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Annual General Meeting

This will be held on Tuesday 11 June at Victoria Inn, Victoria Road, Roche, PL26 8LQ starting at 7.15 p.m. It will incorporate the Management Committee meeting at which the programme for the 2024/25 season will be decided. The agenda is here.

So that I can issue the formal notices of the meeting on Tuesday 28 May, as required under our constitution, I need to receive the text of any motions to be submitted to the meeting on or before 9 a.m. on that date.

As one of the decisions to be taken at the meet is on the format of the team competitions for 2024/25, I shall be grateful if club officials could let me know how many teams their club proposes to enter in the team comnpetitions listed in item 8 of the agenda.

Ian George

4th Cornwall Spring Congress

We returned to the splendid setting of the Falmouth Hotel from 3 to 5 May 2024 for this year's Spring congress, incorporating the Cornwall championship (Emigrant Cup), Falmouth Cup and Penwith Cup. Thanks to organisers Rebecca and Colin Gardiner and controller John Constable, the congress ran smoothly throughout.

Open Joint winners with 4/5 were Jane Richmond (Swindon) Cornwall champion 10 year old Rami Taleb (Truro), who retained the title of Cornwall champion. There were 19 entries.

Major (under 1900) Three players tied for first place on 4/5 : Hugh Fenwick (Mushrooms), Lindsay Aris (Bournemouth) and Jordan Lee (Liverpool). James Galloway (Penance) won the Falmouth Cup with 3½/5. There were 31 entries.

Minor (under 1600) Mac Holland (Devon) and Ian Blencowe (Wotton Hall) tied first on 4/5. The Penwith Cup was won by Philip Spargo (Camborne) with 3½/5. There were 19 entries

Final standings.  Open results  Major results  Minor results  Photos

2nd Roche Rapidplay
  • This will be held at the Victoria Inn, Victoria Road, Roche, PL26 8LQ on Saturday 29th June.
  • 10.30 a.m. start
  • Single section
  • 5 round Swiss. 20 minutes + 10 seconds per move increments.
  • Tournament website (inc link to online entry form)

  • Team competitions 2023/24
  • The fixture lists for each club have been posted to the club pages.
  • Other team competition links are in the left-hand column
    Support for motor expenses to away matches

    The trustees of the Cornwall Chess Trust have agreed to offer financial support to clubs for the cost of travelling to away matches. Details of the scheme and the application form can be found here.

    Teaching chess to children
  • Anyone wishing to coach a group of children might be interested in attending one of the courses run by the charity "Chess in Schools and Communities (CSC)". An online option is available.
  • Alternatively, Robin Kneebone is authorised by CSC to guide people through the ideas and material that CSC provides.

  • Link to CSC courses

    Cornwall Chess Trust

    The trust was created following a generous bequest in the will of the late David Saqui. Its main object is to make grants to support the organisation and playing of chess in Cornwall.

    Further information and links to grant application forms are here.

    Last updated 19/5/2024

    Online chess

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

    OTB events

    May 25 (Sat)
    3 days

    Cotswold Congress
  • The King’s School, Pitt St, Gloucester, GL1 2BG
  • Open, U1860, U1835
  • 6 round Swiss. 90 minutes + 30 seconds per move increments.
  • Details and and a link to the online entry form
  • Jun 29 (Sat) 2nd Roche Rapidplay
  • Victoria Inn, Roche, PL26 8LQ
  • 10.30 a.m. start
  • Single section
  • 5 round Swiss. 20 minutes + 10 seconds per move increments.
  • Tournament website
  • Aug 31 (Sat)
    7 days
    Riviera Congress
  • Torquay
  • Further information along with entry forms will appear in due course when available.
  • Sep 20 (Fri)
    3 days
    3rd Cornwall Autumn Congress
  • Queen's Hotel, The Promenade, Penzance,
  • Open, under 1850 and under 1600 sections
  • 5 round Swiss. 75 minutes + 30 seconds per move increments.
  • Details and and a link to the online entry form
  • Oct 18 (Fri)

    3 days

    Weymouth Congress
  • Hotel Rembrandt, 12-18 Dorchester Road, DT47JU
  • Open, U1850, U1550
  • 5 round Swiss.
  • 75 minutes + 30 second increments from move 1.
  • Congress website and link to brochure and online entry form