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Thirds narrowly defeated

The thirds were pipped to the honours on Wednesday night by a good performance from high flying Lewes 2 in Division 2.

A brutal dispatch of Peter Weston by Marc Bryant in less than hour in to proceedings set the scene for an exciting match in which Hastings were looking for their first points of the season.

A four pawns attack against Chris’s Kings Indian defence was successful although Chris did come back from the brink a few times during the game, not making it easy for his opponent.

Top board saw Matt Britnell of Lewes lose out to the better technique of Brendan in an exciting opposite castled game.

Man of the match, Jonathan Britnell and the best game of the night saw the youngster take down one of our finest with a speculative single pawn storm that Steve castled into and got into all manner of difficulties. A great attacking game with lots of good ideas from both sides but the spoils finally going to the youngster.

That left Adrian to break the deadlock. A very solid opening with nothing going on and looking good for a draw, suddenly burst into life with a piece sac on h3 and long combination that when the dust settled left Adrian with no cover for his king. Adrian’s opponent then simplified to KvK +3v5 ending which it appears he didn’t know how to play but did get the better of Adrian in the end.

Despite the defeat the Thirds rise of the bottom of the table due to games difference.

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5-Dec ?
Home Team Away Team
Hastings 3 Lewes 2
3 2
Grade Player Result Player Time control Grade
1 169 Ruane, Brendan J 1 0 Britnell, Matthew J a 154
2 162 Blewitt, Stephen D 0 1 Britnell, Jonathan a 153
3 145 Hann, Chris N 0 1 Badham, Duncan R a 149
4 135 Cload, Adrian 0 1 Brooks, Daniel DS a 133
5 131 Bryant, Marc A 1 0 Weston, Peter a 120
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Division 2 Results

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 plyd MP GP DP
1 Lewes 2  xxx 2.5 4 3  3 4 3.5 12.5 0
2 Crowborough xxx 2 3 4 3 2 9 0
3 Argumentatives 2.5 3  xxx 2.5 3 2 8 0
4 Brighton & Hove 3  xxx 3 3.5 2 2 6.5 0
5 Uckfield 1 1 2.5  xxx 4.5 2 4 1.5 10 1
6 Brighton & Hove 4 2  xxx 2.5 3.5 3 1.5 8 0
7 Eastbourne 2 0.5 2.5  xxx 3 3 1.5 6 0
8 Worthing 3 2 2 3  xxx 3 1 7 0
9 Horsham 3 1 1.5  xxx 4 3 1 6.5 0
10 Woodpushers 1 2 1  xxx 2 0 3 3
11 Hastings & St Leonards 3  2 1.5  xxx 2 0 3.5 0

Maidstone 9 v Hastings & St Leonards 6 Intro Cup

 Saturday saw Hastings & St Leonards first outing in the Intro cup for many a year. This season we have a squad of 7 juniors who will be contesting this competition on behalf of the club and town.  And our juniors represented us well, being polite, courteous and professional.

Unfortunately results didn’t go our way with the team losing 3-1 but given this was the first time children had played a classical time control they all handled it very well.

On board three Alex took an early lead in his game winning his opponents queen in a terrible blunder but his opponent fought back valiantly and evened proceedings with a Royal Fork before going on to build a mating net and finishing the game. 1-0

Chamithu on board 2 drop a piece early on but then took his opponent into an opposite coloured B’s ending making it exceptionally difficult but not impossible for her to win the point. 2-0

Sister Thamadi on top board played thoughtfully and steadily for the whole match but over-looked a number of captures losing quite a bit of material, then cheekily offered a draw which was rejected. 3-0

It was then left to William to save Hastings’ blushes and he didn’t disappoint. Outgraded and giving way to a more experienced junior William played nice and steadily, not rushing his moves or panicking. In a blocked position he managed to open a file, dominate with rooks and then force the breakthrough into enemy territory. Then what happen next was brilliant combination to get the mate that not only took his opponent by surprise but both coaches too who also didn’t spot the mate. William the conqueror from Hastings!

MID Intro Cup 2018-11-03

Board Home Maidstone 9 Hastings & St Leonards 6 Away
1 (W) 075B (75)
N

Cox, Robert

1 – 0
S

Wickramanayake,, Thamadi

057L (0)
2 (B) 068B (68)
S

Rutter, Rebecca J

1 – 0
S

Wickramanayake,, Chamithu

045* (0)
3 (W) 059F (59)
N

Cazac, Sebastian

1 – 0
S

Lebedev, Alexander

045* (0)
4 (B) 045* (0)
N

Kamat, Krisha

0 – 1
N

Cobb, William

045* ()
Average 62 3 – 1 Average 48

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MID Intro Cup

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

Hastings wins University Challenge

In the first visit to Sussex University by a Hastings team the questions were asked by our hosts in this University Challenge but the boys of the fourth team had swotted up! With no Paxman or Bamber Gascoigne to call time on proceedings the hosts opened with their starter for 10, with Bill Stock going down early despite having a massive lead in development  an ill fated/timed pawn storm unraveled an otherwise good opening.

