CHESS CORNWALL
Welcome to the website of the Cornwall County Chess Association

Upcoming Events
2018
Sat Mar 3

Cornwall v Devon (1st team only)

Plymouth Bridge Club, 1 Moor View Terrace, Mutley PL4 7EB

Fri Mar 9-Sun 11

County Congress

Carnon Downs Village Hall. Emigrant Cup and Falmouth Cup. Full details here.

Fri Mar 23

Camborne Gambit Tournament

Bickford Smith Bowling Pavilion, Tuckingmill, Camborne, TR14 8RG. Full details here.

Fri 30 Mar to Mon 2 Apr

WECU Easter Congress

The Manor Hotel, Exmouth, EX8 2AG. Full details here.

Sat May 19

UK Chess Challenge

Marazion School,School Lane, Marazion, TR17 0DG


2017/18 Season

Diary of the season
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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Laws of Chess
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Guidance notes on the Laws of Chess (Ian George)
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English Chess Federation
ECF Grading Database

County Annual Congress

The annual congress will be held at Carnon Downs Village Hall on Friday 9thto Sunday 11th March.

There will be two sections: The Emigrant Cup open to all registered players and the Falmouth Cup for players graded under 145. The winner of the Emigrant Cup will become county champion.

Full details here.

Ian George


Camborne Gambit Tournament - Friday 23rd March

To try out the new digital clocks for the first time the Camborne club is holding a Gambit tournament which will be open to all with entry free of charge. This will be held on Friday 23rd March, starting at 7.15 p.m. There is no need to enter in advance but competitors should arrive no later than 7 o'clock. There will be a break for refreshments after round 2.

The time limit will be 5 minutes each for the whole game with 5 seconds added after each move. There will be 5 rounds and 10 games with every competitor playing a game with each colour against his opponent. The games will not be graded. Before the start of each round the starting position for every game in the round will be determined by the drawing of lots from a list of gambit openings.

Come along and free the imagination by playing a few unfamiliar openings.

Full details, including the list of openings are here.

Ian George


Team Competitions

The results and league tables have been updated to include matches played up to and including 17th February 2018.

The dates and results of the knock-oot competititon and 500 League finals are as follows:

  • Roger Grime Cup: Bude 4 - 0 Penwith (15/2/18)
  • Arthur Busby Cup: Penwith v Carrick (20/2/18)
  • 500 League: Camborne and Bude (21/2/18)

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.

Further details and advice for parents, here

The final junior event of the season will be held at Marazion School:

  • UK Chess Challenge on May 19

Please contact me at kenton@live.fr

Kenton Richings


ECF membership and Game Fee

At the ECF Council meeting on 1st September the 2017/18 budget was passed. The new membership rates, effective from 1st September 2017 are:

  • Bronze £16 (junior £9.50)
  • Silver £23.50 (junior £17)
  • Gold £34 (junior £27.50)

The system of charges for graded games played by non-members has changed. For league, club championship and games played in tournaments within the county, game fee has been abolished. From 1st September 2017 each non-member can have 3 games graded for free. Thereafter, he or she will have to pay a flat fee of £16 (equivalent to a bronze membership) as soon as they exceed the 3 graded games. Bronze members and higher will have their games graded for free. The response of the ECF office to my query suggests that this rate also applies to juniors with no discount.

This means that our arrangements for next season's team and individual competitions will need to take these changes into account in order to avoid the county association and its members incurring unnecessary costs.

Please note that in another change to the system the final date for acquiring or renewing ECF membership is 30th June. The ECF will not accept membership applications for the current season after that date.

Ian George


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Last updated 17/2/2018

League and Cup Results 2017/18 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

Penwith 6 19
Camborne 6 19
Truro 6 15
Falmouth 6 15
Liskeard 6 9
Newquay 6 7
Played at Camborne on 16/02/2018
  Camborne 3 - 2 Newquay
1 178 James Hooker ½ - ½ Lloyd Retallick 174
2 167 Ian George ½ - ½ Barry Moss 146
3 155 Colin Sellwood 1 - 0 Martin Jones 116
4 140 Jeff Nicholas 0 - 1 Alvaro Sanchez UG
5   Default 1 - 0 Default  

Newquay had white on the odd boards

Played at Carnon Downs on 14/02/2018
  Falmouth 3½ - 1½ Truro
1 164 Robin Kneebone ½ - ½ Jeremy Menadue 191
2 160 Richard Stephens ½ - ½ Mark Hassall 168
3 93 Hugh Brown 1 - 0 Adam Hussain 145
4 UG Sharath Kumar 1 - 0 Marcus Pilling 145
5 UG Toby Willis ½ - ½ Guy Bolton 99

Falmouth had white on the odd boards

Played at Ludgvan on 13/02/2018
  Penwith 5 - 0 Liskeard
1 178 Mark Watkins 1 - 0 Gary Trudeau 148
2 169 David Saqui 1 - 0 Keith Brewer 128
3 141 Jan Rodrigo 1 - 0 David R Jenkins 121
4 117 Kenton Richings 1 - 0 Stuart Lee 77
5   Default 1 - 0 Default  

Penwith had white on the odd boards


Roberts Cup

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

Newquay 6 22
Truro 5 14
Calstock 6 18
Falmouth 6 11
Bude 5 9
Camborne 5 8
Liskeard 5 7
Played at Liskeard on 05/02/2018
  Liskeard 1 - 3 Calstock
1 122 Brian Parkin 1 - 0 David R Jenkins 121
2 107 Gabriel Rusalowicz 0 - 1 Alistair Bissell 115
3 94 Eric Westlake 0 - 1 Richard Hendin 103
4 77 Stuart Lee 0 - 1 Steve Knight 68
Liskeard had white on the odd boards
Played at Bude on 03/02/2018
  Bude 2 - 2 Falmouth
1 125 Geoff Lingard 0 - 1 Richard Stephens 160
2 120 John Constable 1 - 0 Ian Renshaw 121
3 98 Christine Constable 0 - 1 Bryan Jones 103
4 95 Robert Bloxham 1 - 0 Sharath Kumar UG
Falmouth had white on the odd boards

500 League

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

West Division
Camborne 6 22
Penwith 6 16
Truro 6 12
Falmouth 6 9
East Division
Bude 6 19
Liskeard 6 13
Calstock 6 13
Lerryn 6 12
Final: Played at Blisland on 21/02/2018
  Bude   Camborne
1          
2          
3          
4          
 

Roger Grime Cup (U135)
Final: Played at Blisland on 15/02/2018
  Bude 4 - 0 Penwith
1 125 Geoff Lingard 1 - 0 Kenton Richings 129
2 120 John Constable 1 - 0 Richard Humpleby 114
3 98 Christine Constable 1 - 0 Harvey Richings 111
4 95 Robert Bloxham 1 - 0 John James 68