Starting today and concluding on Friday, Dominic Lawson conducts interviews with Steve Davis (Mon), Garry Kasparov (Tues), Rex Sinquefield (Wed), Antony Beevor (Thurs) and Piers Morgan (Fri) over a game of chess.
Interviews are broadcast on BBC Radio 4 at 12:00PM – 12:15PM and games can be played through afterwards on the chess.co.uk website.
After nine years of top flight chess, the seconds finally lost their perennial battle for relegation at the weekend against an incomplete Haywards Heath team. While our firsts hold newly crowned champions Worthing to a draw.
Worthing ‘A’ 2½ -2½ Hastings & St Leonards ‘A’
Mid-Sussex League Division 1
Hastings & St Leonards 1
Graham, David B
Nicholas, Michael D
Sugden, John N
Fleming, Andrew SJ
Young, Mel J
Kelly, Paul J
Mel’s opponent blundered a Pawn but later Mel blundered 2 pieces for a Rook yet was offered a draw.
John played a classical draw.
Andrew’s game was agreed draw.
Keith played the same opening as before Portiche Hook var of French Winawer. He played a risky knight move that left him with a loose pawn after much prophalaxis and this was ruthlessly exploited. The final position was given by Shredder as 4.5 to me confirming my assessment.
Francis only a pawn down given as 2.1 by Shredder, so
a likely drawn match.
Congrats to Worthing on winning the league. They only needed half a game point.
Hastings lose in Kent County Chess Association Intro semi final, a good win for Anna after just 5 minutes under 5 hours.
In true GM style Harry S turned up late at 14.38. He was the first to finish, by 16.20. He missed an obvious chance to win a N early on. Black blundered by Nc6-b4? when White pushed a protected P to d5. Black had already gone …a7-a6, so his next, Nc6-b4? would lose a N to a3. Instead White responded by? the pusillanimous b2-b3?, a pointless move.
At the turn of the 20th Century the Hastings chess club did its best to arrange matches outside the metropolitan area but on whole results were disappointing. Although regarded as the strongest and most enterprising Club outside of London at the time, attempts from the club’s perspective were more or less a failure. However in 1902 a fairly representative team of fifteen travelled to Hastings to try conclusions with the club. In the match the Insurance men found their genial hosts had defeated them by one after the match and adjudication of two games, and so began an annual fixture that has endured ever since.
On Saturday 25th April 2015 Hastings once again were hosts to the Insurance men and on this occasion won the match by three. Maybe in 2128, 113 years henceforth, Hastings can increase the winning margin by another two. Whatever the result, Hastings will always welcome the men & women from Insurance C.C.
Brighton & Hove ‘C’ 2-3 Hastings & St Leonards ‘C’
Mid-Sussex League 2
In the battle of the third teams in the Mid-Sussex Division 2, Hastings wins 3-2 at Brighton to conclude their fixtures for the 2014-2015 season and finish a respectable 5th in the table. Brighton already relegated prior to the match put up a good fight but with a quick win by Marc Bryant on board 2, a solid draw by Steve Blewitt on top board and Mason Woodhams grinding out a win on board 5 a result was always looking good for Hastings. A draw by Derek Cosens on 3 concluded matters. Gary’s plan of giving his opponent a head start by either dropping three pawns or a piece in the opening and hoping for a heroic comeback to win the day didn’t quite play out as he expected but an interesting game nonetheless.
An amazing result for the fourths in their last game of the season has been confirmed. A win!
Outgraded on every board, playing the promotion hopefuls, Eastbourne Seconds; the Fourths stole a win in extra time (adjournments, -see previous post), improving their chances to stave off relegation, although they still need results to go their way to be playing 3rd division chess next season.
With this season’s group stage games all completed, our two teams in the Kent County League have done us proud by each winning their respective divisions.
In the County/Lewis Cup (Div1) Ray, steered his chargers to an impressive unbeaten 7-1-0 record and will now compete against Beckenham (winners of the metro section) on May 10th at The Mick Jagger Centre, Shepherds Lane Dartford. To determine the County Champion.
Intro Cup (Div6) group stage was won 6-0-2 by Adrian’s team with stand-out performances this season by Harry Stephens who has found an amazing run of form. A juicy semi-final clash against Metropolitan group stage runners up Beckenham 4 awaits Hastings with the winners meeting either Petts Wood 5 or Maidstone 7 who contest the other semi-final.