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 5 of the 2014 Open
[Event "Torbay Open"] [Site "Torquay"] [Date "2014.11.16"] [Round "5"] [White "Wheeler, John Francis"] [Black "MacReamoinn, Brian"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "A95"] [PlyCount "132"] [EventDate "2014.11.??"] [EventType "swiss"] [EventRounds "5"] [EventCountry "ENG"] [SourceDate "2014.11.15"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 f5 4. g3 Nf6 5. Bg2 c6 6. Nf3 Be7 7. O-O O-O 8. b3 Qe8 9. Ne5 Nbd7 10. Nd3 Bd6 11. c5 Bc7 12. Bf4 Bxf4 13. gxf4 Ne4 14. Rc1 b6 15. f3 Nef6 16. Na4 b5 17. Nab2 Nh5 18. e3 a5 19. a3 Kh8 20. Qc2 Qg6 21. Qf2 Qh6 22. Qh4 g6 23. Ra1 Qg7 24. b4 a4 25. Nd1 Bb7 26. N1f2 Rg8 27. Nh3 h6 28. Ne5 Ndf6 29. Kh1 Rac8 30. Rg1 Rc7 31. Bf1 Qh7 32. Ra2 Rcg7 33. Rag2 Nd7 34. Nxg6+ Rxg6 35. Rxg6 Rxg6 36. Rxg6 Qxg6 37. Qd8+ Kg7 38. Qxd7+ Qf7 39. Qxf7+ Kxf7 40. Bd3 Bc8 41. Kg2 Nf6 42. Nf2 Bd7 43. Kh3 Ke7 44. Kh4 Kf7 45. Bf1 Be8 46. Nd3 Ng8 47. Bg2 Kf6 48. e4 Ne7 49. Kg3 dxe4 50. fxe4 Bg6 51. Nf2 Kf7 52. Bf3 fxe4 53. Bxe4 Bxe4 54. Nxe4 Nf5+ 55. Kg4 Nxd4 56. Kh5 Kg7 57. Nd6 Nf5 58. Nb7 Kf6 59. Nd8 Nd4 60. Kxh6 Nc2 61. Nxc6 Nxa3 62. Nd4 e5 63. c6 Nc4 64. c7 Nd6 65. Nxb5 Nc8 66. fxe5+ Kxe5 1-0