MINUTES of the Directors Meeting Monday 20 November 2017,

MINUTES of the Directors Meeting 1815-1850
Monday 20 November 2017, Richard Almond Room, Pelton House
Present: MB  KL  BP  LS  JW [5]     Member: AP
 
1 Apologies for Absence: AC  AH  PK 
2 Minutes of the meeting Monday Oct 20 2017 – agreed, signed by Chairman.
3 Matters arising not already on the Agenda – none.
4 Chairman’s Matters
   4.1 Sale of old Mags on eBay – ‘on-going’.
   4.2 Framing of pictures – more up, more to do, frames still to purchase.
   4.3 Curtains rehanging – ‘to be done’.
   4.4 Dordrecht’ – 6 May 2018, arrangements ‘on-going’.
   4.5 property insurance – insufficient time, to be done next year.
   4.6 ECF clocks – 11 being purchased at £25/clock.
6 Secs’ Reports and Correspondence
   KL –  nothing.
   6.1 Director changes – JW ‘to be done’.
7 Treasurer Report on financial
   7.7.2 Budget – updated sheet distributed.
8 Premises Officers Report
   8.1 SWMLtd Fire Extinguishers Serviced – JW to pay.
   8.2 PK Boiler to be serviced.
   8.3 Roof – scaffolding to go up tomorrow.
9 Website – MB – past histories available, some added, personal pages created for members
    profiles.
10 Junior chess – ‘on-going’.
11 Tournament Controllers Report – Winter Tournaments ‘up and running’.
12 Captains Report – started very well – all teams only 2 lost.  see Website
13 New members:
     Rei Celo – Student Member – agreed unanimous
     Varley Nicolas – Full Member – agreed unanimous
14 Library – books donated by JN all sorted – 150 new to Library.
15 Time/date next meeting:
               Tuesday 09 January 2018, 1815, RA Rm, PH
16 Any other business
   16.1 Honorarium – as last year – agreed unanimous.
   16.2 £100 for Library Books at Congress – cancelled – agreed unanimous.

KEN

hastings go top

Results Form
Division / Competition 1
7-Dec
Home Team Away Team
Hastings 1 Worthing 1
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Grade Player Player Grade
1 #N/A B.Lalic 1 0 Payne, Matthew J 208
2 192 Rayner, Francis 1 0 Graham, David B 204
3 190 Sugden, John N 1 0 Nicholas, Michael D 196
4 #N/A N.Varley 1 0 Nair, Rakesh 157
5 181 Cafferty, Bernard  1/2  1/2 Homeyard, Keith 153
4 1/2  1/2
Board Name Home Away Estimated Grade Comments

Division 1 Results

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 Hastings & St.Leonards 1 xxx  4 4 2.5 3 2.5 10.5 0
2 Horsham 1  1  xxx  4.5  3 3 2 8.5 0
3 Worthing  1  xxx 3.5  4.5 3 2 9 0
4 LeWEs 1 2.5 1.5 xxxx 4 3 1.5 8
5 Brighton & Hove 1  xxx 4.5 1 1 4.5 0
6 Haywards Heath 1  0.5  xxx 3.5 2 1 4 0
7 Brighton & Hove 2  1 0.5 1.5  xxx 3 0 3 0
8 Eastbourne 1  2  xxx 1 0 2 0
9 Worthing 2  0.5  xxx 1 0 0.5 0

Hastings & St Leonards 2 go top of league

 

05 Dec Hastings & St Leonards 2 Eastbourne 2
1 181 Cafferty, Bernard 1 0 Weiss, Oliver 154
2 170 Kelly, Paul J 0 1 Butt, Laurence A 146
3 170 Cove, Henry 1 0 Pannett, Matthew 142
4 161 Blewitt, Stephen D 1 0 Elgin, Michael R 130
5 161 Ruane, Brendan J 1 0 Hopkins, Robert 119
Av: 169 4 1 138

 

Division 2 Results

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 plyd MP GP DP
1 Hastings & St Leonards 2  xxx 4.5 4 4 3 3 12.5 0
2 Crowborough  xxx 2 3.5 3.5 3 2 9 0
3 Hastings & St Leonards 3 0.5 3  xxx 2 3.5 4 2 9 0
4 Eastbourne 2 1 1.5  xxx 2.5 5 4 1.5 10 0
5 Horsham 2  xxx 2.5 4.5 2 1.5 7 0
6 Horsham 3 1 3 2.5 xxx 3 1.5 6.5 0
7 Woodpushers 1 1.5  xxxx 4.5 2 1 6 0
8 Uckfield 1 2.5 0.5  xxx 2 0.5 3 0
9 Lewes 2 1.5 0 0.5  xxx 3 0 2 1

Lewes 1   Hastings & St Leonards 1

 

