Fourths’ pipped by Horsham

Hastings ‘D’ 2-3 Horsham ‘E’

Mid-Sussex League Division 3

A very disappointing night: Well done to Marc and Daniel for very competent wins. Sadly we lost the other three.  Derek and Mason put up good fights and Derek is frustrated that he was in the driving seat until he made a little blunder towards the end. 

Marc Bryant (b)            1-0         Brian Howard

Daniel Lowe (w)           1-0         Mark Baldock

Derek Cosens (b)          0-1        Richard Barrowclough

Mason Woodhams (w)   0-1        Julie Denning

Robert Smart (b)           0-1        Dave Britton


Top flight win against Crowborough

Crowborough ‘A’ 2-3 Hastings ‘A’

Mid-Sussex League Division 1


1. D Kemp 0-1 F Rayner

2. R Elliston 0-1 J Sugden

3. J Lawrence 1/2-1/2 A Fleming

4. D Fryer 1-0 M Young

5. G Michaud 1/2-1/2 P Kelly


D Fryer was a reserve for Liu. Fleming agreed a draw in a complex position though a draw seemed fair. I was a h pawn down on a5 with black King on a2 and Queen delivering check on a7 with my king on f7 and my queen on c3. All king moves draw except Kf8 due to Qb8+ forcing an exchange of queens. In real time I would have played Kg8, though was not obliged as I had played plenty of moves with lots of time left.It is correct to move king between g8,h7 and h6 as black can not avoid the queen checks and promote his pawn.Confirmed by Shreader table bases.

Reports Paul Kelly (Capt)

Hastings ease into cup final

Hastings v Horsham

McArthur Cup semi-final 2014-5

F Rayner (W)   D Roberts   198-185 grades   1-0

B Cafferty         P Harbott   194-175               Draw

H Tebbs           P Stimpson 188-173               1-0

O Willson         P Taylor       187-171               1-0

R Elliston         T Pavlovic   184-159               1-0

J Sugden           I Comley     183-156               0-1

Hastings were drawn at home to Horsham, who had enjoyed home venue against Brighton in the three previous seasons.

Surely, recent sequences ought to be weighed in the balance to rule out such runs of good fortune! However, the rules of the competition are imperfect, as acknowledged by all the interested parties. As a result, it proved immensely difficult to settle on a date, after the pairing was issued end-October.

After failure to resolve the issue – I had offered multiple dates, all turned down – the matter was finally referred as a dispute to the controller in December. Doug Stephenson was recruited as arbitrator and after immense efforts, it was finally ruled that the match should be played on February 16.

The time limit was 32 moves in 75″ and 30″ each to complete, and the match hours were 7.23 to 10.53. it looked very even at the halfway stage and I was wondering about a board count win after Bob Elliston broke through against Horsham newcomer Tim Pavlovic. Then a reverse on bottom board, when John Sugden allowed the trick Bh6 in a closed English. He had castled and played Qd7. Alas, white had a N on d5 and would meet Bg7xh6 by winning the Q by Nf6+. The N finally penetrated to f6, winning the exchange after which technique prevailed.

I drew as Black in a QP opening where White placed a barrier if pawns on d4 e3 f3 and c3 with his pieces stationed behind them. When he finally broke out, exchanges followed and a draw was agreed.

The other three games were sterner contests. Francis had to meet the Hedgehog, always a tricky task, but coped well after suitable preparation. He broke through on the f-file to penetrate at f7 with check from a bishop, Mate soon followed.

Howard won a fine technical game lasting 55 moves. He exploited a N against a bad B with largely rigid pawns. Some careful counting of pawn races to queen were needed, but once again our man coped to build an admirable overall score so far this season.

Ollie had a sedate position, but it was broken open by White by means of a sacrifice of R for N. It almost seemed that White was about to force mate, but his own king was also exposed and Ollie saw further, to follow up his recent simul’ draw with Nigel Short in an exhibition at Brighton College. Nosher score 20 wins and no losses, so our man once again upheld the reputation of the club.

In the final we will meet traditional opponents Brighton who won against Haywards Heath in the other semi-final.

