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.

For 2019, the format of the Congress will be a two-day event, with 3 rounds on the Saturday and 2 rounds on the Sunday. A slightly faster time control than usual will be in operation (36 moves / 90 minutes + 15 minute add-on), so that each round lasts a maximum of 3.5 hours rather than 4 hours. It is envisaged that the round timings will be as follows:

– Round 1   9:30am – 1pm
– Round 2   2pm – 5:30pm
– Round 3   6:30pm – 10pm
– Round 4   10am – 1:30pm
– Round 5   2:30pm – 6pm

This modified two-day format for 2019 has been necessitated by the Corn Exchange’s busy event calendar next Spring – but it may turn out to have some potential advantages. For instance, 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). Moreover, we expect many entrants will prefer the earlier finish to the night-time game (10pm rather than 11pm), and the slightly earlier finish on the Sunday.

We very much hope that those of you who have joined us at previous Congresses will be keen to play again in 2019 – and if you have a few minutes, we would really appreciate hearing your views on the new two-day format, via email to the address shown below:email-edcc

For those who have not yet had the pleasure of playing at the East Devon Congress – we would be delighted if you could join the action next March! Once again, if the new two-day format makes a difference to whether or not you might play, we’d be delighted to know.

Our tournament leaflet will be published in late spring / early summer of 2018, and a copy will appear on this website, along with a link to our new online entry system.

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

Dr Tim Paulden (Congress Director)


More about the venue

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.

More about the Congress

The 2019 East Devon Chess Congress will be a five-round Swiss tournament with 3.5-hour play sessions. Three sections will be available: the OPEN, the MAJOR (U155), and the MINOR (U125).

Full details will appear in the tournament leaflet, which is due to be released in late spring / early summer of 2018.





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

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