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Mid-Sussex Chess League Games

From Martin Fletcher – second team captain; Hastings & St Leonards Chess Club
Mid-Sussex League chess match Hastings first team against Hastings second team
18 January 2022

After a long period of suspension, over the board chess returned to Sussex on 18 January with the first game in the Mid-Sussex Chess League. Hastings & St Leonards Chess club had entered two teams and they were faced against each other in the first match of the season.
With teams of four players the fourth board for each team was played by the team captain. Jim Wheeler (first team captain) was facing Martin Fletcher (second team captain). The game lasted just 30 moves and was the first to finish, with Jim gaining one point for a win.
After the game Jim said that before lockdown his favourite opening was the Richter Veresov. During lockdown he revisited his openings and had been playing on line with many new variations. However, for this match he returned to his tried and trusted favourite, and his expertise in the Richter Veresov paid off.
The next two games to finish were Francis Rayner against Bernard Cafferty and Andrew McGettigan against Paul Kelly, and these both ended in a draw.
This put the pressure on John Sugden who was playing for the first team against Henry Cove. He needed a draw or better to secure the match. Although the games were limited to 65 minutes for each player there was an additional 30 seconds allowed after each move. Theoretically the game could go on all night. However, in this league there is a further time limit and all games must stop after 3 hours 10 minutes. As that deadline drew nearer the players were locked in a rook and knight endgame with John having a small pawn advantage. With less than five minutes to go John forced a rook exchange making his pawn advantage more important; but against Henry’s faultless defence he was unable to press his advantage. When the time limit fell the team members analysed the position to see if there was a clear winner. However, following much discussion it was agreed that the game was drawn.
Winning this game, the first team achieved 2 ½ points and a position at the top of the league table. The second team were happy to gain 1 ½ points against their strong opponents and went home with their heads held high.
Hastings second team are at home to Worthing on 27 January; and the first team play away against Eastbourne 1 on 4 February.

Contact – Martin Fletcher – fletcherinsussex@btinternet.com
Postal Address:
Hastings and St Leonards Chess Club,
Pelton House,
2 Cornwallis Terrace,
Hastings,
East Sussex,
TN34 1EB, United Kingdom.
Phone: 01424436313
Email: HastingsChessClub@outlook.com

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

Hastings 3 go Top

Division 2

Woodpushers v Hastings & St.Leonards 3

Fabulous result last night as Hastings 3, pre-season favourites for relegation, defied the odds to overturn a stronger Woodpushers side 3-2 and go top of the table after 2 matches.

Henry Cove on board 1 navigated a very tricky Benko Gambit by his opponent who eventually relinquished the threats and offered a draw before entering the end game which Henry coolly took time to evaluate the match standings then accepted.

Practice in skittles chess paid off for Jim on board 2 who had a lot of practice facing Larsens opening/the little Orangutan when presented to him. It’s very easy to come unstuck in the unusual tactics this rarely seen opening but Jim was unfazed, kept his nerve and brought home the win.

Trying to work out what opening Marc played on board 3 was like sifting through an Eton Mess for little bits of fruit. Was that a strawberry or a little bit of raspberry? A Grob or the bishops game? Who knows it’s all covered in meringue & cream and we can’t make head nor tail out of this. Suffice it to say his opponent, ate it all up leaving little but crumbs after move 10 for Marc.

Board 4 saw the power of the position over material when Mason led for all the game by either two or one points physically but the computer showed his opponent +2 up due to the superior position and more active pieces. This even went up as high a +60 (stockfish) at one point but a missed move gave Mason the opportunity to force a draw after hearing the result from board 5 which secured the match.

Board 5 Omer Namouk played a great game and could have surprised his opponent with a aptly named Halloween Gambit in a four knights defence but opted for a respectable Ruy Lopez set up instead. Some good play by both players but eventually the game reduced to a minor piece + a few pawns each ending which Omer’s nicely positioned pawns were always going to win the day.

An all round great performance by all, which will take off so much pressure from the team for the rest of the season.

Board Home Woodpushers Hastings & St.Leonards 3 Away
1 (B) 174A (174A)
G

Gray, Edward

½ – ½
G

Cove, Henry

164A (164A)
2 (W) 171C (171C)
B

Briggs, Andrew J

0 – 1
G

Wheeler, James M

156A (156A)
3 (B) 158C (158C)
G

Kelly, Ian G

1 – 0
S

Bryant, Marc A

139A (139A)
4 (W) 149C (149C)
B

Clark, Julian

½ – ½
N

Woodhams, Mason

132A (132A)
5 (B) 121C (121C)
N

Davidson, Robert A

0 – 1
S

Namouk, Omer A

112B (112B)
Average 155 2 – 3 Average 141
Team Play Won Draw Lost For Against Points
Hastings & St.Leonards 3 2 2 0 0 6 4 4
Brighton & Hove 2 2 1 1 0 6 4 3
Sussex University 3 0 2 1 2
Crowborough 1 1 0 0 3 2 2
Argumentatives 1 1 0 0 3 2 2
Woodpushers 2 0 1 1 1
Uckfield 1 2 0 1 1 1
Brighton & Hove 3 1 0 1 0 1
Horsham 3 1 0 0 1 2 3 0
Lewes 2 1 0 0 1 2 3 0
Eastbourne 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

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

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.

D
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
2 3

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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