HCC Website enquiry
I am the organiser / captain of the Kent U-180 team this season. Unfortunately East Sussex are not entering a team this season, and I would to invite numerous members of your club to play for the team. Given that your club entered six teams for all levels of the Kent leagues there should be no problem about the qualification.. The first match is at home in Dartford on October 19th vs Surrey. The players to whom I would like to send the entire fixture list (6 matches) are A Barton T Stock Bernard Cafferty whom I last met as a spectator at a GM tourney in Amsterdam 1971 Paul de Buf R Ellison and A Pickersgill.
Tim Gluckman (tel 077 58 45 80 88)
7pm on the September 26th
The talk on October 1st at 7.00pm.
The Russo-Canadian GM Yevgeniy Bareyev has published a book with this provocative title. I will try to exemplify, with positions for the audience to consider.
Following our summer break, Junior Club returns tonight at 6:00PM (doors open 5:45pm) ready for the new season of chess.
Entries are now invited for the club winter tournaments
Closing date Sunday the 13 October
This is the summary report of the friendly matches played this season 2018/19
Hastings and St Leonards are involved in four friendly matches this season.
In our longest running fixture against Insurance in April Hastings lost narrowly 2.5-3.5, a single win from Chris Hann not enough save our blushes.
The GLCC match in July, Hastings went down 1.5 – 5.5, however the scoreline was a bit disingenuous as a last minute replacement for their bottom board was their highest rated played which skewed all the board order. This was their captains 50 year appearance in this fixture and we fielded two juniors who we hope will continue to play in this fixture in 50 years time.
||1½ – 5½
|B. Cafferty (176)
||½ – ½
||J. Rihel (179)
|M. Bryant (139)
||0 – 1
||T. Pelling (189)
||0 – 1
||D. Hadley (119)
|K. Hossack (98)
||1 – 0
||M. Pole (110)
|W. Cobb (84)
||0 – 1
||G. Broadbent (101)
|J. Umberto (73)
||0 – 1
||D. Bennett (93)
|C. Parry (UG)
||0 – 1
||T. Fleming (88)
Our biggest friendly match with 18 boards was the regular visit of Wanstead and Woodford on 31st August. Another defeat for Hastings 11-7 but a cracking match it was very much enjoyed by all participants.
Following the football leagues champions league final in May and the fact that Hastings had won the Sussex League I thought it could be good to start our own champions league with a challenge to Wood Green who had just won the London league. Unfortunately they declined our challenge as they feared they couldn’t raise a team. I guess we win on default then, so Hastings are Champion of the Champions! 😉
A new fixture for this season was the restoration of a match against local rivals Bexhill who on the last two outings have defeated us. During one of those matches it was rumoured that a chess board was burnt signalling the death of chess in Hastings creating some Ashes in the process. Well we want our Ashes back and the fight is set for 21st September with the victor receiving the Ashes urn. It is hoped that this will be annual fixture from now on.
The MacArthur cup is a very prestigious competition in Sussex that dates back to 1889. The format is a classical time-control straight forward knock out that is open to the best teams in clubs from East and West Sussex.
For the past 13 years this has been held by either Hastings or Brighton and once again these two teams contested the coveted trophy. Hastings hasn’t won this for 7 years so was about time we took it back from Brighton.
The competition is not well supported with only four teams entering this year and this was after an absence of two years where the trophy was not contested.
In our semi-final we faced off against Haywards heath and sailed through to the final 6-0 as they couldn’t raise a team and defaulted.
So Brighton it was in the final who knocked out Horsham 4.5-1.5 to claim their place. We lost the toss and so had to travel to Brighton for the final.
I (Mason) had taken over the captaincy of the team as I wanted to say that I played in such a long running and prestigious chess tournament but being a low grade didn’t think I’d ever make the team. Numerous calls & emails to top players resulted in me making the team on merit as so many players were unavailable and so it was game on at Brighton.
The team of Sugden, Barton, Blewitt, Wheeler, Hann and myself were all heavily out graded on all boards but we still managed to get some points and made a real fight of it, everyone playing exceptionally but unfortunately going down 3.5-2.5 in the end. Special mention for Alan’s game where he played an amazing Queen pawn ending which was an absolute joy to watch.
With a stronger team the trophy could have been ours as Brighton weren’t particularly good on the day considering the grades. Better luck next year.