John Kimber in his first ever away league game romped home with a win to claim a 100% record.

Shenanigans on board 3 where Mr. Willson’s opponent tried to intimidate him by leaving books of theoretical physics on the table with titles we couldn’t understand let alone the content, backfired as Gary’s opponent hadn’t banked on him having a little old man’s nap in the afternoon which left him refreshed for the game. 1-2 to Hastings.

On top board Captain Woodhams, who was outgraded by 50 points elected to forgoe his usual opening and instead play 1.a3 and within two moves took his opponent out of book gaining a “starter for ten” minutes on the clock. Then a ckeeky little rook exchange sacrifice mid-game gave plenty of initiative for the rest of game and could resulted in a draw but a little too much confidence sacrificing another piece backfired and lost the game. 2-2

That left Derek Cosens the pressure of bringing home the result and no disappointment there with a beautiful and magical combination that wouldn’t have looked out of place in Grandmaster game finished the game and the match. 2-3 Hastings.

A perfect start to the season for the Fourths now 2 for 2, who were relegation favourites at the start but now top of the table. Have we got enough points to stay up only time will tell?

Division 3 Results

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8  plyd MP GP DP
1 Hastings & St Leonards 4 xxx 3 3 2 2 6 0
2 Brighton & Hove 4 xxx 3.5 1 1 3.5 0
3 Worthing 3 xxx 3.5 1 1 3.5 0
4 Sussex University 1 2 xxx 1 0 2 0
5 Woodpushers 2 2 xxx 1 0 2 1
6 Brighton & Hove 3 1.5 xxx 1 0 1.5 0
7 East Grinstead 1 1.5 xxx 1 0 1.5 0
8 Argumentatives xxx  0 0 0 0
06 Nov  Sussex University 1    Hastings & St Leonards 4 Â
1 181 Muskath, Max 1 0 Woodhams, Mason 136
2 148 Taylor, Sebastian 0 1 Cosens, Derek 129
3 120 Kumaran, Yasmitha 0 1 Willson, Gary 129
4 117 Guler, Miran 0 1 Kimber, John D 119
5 75 Lyness, Robert 1 0 Stock, William 119
Av: 128 2 Â 3 126

Wanstead & Woodford Chess Club

This was a great result in the end. We went at least two nil down, maybe more, then pulled back slowly with a win from Patrice and draw from Howard. Then we had four wins near the end from Brenden, Ollie, Mason and then, last to finish, me

Win 5 ½ to 4 ½
White on odds

Captain      A Cload

O Willson 185     1-0      David Spearman   189
Tebbs     182     ½-½      Larry Marden     177
Kelly     167     0-1      Mark Murrell     157
Ruane     160     1-0      Paul Barclay     150
Cload     134     1-0      David Smith      146
Woodhams  133     1-0      Ben Harte        128
G willson 129     0-1      Paul Haddock     125
Hossack   116     0-1      David Rawlings   124
Jozwiak    78     0-1      Voldi Gailans     89
Tournier   67     1-0      Jean L Mara       56

TOURNAMENT CONTROLLER REPORT

• TOURNAMENT CONTROLLER REPORT
In the season 2016-17 we had three main tournaments.
In the Championship 13 players took part, 1 withdrew, it was won
convincingly by Ollie Willson.
In the Pelton 11 players took part, 1 withdrew and it was won by Mason
Woodhams.
In the Rush we had 11 players, and only 8 finished the tournament. It was
won by Anna Pontonutti and Roy Webb.
As was mentioned, regrettably a few players withdrew due to various
circumstances, the thing we would like to avoid as much as possible. Just
a kind reminder, that –
Entering the tournaments involves taking on responsibility to complete
the games for the sake of all other players, we had at least one case in the
past when an unplayed game affected the outcome of the Championship.
The Hastings Championship is a prestigious tournament, and should be
treated with respect. Players cannot just enter and then decide not to play.
In order for tournaments to run smoothly it is very IMPORTANT that
players COMMUNICATE to the Tournament Controller when they have
issues with opponents, with their time, etc. It wasn’t always done, and it
caused problems.
Just to remind that the tournament controller and the subcommittee do
their best to organise things in an efficient and fair manner which may not
always appear fair to you.
In all it was a good year, thank you to all players and hope the next
season will be even better.
Rasa Norinkeviciute
27.07.2017

Friendly Matches

Friendly Matches

During the course of the season we have had three friendly matches but, at the time of writing we have had two. The match against Wanstead Woodford will be played in late August.
We had the pleasure of entertaining both the Insurance chess club and the Greater London chess club in matches this year. Tthe results of the respective matches are shown below

