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 his skill, dedication and time in creating and managing the Congress website. Without him, we would still be operating on paper;

Tony Tatam who manages all the entries and pairings;

John Ariss and Graham Mill-Wilson - our doughty arbiters;

Bob Jones of Keverel Chess for running the Congress bookshop;

Ray Chubb, the maestro of the Congress for many years, for answering all the awkward questions and for his support;

Alan Crickmore, for his skills in negotiation and organisation;

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

Torbay Chess Congress
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