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 3 of the 2012 Open
[Event "Torbay Open"] [Site "Torquay"] [Date "2012.11.10"] [Round "3"] [White "Shaw, M."] [Black "Wise, D."] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "C58"] [PlyCount "128"] [EventDate "2012.11.??"] [EventType "swiss"] [EventRounds "5"] [EventCountry "ENG"] [SourceDate "2012.11.11"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. Ng5 d5 5. exd5 Na5 6. Bb5+ Bd7 7. Qe2 Be7 8. Qxe5 O-O 9. Be2 Re8 10. Nc3 Ng4 11. Qe4 c5 12. Qd3 Bxg5 13. O-O Ne5 14. Qg3 Bh4 15. Qf4 Bg5 16. Qg3 Nac4 17. Ne4 Bh4 18. Qc3 Bf5 19. Nxc5 Nd6 20. d4 Ng6 21. Bf3 Rc8 22. Qd2 b6 23. Nd3 Ne4 24. Qd1 Qxd5 25. c3 Qc4 26. Be2 Qc7 27. g3 Bf6 28. Bf3 Ng5 29. Bxg5 Bxg5 30. Bg2 Bxd3 31. Qxd3 Qc4 32. Qf5 Bf6 33. Bd5 Ne7 34. Bxc4 Nxf5 35. Ba6 Rc7 36. Rfe1 Rce7 37. Red1 Rc7 38. a4 Rb8 39. Rac1 Nd6 40. Re1 Kf8 41. Kg2 Re8 42. Bd3 a5 43. f4 Nc4 44. Rxe8+ Kxe8 45. Re1+ Kf8 46. Re2 h5 47. h4 Nd6 48. Kf3 Re7 49. Rxe7 Kxe7 50. f5 Nc8 51. Ke4 Nd6+ 52. Kd5 Kd7 53. b3 Bd8 54. Bc2 Ne8 55. Kc4 Nf6 56. Kb5 Nd5 57. c4 Nc3+ 58. Ka6 Ne2 59. Bd1 Nxg3 60. d5 Nxf5 61. Bxh5 Nxh4 62. Bxf7 Kd6 63. Be6 Nf3 64. Bg4 Ne5 0-1