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2nd Cornwall Spring Congress

As a result of Covid this congress was not held in 2020 or 2021. We are delighted to announce that entries are now being accepted for its welcome return to the Falmouth Hotel in 2022.

  • 29th April to 1st May 2022
  • Terrace Rooms, Falmouth Hotel, Castle Beach, Falmouth, TR11 4NZ
  • Under 2000, under 1860 and under 1525 sections
  • 5 round Swiss. 75 minutes + 30 seconds per move increments.
  • Incorporates the Cornwall championship (Emigrant Cup), Falmouth Cup and Penwith Cup.
  • Numbers are limited to 80 players, so early entry is advised.
  • Full details with links to brochure and entry form

    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


    Following the government's easing of most restrictions on 19th July, the chess world in England is moving towards a return to OTB chess, both at club level and with an increasing number of tournaments and congresses appearing on the calendar. This statement appears on the government website:

    "Lifting restrictions does not mean that the risks from Covid-19 have disappeared. Instead, it marks a new phase in the Government’s response to the pandemic during which people need to manage the risks to themselves and others ...."

    The consensus among scientists, as published in the media, is that Covid still poses a risk to health and that vaccination does not provide complete protection. Given the particular circumstances of OTB chess, participation in an OTB event inevitably carries a personal risk, particularly for older people and those who are vulnerable because of medical conditions.

    The following actions are recommended

  • Event organisers and club officials should carry out COVID risk assessments and make provision made for appropriate precautions.
  • A statement should be provided of the precautions decided on. I will publish any statement I receive on the website.
  • If no such information is available, players should check with the congress organisers to ensure that they are comfortable with the COVID precautions for the congress. Club members/visitors should make similar enquiries of club officials.
  • In preparation for the return of team and individual competitions organised by the county association, I will shortly be starting the process of consulting the members with a view to framing proposals to be voted on at a general meeting later this year or early next year.

    18th August 2021

    Spurious Games

    Our County Association president David Jenkins has published Spurious Games (Troubadour Press), a novel with relevance to the local chess scene. You can find more information here.

    Last updated 14/1/2022

    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
    Apr 29 (Fri)
    3 days

    2nd Cornwall Spring Congress
    Our booking at the Falmouth Hotel is confirmed and the event will go ahead as planned.
    Numbers are limited to 80 players, so early entry is advised.
    Full details with links to brochure and entry form

    May 13 (Fri)
    3 days
    Frome Congress
    Selwood Academy, Berkley Road, Frome, Somerset BA11 2EF
    Open, Major (under 1950), Intermediate (under 1750), Minor (under 1500)
    5 round Swiss. Fri 1900. Sat and Sun 1000 and 1500.
    Rate of play: 90 minutes + 30 seconds per move.
    Go to the congress website for details and entry forms
    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
    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 31/8/2021