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Upcoming Events
Sun Jun 26

Kerrier Cup and Penwith Cup

Carnon Downs Village Hall, Tregye Road, TR3 6GH. Details here. Please enter in advance

Thu Jul 7

Secretaries' Meeting

Carnon Downs Village Hall, Tregye Road, TR3 6GH.

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 a-board paddleboat “Compton Castle”, Lemon Quay, Truro by 10 a.m. Entries to Details to be finalised)

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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Laws of Chess
FIDE Laws of Chess (1 July 2014)
Guidance notes on the Laws of Chess (Ian George)
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Kerrier Cup and Penwith Cup - Sunday 26 June

The annual Kerrier Cup will take place at Carnon Downs village hall on Sunday 26 June from 9.45 a.m. (Round 1 starts 10.15 a.m.). Both will be five round Swiss events. The playing rate is 30 minutes each for the whole game under FIDE. rapidplay rules. The Stars-Barred event is for ungraded players or those with ECF rapidplay grade under 110 (January 2016), including juniors and newcomers. Both events will be rapidplay graded.

Enter by email to or telephone 01872 858602 (mobile 07531 543651) in advance so we can ensure enough equipment. If you do not enter in advance you may have to take a bye in round one.

Details here

Robin Kneebone

Annual General Meeting

The minutes of the AGM held at Carnon Downs Village Hall on Tuesday 2 June are here (web page) and here (pdf version including the accounts and officers' reports)

David J. Jenkins (Retiring secretary)

Team Competitions

County Shield

Congratulations to Carrick (Truro) on retaining the County Shield following their 3½-1½ victory over Penwith in the "winner takes all" match at Carnon Downs. Bude and Penwith finish 2nd=.

Roberts Cup

Congratulatios to Penwith who have defeated Carrick (Truro) by 3½-½ in the final.

500 League

Congratulations to Lerryn who have won the competition 3 points ahead of Carrick (Truro).

A W Busby Cup

Carrick are at home to Penwith in the final which will be played at Carnon Downs Village Hall at 7.30 p.m. on Monday 11 July.

Roger Grime Cup

Carrick will be at home to Newquay in the final which will be played alongside the AW Busby Cup final on Monday 11 July.

Ian George

Chess Afloat - Saturday 10 September

A time-handicap tourney in aid of St Petroc’s, Cornwall’s charity for the homeless. Be a-board 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

Cornwall v Lincolnshire

This was a win for Lincolnshire by 11½-5½. Full results to follow..

Annual Congress

James Hooker finished equal 1st with David Saqui on 4 points. James is still county champion on tie-break. The Falmouth Cup was won by John Constable.

Results, standings, etc. to follow.

ECF grades - January list

The updated grades from the new list, covering the period to 31st December, are now on the grading and club pages.

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

Get involved!

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

Last updated 24/6/2016


League and Cup Results 2015/16 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

Carrick (Truro) 10 30
Bude 10 28
Penwith 10 28
Newquay 10 23
Carrick (Falmouth) 10 17
Camborne 10 17

Roberts Cup

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

West Division
Carrick (Truro) 7 23
Penwith 7 20
Camborne 8 17
Carrick (Falmouth) 8 17
Newquay 8 9
East Division
Bude 8 23
Lerryn 8 23
Liskeard A 8 21
Liskeard B 7 13
Calstock 7 13

500 League

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

Lerryn 12 39
Carrick (Truro) 12 36
Liskeard 12 28
Calstock 11 26
West Cornwall A 12 26
West Cornwall B 12 23
Carrick (Falmouth) 11 22