British Championship (Aberystwyth)
The official competition website contains complete information on the whole event, including the final scores. There is an excellent Game of the Day video (about 15 minutes long) in which IM Andrew Martin analyses a game from each of the rounds.
All the games played by Jeremy Menadue and Theo Slade are listed above. Click to replay in your browser.
UK Chess Challenge Southern Gigafinal - Reading: 12-13 July
Cornwall juniorsí successes in national final
Eighteen youngsters from Cornwall, the largest number for over 10 years, made the long journey to Reading on 12/13 June to play in the national final of the UK Chess Challenge.
Harvey Richings (Marazion) and Adam Hussain (Truro Prep)
Two boys, Adam Hussain (Truro Prep) and Harvey Richings (Marazion) both scored 4 out of 6 in their sections and qualified for the national Plate competition later in the summer. Although only 10, Harvey has already played against adults in matches with some success. Adam (under 8 section) is new to competitive chess and his result is extremely promising.
Most of the other Cornish players were up against national standard opposition for the first time and found the games very tough; the practice will have strengthened their play. Cornish results were better than in the recent past.
Here is the full list of the scores.
A. W. Busby Cup Final - Monday 30th June
Truro 3 - 2 Falmouth
Falmouth, fresh from their win over Newquay in the Semi-final, sent a determined almost full strength side to Truro, who hoped to gain another Trophy to go with the 500 League and make up for being pipped at the post by the mighty Camborne squad in the League.
In order of finishing, board one was a respectful draw between ex-Cornwall champions - still theory with a slight plus to white. On board five Hugh Brown set up a solid game against regular County player Richard Smith but Black's massive pawnroller was too much. On board three Ian Renshaw lost a pawn to a tactic but counterattacked. James Hooker, a much improved player this season, kept his nerve better than some of the spectators. On board four Marcus Pilling then agreed a draw against a very sound Ricky Pascoe to secure the match with a game to finish. This left board two where County team number two Mark Hassall played a fine strategic game, simplifying to a won endgame, but overstepped the time limit. Thanks to the Kernow Club for hosting the match
St Petroc's Charity Chess Challenge - Saturday 28th June
The inaugural St Petroc's Charity Chess Challenge was held in St Austell. 10 players took part in the knock-out event which was won by Edward Webb of the St Austell club. The event was well organised with excellent refreshments and a lot of friendly games were played.
The Falmouth Tankard
After an interval of some years, the Falmouth Club Championship has been revived. Disappointingly, only six players entered, even though the competition was open to all members of the English Chess Federation.
Because of the low number of entries, the Championship was held as a double round robin with players responsible for arranging their own matches. No credit was given for matches not played.
The Championship was won by Robin Kneebone with five wins from five matches, with Ian Renshaw's four from five putting him in second place. Thanks to Hugh Brown for organising the competition.
The trophy to be awarded will be known as the Falmouth Tankard as there is already a Falmouth Cup.
Camborne Club Championship
Once again this was a six-round Swiss tournament played over the whole season with a strong entry of 16 players including a few who play for other clubs in the leagues. The early leader was Colin Sellwood with 4/4, including wins against Robin Kneebone and David Saqui, while defending champion, Mark Watkins was held to a draw by James Hooker in he first round. Mark went on to beat Colin in round 5. In the final round he was paired against Ian George, who was a half-point behind and the only other player who could win the championship. This resulted in a draw as a result of which Mark finishes with 5 points and retains the trophy for another year. The game can be replayed here. Ian finished on 4½ with Colin Sellwood, Martin Pope and David Saqui sharing 3rd place on 4.
Final standings and scores here.
Camborne Open Quickplay - Friday 16th May
There were 17 entries for the open event which was a five-round Swiss with 15 minutes each for the whole game. Equal 1st with 4/5 were Grant Healey (Falmouth), Jeremy Menadue (Truro) and David Saqui (Camborne). Hugh Brown (3½) won the under 130 grading prize while Matthew Jilbert (Camborne) and Richard Stephens (Falmouth) shared the junior prize with 3. Final scores here
Four players contested a separate under-12 section which was played as a double-round all-play-all. This was won in convincing style by James Ackerley (Trewirgie School, Redruth) with 5½/6. My thanks to Kenton Richings for running this section.
UK Chess Challenge Megafinal - Penair School, Saturday 3rd May
The list of winners is below. Each age group has a Supremo (boy) and a Suprema (girl).
The following scored 4 or more points and also qualified for the national final, to be held in Reading in July:.
There were 76 entries in total.
Full scores of all sections here.
Lerryn Club Championship
The first Lerryn club championship was contested as an all-play-all with each "tie" consisting of 2 games with 45 minutes on the clock, as in the 500 League.
The winner was Barry Childs with 9/10. Final standings here.
Cornwall Junior Championships (Penair School, Truro - 23/03/2014)
There were 57 entries in total (U9: 22, U11: 24, U13-15: 9, U18: 2)
The Under 18 Championship, revived after a break of 11 years took the form of a 4 game match between Chris Piper (Truro College) and Jack Harvey (Truro School). Congratulations to Chris Piper who, with a score of 3-1, is the new Cornwall Under 18 Champion, following in the illustrious footsteps of, among others, Michael Adams and Andrew Greet. Game 2 can be replayed here.
The winners of the Cornwall age-group championships were as follows:
Trythall won the schools team competition with 17½ points, ahead of Marazion and St. Uny with 15½
Full scores of U9 / U11 / U13-15 here.
Cornwall v Gloucestershire (Exminster - 8/3/14)
This match was a win for Cornwall by 9½ - 6½. Full scores and match captain's report here.
