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.

The current holder is 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.

The current holder is Megan O'Brien, 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.

The current holder is 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.

The current holder is Roy Greenhalgh, 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).

The current holder is Megan O'Brien, 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.

The current holder is Joshua Blackmore, Newton Abbot.

Torbay Congress JH Whitfield Celebration Cup
 

The photographs below of 2016 trophy winners were taken at the Plymouth Rapidplay Congress on 4th December 2016.

Steven Levy
Steve Levy
Roy Greenhalgh
Roy Greenhalgh
Megan O'Brien
Megan O'Brien
Rob Wilby
Rob Wilby
 

Torbay Chess Congress
Sit there for five hours? Certainly not! A player must walk about between moves, it helps his thinking. 
Alexander Kotov. 1913-81