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Hastings Crowned Champions of Kent

Hastings & St Leonards 3-3 Beckenham & Bromley

Kent County Cup Final

Hastings beat Beckenham & Bromley to become champions of Kent. The first non-Kent side to win, since it was first played for in 1896. One of the bigger pieces of silverware that I’ve lifted!

Reports Ray Brooks (Capt)

Teams couldn’t be separated even with a board count tie-breaker so match & championship decided on bottom board elimination.

More details & photos to follow

Across the board series 3

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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.

 

 

Sussex League Div 1 Roundup

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

27 Apr Worthing 1 Hastings & St Leonards 1
1 207 Graham, David B 1 0 Rayner, Francis 198
2 199 Nicholas, Michael D ½ ½ Sugden, John N 183
3 185 Jones, Chris ½ ½ Fleming, Andrew SJ 177
4 167 Larwood, Peter ½ ½ Young, Mel J 161
5 166 Homeyard, Keith 0 1 Kelly, Paul J 163
Av: 185 2.5 2.5 176

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.

Reports Paul Kelly

Hastings & St Leonards ‘B’ 2-3 Haywards Heath ‘A’

Mid-Sussex League Division 1

25 Apr Hastings & St Leonards 2 Haywards Heath 1
1 187 Willson, Ollie 0 1 Kwiatkowski, Feliks J 209
2 161 Young, Mel J 0 1 Boardman, Jeffrey 179
3 169 Barton, R Alan 0 1 Cole, Vivian J 168
4 169 Brooks, Ray PB 1 0 Curtis, David C 121
5 156 Wheeler, James M 1 0 Default
Av: 168 2 3 169

 

Division 1 Standings

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 plyd MP GP DP
1 Worthing 1 2.5 2.5 3.5 4.5 3 4 3.5 5 3.5 9 8 32
2 Brighton & Hove 1 2.5 2.5 3.5 3.5 2.5 3.5 3 3.5 8 6.5 24.5
3 Hastings & St Leonards 1 2.5 2.5 2 3 4 4 2.5 4.5 2.5 9 6 27.5
4 Horsham 1 1.5 1.5 3 3.5 3.5 4.5 4.5 3 8 6 25
5 Crowborough 1 0.5 1.5 2 1.5 2.5 3 3.5 4.5 3 9 4.5 22 3
6 Eastbourne 1 2 1 1.5 2.5 3.5 3 2.5 2 8 3 18
7 Haywards Heath 1 1 2.5 1 2 1.5 3 2.5 3 8 3 16.5 1
8 Horsham 2 1.5 1.5 2.5 0.5 1.5 2 2 3 3 9 2.5 17.5
9 Lewes 1 0 2 0.5 0.5 0.5 2.5 2.5 2 3.5 9 2 14 1
10 Hastings & St Leonards 2 1.5 1.5 2.5 2 2 3 2 2 1.5 9 1 18 8

Grand Prix this weekend

The Monthly Time Handicap (Grand Prix) is on again this weekend, Sunday 3rd May 2015; 10:45 – 18:00. Venue: Pelton House

Space still available, register now – or miss out ???

Contact Chairman Marc Bryant at: bryant8830@yahoo.co.uk to register and more information.

Hastings lose semi-final

Hastings & St Leonards 1-3 Beckenham & Bromley

Kent league Intro semi-final

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.

Beckenham were white on odds

Adrian Cload 0 1 Anthony Foreman
Anna Pontonutti 1 0 Howard Walden
Umberto Jozwiak 0 1 Michael Spencer
Harry Stephens 0 1 Stephen Roberts

 

3-1 to the visitors, who averaged 94 to our 88

113 years on and Hastings win again

Hastings 5-2 Insurance C.C.

Friendly

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.

 

 2015 Hastings Insurance
1 184 Elliston 1 0 Calvert 176
2 177 Fleming ½ ½ Hunnable 172
3 163 Kelly 1 0 Page 162
4 158 Blewitt 1 0 Reddie 153
5 128 A. Cload (Captain) 0 1 Law 142
6 117 Woodhams ½ ½ Naldrett (Captain) 133
7 86 Jelliss 1 0 de Jong 82
5 2

 

1902 Hastings Insurance
1 H.E. Dobell 0 1 T.F. Lawrence
2 H.F. Cheshire 1 0 G.W. Richmond
3 F.W Womersley ½ ½ H.G. Softlaw
4 J.M. Friedberger 1 0 C. Hammond
5 J.A. Watt ½ ½ A.A. Percival
6 P.S. Hallett 0 1 A.B. Waugh
7 J.E. Mannington 1 0 A. Tooke
8 Victor Rush 0 1 P. Layzell
9 H.E. Whicker 0 1 H.H. Blacklock
10 A.G. Ginner 1 0 J.S. Runtz
11 Miss Hallaway 1 0 G. Glover
12 Miss Colbourne 1 0 G.S. Vinen
13 Mrs. Stevens ½ ½ H. Human
14 H. Bonham 0 1 C.S. Simpson
15 N. Parry ½ ½ E. Llewellen
8 7

Hastings 3 sends Brighton 3 into Division 3

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.