Bernard Cafferty,

An attractive finish to a game

Horsham victors

Horsham ‘A’ 3-2 Hastings ‘A’

Mid-Sussex League Division 1

  1. G Lock  202            1/2 1/2                F Rayner 198
  2. M Forster 197         1/2 1/2               H Tebbs 188
  3. 3.D Roberts 185         1-0                         J Sugden 183
  4. P Harbott  175        0-1                         J Anstead 177
  5. A Higgs  168          1-0                        P Kelly 163


New Jan Grades used

Howard agreed a draw from a good comfortable position. I was winning but carelessly overlook a tactic.. Francis agreed a draw in an unclear position with both players needing to play 22 moves in 10 minutes. Jerry has a winning ending Bishop and knight v Rook with pawns. John is the exchange down and a likely loss.

Reports Paul Kelly (Capt)

No joy for the Woodpushers

Hastings ‘C’ 3-2 Woodpushers ‘A’

Mid-Sussex League Division 2

We had a very good team victory this evening 28/01/2015:

1 Mel Young (161) 0 – 1 Ian Kelly (155)

2 Marc Bryant (137) 0 – 1 Andy Briggs (142)

3 Gary Willson (125) 1 – 0 Kevin Beglin (130)

4 Derek Cosens (119) 1 – 0 Robert Davidson (96)

5 Paul Buswell (109) 1 – 0 Hardy Burch (89)

Paul made swift work of his opponent, initiative and activity winning an extra piece and finally delivering a neat mate.

Marc made an error in the opening, and his opponent was ruthless in promoting the h pawn.

Mel made an inaccuracy in the opening, and Ian gained good board position squeezing Mel’s pieces until one was about to fall.

I won a queen for a bishop at move 13 via a simple tactic my opponent missed.  Solid afterwards not allowing any type of counterplay, I gradually took 3 more pawns with my opponent resigning when another piece was about to fall.

Derek was last to finish: an excellent position with past a and b pawns on the 6th and 7th, Robert blockaded effectively.  But with no counterplay, Derek was able to swing the rooks over and dominate the board.  Towards the time control, Robert blundered and the inevitable result came even sooner.

Excellent team result, thank you gentlemen.

Reports Gary Willson

Honours even against Sussex rivals

Hastings ‘A’ 2.5-2.5 Brighton ‘A’

Mid-Sussex League Division 1
Played 24/01/2015

  1. F Rayner         1-0             B J Denman
  2. H Tebbs         1-0           S  Wilks
  3. O. Willson       0-1          G H James
  4. J Sugden        1/2 1/2     P Batchelor (c)
  5. P Kelly (c)      0-1            J Henshaw

2.5 2.5

P Batchelor confirmed result by telephone of 2 adjourned games where B Denman considers his position hopeless and John can find no win. He said that if he had not swapped queens before the time control he could have won 2 pawns and the game. Unfortunately after I had won 3 pawns for a piece I injudiciously gave one back and just lost a  game I could have won. by one tempo. Howard played a solid strong game with the white pieces.

Paul Kelly

Fourths edged out at Worthing

Worthing ‘C’ 3-2 Hastings ‘D’

Mid-Sussex League Division 3

Outgraded on every board we lost 2-3 to Worthing 3.

Colin Parker (144)       0-1         Daniel Lowe (141)

David Chilvers (137)    1/2         Derek Cosens (132)

Arthur Graham (134)   1-0         Gary Willson (124)

Cassie Graham (133)   1-0         Michael Dean (114)

David Wallis (121)       1/2         Robert Smart (100)

Well done Daniel! Derek and I missed opportunities to win (in my case not as the immediate analysis suggested!) Michael is rethinking his approach to an aggressive Evans Gambit. Thanks to Gary and Derek for extensive driving!


Rare Epaulette mate spotted at Crowborough

Crowborough ‘B’ 2-2 Hastings ‘C’

Mid-Sussex League Division 2
Played 16/01/2015

Only the second outing for the third team, but an anticipated close victory for us.  Hastings white on odds: 

Jan Lawrance 1 0 Mel Young

David Liu 0 1 Paul Kelly

A Aluwahlia 1 0 Steve Blewitt

Michael Redman 0 1 Marc Bryant

Caroline Campion A A Gary Willson 

Marc finished first with a neat sequence: foregoing castling as black, he advanced his king side pawns and ripped open whites defence, opening up for a neat Epaulette’s (spelling) mate delivered by his queen sweeping across the dark squares.  His opponent totally missed it. 

