We are delighted to announce that the 2019 East Devon Chess Congress will be taking place on Saturday 9 March & Sunday 10 March 2019 at Exeter Corn Exchange.

~ Please note the new two-day format for 2019! ~


The Corn Exchange stands in the heart of Exeter city centre, close to car parks and stations (Exeter Central is an 8-minute walk; Exeter Bus Station is a 10-minute walk; Exeter St Davids is a 15-minute walk). There are numerous hotels and B&Bs located within a short stroll of the venue, plus several local highlights such as the town’s historic cathedral (5-minute walk) and picturesque quayside (8-minute walk). A map showing the area surrounding Exeter Corn Exchange is provided at the bottom of this page.

The East Devon Chess Congress is a 5-round Swiss tournament with 3.5-hour play sessions. Three sections are available: the OPEN, the MAJOR (U155), and the MINOR (U125).

Click here to view the tournament leaflet (PDF, opens in new tab)

Click here to enter via our new online entry form (opens in new tab) – please use this fast & accurate entry method rather than posting a paper form!

Or to view the current list of entrants, select the “Entries” tab in the top menu bar (or click here)


A quick note on the new format

The 2019 Congress will be a two-day event (3 rounds on the Saturday and 2 rounds on the Sunday), and a slightly faster time control than usual will be in operation (36 moves / 90 minutes + 15-minute add-on). Following feedback from entrants on the advantages of a slightly longer break before Round 3, we have set the round timings as follows:

Saturday –  Rd 1:  9:30am-1pm,   Rd 2:  2pm-5:30pm,   Rd 3:  7pm-10:30pm
Sunday –  Rd 4:  10am-1:30pm,   Rd 5:  2:30pm-6pm

The modified format has been necessitated by the Corn Exchange’s busy events calendar in early 2019 – but it may turn out to have some advantages. For instance, some entrants coming from further afield might now only need to book one night of accommodation rather than two (with the aid of a Round 1 bye, if necessary).


We very much hope that those of you who have joined us at previous Congresses will be keen to play again in 2019 – and that we’ll have many new faces joining the action too!

If you have any queries regarding the Congress, please don’t hesitate to get in touch via the contact details shown on the tournament leaflet.

We look forward to welcoming you to Exeter in March 2019!

Dr Tim Paulden (Congress Director)




Photos: T. Paulden, R. H. Jones (Keverel Chess),

The area around Exeter Corn Exchange. (Scale: Exeter Central is an 8-minute walk.)