28 Nov  Lewes 1    Hastings & St Leonards 1 Â
1 186 Costley, Martin O 0 1 Rayner, Francis 192
2 164 Maufe, Barry 1 0 Sugden, John N 190
3 156 Welford, Richard R 0 1 Tebbs, Howard L 182
4 150 Pullan, James ½ ½ Cove, Henry 170
5 139 Robinson, Adam 1 0 Ruane, Brendan J 161
Av: 159 Â 2.5 Â 2.5 Â 179

Division 1 Results

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9  plyd MP GP DP
1 Horsham 1  xxx 1 3 4.5 3 2 8.5 0
2 Worthing 1  xxx 3.5 4.5 2 2 8 0
3 Lewes 1 1.5  xxx 2.5 4 3 1.5 8 0
4 Hastings & St Leonards 1 4 2.5  xxx 2 1.5 6.5 0
5 Brighton & Hove 1  xxx 4.5 1 1 4.5 0
6 Eastbourne 1 2 xxx 1 0 2 0
7 Brighton & Hove 2 1 0.5  xxx 2 0 1.5 0
8 Haywards Heath 1 0.5  xxx 1 0 0.5 0
9 Worthing 2 0.5  xxx 1 0 0.5

 

FW: MSCL Div 1 Lewes 1 v Hastings 1 28 November 2017

Hi all,

Just a quick update as I was busy with my own game and didn’t have much of a chance to look at the other games.

Francis was feeling really unwell when we arrived but then went on play probably his best game of the season to record a very nice thematic win in an English. John was probably holding but apparently made some errors towards the time control and has probably adjourned in a lost position. I had a nagging edge throughout the middle game and reached  a level material knight and bishop ending with a 2-1 queenside majority. I am not sure that it was completely sound but I sacked a pawn to activate my King and reach what I hoped was a winning knight and pawn ending. My opponent eventually gave up his Knight for my passed b pawn and in the adjourned position I am clearly winning with Knight and 3 pawns versus his 4 pawns. Henry was apparently in trouble in his game at some point but made an opportune draw offer, which was accepted, with both players having a number of moves to make with little time to reach the time control.  Brendan played a delayed Wing Gambit in a Sicilian and reach what looked to be a crushing position. However instead of maintaining a strong bind and improving his position he played a small combination which won a piece for a couple of doubled pawns but left his Knight on a8 with no means of escape. His opponents pieces sprung into life, regaining the piece, and soon obtaining a won position.

So it s a 2.5 – 2.5 draw which although not being what we hoped for, bearing in mind that we out-graded then on every board, could easily have been even worse.

Regards

Howard

HELP Results Form October 18
Date of Match Division / Competition 2
29-Nov
Home Team Away Team
Woodpushers 1 Hastings 3
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Grade Player Player Grade
1 174 Hutchings, Roger M 0 1 Blewitt, Stephen D 161
2 161 Briggs, Andrew J 0 1 Wheeler, James M 159
3 156 Kelly, Ian G 0 1 Bryant, Marc A 136
4 153 Samworth-Calvier, Juju 1 0 c.Hann #N/A
5 140 Coleman, Frederick 0.5  1/2 Willson, Gary 129
1 1/2 3 1/2
Board Name Home Away Estimated Grade Comments
Division 2 Results
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 plyd MP GP DP
1 Hastings & St Leonards 3 xxxx 3 0.5 2 3.5 4 2 9 0
2 Crowborough 2 xxxx 3.5 3.5 3 2 9 0
3 Hastings & St Leonards 2 4.5 xxxx 4 2 2 8.5 0
4 Eastbourne 2 1.5 xxxx 2.5 5 3 1.5 9 0
5 Horsham 2 xxxx 2.5 4.5 2 1.5 7 0
6 Horsham 3 3 1 2.5 xxxx 3 1.5 6.5 0
7 Woodpushers 1 1.5 xxxx 4.5 2 1 6 0
8 Uckfield 1 2.5 0.5 xxxx 2 0.5 3 0
9 Lewes 2 1.5 0 0.5 xxxx 3 0 2 1

MID Tom Fuller Cup

 

Board Home Hastings & St Leonards 5 Maidstone 6 Away
1 (W) 129A
S

Cosens, Derek

0 – 1
B

Lane, Robert E

149A
2 (B) 119A
G

Stock, William

1 – 0
B

Smith, Douglas J

121B
3 (W) 113C
B

Hossack, Keith

½ – ½
N

Dentten, Ross

90L
4 (B) 78B
S

Jozwiak, Umberto Joe

1 – 0
N

Patience, Dean

37D
Average 109 2½ – 1½ Average 99
Team Play Won Draw Lost For Against Points SP MP IM
Hastings & St Leonards 5 3 1 2 0 4 0 0 0
Swale 3 2 1 1 0 5 3 3 0 0 0
Maidstone 5 3 1 1 1 6 6 3 0 0 0
Tunbridge Wells 5 3 0 3 0 6 6 3 0 0 0
Snodland 3 2 1 0 1 4 4 2 0 0 0
Weald of Kent 3 2 1 0 1 4 4 2 0 0 0
Maidstone 6 3 1 0 2 2 0 0 0
Medway 2 2 0 1 1 3 5 1 0 0 0

