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Juniors re-enact Battle of Hastings

So children from the Hastings and St Leonards Junior Chess Club, this week re-enacted the Battle of Hastings to commemorate that fateful day for the last Saxon king.

Chess arrived in England with the Normans, so what better way to visualise the Battle with the greatest wargame ever made.

“Standing behind his shield wall, Harold stands atop Senlac Hill looking out over the amassed armies of the Norman invaders. Archers (bishops) stand ready on both sides to launch a barrage arrows at each other but can the shield wall stand firm and hold for reinforcements (which appear on the board on move 30).”

It’s black to move and conquer England, can you do it? or will history change and Harold reign supreme?

On the whole children preserved history with William victorious the odd one or two managing to upset the odds and keep England in Saxon hands, one even getting checkmate in two moves!

The strategies employed during the real battle were described to the children and some employed the same ideas by attacking the flanks others tried striking down the central pawn duo/quad both either way a lot of fun was had.

Did the real Duke of Normandy use chess to plan his battle strategy? One for historians we think.

Mason Woodhams
Junior Organiser & ECF Accredited chess coach

 

Hastings crowned Kent rapidplay champions

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Well done team! A fine effort to beat a strong Beckenham team 10.5-5.5 in the final.

 

Thankyou to all who took part this year:

 

Nicolas Varley (2 matches) 5/8 (62.50%)

Daniel Lowe (4 matches) 13/16 (81.25%)

Paul Kelly (6 matches) 15.5/24 (64.58%)

Steve Blewitt (4 matches) 9.5/16 (59.38%)

Ollie Willson (2 matches) 6/8 (75.00%)

Jim Wheeler (3 matches) 9.5/12 (79.17%)

Marc Bryant (2 matches) 5/8 (62.50%)

Adrian Cload (1 match) 2/4 (50.00%)

 

Winning team photo attached…

Jim

Maureen Charlesworth Chess Challenge

To celebrate Hastings Week there will be a chess tournament at the White Rock Hotel on Monday 8th 2018, 7:00PM

Aimed at casual players (those without an official chess grade or low grade).

Now in its 9th year, a popular tournament with trophies and cash prizes for juniors (below the age 14) and for seniors.

Each participant will play five games against different opponent with time controls roughly 12 mins each.

Entry fee payable on the night TBD but usually a very modest amount of a few pounds.

Contact 01424 728300 to pre-book or for more information.

 

Junior club returns this week

Wednesday 12th September 2018 sees the start of junior club for the new season.

For full details and how to join  please see our dedicated page.

*** New this year ***

In addition to our regular fun competitions, variants, prizes and entry into the Delancy chess challenge (the biggest chess tournament in the world), we will be entering a team in the Kent league (Intro Cup) where we will be inviting our more accomplished juniors to play for the club and town. Joining the English Chess Federation, in turn, and embarking on their journey to titles and greatness!

We are running two classes this term and next so we have plenty of space for new members.

No Junior Club this week

mascot-2018-world-cup-willieDue to unforeseen circumstances (England reaching the semi-finals of the World Cup), Junior chess club will be cancelled this week 11th July 2018. The club will return and resume as normal the following week  18th July. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Good luck to England on Wednesday and we hope that the tactics and strategies they employ in their game as we do in ours work perfectly for them.

Come on England!

 

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
Hastings & St Leonards Junior Chess Club

Junior Club

The Junior Chess Club meets (term time only) every Wednesday at the club (2 Cornwallis Terrace, Hastings) from 6 pm (please arrive 10 mins early) until 7.00 pm,  during term time.

The Junior Club returns on Wednesday 12th September 2018 following our summer break.

The junior club is open to both boys and girls aged between 5 and 18 years and of all abilities.

We run two classes, one for beginners/social players and one for more advanced players who are serious about their chess
and play competitively. Both classes are tutor led and aspire to rapidly improve your child’s chess playing ability in a fun,
friendly and exciting environment. We use a combination of resources, styles and curriculums in our classes, Silman,
Coakley, The Step Method and ChessKid.com are combined to create our own blended curriculum that suits all learning
and playing styles. All tutors have up to date DBS checks, teacher training qualifications and a number of years coaching juniors.
Notable graduates from the junior club include GM Stuart Conquest, and Ollie Wilson former U16 British Champion. Thomas Rendall IM Cost is £2.00 per week. (subsidised by the Hastings & St Leonards Educational Chess fund)

Junior Chess Club organiser is Mason Woodhams

For further details please contact Mason Woodhams

mwoodhams@hotmail.co.uk
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Friday night Rapid play

Friday night is competition night!

Come and join us as we host our regular time-handicapped RapidPlay tournament.

Open to members & non-members* from 6:30pm ’til 9:00pm every Friday night. Register before 6:45pm for 7:00pm start.

Two hours of quick fire intense chess, (not for the feint-hearted). Compete against others in short rapid clashes where the better player give odds (time) to their opponent, up to 10 minutes in a 20 minute game, to make all the moves.

*non-members may attend free of charge for three sessions before being invited to become a member of the club.