I was offered a draw when I had a slight positional advantage, but declined as on inspection of the remaining games, saw that Mel was struggling to hang on from an inaccuracy in the opening, Paul’s king was looking very exposed to white’s attack, and Steve was looking a comfortable draw. 

Steve saw the same and tried to push for a win, but lost in doing so to a strong up and coming junior.  Mel fought on but did eventually capitulate when out of nowhere Paul turned his game around a got a win. 

Having declined the draw, I won a pawn by a forced tactic, but reaped further rewards when she voluntarily swapped of pieces and I won a second pawn by force.  At the close I had two extra passed pawns and the dominant attacking rook. Rather than resign she wanted to check, but my Fritz assesses the position as a clear win (+5), and the only win for white in the match. 

A good win for the team, and we are off the mark.

Gary Willson reports


Hastings win on the road in Kent

Maidstone 2-4 Hastings

Kent League – County/Lewis Cups
Played on Saturday 13th December 2014, at Maidstone Leisure Centre.

1. Paul Talsma (208) 1 – 0 Ollie Willson (184)

2. Ian Watson (194) 0.5 – 0.5 Howard Tebbs (186)

3. David Munford (176) 0.5 – 0.5 Bob Elliston (181)

4. David Heath (155) 0 – 1 Adrian Pickersgill (178)

5. Robert Lane (149) 0 – 1 John Sugden (177)

6. Ian Clark (121) 0 – 1 Ray Brooks (172)

Total                    2 – 4

Board 1: Ollie was pretty much outplayed by the in-form Talsma.

The Maidstone player pushed his pawns to put a clamp on the position, then made a spectacular Rook sacrifice,

bringing a forced mate in four.

Board 2: Howard played a reversed London System against the King’s Indian Attack.  The Hastings man was, as usual, granite.

Both players appeared to be happy with an earlyish draw.

Board 3: Bob arrived the worse for some illness, donning a glove to reduce the risk of contagion.

An early draw saw this the first game finished. Get well soon, Bob!

Board 4: Adrian smoothly outplayed his opponent, nibbling away at his pawns.

The Hastings man, two pawns up in a Knight endgame, showed patience and skill to give his opponent no chances.

Board 5: John accepted the Benko Gambit pawn and hung on to it.

Soon, it was the Hastings man with the Queen-side pressure and an invasion on the a-file followed.

The Maidstone player tried to ease his position with pawn breaks on the King-side but this only created weaknesses around his King.

In just a couple of moves, John was attacking both sides of the board simultaneously. Last game finished.

From a Hastings perspective, this was the game of the day.

Board 6: The Maidstone player seemed intent on drawing from the very start, exchanging pieces and pawns at every opportunity,

whilst playing very solidly. Ray had to give ground on two occasions to keep the Queens on the board, in a stale, symmetrical position.

After thirty-odd moves the Hastings player had a slim edge, when his opponent obliged by placing his King and Queen on the same diagonal.

A great result away at our only real rivals in this geographical division, we are now clear favourites to go forward and play for the Kent County Cup.

After twenty-four away games, we’ve only lost three games, winning three matches and drawing one.
We now look forward to four home matches in a row, to complete the regular season.

First win of the season for the Fourths

Hastings ‘D’ 4-1 Haywards Heath ‘B’

Mid-Sussex League Division 3

The newly promoted Hastings fourth team notched up their first win of the season against Haywards Heath seconds on Tuesday night.

Haywards Heath took an early lead with stand-in captain Marc Bryant falling quickly but wins by Steve Blewitt, Daniel Lowe & Mason Woodhams secured the point with Derek Cosens’ result agreed a win for the home team.

Blewitt, Stephen D              1-0                 Faulkner, Martin J

Bryant, Marc                           0-1                 Ewens, Graham

Lowe, Daniel                           1-0                 Curtis, David C

Derek Cosens                         1-0                Rattray, Roland

Woodhams, Mason              1-0                Everitt, David

Match result:                         4-1

Est. 1882