, standings and other information here.


    Bude U125 All Play All Online Tournament
  • Double-round all-play-all tournament for players with ECF grades under 125 on the July 2020 Grading List.
  • Pairings, results and standings here

    Chris Constable


    Online Chess

    In order to provide somewhere for local players to play now that meetings and social gatherings have been shut down for the foreseeable future, we have set up Cornwall Chess Online so that organised chess can continue in the county. We have therefore created an Cornwall team on lichess.org. Instructions on how to join lichess and the Cornwall group and enter a tournament are here.

    Links to upcoming events and other information are in the right-hand column of this page.

    A list of members with their user names is here. When we are able to resume over the board play, Cornwall Chess Online will continue.


    How to Get Good at Chess

    This article from the Guardian (14th November 2020) is by Stephen Moss who wrote The Rookie in 2017, an account of his attempts to improve his game and much else besides. The article suggests various strategies for improvement. It can be found here.


    Spurious Games

    Our County Association president David Jenkins has published Spurious Games (Troubadour Press), a novel with relevance to the local chess scene. You can find more information here.


    Last updated 30/11/2020

  •  
    Online Tournaments
    Dec 3 (Thu) Bude Under 125 All Play All, round 8.
    7.30 p.m. Details
    Dec 8 (Tue) Themed tournament - Sicilian Najdorf
    5 rounds. 10 mins + 10 secs increment. Unrated.
    All games start with the moves 1.e4 c5; 2.Nf3 d6; 3.d4 cxd4; 4.Nxd4 Nf6; 5.Nc3 a6.
    https://lichess.org/swiss/tQ5d63QZ
    Dec 15 (Tue) Themed tournament - Modern Benoni
    5 rounds. 10 mins + 10 secs increment. Unrated.
    All games start with the moves 1.d4 Nf6; 2.c4 c5; 3.d5 e6; 4.Nc3 exd5; 5.cxd5 d6; 6.e4.
    https://lichess.org/swiss/KHbMDDdu
    Dec 22 (Tue) Themed tournament - French, Winawer variation
    5 rounds. 10 mins + 10 secs increment. Unrated.
    All games start with the moves 1.e4 e6; 2.d4 d5; 3.Nc3 Bb4.
    https://lichess.org/swiss/1JUjjYGi
    Dec 29 (Tue) Themed tournament - Queen's Gambit Accepted
    5 rounds. 10 mins + 10 secs increment. Unrated.
    All games start with the moves 1.d4 d5; 2.c4 dxc4.
    https://lichess.org/swiss/KTzspMph
    2021
    Jan 3 (Sun) Cornwall Online League (season 2), round 1. 7 p.m.
    Contact your team captain Details and links
    Jan 05 (Tue) Themed tournament - Sicilian Dragon
    5 rounds. 10 mins + 10 secs increment. Unrated.
    All games start with the moves 1.e4 c5; 2.Nf3 d6; 3.d4 cxd4; 4.Nxd4 Nf6; 5.Nc3 g6.
    https://lichess.org/swiss/8n58mgul
    Jan 10 (Sun) Cornwall v Somerset
    West of England Counties Online Championship. 16 boards
    html/online/cwc-index.html
    Jan 12 (Tue) Themed tournament - Nimzo Indian
    5 rounds. 10 mins + 10 secs increment. Unrated.
    All games start with the moves 1.d4 Nf6; 2c4 e6; 3.Nc3 Bb4
    https://lichess.org/swiss/xstOOVGR
    Jan 15-17 (Fri - Sun) 4th 4NCL Online Congress
    Five round Swiss: Open, U2000, U1700, U1400
    45' with increments of 15"per move from move 1
    Information and arrangements
    Jan 16 (Sat) Cornwall v Fiji
    Match over 8-10 boards. 9.30 a.m. start. Detailed arrangements being finalised. Team captain: Robin Kneebone.
    Jan 19 (Tue) Themed tournament - King's Gambit Accepted
    5 rounds. 10 mins + 10 secs increment. Unrated.
    All games start with the moves 1.e4 e5; 2f4 exf4.
    https://lichess.org/swiss/6iWSJnR2
    Jan 22 (Fri) 2nd Cornwall Online Congress, round 1
    7 rounds. U2100, U1800, U1550
    Details at html/online/coc-index.html
    Jan 24 (Sun) Cornwall Online Winter Congress
    5 rounds. single section. 1 p.m. start.
    Details at html/online/cwc-index.html
    Jan 26 (Tue) 4NCL Online League (season 3), round 1.
    Contact your team captain Details and links
    Feb 7 (Sun) Cornwall v Devon
    West of England Counties Online Championship. 16 boards
    html/online/cwc-index.html
    Feb 21 (Sun) Dorset & v Cornwall
    West of England Counties Online Championship. 16 boards
    html/online/cwc-index.html
    Mar 7 (Sun) Cornwall v Gloucestershire
    West of England Counties Online Championship. 16 boards
    html/online/cwc-index.html
    Mar 21 (Sun) Hampshire v Cornwall
    West of England Counties Online Championship. 16 boards
    html/online/cwc-index.html