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|
||A. Dean & S. Pope
||Jonathan Waley||Pablo Medina# & Tim Paulden
||Giles Body#, Tim Paulden & Dave Regis
||Graham Bolt||Tim Paulden|
|2009-2010||G.Bolt||Jonathan Waley||Andrew Boyne||Charlie Keen / Graham Bolt|
||Charlie Keen||Tim Paulden|
||Daniel Frean||Graham Bolt|
|2006-2007||D.Regis||Tom Stephenson and Ray Shepherd
||Dave Regis||Graham Bolt|
||Andrew Boyne||Oskar Hall|
||Andrew Boyne? Dave Regis in AGM minutes.||[1st year] Sean Pope / Simon Waters|
|2003-2004||D.Regis||Tom Stephenson||Shamo? No contest this season.|
|2001-2002||S.Waters||Tom Stephenson||Simon Waters||# Trophy on tie-break|
|1998-99||C.V.J.Bellers||Ray Shepherd||Alan George/David Regis|
||Michiel van Wissen|
|1989-90||B.W.R.Hewson||No complete record
but amongst winners were
Mark Abbott and
|1988-89||A.Pickering||Chris Heath/Kevin Watts|
|1986-87||C.Heath||C Heath/J Hayward/B Hewson|
|1978-79||B.W.R.Hewson||N J L Horne|
|1977-78||R.A.Lee||D A Phillips|
|1974-75||D.F.L.Richardson||T Radmore and P Rugman
|1971-72||R.A.Lee||D J Tout
|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
|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
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.|