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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

Due 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!

Chairman report

Chairman report

Another year has gone by and in that time we have lost three former members of the club.

Nigel Harvey until recently had been member since the 80s died in December. He had had a long battle with cancer for over 10 years, a battle he sadly lost in December.

John Driver who until recently had been a member for over 10 years was enjoying a rare visit to the club, died suddenly at the board.

Roy Harper, a member of the club for a few years, died in March.

I would like to express my condolences to all the families on behalf of the chess club.

I’ve said this before and will say it again: it is my view that nobody should get too comfortable in the roles they perform for the club. I have now completed three years as chairman. Only the membership can judge as to whether they were three years good or bad years. It is time for somebody else to take up the role of chairman. This is not to say I am not unwilling to continue in the role, I would just not oppose anybody who wishes to have a go.

It has been extremely busy year for me in relation to the club. In December the vegetation growing at the back at the club came down during a storm into the clubs back courtyard. Also with the death of Nigel Hartley there was a lot of work to get the flat back up to a level where it could be rehired. This work which was done over a period a 2 ½ months costs the club approximately £2000 and lost the club approximately £1200 in lost rent, something I’m sure Jim Wheeler will report on. I would like to thank Paul Kelly for work he did in getting rid of the vegetation at the back of the flat and welcome him as the new tenant.

Another major issue which came to light when dealing with the flat was the fact that we seemed to be paying over the odds for our water, paying two lots of standing charges, road drainage, and waste water. This seems ridiculous to me so I took on the water companies and after six months of arguing with them the water company eventually saw things my way but not before giving £220 in goodwill gestures. I’m happy to report the we are now on a water meter which means instead of playing in advance we now paying in arrears and we are only playing for what we use, a potential saving of about £1000 a year.

Another issue that came to light and is something we will need to address in the next five or six years at considerable cost is the upstairs conservatory which is in a dreadful state. This again will have a cost implication on our budget. I was hoping this year to ring fence  £1500 a year over the next five years in order to get this work done. However, because of the previous mentioned issues with the flat this year, it had to go by the board. We’d intend to start this process this year.

In what now seems to be becoming a tradition Alan Barton gave a talk at the club in June and July. I’m sure all those that attended enjoyed these talks. I would like to thank Alan for his efforts.

Paul Buswell did one of his traditional bank holiday tournaments which was greatly enjoyed by all. It was very nice to see Paul in the club and would like to thank him running this tournament.

We also ran three Weekender tournaments this year bringing in a small profit. However I’m unable to continue to do these as I’m now employed at weekends. Anyone wishing to take over these tournaments please let me know.

We have a twinning events on the 23rd and 24th of September when Bethune visits us. I’m very grateful for the fact that Mason Woodhams very kindly agreed to run this. Any members wishing to offer their support please contact Mason.

The internal tournaments seem to be running on a reasonably good timetable now and all the winter tournaments have been sent for grading. My thanks to Raza for looking after these.

Congratulations to Ollie Willson in the coming club champion in convincing style with no losses and drawing only three game. Mason Woodlands was a likely winner of the Pelton. Roy Webb and Anna Pontonutti sharing the Rush.

External tournaments.

It was not an over successful year our first team in Sussex league finished third, the second and third teams finished fourth and six respectively. At one stage it looked as if second-team would gain promotion and the fourth team in division three still remains the best 4 in Sussex

Kent league.

We failed to qualify for the semi-finals in the Harvey En Passant and Fuller in the Stevenson and went out in the semi-finals.

Roy Bourne, despite health issues, continues to function as a housekeeper although there have been a few problems with the opening of the club. It is still preferable to having no one at all in the building to open I thank him for his efforts in the past year.

Please remember that the AGM is your opportunity to express your views on how the club is run. At the last AGM everything seemed to go through on the nod which of course makes my life as chairman very easy. However I would rather have a lively AGM in which things are discussed in order to facilitate the best outcome for the club.

Lastly, I’d like to thank all the members of the committee for their work during the last year.

Marc A Bryant

Premises officer

Premises officer

Several things have happened to the premises this year but mainly a lot was spent on the lower flat and there is now a new occupier there. The fire extinguishers and gas tests were completed. We have purchased a new sign for the front of the building
Items in the pipeline include repairs to some damage to the upper gable, the gents toilets are in need of refurbishing as there is a leak to the lower ladies toilet ceiling but it’s not clear where the leak is coming from, I am looking to get some quotes for the toilets, lots of the firms I use at work are not interested in “domestic” work they deal with large “commercial” works so it’s quite hard just to get someone to turn up when I want them let alone quote, the area above the gents toilet is in need of the glass roof repair which could be the cause of the leak when it rains but this will be an expensive item. The new sign needs to be put up. The small water heater in the kitchen area needs replacing.