Horsham 3     Hastings 3

HELP Results Form October 18
Date of Match Division / Competition 2
21-Nov
Home Team Away Team
Horsham 3 Hastings 3
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Grade Player Player Grade
1 165 Harbott, Peter  1/2  1/2 Wheeler, James M 159
2 164 Taylor, Alex B 0 1 Bryant, Marc A 136
3 163 Heath, Chris W  1/2  1/2 Hann, Chris N #N/A
4 160 Comley, Ian S 1 0 Woodhams, Mason 136
5 157 Bennet-Stevens, Lucy 1 0 Willson, Gary 129
3 2
Board Name Home Away Estimated Grade Comments
3 Hann, Chris N Away 136 ECF Ref: 112034H

Division 2 Results

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 plyd MP GP DP
1 Hastings & St Leonards 2  xxx 4.5 4 2 2 8.5 0
2 Horsham 2  xxx 2.5 4.5 2 1.5 7 0
3 Crowborough  xxx 2 3.5 2 1 5.5 0
4 Woodpushers 1  xxx 4.5 1 1 4.5 0
5 Hastings & St Leonards 3 0.5 3  xxx  2 1 5.5 0
6 Horsham 3 1 2.5  3  xxx  3 1.5 6.5 0
7 Uckfield 1 0.5  xxx 2.5 2 0.5 3 0
8 Eastbourne 2 2.5  xxx 1 0.5 2.5 0
9 Lewes 2 1.5 0.5 xxx 2 0 2 0

Victor Pelton

by Brian Denman & Marc Bryant

Victor Pelton was born as Verdi Pelton, but was known as Victor or joe. His place of birth was Rathmines, Dublin, on 27.11.1874. His profession was an estate agent and he died in Hastings on 21.8.1955. age 80

In the early 1950s the club was having difficulty in deciding whether to stay at 7 Carlisle Parade. Mr Pelton donated £1,000 at both the 1951 and 1952 AGMs to provide money for the freehold of new premises.

In the end the club decided on 31.1.1953 to leave Carlisle Parade.

Mr Pelton’s full donation eventually came to £3,000 in today money (2017) this would be nearly £90000 pounds and 2 Cornwallis Terrace was bought for £2,100 leaving money, which could be used for re-decoration

the official re opening of the club was on the 22 may 1954 unfortunately Mr Pelton
was unable to a tended

. Pelton was appointed as an honorary life-president of the club, but he did not live for very long after this. The new premises were administered by Pelton House Ltd until 2014.
Brian

Frank Arthur Rhoden

by Brian Denman & Marc Bryant

Frank Arthur Rhoden died on 2nd July 1981 in hospital after a
short final illness

Frank was born in Lee, South East; London, on 24th July 1906 and learned to play
chess at an early age. While never in the top flight he became nonetheless a
strong player delighting in the more romantic openings.

Before 1939, apart from playing for the Bohemians in the London League, he helped to found clubs in Manor House and at Marconi Limited (where he worked). He served in the
R.A.F. during the Second World War and after that qualified as a teacher. His work brought him to Hastings, which he loves wholeheartedly as he soaked himself in its wonderful chess
History

The first record that I can find of him being a member of the club is in 1948. In his early years he became club librarian and a team captain and was quite successful in his games over the board. He sometimes tried unusual openings and you will see that in the game against Finch played in 1959 he answered the Ruy Lopez with 3…g5.

In 1953/54 he became both chess columnist for the Hastings and St Leonards Observer and congress director – in both cases he took over from A A Rider.

The Christmas Congress at the time was in some danger and he quickly breathe new life into it restored its prestige as nearly all the strongest players of the world took part in the Premier tournament during his fifteen-year tenure of office. It had been several years since a Russian star had played in the Premier and in the 1953-54 Congress he brought a lot of interest to the town by managing to persuade both Bronstein and Tolush to compete. Rhoden obviously was very good at making them feel welcome and the Russian party of four were invited to watch Hastings United’s FA Cup tie against Norwich.

The arrival of the grandmasters was not, however, without controversy. Rhoden had invited a Spanish master, Roman Bordell to play in the Premier, but the Russians declared that they would not compete if there were ‘Fascist’ entrants. At this Rhoden cancelled Bordell’s invitation and the Spanish Chess Federation broke off relations with their British counterpart!

