Rush Cup 2019/2020

Rush Cup 2019/2020
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 J.Worsley 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 6+
2 G.Chandler 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 6-
3 A.Lebedev 0 0 1 1 1 1 4
4 J.Pentney 1 0 0 0 0 1 2
5 C.Parry 0 0 0 1 0 1 2
6 B.Jack 0 0 0 1 0 1 2
7 H.Stephens 0 0 1 1 0 2
8 L.Steuart 0 0 0 0 0 1 1


Pelton Cup 2019/2020 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 A.Cload  xxx 0 1 0 1 1  1 4
2 M.Fletcher 1  xxx 1 0 1 0.5 3.5
3 A.Pontonutti 0  xxx 0.5 1 1 1 3.5
4 K.Hossack 0 0.5  xxxx 1 1 1 3.5
5 M.Woodhams 1  xxx 1 1 3
6 D.Cosens 0 1  xxx  1 1 3
7 R.Richardson 0.5 0 0  0  xxx 1 1.5
8 W.Cobb 0 0 0  xxx 0
9 P.Tournier 0 0 0 xxx 0
 1 0 U.Jozwick  0 0 0 0 0  xxx 0

Championship 2019/2020

Championship 2019/2020 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 D.Lowe  xxx 0.5 1 1 1 1 1 1 6.5
2 R.Norinkevciute  xxx 0 0.5 1 1 1 1 4.5
3 B.Cafferty 0.5  xxx 0.5 0 1 1 1 4
4 J.Wheeler 0 0.5  xxx 1 0.5 0 0.5 1 3.5
5 H.Tebbs 0 1 1  xxx 0.5 1 3.5
6 A.Pickersgill 0.5 0 0.5  xxx 0.5 0.5 2
7 F.Rayner 0 0 0.5 0.5  xxx 1 2
8 B.Ruane 0 0 0 1 0.5 0  xxx 1.5
9 S.Blewitt 0 0 0 0.5  xxx 0.5 1
10 M.Bryant 0 0 0 0 0 0.5  xxx 0.5



The Caplin Hastings On-line 11 round all-play-all tournament will take place on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th January 2021 with a first prize of £1,200.

The fine list of players represents England’s leading grandmasters and masters :

GM Michael Adams, GM David Howell, GM Luke McShane, GM Gawain Jones. GM Nick Pert, IM Ameet Ghasi, GM Danny Gormally, GM Mark Hebden, GM Glenn Flear, GM Keith Arkell. Two qualifying places were offered to the Caplin British Championships and these went to IM Matthew Wadsworth and GM Matthew Turner who finished 3rd and 4th in the Championships.

Play will start at 13.00hrs each day with 6 rounds played on Saturday and 5 rounds on Sunday – This will be a rapid-play format (15 min+10sec. per player per round).

The commentary will be provided by the entertaining team GM Simon Williams and IM and WGM several times British Women’s Chess Champion Jovanka Houska.

Access to the commentary via

All games will be broadcast live at Chess 24 (with the GingerGM commentary) or Chessbomb.

Ongoing results will be updated here.

This promises to be an entertaining contest in the long tradition of Hastings Chess. The sponsor, Caplin Systems, is a fintech specialist in e-trading technology so this seems a very appropriate link between the sponsor and the event. Caplin has open positions in a number of departments and people seeking a career change are encouraged to look at
Further information including will appear on the Hastings website and for further information contact Pam Thomas 07817 446070 or |Marc Bryant 01424 436313

All members please note

Once again due to government restrictions and Hastings being putted into tier three of them government restrictions

the chess club is now fully closed to be compliant with government restrictions once we come out of Tier three we will review the situation

Marc A Bryant


Caplin Hastings On-Line All-Play-All Tournament

Caplin Hastings On-Line All-Play-All Tournament
Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th January 2021

In just about any other year we would be getting ready for the Caplin Hastings International Chess Congress but, as with the majority of events of all types, this is not possible in 2020. However organisers are pleased to announce the Caplin Hastings All-Play-All on-line Tournament which will take place on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th January 2021. The event has a player fund of £7,500.

This will be a 12-player All-play-all, Rapid Play format (15 min +10 sec per player per round). 6 rounds are scheduled on Saturday and 5 rounds on Sunday with play starting at 13.00 GMT on each day.

