We are delighted to announce that the 2020 East Devon Chess Congress will be taking place from Friday 6 March to Sunday 8 March 2020 at Exeter Corn Exchange.

~ Please note that the Congress has reverted to the usual three-day format! ~


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 4-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)


We very much hope that those of you who have joined us at previous Congresses will be keen to play again in 2020 – 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 very much look forward to welcoming you to Exeter in March 2020!

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.)