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Diary - 2018/19 Season

Cornwall v Essex

This match, played at the Salisbury Club, Bath on May 19, resulted in a win for Essex by 10½ - 5½. Full results here.


David Saqui Cup 2018

We are very grateful to adjudicator Bob Jones of Devon for judging the competition. He has considered the five games that were submitted and reached his decision. The winner is Lloyd Retallick for his game as white against Andrew Footner played on board 3 for Cornwall v Somerset on 20/1/2019. You can view the game and read Bob's full judgment here.


Cornwall Open Congress 2019 - 3 to 5 May

The new Cornwall Champion is Grant Healey, and also a new name on the trophy. The Falmouth Cup was won for the fifth time by Anton Barkhuysen and the Penwith Cup was shared by Christine Constable and Maurice Richards.

The final scores, prizewinners, etc. are here. To view the cross-tables for the three sections, go here (utuswiss) or here. A fine set of photos taken by Brendan O'Gorman is here.

Ian George


Camborne Open Rapidplay - 12 April

Held at Centenary Methodist church, 14 players entered, including 2 from Carrick. Grant Healey had to take a bye in round 1 and proceeded to win four in a row to take a well-deserved first prize of 50 Philip Williams, in a welcome appearance shared second prize with Jeff Nicholas (20 each) U130 and U110 grading prizes of 20 each went to Tom Oates and Colin Gardiner.

Once again the fabulous buffet laid on provided by Debbie was the highlight of the event.

Final Standings

Ian George


Cornwall U160 7 - 9 Devon U160

Gary Trudeau's report and full board scores for this match are here. The match was played at Plymouth Bridge Club on Sunday, March 31. Richard Smith's win on top board is here.


Carrick Open Rapidplay

This was played at Carnon Downs Village Hall on Wednesday, February 20. The winner was Grant Healey with 4½/5. Final scores as follows:

Robin Kneebone


David Saqui (1939 - 2019)

I am sorry to announce that, after a short illness, David died on Saturday, 2nd February 2019 at the age of 79.

After a period of travel, which included periods of scientific study in Paris and the United States, David settled in St Ives in the 1970s. For over 45 years up to and including the 2017/18 season he was one one of the strongest and most resourceful players in the county. During that time he played on board 1 or 2 for St Ives, then Penwith, with a brief spell at Camborne after the first closure of the Penwith club. He was county champion in 2008 and 2010. A notable feature of his play was his tenacity in seemingly drawn or lost positions, in which he could be relied on to find ways of keeping his opponent under pressure, often extracting an unlikely win or draw.

Away from the board he was stimulating company with a wide range of interests. The chess scene in Cornwall will be a duller place without him.

Ian George

Cornwall 10 - 6 Somerset - January 19

This match, which took place on January 19 at Exminster produced an excellent result against a team we last beat over ten years ago. Full results and match report

Richard Smith


Camborne Christmas Quickplay - December 7

Our annual Christmas quickplay attracted 18 players this year, 9 each from Camborne and Carrick. First equal were Colin Sellwood, Robin Kneebone and Grant Healey with 4/5. The junior prize was won by Tom Oates and grading prizes went Boris Kostadinov, Philip Spargo and Hugh Brown. In Addition all present(including non-players) went home with a "prize".

As usual the substantial and delicious refreshments provided by Debbie, assisted by Sonia and Tracey, were the highlight of the event. Many thanks to all the players who brought one or more items for the prize-giving, ensuring that nobody went home empty handed.

Final Standings

Ian George


Cornwall v Devon - November 24

Devon won the match by 11-5, a creditable performance by our county team given the average grading difference of 23 points per board. Full results here.


Camborne Gambit Tournament - November 16

A significantly increased entry saw 15 players contest a five-round Swiss using the time control under the Fischer system of 10 minutes each with 20 seconds added after every move. The opening for each round was drawn by lot from a list of 20 gambits. This format ensured that most of the players (except the Camborne secretary, of course!) were soon out of their comfort zone. As last year Debbie provided a substantial and tasty buffet which was much appreciated by everyone.

The convincing winner, with 5/5 was Jeremy Menadue with Robin Kneebone and Richard Smith 2nd= on 3.5. Grading prizes were won by Bryan Jones (U140) and Ian Renshaw (U105)

The openings were:

Final Standings

Ian George


WECU Jamboree

This county team event was held this year at the West Hill Village Halll, Ottery St Mary, Saturday 15th September. In the open section Cornwall scored 4/8 and 4½/8 in the graded section. Full scores here.

Richard Smith


Last updated 11/5/2019