More analysis to follow…

Division 2 Standings

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 plyd MP GP DP
1 Brighton & Hove 2 2 3 4.5 4 4 2.5 4.5 3.5 8 6.5 28
2 Horsham 3 3 1.5 4.5 3 3.5 4 3 7 6 22.5
3 Worthing 2 2 3.5 1.5 2.5 3.5 4 4 3 8 5.5 24
4 Lewes 2 0.5 0.5 3.5 3 3 3.5 2 2.5 8 4.5 18.5
5 Hastings & St Leonards 3 1 2 2.5 2 2.5 3 3 3 8 4 19
6 Argumentatives 1 1.5 1.5 2 2.5 3.5 2.5  3 7 3 17.5
7 Woodpushers 1 2.5 1 1.5 2 1.5 3 4 7 2.5 15.5
8 Crowborough 2 0.5 1 1 3 2 2.5 2 3 8 2.5 15
9 Brighton & Hove 3 1.5 2 2 2.5 2  2 1 2 7 0.5 13

 

Fourths result confirmed

Eastbourne ‘B’ 2-3 Hastings & St Leonards ‘D’

Mid Sussex League 3

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.

17 Apr Eastbourne 2 Hastings & St Leonards 4
1 155 Osborne, Hugh W 0 1 Lowe, Daniel 145
2 153 Reddie, Michael J 1 0 Cosens, Derek 119
3 138 Moore, John TA ½ ½ Cload, Adrian 125
4 123 Stevenson, Douglas W ½ ½ Woodhams, Mason 117
5 114 Pannett, Matthew 0 1 Smart, Robert 109
Av: 137 2 3 123

Mid Sussex League Division 3

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 plyd MP GP DP
1 Horsham 4 3 3 3 1 3.5 4 6 5 17.5
2 East Grinstead 1 2 2 3 4 3 3.5 6 4 17.5
3 Eastbourne 2 2 3 3.5 3 2 3 6 4 16.5
4 Horsham 5 2 2 1.5 2.5 3 4 3.5 7 3.5 18.5 1
5 Uckfield 1 4 2 2.5 3.5 2 3.5 6 3.5 17.5
6 Hastings & St Leonards 4 1.5 1 3 2 1.5 4 2 7 2 15
7 Haywards Heath 2 2 2 1 3 1 5 1 9
8 Worthing 3 1 1.5 1.5 1.5 3 5 1 8.5

Kent league roundup

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.

Kent League Standings 2014-2015

KENT COUNTY CHESS ASSOCIATION
 
Mid/East inter-club competitions 2014-15 20/04/2015
County/Lewis Cup
Team Played Won Drawn Lost Penalty Game P{oints Match Points Position
Hastings 1 8 7 1 37 7.5 1
Maidstone 1 8 5 1 2 26.5 5.5 2
Tunbridge Wells 1 8 3 4 20 3 3
Folkestone 1 8 2 1 5 19 2.5 4
Rainham 1 8 1 1 6 17.5 1.5 5
Stevenson Cup
Team Played Won Drawn Lost Penalty Game Points Match Points Position
Maidstone 2 8 5 2 1 27 6 1
Folkestone 2 8 4 2 2 18.5 5 2
Tunbridge Wells 2 6 5 3 17 5 4
Rochester 1 8 4 4 24 4 3
Rainham 2 6 6 11.5 0 5
En Passant Cup
Team Played Won Drawn Lost Penalty Game Points Match Points Position
Swale 1 6 5 1 24.5 5 1
Snodland 1 6 4 1 1 22 4.5 2
Maidstone 3 6 2 2 2 21 3 3
Tunbridge Wells 1 6 2 1 3 17.5 2.5 4
Rainham 3 6 2 1 3 15.5 2.5 5
Weald of Kent 1 6 1 2 3 12.5 2 6
Medway 1 6 1 1 4 13 1.5 7
Harvey Cup
Team Played Won Drawn Lost Penalty Game Points Match Points Position
Maidstone 4 6 3 2 1 19 4 1
Snodland 2 6 3 1 2 21 3.5 2
Weald of Kent 2 6 3 3 18 3 3
Medway 2 6 1 1 4 14 1.5 4
Tom Fuller Cup
Team Played Won Drawn Lost Penalty Game Points Match Points Position
Weald of Kent 3 6 4 1 1 15.5 4.5 1
Snodland 3 6 4 2 14.5 4 2
Swale 2 6 2 3 1 13.5 3.5 3
Medway 3 6 2 1 3 11 2.5 4
Maidstone 5 6 2 1 3 10 2.5 5
Maidstone 6 6 2 1 3 9 2.5 6
Rainham 4 6 1 1 4 10.5 1.5 7
Intro Cup
Team Played Won Drawn Lost Penalty Game Points Match Points Position
Hastings 2 8 6 2 1 19.5 6 1
Maidstone 7 8 5 3 19.5 5 2
Medway 4 8 4 2 2 1 18 5 3
Snodland 4 8 2 2 4 14 3 4
Tunbridge Wells 4 8 2 6 7 1 5

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