East Devon Congress (Exeter 28/2/14 to 2/3/14)
No prizes to report from the 2014 congress at the Corn Exchange, Exeter but solid performances from a number of Cornish players.
Simultaneous display - Saturday 8th February
Following his unbeaten performance in finishing second in the Emigrant Cup on the previous weekend, Theo Slade scored heavily when faced by multiple opponents in Truro's Lander Gallery. He played 24 games, winning 21 and drawing none. Theo willingly took on strong players, juniors, and beginners alike, and displayed a courteous attitude to all even when hammering some! The event was publicised in the West Briton (who sent a photographer), Radio Cornwall, and by posters.
We are grateful to the Slade family for making the effort to journey from Bude to Truro, but disappointed that few juniors took up the challenge. Those who did come enjoyed the event, and it made the case for other public-space chess events. Theo's stamina in lasting so well for 4 hours against a range of opponents was impressive and we hope to invite him again.
West Briton report and photos here
Cornwall County Congress (Stithians - 31/1/14 to 2/2/14)
Mark Watkins (Camborne) won the Emigrant Cup for the second year in a
row and therefore retains the title of County Champion. The Falmouth Cup
was won by Marcus Pilling (Truro). The winner of the Penwith Cup, revived
after a gap of two years, was Kenton Richings (Camborne).
Cornwall v Devon (Saltash - 18/1/14)
This match was a win for Devon by 11½ - 4½. Full scores and match captain's report here
Camborne Christmas Quickplay (20/12/13)
A record 23 players entered the open section of this annual festive event. Robin Kneebone (Falmouth) was on fine form, winning all 5 games. Grant Healey (Falmouth), Jeremy Menadue (Truro) and Philip Williams (Camborne) finished in second place on 4. The junior prize went to Harvey Richings (Marazion) who showed great promise against experienced opposition, winning one game and putting several of his opponents under pressure.
The junior section was a four player all-play-all and was won by Ned Lester-Smith (Perranporth) and Neo Guyett-Browne (Camborne)
Thanks to Debbie and Sonia for the continuous supply of refreshments and to David Jenkins for running the junior section.
Cornwall v Somerset (Exminster - 30/11/13)
This match was drawn 8 - 8. Considering that Cornwall were outgraded on every board except one, this was a fine performance by all concerned. Full scores and match captain's report here
Cornwall Junior Championships (Penair School, Truro - 23/11/13)
The winners of the Cornwall age-group championships were as follows:
Marazion won the schools team competition.
There were 49 entries in total (U8: 13, U10: 17, U12-16: 19)
Torbay Congress (15 to 17/11/13)
A number of players from Cornwall crossed the Tamar to play in this weekend event at the Toorak Hotel, Torquay The two star performers were Bill Pope (Liskeard) who finished 1st equal in the Minor (U120) with 4/5 (alongside Colin Gardiner, formerly of Falmouth, on the same score) and Mick Hill (Liskeard) who finished 3rd equal in the Intermediate (U140) with 3½/5.
Beacon Seniors (4 to 8/11/13)
A Cornish success to report at this year's seniors tournament held at the Royal Beacon Hotel, Exmouth. Simon Bartlett (Newquay) was joint-winner of the junior section (50 to 60 years) with 3½/5. Colin Sellwood (Camborne) finished on 2/5, a good result considering the strength of the opponents he faced.
County Match v Hampshire (19/10/13)
The Cornwall team made a good start to the season with a 7 - 5 win against Hampshire. Congratulations to David Jenkins, the team captain, and all the players for getting us off to a good start. The full result and David's report can be found here.
Liskeard Open Rapidplay (2/11/13)
The Liskeard club's annual rapidplay event was held at Liskeard Royal British Legion Club on Saturday 2nd November. The winner was Graham Bolt (Exeter) with 4½/5. Jeremy Menadue (Truro) and Giles Body (Exeter) were runners-up on 4. There were 14 entries. Final standings here
Kerrier Cup and Under 100 Rapidplay (28/9/13)
Junior players were to the fore in Cornwall's premier speed-chess competitions held in the Kernow club, Truro on Saturday September 28th.
The top section was won by Lloyd Retallick (Newquay), just ahead of junior international Theo Slade (Bude) and British Championship qualifier Jeremy Menadue (Truro). The Reserves group was won by Jan Rodrigo of St. Ives, closely followed by Terry Dengler (Truro). The Under-18 prize was won by Chris Piper (Truro College) just ahead of William Dash (Richard Lander); primary school player, nine-year-old Harvey Richings of Marazion School reached a commendable score.
Top section scores: Retallick 4½, Slade, Menadue 4, George 3½.
Full results here.
Foreground: Kenton Richings playing black against Paul Forde; in the rear international Theo Slade plays tournament winner Lloyd Retallick.
Junior Chess - My First Tournament (21/9/13)
On Saturday, 21st September, two competitions were held at Penair School: My First Chess Tournament, and a Practice Event for more experienced players. Harvey Richings (age 9) of Marazion School won the experienced-player event, ahead of William Dash (Richard Lander and Melanie Jehu (Truro School). Oliver Curtis, Callum Smith (both Roseland) Jack Keen (Marlborough) and Stewart Godden of St. Kew scored well in the newcomers' section.
Devon CCA annual congress (1 to 7/9/13)
This year's Devon CCA annual congress took place at the Livermead House hotel, Torquay after more than 60 years at Oldway Mansion, Paignton. In the Ron Bruce Premier Simon Bartlett (Newquay) and Theo Slade (Bude) scored 3½ out of 7. Here is Simon's 2nd round game.
2013/14 ECF Grading List
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Last updated 10/9/2014