Welcome to the website of the Cornwall County Chess Association
Upcoming Events
Sun Aug 21

Carrick Chess tournaments

Carnon Downs Village Hall, Tregye Road, TR3 6GH. Details to follow

Sat Sep 10

Chess Afloat

In aid of St Petroc’s, Cornwall’s charity for the homeless. Be aboard paddleboat “Compton Castle”, Lemon Quay, Truro by 10 a.m. Entries to Details to be finalised)

Sat Oct 1

Peter Clarke Memorial Tournament

6 round rapidplay tournament at Oceans Community Centre, 35 The Strand, Bude, EX23 8RA. For detailed arrangements and directions check on or email

Sat Oct 8

Cornwall v Devon

Date subject to change. Venue and arrangements TBA

Sat Dec 10

Wiltshire v Cornwall

Venue and arrangements TBA but please note this match may not take place as Wiltshire may withdraw their team

Sat Jan 21

Cornwall v Somerset

Venue and arrangements TBA

Fri Feb 10 (ends Sun)

Annual Congress

Carnon Downs village hall. Arrangements to be fixed

Sat Feb 25

Gloucestershire v Cornwall

Venue and arrangements TBA

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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Useful Links

Calstock Chess Club on Facebook
Falmouth Chess Club on Facebook
Truro Chess Club on Facebook
Jeremy Menadue's Twitter feed
Laws of Chess
FIDE Laws of Chess (1 July 2014)
Guidance notes on the Laws of Chess (Ian George)
English Chess Federation
ECF Grading Database


The July 2016 ECF grading list has been published. The grades of Cornwall players are here and on the club pages.

Ian George - Grader

Fixture Lists

I have drawn up provisional fixture lists for the 2017 league and cup competitions. The final versions will be published on this website in due course. Please email me if you would like me to send you the provisional list.

Hugh Brown - League Secretary

Cup Finals

Both finals took place simultaneously at Carnon Downs Village Hall. In the A W Busby Cup final Carrick defeated Penwith by 3½ - 1½ while the final of the Roger Grime Cup resulted in a 3 - 1 win for Newquay over Carrick.

Full results here.

Secretaries' Meeting

This was held on Thursday 7th July for the purpose of making arrangements for the forthcoming season. Details / minutes will be posted here when available.

Kerrier Cup and Penwith Cup

The annual Kerrier Cup took place at Carnon Downs village hall on Sunday 26 June as a five round Swiss events with 30 minutes each on the clock. The winner, on 4½/5 was the currently in-form David Saqui (Penwith). Richard Stephens (Falmouth) was runner-up with 4, having won his first four games and losing to David Saqui in the last round. Equal third on 3½ were Simon Bartlett (Bude), David J Jenkins (Penwith), Jeremy Menadue (Carrick) and Lloyd Retallick (Newquay).

Running alongside the Kerrier Cup was the Penwith Cup for ungraded players or those with an ECF rapidplay grade under 110 (January 2016), including juniors and newcomers. The winner was Harvey Richings (Penwith) on 4½/5. Equal second on 4 were Adam Hussain, Sam Edwards (both Carrick) and Spencer Richings (Penwith). A special mention to Peter Greenwood (Newquay) who made a welcome return to active play with 3½. My original statement that Peter is now the only active player in the County who was playing in the 1950s was too timid. He tells me that he was playing for Newquay in the 1940s!

Robin Kneebone

Chess Afloat - Saturday 10 September

A time-handicap tourney in aid of St Petroc’s, Cornwall’s charity for the homeless. Be aboard paddleboat “Compton Castle”, Lemon Quay, Truro by 10 a.m. Entries to Ends about 2 p.m. (Details to be finalised in 2/3 weeks: entry fee/donation, and arrangements for food etc.)

Robin Kneebone

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.

Details of all our junior chess events, and advice for parents, here

Robin Kneebone

Laws of Chess

I have written a series of guidance notes on the laws of chess for the benefit of anyone playing in our competitions and those venturing East of the Tamar. These cover the revised FIDE Laws effective from 1st July 2014 (including the way in which they are implemented in our competitions where there is a range of options) together with notes on a number of areas that are not always properly understood and can sometimes result in unnecessary disputes. They can be found here. A printable version is here.

Ian George

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Please send news of Cornwall chess events, interesting games, corrections, notifications, broken links and suggestions for improving the website to Ian George

Last updated 24/7/2016


League and Cup Results 2016/17 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

Camborne 0 0
Carrick A 0 0
Carrick B 0 0
Liskeard 0 0
Newquay 0 0
Penwith 0 0

Roberts Cup

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

Calstock 0 0
Camborne 0 0
Carrick A 0 0
Carrick B 0 0
Liskeard 0 0
Newquay 0 0
Penwith 0 0

500 League

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

West Division
Carrick A 0 0
Carrick B 0 0
Penwith 0 0
East Division
Calstock 0 0
Lerryn 0 0
Liskeard 0 0