Players confirmed so far are Michael Adams, Luke McShane, Gawain Jones, Glenn Flear, Mark Hebden, Danny Gormally and Keith Arkell. David Howell has also expressed interest. The final list of players will appear as soon as confirmed. Two places will be reserved for the Winner and Runner-up of the Caplin British On-Line Championships.

Commentary will be provided by GM Simon Williams and WGM/IM Jovanka Houska. Access will be via

We hope the All-Play-all will provide some Hastings chess interest and entertainment at the traditional time of year. In the meantime the organisers wish you all good wishes for Christmas and the New Year and look forward to welcoming players back to the 96th Caplin Hastings Congress 2021-22.

See the Congress website for full details of Terms and Conditions and Tournament Rules.

For further enquiries please contact:
Marc Bryant, e-mail bryant8830 Tel: 01424 436313

closed to members

To all club members
Will members please note that due government rules due to the Corona virus the club will again be closed to members from the 5th of November
Anyone wishing to make a private visit must do so within government rules and in consultation with the chairman
Marc a Bryant

2019/20 Winter Tournaments

Please note that its recent committee meeting the committee have decided to finish the winter tournaments all games will need to be played by the 24 of December at which point winners will be declared based on games played and points scored

Due to the Corona virus players are not obligated to finish these games however the tournaments will finish on this date

Also please note any player wishing 2 to arrange a sixth player all play all may do so on any date in consultation with the chairman

ECF and SCCU business

Dear All,

I hope this finds you well as we continue in these unusual times with little certainty as to when traditional club over-the-board (OTB) chess might be able to resume. ECF and SCCU business has been continuing, albeit by email and virtual meetings. For example, its nearly 6 months since the ECF Board met in person.

Despite the ECF’s Articles of Association stipulating that a Finance Council Meeting shall be held in April each year, the decision was taken that this was impractical, and parliament has since passed legislation to give companies some leeway where they have such Articles. However, the Finance Council meeting is going to take place as a virtual meeting this coming Saturday (18th July). The agenda and other papers for this meeting can be found here. The meeting will be almost exclusively concerned with financial matters. (The only exception, other than things like Minutes of the last meeting, being a very minor change to Regulation No. 2 reflecting that responsibility for the safeguarding policy has been transferred from the Director of Junior Chess to the Chairman.)

The management accounts being presented to Council suggest that the ECF has actually done rather well during the current (2019 / 20) financial year. A budgeted loss of around £12.5k is now predicted to disappear, with the ECF achieving break even over the year to 31st August 2020. This reflects the fact that whilst the bulk of membership income was received before covid-19 struck, expenditure since then has been curtailed. As well as events having to be cancelled or postponed, the ECF office was closed down, with staff being furloughed under the Government’s financial support scheme. However, going forward to the 2020 / 21 financial year, the position is very uncertain. The ECF anticipates that with the suspension of OTB chess, a number of current members may not renew their membership in 2020 / 21. The Director of Membership has put forward various scenarios for levels of renewal and a budget has been put together assuming a baseline level of anticipated membership income. The Board is also proposing that the previously proposed increases in membership rates for 2020 / 21 be set aside, and the rates remain the same as for 2019 / 20, save for the Supporter Category, where an increase from £5 to £10 is proposed. The budget envisages a small profit over the year of around £7k, but reserves will still be well short of the longterm goal of £100k following significant losses of the past couple of years. Council is being asked to approve this budget, but also to agree that the Board has the freedom to amend it over the coming months as circumstances become clearer. On your behalf, I propose to vote in favour of this, but any contrarian views are invited.

The situation regarding the ECF office is worthy of note. You may recall that around 3 years ago the ECF took over increased office space which enabled the Chess Library, that had been in storage for a couple of years, to be accommodated as well as the office staff. Negotiations have recently taken place with a university to house the library, negating the need for the increased space. This has coincided with a break clause option in the tenancy agreement which has been activated. This requires the ECF now to vacate the office by 1st November this year. A final decision has yet to be taken over whether a smaller office will be sought, or whether the staff (which is being reduced from 3 to 2) will be asked to work from home after coming off furlough.

Regarding ECF membership for 2020 / 21, I appreciate that many people have experienced serious financial hardship as a result of covid-19 and that any discretionary expenditure over the coming months will need to be critically considered. However, wherever possible I hope we can all encourage our local members to renew in order to keep the ECF ticking over and give some certainty to the activities that can be undertaken.

