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
 

A Game from Round 4 of the 2016 Open
[Event "Torbay Open"] [Site "Torquay"] [Date "2016.11.13"] [Round "4"] [White "Wheeler, John Francis"] [Black "Gregory, Keith D"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "A00"] [PlyCount "125"] [EventDate "2016.11.12"] [EventType "swiss"] [EventRounds "5"] [EventCountry "ENG"] [SourceDate "2016.11.12"] 1. d4 d6 2. e4 Nf6 3. Nc3 Nbd7 4. Nf3 e5 5. Bc4 h6 6. dxe5 dxe5 7. Bxf7+ Kxf7 8. Nxe5+ Kg8 9. Ng6 Rh7 10. O-O Qe8 11. Nf4 c6 12. Re1 Ne5 13. Nd3 g5 14. Be3 Bd6 15. Bd4 Rf7 16. f3 b6 17. Nxe5 Bxe5 18. Bxe5 Qxe5 19. Qe2 Be6 20. Rad1 Raf8 21. Qd3 Ne8 22. Qd4 Qxd4+ 23. Rxd4 Re7 24. b3 Rff7 25. Rd8 Kf8 26. e5 Bf5 27. Re2 Re6 28. Ra8 Rd7 29. Kf2 Kf7 30. a4 Ng7 31. a5 Re8 32. Rxe8 Kxe8 33. axb6 axb6 34. Na4 b5 35. Nc5 Rd5 36. Nb7 Ke7 37. c4 bxc4 38. bxc4 Rd7 39. Na5 Rc7 40. Rd2 Ne8 41. g3 Bd7 42. Nb3 Be6 43. Na5 Bd7 44. Nb3 Ra7 45. Nc5 Bc8 46. Ne4 Be6 47. Nd6 Ng7 48. Rb2 Nf5 49. c5 Nd4 50. g4 Nb3 51. Rc2 Ra5 52. Nf5+ Bxf5 53. gxf5 Rxc5 54. Rxc5 Nxc5 55. Ke3 Nd7 56. Kd4 c5+ 57. Kd5 c4 58. f6+ Nxf6+ 59. exf6+ Kxf6 60. Kxc4 Kf5 61. Kd3 Kf4 62. Ke2 h5 63. Kf2 1/2-1/2