Roll of Honour

The Club room for many years had two fine painted wooden boards bearing the names of the club champions since 1949. The first board also proclaims:

Prior to the institution of this record, the Championship was held for many years by Mr. H.V. Mallison, a friend and benefactor of the Club. 

This list extends the record to the start of the Championship, and lists more recently founded competitions. [We have also commissioned a third board, to record the pre-War champions.]

A* below indicates that the champion went on to win the Winter-Wood Championship for that year, played between individual club champions of Devon.

[Please let us know about any errors or omissions.]

About the competitions
Year Club Championship Cottew Cup Douglas Phillips Quickplay Rex Willis Gambit Tournament
2013-2014
D.Regis
Jonathan Waley
Tim Paulden
Tim Paulden
2012-2013
D.Regis
Jonathan Waley Pablo Medina# & Tim Paulden
Giles Body#, Tim Paulden & Dave Regis
2011-2012 G.Bolt
Richard Scholes
Graham Bolt
Graham Bolt
2010-2011 G.Bolt Charlie Keen
Graham Bolt Tim Paulden
2009-2010 G.Bolt Jonathan Waley Andrew Boyne Charlie Keen / Graham Bolt
2008-2009 S.Waters Ray Shepherd
Charlie Keen Tim Paulden
2007-2008 G.Bolt Daniel Frean
Daniel Frean Graham Bolt
2006-2007 D.Regis Tom Stephenson and Ray Shepherd
Dave Regis Graham Bolt
2005-2006 A.Boyne Ishan Ramdewar
Andrew Boyne Oskar Hall
2004-2005 D.Regis John Maloney
Andrew Boyne? Dave Regis in AGM minutes. [1st year] Sean Pope / Simon Waters
2003-2004 D.Regis Tom Stephenson Shamo? No contest this season.
2002-2003 P.Trussler Brian Aldwin
David Regis
2001-2002 S.Waters Tom Stephenson Simon Waters # Trophy on tie-break
2000-2001 S.J.Homer Eric Soper
David Regis
1999-2000 I.Clarke Rex Willis


1998-99 C.V.J.Bellers Ray Shepherd Alan George/David Regis
1997-98 A.Pickering Danny Sparkes
Eric Lang
1996-97 A.Pickering Ian Ashford
Michiel van Wissen
1995-96 D.Hill Jim Rosseinsky
Steve Webb
1994-95 A.S.Karlsson Nick Frost
David Regis
1993-94 K.B.Hills Rex Willis
Ken Hills
1992-93 B.D.Beake M Hawkins
Brian Hewson
1991-92 R.H.Lingham Sean Pope
Richard Lingham
1990-91 R.H.Lingham David Beckwith
Richard Lingham
1989-90 B.W.R.Hewson No complete record
but amongst winners were
Daniel Hill,
David Beckwith,
Mark Abbott and
Richard Towers.
S Carr
1988-89 A.Pickering Chris Heath/Kevin Watts
1987-88 C.Heath Chris Heath
1986-87 C.Heath C Heath/J Hayward/B Hewson
1985-86 C.Heath Chris Heath
1984-85 C.Heath Richard Lingham
1983-84 J.F.Menadue Brian Hewson
1982-83 J.F.Menadue Jeremy Menadue
1981-82 C.Rigby Brian Hewson
1980-81 B.W.R.Hewson

1979-80 R.A.Lee

1978-79 B.W.R.Hewson N J L Horne

1977-78 R.A.Lee D A Phillips

1976-77 R.A.Lee D Cooper


1975-76 R.A.Lee T Paine


1974-75 D.F.L.Richardson T Radmore and P Rugman


1973-74 R.A.Lee L Pidsley


1972-73 R.A.Lee T Paine


1971-72 R.A.Lee D J Tout


1970-71 B.W.Clapp No record


1969-70 R.A.Lee No record


1968-69 B.W.Clapp Dr R C Chaturvedi


1967-68 B.W.Clapp Dr R C Chaturvedi


1966-67 D.J.Richards Dr R C Chaturvedi


1965-66 D.J.Richards A G H Winterburn


1964-65 D.J.Richards A G H Winterburn


1963-64 D.J.P.Gray D J P Gray and J H Jones


1962-63 B.W.Clapp Eddy Czerniawski and A Radmore


1961-62 D.J.Richards Dr R C Chaturvedi, J J Griffiths and M Wood


1960-61 D.J.Richards J Simpson


1959-60 A.G.H.Winterburn R Ware


1958-59 A.G.H.Winterburn P G Walton


1957-58 L.C.A.Lewis R J Harrison


1956-57 F.E.A.Kitto R J Harrison


1955-56 E.Czerniawski


1954-55 F.E.A.Kitto


1953-54 D.P.Bonner


1952-53 D.P.Bonner


1951-52 D.J.P.Gray


1950-51 R.B.Copleston


1949-50 R.Barrenger


1948-49 R.B.Copleston


1947-48 R.B.Copleston


1946-47* H.V.Mallison


1945-46* H.V.Mallison


1937-38* H.V.Mallison


1935-36* H.V.Mallison


1934-35* H.V.Mallison


1932-33* H.V.Mallison


1930-31 H.V.Mallison


1929-30 A.H.Hart


1928-1929 A.J.Roberts/A.H.Hart


1927-28 A.M.Pearson


1926-27* H.V.Mallison


1925-26 A.J.Roberts


1924-25 H.J.Stretton


1923-24 H.J.Stretton


1922-23 H.V.Mallison


1921-22 H.V.Mallison


1920-21 H.J.Stretton


1919-20 R.Cook


1918-19 C.E.Parry


1917-18 E.L.Pattinson


1916-17 H.J.Stretton


1915-16 C.E.Parry


1914-15 C.E.Parry


1913-14 C.E.Parry


1912-13 W.H.Gundry


1911-12 W.H.Gundry


1910-11 A.L.Noake


1909-10 A.L.Noake


1908-09 W.H.Gundry


About the tournaments:

Year Club Championship Cottew Cup
Douglas Phillips Quickplay Rex Willis Gambit Tournament

[Please let us know about any errors or omissions.]

Also known as the 'General' Tournament Cup.
In recent years this has been a competition for those not in contention for the club championship itself; since the institution of a single Swiss system competition for the Championship, it has been awarded to the highest-placed player with a grade below the arithmetic average.
(Cup in memory of G R Cottew)

Quickplay in this context means a 10-second 'buzzer' tournament; once practised widely, we come across buzzer tournaments more rarely these days. Foreign visitors in particular seem less likely to have played it before, although this has not hindered their success.

Douglas was a ex-Navy man, among whose accomplishments was a hair-curling repertoire of alternative lyrics to well-known tunes.

He became a market gardener, and secretary of the chess club. In his memory, his widow instituted a Cup for this form of chess which he so enjoyed.

The Cup is contested annually under the able stewardship of Richard Hitchcock.

Rex Willis was, as all who know him are agreed, a character. Disabled from birth by cerebral palsy, he heaved coal sacks at St.Loyes' College as a youngster, and in later life pursued chess, pipe-smoking and driving with great gusto and a characteristic huge grin. Watching him do any of these could give spectators some anxious moments! Between games he quizzed colleagues about employment law, molecular genetics and Wittgenstein, either to check his understanding of these issues or theirs.

Chess Quotes

"Those who say they understand chess, understand nothing"
— Robert HUBNER