Council is also being asked to adopt the draft accounts for the previous financial year, up to 31st August 2019. These show a loss of £64.9k, this being £14.5k higher than budgeted. This is largely due to reduced entry fee income from the British Championships and increased costs in the Junior Directorate, as addressed in the Finance Director’s report.

Draft accounts have also been published for the BCF and for Chess Centre Ltd. These are being shown to the ECF Council for information. No BCF Council meeting is taking place at this time.

The SCCU held a virtual AGM last Saturday. There is great uncertainty regarding the ability to resume regular competitions, and very mixed feelings over whether or not it would be appropriate for the Union to run online events, not least for want of people to organise them. Any definite proposals will be put to the Executive Committee as and when they arise. In recognition of this reduced activity, a proposal from the Treasurer for much reduced affiliation and entry fees for the coming year was accepted. These will be reduced as follows:

2019 / 20 2020 / 21

County Affiliation Fee £50 £5

Non-County Member Affiliation Fee £25* £5

County Championship Entry Fee (per team) £20 £5

U14 / U130 League Entry Fee (per team) £35* £5

* £20 if paid by 1st December

All existing Union Officers were re-elected to their same posts. This included the President who will serve for a 3rd year, contrary to the tradition of a change every 2 years. Chris Bernard from Kent was elected to the vacant post of Secretary. The post of Deputy President remains unfilled.

Finally, as a personal note, I have previously announced my intention to relinquish my roles as Sussex Delegate to the SCCU and the ECF this autumn. So far I am unaware of any volunteers to take on these roles. (They need not necessarily be done by the same person.) It remains my intention to step down following the ECF AGM due in October, at which time my tenure as an ECF Director will also cease. I’m still hoping someone will come forward, otherwise Sussex will be unrepresented at regional and national levels.


ECF Council

Dear ECF Member

This is an invitation to you to consider the possibility of standing for election to the ECF Council that is responsible for setting the organisation’s budget and membership fees and which elects the Board that runs the organisation. It is made up of representatives of the unions, counties, chess leagues, chess congresses and other chess organisations. In addition there are places reserved for individual members (technically called ‘direct’ members to distinguish them from organisations).

For the purpose of the election of Representatives, Direct Members are grouped into the following five categories –
(a) Honorary Life Vice Presidents, Honorary Life Members and Life Members
(b) Gold Members and Gold Junior Members
(c) Silver Members and Silver Junior Members
(d) Bronze Members and Bronze Junior Members
(e) Platinum Members

Each of these five categories is entitled to elect two Representatives. Applications are sought among the five categories of membership . If there are more than two applications in any category, a first two past the post election will be held in that category in accordance with instructions to be issued by the Board. Elected representatives serve for a year, normally from August until the following July, although this year we are regrettably running a little late because of some global difficulties. Elected representatives can stand for re-election at the end of their term of office.

Representatives are members of Council, must be Direct Members (but not necessarily in the category for which they are elected), and remain Direct Members throughout their period of office.

Direct members’ representatives have the responsibility to consult with members in their category of membership and to represent both the views and the interests of that category in meetings of the Council. This is achieved principally through an email sent to members before Council meetings and this email normally offers the opportunity for members to reply to their representative. Council normally meets twice a year (in April and October) and reasonable expenses can be reclaimed.  Obviously this year we may not be able to meet in person but in that case ‘Zoom’ internet meetings will take place instead.

To be eligible, applications must be received at the ECF Office Email: on or before Friday 31 July 2020. Direct members may self nominate and do not require any seconders.

Do not be shy about coming forward – the intention is that the post should be open to ordinary members without necessarily any other chess credentials: you do not need to be an organiser, an arbiter, a grader, a club chairman or even a team captain. Just a willingness to read up on the papers before the meetings, present the major issues to other members and take note of the feedback. Council has its excitements and controversy but at a personal level is very open.  You will find yourself welcomed in, as I did when, with no chess standing, I served as a Silver members’ rep some four years ago (retiring from that role a year ago). It’s not for everyone but if your interest as been raised by reading this do give it serious consideration. I shall be happy to talk to anyone seriously considering standing.

Michael Farthing, Chair of Council

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