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

Trophies

Every year, a number of trophies are awarded for performance during the Congress. We are most grateful to the people who have donated the trophies. Each trophy is held by the winner until the next Torbay Congress.

Basil Wallis Cup

The Basil Wallis Cup, also known as the Individual Championship Trophy, is awarded to the highest-placed player in the Open Tournament who represents a club that plays in the Torbay Chess League.

The Individual Championship Trophy was donated by Basil Wallis 1957.

In 2017, the trophy was awarded to Dominic Mackle, Newton Abbot.

Torbay Congress Individual Championship Trophy
 

The Challenge Cup

The Challenge Cup is awarded to the highest-placed player in the Major Tournament who represents a club that plays in the Torbay Chess League.

The Challenge Cup Trophy was donated by Bill Ingham in 1981. Bill has kindly provided us with a brief bio of his chess career here.

In 2017 the trophy was awarded to Plamen Sivrev, Plymouth

Torbay Congress Candidates Trophy
 

The Intermediate Cup

The Intermediate Cup is awarded to the highest-placed player in the Intermediate Tournament who represents a club that plays in the Torbay Chess League.

In 2017 the trophy was awarded to Nathan Mills, Torbay.

Torbay Congress Ralph Newman Cup
 

The Candidates Cup

The Candidates Cup is awarded to the highest-placed player in the Foundation Tournament (previously termed the Minor Tournament) who represents a club that plays in the Torbay Chess League.

The Candidates Trophy was donated by JE Jones in 1965. Please visit the Chess Devon website for a detailed biography of JE Jones.

In 2017 the trophy was awarded to Terry Wang, Plymouth.

Torbay Congress Candidates Cup
 

The Ralph Newman Cup

The Ralph Newman Cup is awarded to the Devon player with the best score in the graded tournaments (i.e. excluding the Open Tournament).

In 2017 the trophy was awarded to Terry Wang, Plymouth.

Torbay Congress Ralph Newman Cup
 

The JH Whitfield Celebration Cup

The JH Whitfield Celebration Cup is awarded to the young player from a Devon club who scores the highest score in any of the tournaments.

In 2017 the trophy was awarded to Terry Wang, Plymouth.

Torbay Congress JH Whitfield Celebration Cup
 

Torbay Chess Congress
Self-confidence is very important. If you don't think you can win, you will take cowardly decisions in the crucial moments, out of sheer respect for your opponent. You see the opportunity but also greater limitations than you should. I have always believed in what I do on the chessboard, even when I had no objective reason to. It is better to overestimate your prospects than underestimate them. 
Magnus Carlsen. 1990-