Hastings and St. Leonards v Greater London chess club
1 T Stock 178 1 v 0 Tim.Pelling 184
2 R.V.Elliston 175 1 v 0 Nigel Blades 181
3 D Lowe 175 1 v 0 Tony Packham 163
4 J. Wheeler 161 0 v 1 Jason Rihel 160
5 A. Cload 134 0 v 1 Francois Swiegers 129
6 M. Woodhams 133 1 v 0 G. Broadbent
7 W. Stock 119 1 v 0 delroy Bennett 97
8 R. Webb 109 1 v 0 John Gorton 99
9 U. Jozwiak 78 1/2 v 1/2 Tom Flemming 83
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6.5 2.5
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Hastings and St Leonards v Insurance

1 MA Bryant 14 0 0 1 David Sedgwick 175
2 P. Kelly 169 1 0 Ian Hunnable 173
3 H. Cove 167 0 1 Ian Calvet 171
4. B.Ruane 160 1 0 Mick Reddie 162
5 J.Wheeler 158 1/2 ½ Martin Page 150
6 S.Blewitt 158 1 0 Geoff Naldrett 136
7 D.Harvey 130 1 0 J.Aldred 130
4.5 2.5

Marc A Bryant

Mid Sussex league second-team report

Mid Sussex league second-team report

It was an eventful season for the second team in which we use 18 players in our squad this year
of the players who played more than one game Kelly Ruane and Blewitt were the only players to remained undefeated

We started the season off with wins against Hastings 3 4.5 1.5 and Uckfield 1 3.5 1.5 we then tie the match against Lewes 1 we beat argumentative 3 2 which put us in a good position for promotion however our run in was not good losing to Horsham 3 and Eastbourne 2 3 2

we now needed at the very least to get a win and a draw from our last two matches to get promotion

in our next match, we absolutely thumped Crowborough 5

This meant we needed to beat Brighton 2 in our final match to gain promotion we failed to do this going down 3 2 thanks to Daniel Lowe who came back from university for this specific match

This meant that we finally finished a disappointing fourth in the division
Division 2 Results
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 plyd MP GP DP
1 Brighton & Hove 2 3 2 3 4.5 3.5 1.5 3.5 3.5 8 6 24.5 0
2 Lewes 1 2 3.5 2.5 3.5 3.5 2 4.5 3.5 8 5.5 25 0
3 Horsham 3 3 1.5 3 2 1.5 4 3.5 3 8 5 21.5 4
4 Hastings & St Leonards 2 2 2.5 2 3.5 4.5 5 2 3 8 4.5 24.5 0
5 Uckfield 1 0.5 1.5 3 1.5 2.5 3.5 3 4 8 4.5 19.5 0
6 Hastings & St Leonards 3 1.5 1.5 3.5 0.5 2.5 3.5 3.5 2.5 8 4 19 2
7 Crowborough 2 3.5 3 1 0 1.5 1.5 0.5 3 8 3 14 3
8 Eastbourne 2 1.5 0.5 1.5 3 2 1.5 4.5 2.5 8 2.5 17 0
9 Argumentative 1.5 1.5 2 2 1 2.5 2 2.5 8 1 15 0

A special mention must go to Jeremy Hudson in all his mid Sussex league games this season he scored 5 ½ out of seven giving him a percentage of 79% six best overall in the entirely league this is a considerable improvement on where he was last year

Marc A Bryant

En Passant

EnPassant
This is a six-player tournament played in the Kent league on a round robin bases with teams averaging 140 and under.
This season was not very successful. We finished bottom of the league winning only one match and drawing one. However the drawn match was against the league winners. 18 club members took part in this competition during the course of the season.

EN PASSANT MID AREA P W D L GP PEN MP
SWALE (1) 8 5 1 2 28 5.5
RAINHAM (3) 8 4 2 2 26.5 1 5
TUN WELLS (3) 8 3 2 3 26 4
MAIDSTONE (3) 8 4 0 4 21 4
HASTINGS (2) 8 1 1 6 17.5 1.5

Tom Fuller

Tom Fuller
This is a tournament in the Kent league for teams of four players with an average grade of 110 and under.
We had a mixed season in the Tom Fuller finishing mid-table.
11 club players represented the squad particular. Note goes to Umberto Jozwiak who scored 4/4.

FULLER MID AREA P W D L GP PEN MP
SWALE (2) 7 4 3 0 17 5.5
SNODLAND (2) 7 5 1 1 17 0.5 5.5
RAINHAM (4) 7 2 3 2 14 3.5
MAIDSTONE (6) 7 3 1 3 14 1 3.5
HASTINGS (4) 7 2 2 3 14 3
WOK (3) 7 3 0 4 13.5 3
MAIDSTONE (5) 7 1 3 3 12.5 2.5
MEDWAY (2) 7 1 1 5 8.5 4 1.5
Marc A Bryant