The Torbay Chess Congress
An annual congress held on the English Riviera
The Torbay Congress
Torbay Chess Congress
Torbay Chess Congress

Torbay Chess Congress - Acknowledgements

Kitsons Solicitors

We are very grateful to Kitsons Solicitors for sponsoring the Torbay Congress. With offices in Torbay, Exeter and Plymouth, Kitsons still strives to follow the values laid down by their founder, Torquay entrepreneur and philanthropist William Kitson, over 175 years ago: “To provide an incomparable service for our customers, at an honest price.”

The Congress relies on many people to make it happen. We warmly thank:

Phil McConnell, to whom a great debt is due, for managing the entries and finances and for his skill, dedication and time in creating and managing the Congress website;

Tony Tatam, John Ariss and Graham Mill-Wilson - our doughty arbiters;

Bob Jones of Keverel Chess for running the Congress bookshop;

Bill Frost, webmaster of the award-winning Chess Devon website, for his help and support, which includes transcribing game sheets from past congresses into electronic format and making the database of games, and other material, available to us;

Tim Rew, Manager of the Livermead House Hotel and his staff for their hospitality and good humour.

Brendan O'Gorman, for making his extensive archive of Torbay Congress photographs available to us; most of the photographs on this website of players at past congresses were taken by Brendan.

Most of the images of Torbay on this website were made available to us by the English Riviera Tourism Company.

A Game from Round 4 of the 2012 Open
[Event "Torbay Open"] [Site "Torquay"] [Date "2012.11.11"] [Round "4"] [White "Batson, A."] [Black "Pleasants, Allan J"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B06"] [PlyCount "82"] [EventDate "2012.11.??"] [EventType "swiss"] [EventRounds "5"] [EventCountry "ENG"] [SourceDate "2012.11.11"] 1. d4 d6 2. e4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. Be3 a6 5. Qd2 Nd7 6. Bd3 e5 7. Nge2 h6 8. g4 exd4 9. Bxd4 Ne5 10. Bxe5 dxe5 11. f3 Qh4+ 12. Ng3 Ne7 13. O-O-O O-O 14. Bc4 Bf6 15. Kb1 Bg5 16. Qf2 Bf4 17. Qc5 c6 18. Nce2 b5 19. Bb3 a5 20. a3 a4 21. Ba2 b4 22. Nxf4 exf4 23. Ne2 bxa3 24. Qxa3 Qf6 25. Nxf4 Qxf4 26. Qxe7 a3 27. Qd6 Qxd6 28. Rxd6 Rb8 29. Bb3 Be6 30. Ka2 axb2 31. Rxc6 Bxb3+ 32. cxb3 Rfd8 33. Kxb2 Rd3 34. Rc3 Rd2+ 35. Kb1 Ra8 36. Rhc1 Rxh2 37. Rc8+ Rxc8 38. Rxc8+ Kg7 39. b4 h5 40. b5 hxg4 41. fxg4 Re2 1-0