Welcome to the website of the Cornwall County Chess Association
A new Cornish international

To date, Cornwall has produced one player for England's team in the FIDE Olympiad: Michael Adams, with an unbroken series of 15 appearances from 1990 to 2018, including several on top board. Three other players have played in the Olympiad before living in the county: John Nunn (Bude: 10 appearances for England from 1978 to 1994), Paul Wallace (Camborne: 1982 - Ireland) and David Jenkins (Calstock: 1994 - Fiji)

Another name can now be added to that illustrious company. Jamie Morgan, formerly of the Penwith club, has been selected to play for Guernsey in the 44th Olympiad at Chennai which starts on 29th July.

We wish Jamie well and look forward to his account of his adventures on the sub-continent.

1st Cornwall Autumn Congress

We are delighted to announce that entries are now being accepted for the 1st Cornwall Autumn Congress which will be held in the ballroom of the Queen's Hotel, Penzance from Friday 14th to Sunday 16th October 2022.

  • Open, Under 1975, Under 1750 and under 1550 sections
  • 5 round Swiss. 75 minutes + 30 seconds per move increments.
  • Total prize fund: £2,000
  • Full details with link to online entry form and brochure

    2nd Cornwall Spring Congress

    The final standings and details of prize winners are at html/archive-cong/cong-2022.shtml.

    Trophy winners

  • Emigrant and Cornwall champion: Mike Truran (Witney)
  • Falmouth Cup: Philip Walters (Canonbie)
  • Penwith Cup: Eldon Vallejo (Redruth)

    Cornwall Chess Trust

    Following a generous bequest in the will of David Saqui, the Cornwall Chess Trust was created for the purpose of using the money in accordance with his express wishes for the benefit of the development of chess in Cornwall.

    More informationn can be found at

    Last updated 18/5/2022

    Online chess

    Since OTB play was suspended in March 2020, team and individual competitions have moved online.

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

    OTB events
    Jun 3 (Fri)
    3 days
    Cotswold Congress
    The King's School, Gloucester, GL1 2DP
    Open, Major (under 1860), Minor (under 1635)
    6 round Swiss. 2 rounds per day at 1000 and 1500.
    Rate of play: 75 minutes + 30 seconds per move.
    Go to the congress website for details and entry forms
    Oct 14 (Fri)
    3 days
    1st Cornwall Autumn Congress
    Queen's Hotel, The Promenade, TR18 4HG, Penzance
    Open, Major (under 1975), Intermediate (under 1750), Minor (under 1550)
    5 round Swiss. Fri 1900. Sat and Sun 1000 and 1430.
    Rate of play: 75 minutes + 30 seconds per move.
    Total prize fund: £2,000
    Go to the congress website for details and entry forms
    Nov 11 (Fri)
    3 days
    Torbay Congress
    "... we are planning to hold the 2022 Congress at the Toorak Hotel. We hope to start accepting entries for the 2022 Congress around the middle of 2022."
    Congress website
    Feb 4 (Sat)
    2 days
    Kidlington Congress
    "... we have booked our usual venue, Exeter Hall.
    Further information about next year’s event will be posted when confirmed, and full details along with entry forms will be available later in the year."
    Congress website

    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 25/2/2022