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 2016 Open
[Event "Torbay Open"] [Site "Torquay"] [Date "2016.11.12"] [Round "3"] [White "Helbig, Paul"] [Black "Lowe, Christopher"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "B01"] [PlyCount "54"] [EventDate "2016.11.12"] [EventType "swiss"] [EventRounds "5"] [EventCountry "ENG"] [SourceDate "2016.11.12"] 1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Nf6 3. d4 Bg4 4. Be2 Bxe2 5. Qxe2 Qxd5 6. Nf3 e6 7. O-O Nc6 8. Nc3 Qh5 9. Qb5 Qxb5 10. Nxb5 O-O-O 11. Ne5 Nxe5 12. dxe5 a6 13. exf6 axb5 14. fxg7 Bxg7 15. g3 Rd6 16. Bf4 e5 17. Bg5 h6 18. Be3 f5 19. a4 f4 20. Bc5 Rd5 21. Bb4 c5 22. Ba5 bxa4 23. Rxa4 h5 24. Raa1 Kd7 25. Rfd1 Kc6 26. Rxd5 Kxd5 27. Rd1+ Kc6 1/2-1/2