It is a pity that the great Bobby Fischer never played in a Hastings Congress. In 1956 when Fischer was 13 Rhoden sent an invitation to America. At first the Americans did not have sufficient funds to send him to Britain. Then by the time the money was available Rhoden had filled all 10 places in the Premier. This did not go down well in New York and the New York Times produced a headline: “Youth Denied Place in Chess.” In 1957 Rhoden again invited Fischer to play in the Premier and this time Fischer accepted. However, later he changed his mind and told Rhoden that he preferred to play in the Rosenwald Tournament. In the Hastings and St Leonards Observer of 16.11.1957 Rhoden wrote: “When I think of the letters I’ve written, the telephone calls I’ve made, and the precious time I’ve wasted over this boy, I feel that a hearty smack where his jeans fit tightest wouldn’t come amiss!

When he took over the chess column, Frank brought renewed interest in the game and he had a pleasant English style. He was particularly good at producing pen pictures of club members and he understood their human strengths and weaknesses in a touching way. He was only occasionally controversial and was quite unlike Edward Ackroyd, who wrote the column in the early 1920s. Rhoden wrote about this predecessor of his in the Hastings and St Leonards Observer of 27.6.1981 describing him as ‘a minor master of invective and abuse’. Some of Rhoden’s articles stand out and I should like to mention here his account of the Hastings CC tour of Europe in 1903 (Hastings and St Leonards Observer of 15.8.1953), his article about
, the 1895 Hastings International Tournament (Hastings and St Leonards Observer of 5.1.1974) and the descriptions of the club visits to Wormwood Scrubs and Maidstone Prison (Hastings and St Leonards Observer of 8.10.1966 and 16.12.1972 respectively). He was very loyal to the club, though there was little information about the rest of Sussex in his articles.

In the Hastings and St Leonards Observer of 14.1.1956 Rhoden stated that for a long time he had been considering writing a history of the club. He would, however, hate to turn out a lifeless official history and added that he could not write this fascinating story from club minutes as they contain ‘only the skeleton of the club’s body’.

Finally, Brian would like to mention a chess article in the Hastings and St Leonards Observer of 18.4.1981. It is reported there that the club had its youngest ever match captain, 20-year-old Marc Bryant, under whose guidance the club had played 23 matches with 17 wins, 3 draws and 3 losses.
Hastings Observer was, for nearly 30 years, one of the best in the country.
Frank was a great communicator. he wrote about the game, broadcast number of
talks on the BBC radio chess programme of the 1960’s and had a great fund of stories.

Everything he did was in his own inimitable style (we recall his cabling direct to Khrushchev in 1953 when sending invitations to Soviet players companied by a remark that you
didn’t address the monkey when the organ-grinder was available!

In 1967/68 Rhoden was unhappy that 30 out of 45 games were drawn and considered resigning as Director. He ran one more congress, but felt that he had lost his freshness as organiser. Laurie Glyde took over Frank’s post after that

He had a stroke in June 1980, but carried on writing articles for about a year after that

The Hastings and St Leonards Observer of 27.12.1984 stated that playing a game with Frank Rhoden was a nerve-racking experience, for he simply could not bring himself to sit still at the table for more than five minutes together. He may not, however, have been like this in his early days at the club.

British chess has once again been diminished by the loss of one of its
‘characters:

Chess, and Hastings in particular, owes Frank Rhoden a debt.
¬ (The character of the man comes a through in the last long
articles he wrote which appeared in the BCM 1981 June page 198

Hastings & St Leonards 2   Maidstone 2

 

Hastings & St Leonards 2 v Maidstone 2

MID Stevenson Cup 2017-11-19

Board Home Hastings & St Leonards 2 Maidstone 2 Away
1 (B) 170A (170)
G

Kelly, Paul J

0 – 1
G

Chandler, Cliff R

204A (204)
2 (W) 161A (161)
G

Ruane, Brendan J

1 – 0
B

Lane, Robert E

149A (149)
3 (B) 159A (159)
S

Wheeler, James M

½ – ½
G

Heath, David R

144A (144)
4 (W) 136A (136)
S

Woodhams, Mason

½ – ½
B

Smith, Douglas J

121B (121)
5 (B) 132A (132)
G

Cload, Adrian

0 – 1
G

Dirmauskas, Peter

118A (118)
6 (W) 119A (119)
G

Stock, William

1 – 0
N

Cox, Robert

73B (73)
Average 146 3 – 3 Average 134

 

Team Play Won Draw Lost For Against Points SP MP IM
Hastings & St Leonards 2 4 1 2 1 11½ 12½ 4 0 0 0
Maidstone 2 2 1 1 0 3 0 0 0
Tunbridge Wells 2 1 1 0 0 2 0 0 0
Rainham (Kent) 2 2 1 0 1 2 0 0 0
Rochester 1 3 0 1 2 7 11 1 0 0 0

Est. 1882