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Intro: Medway 0 – 4 Hastings

Hastings juniors beat Kent Intro Cup defending champions 4-0 last weekend to move 2nd in the table and potentially 3 matches away from lifting the title themselves. This was Medway’s biggest defeat in three seasons and provided compensation for the newly formed junior squad who were on receiving end of the same scoreline last season. The juniors are playing in an adult league and this was their third 4-0 in a row sending shockwaves through the division. William Cobb on board 2 was first to finish after just 20 mins of a 3 hour match when his opponent blundered his queen having been under pressure positionally from the start. Alex Lebedev showed again his excellent endgame skills by having two passers that the enemy king could only stop one from queening forcing his opponent to resign. Cool as cucumber Christy Parry on board 4 served up a dish of revenge against the gentleman who beat him last year after not really being troubled during the game. Magnanimous in victory as they were gracious in defeat last year the juniors are a real credit to the chess club and town. The junior’s next match is at home to Maidstone on Sat 14th March.

MID Intro Cup Sat 15th Feb 2020

Board Home Medway 4 Hastings & St Leonards 5 Away
1 (W) 129D (129D)
B

Shevlane, Paul

0 – 1
S

Woodhams, Mason

132A (130A)
2 (B) 090B (88C)
B

Langford, David K

0 – 1
N

Cobb, William

084D (82D)
3 (W) 064D (60D)
B

Evans, Alan V

0 – 1
S

Lebedev, Alexander

045* (38D)
4 (B) 045* (23E)
B

Hanman, John

0 – 1
N

Parry, Christy

045* ()
Average 82 0 – 4 Average 77

 

Team Play Won Draw Lost For Against Points SP MP IM
Maidstone 10 4 4 0 0 13½ 8 0 0 0
Hastings & St Leonards 5 5 3 0 2 14 6 6 0 0 0
Maidstone 8 4 2 1 1 10 6 5 0 0 0
Snodland 3 4 2 0 2 8 8 4 0 0 0
Maidstone 9 5 2 0 3 7 13 4 0 0 0
Medway 4 3 1 0 2 2 0 0 0
Medway 3 5 0 1 4 4 16 1 0 0 0

JUNIORS TRIUMPH

Our junior squad picked up their first win on the road with triumphant 4-0 victory over Medway 3 this weekend. A quick victory by Chris Parry on board 4 set the scene for the juniors biggest ever victory. Chris nicely combined all his forces into an unstoppable overwhelming attack which his opponent couldn’t see a way to defend and resigned under the pressure 1-0. Next up was Alex Lebedev who saw his chance against a very weak King, applied the pressure, picked-up the opposition queen on route and finished the game off nicely 2-0. William Cobb on board 2 had the toughest game, but after going an exchange up early doors managed to grind out the win, and what a grind it was, a 7 pawn each blocked endgame with R+R+N vrs R+B+N. It wasn’t clear how Will would breakthrough and his opponent was applying the pressure advancing his pawns high up the board but find the breakthrough he did, queened a pawn and mated the King behind enemy lines 3-0. Last to finish was last-minute substitute Mason who outgraded his opponent 50 points, missed an easy tactic early on to win a rook (don’t tell the juniors!), and eventually scraped a win in a Rook & pawn endgame, 4-0. Our juniors were very magnanimous in victory and a real credit to the club.

MID Intro Cup Sat 25th Jan 2020

Board Home Medway 3 Hastings & St Leonards 5 Away
1 (W) 081F (81F)
B

Hickey, Paschal

0 – 1
S

Woodhams, Mason

132A (132A)
2 (B) 045 ()
N

New Player

0 – 1
N

Cobb, William

084D (84D)
3 (W) 045L (0)
S

Swiatkowski, Dominik

0 – 1
S

Lebedev, Alexander

045* (37E)
4 (B) 045L ()
N

Steadman, Ian

0 – 1
N

Parry, Christy

045* ()
Average 54 0 – 4 Average 77

 

Team Play Won Draw Lost For Against Points SP MP IM
Maidstone 10 4 4 0 0 13½ 8 0 0 0
Snodland 3 3 2 0 1 4 0 0 0
Maidstone 8 2 1 0 1 2 0 0 0
Medway 4 1 1 0 0 2 0 0 0
Hastings & St Leonards 5 3 1 0 2 6 6 2 0 0 0
Maidstone 9 3 1 0 2 4 8 2 0 0 0
Medway 3 4 0 0 4 2 14 0 0 0 0

Junior club price increase

From 1st January 2020 junior club subscriptions will rise from £2 to £3 per session.

For many years now the junior club has been subsidised by donations and legacies but now all that funding has expired, meaning regrettably subscriptions will have to rise. The main club itself will continue to subsidise the juniors as best it can, keeping the increase to as low as possible.

We believe learning chess has so many benefits on young minds that even transcend the game itself and that can have a positive effect on other areas of life. This is something that we want to encourage and should be available to all.

 

 

Frankenstein-Dracula Gambit

This Friday night at the club will be a themed competition involving the Frankenstein-Dracula Gambit. If you’re unfamiliar with this Gambit it originates out of the Vienna Game / Bishops game, a scary opening with many complications but with accurate play viable for both sides.

Come join us this Friday 6:45-9:00PM or get it in the neck!

Frankenstein-Dracula Gambit

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

 

Ashes lost

Hastings & St Leonards Chess club fail to regain the Ashes from Bexhill.

In a what proved to be a very close match Hastings were unable wrestle back the Ashes from local rival Bexhill chess club last Saturday having been beaten 35-37. Despite a valiant fight back in the last round where Hastings were initially trailing 28.5 -33.5 but managed to pull it back to 35-35 it wasn’t to be as Bexhill sneaked over the line to retain the Ashes.

Congratulations to Bexhill.

Ashes

Friendlies Report

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.

 

Hastings 1½ – 5½ GLCC
B. Cafferty (176) ½ – ½ J. Rihel (179)
M. Bryant (139) 0 – 1 T. Pelling (189)
M. Fletcher(92) 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.

Ashes