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 2018, the trophy was awarded to Steve Levy, South Hams.

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 2018 the trophy was awarded to David Archer, South Hams.

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 2018 the trophy was awarded to Rob Wilby, Plymouth.

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 2018 the trophy was awarded to Chris Willcox, South Hams.

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 2018 the trophy was awarded to Harry Callingham, Exeter University.

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 2018 the trophy was awarded to Aditya Yanamandra, Exeter University.

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 "Wensley, Oliver E"] [Black "Simpson, Derek"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "A00"] [PlyCount "132"] [EventDate "2016.11.12"] [EventType "swiss"] [EventRounds "5"] [EventCountry "ENG"] [SourceDate "2016.11.12"] 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Nd7 5. Nf3 Ngf6 6. Ng3 c5 7. c3 cxd4 8. Nxd4 Be7 9. Bb5 O-O 10. O-O a6 11. Be2 Qc7 12. Re1 Rd8 13. Qc2 Nf8 14. Qb3 Rb8 15. Bf3 Ng6 16. Ne4 e5 17. Ne2 Be6 18. Qc2 Nh4 19. Nxf6+ gxf6 20. Bh5 Qc6 21. f3 Kh8 22. Ng3 Rg8 23. Qe4 Qxe4 24. fxe4 Rbd8 25. Be3 Rd3 26. Bf2 Rgd8 27. Nf1 Ng6 28. Be2 R3d6 29. g3 Rg8 30. Bc5 Rd7 31. Bxe7 Nxe7 32. Rad1 Rgd8 33. b3 Nc8 34. Rxd7 Rxd7 35. Rd1 Nd6 36. Nd2 Nb5 37. Nb1 Nd6 38. Bf3 Nb5 39. Rxd7 Bxd7 40. Kf2 Kg8 41. Ke3 Nd6 42. c4 b6 43. Nc3 Kg7 44. Nd5 Nc8 45. Nc7 a5 46. Nd5 Kg6 47. g4 h6 48. h4 Kg7 49. Kd3 Bc6 50. a3 Bxd5 51. exd5 Nd6 52. b4 axb4 53. axb4 Kf8 54. c5 bxc5 55. bxc5 Nb7 56. Kc4 Ke7 57. d6+ Nxd6+ 58. cxd6+ Kxd6 59. Bd5 Ke7 60. Kd3 Kf8 61. h5 Kg7 62. Ke4 Kg8 63. Kf5 Kg7 64. Bc4 Kg8 65. Kxf6 e4 66. Bxf7+ Kh8 1-0