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
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

Library report

Library report

I am pleased to report that the club library has again been the beneficiary of some significant donations.

Some are from the estate of the late Nigel Harvey, while pride of place must be taken by four substantial hardbacks from a US publishing firm which the ECF office has donated via the agency of James Wheeler.

The four books are on Capablanca, Joseph Blackburne, Henry Bird and our own Vera Menchik.

In addition, former mayor Paul Smith, on a recent trip to Prague, secured a copy of the 2016 Czech book on Vera Menchik on behalf of the club.

This is in the difficult Czech language, of course, but it is richly illustrated. If necessary I can decipher sample sentences in the work, should any member wish to avail himself of this service.

Bernard Cafferty,

10 JULY 2017

Shadforth-Boger Trophy (merit in matches)

Shadforth-Boger Trophy (merit in matches)

This trophy is generally very hard to award as it is very subjective. Players play at different strength against players of different strengths and in different tournaments. Therefore is not always awarded to the player that does best in matches but to a player that is considered to have done best relative to his grade and strength.

This year in matches the club played total of 296 games at the time of writing with 107 wins 85 draws and losing 104.

33 players presented, the club this year.

Of them players only 2 players who played more than 3 games remained undefeated

The shortlist, for the trophy year has been narrowed down to 5 players who are John Sugden Howard Tebbs Brendan Ruane Steve Blewitt and Jeremy Hudson.

John Sugden record was played 9 Won 3 Drew 6 and no losses all John games were played in division 1 of the mid Sussex league this gave him a percentage rating of 66, 6% and +7 performances against his grade.

Howard Tebbs played 13 games for the club winning 5 drawing 6 and only losing 2 this gave him a percentage rating 61.5 and -1 against his grade.

Brendan Ruane played 7 games for the club winning 6 drawing 1 and no losses however of the final candidates he only played seven times which may count against him his percentage performance was 92.80 with a +34-rating performance.

Steve Blewitt played 10 times for the club winning 6 drawing 3 and only losing 1 his percentage performance was 75% with a +11-grading performance.

Jeremy Hudson had a dreadful season last year I’m glad to see that his form has turned around he played 10 games for the club winning 4 drawing 5 and losing only 1. His percentage performances was 70% and grading performance was +12.

It is well worth noting that Jeremy’s performance in the mid-Sussex league in percentage terms was the six bests in the league with 7 ½ out of nine and 79% performances.

The Winner of this trophy will be decided by a vote at the AGM by the members attending.

Marc A Bryant

Outsider Woodhams wins Pelton

The Pelton this year seemed to be done and dusted with Brendan  Ruane  winning his first seven games . However  in his eighth game he came up against Marc Bryant  who has a reputation of ruining peoples title chances and he did not disappoint. This left Brendan  needing  a half point in his last game against Mason Woodhams which Brendan was unable to collect. This  left Mason who had previously drawn  drawn against Hudson and Namouk needing a draw against Cosens in his last round which he duly delivered,  winning the Pelton  by half a point.


  Pelton Cup                        
      1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  
1 M.Woodhams 121   1 1 ½ ½ 1 1 1 ½ 1 7.5
2 B.Ruane 159 0   1 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 7
3 D.Harvey 133 0 0   1 1 1 0 0 ½ 1 4.5
4 J.Hudson 125 ½ 0 0   1 ½ 1 ½ 0 1 4.5
5 D.Cosens 137 ½ 0 0 0   1 1 1 1 0 4.5
6 A.Cload 127 0 0 0 ½ 0   1 1 1 1 4.5
7 M.A.Bryant 141 0 1 1 0 0 0   0 1 1 4
8 K.Hossack 123 0 0 1 ½ 0 0 1   0 1 3.5
9 O.Namouk 121 ½ 0 ½ 1 0 0 0 1   0 2.5
10 J.Kimber   0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1   2


Ollie Wilson wins club championship

congratulations to  Ollie  Willson  who  wins the club championship  in convincing style dropping only 1.5  points and with no losses  a clear two points ahead of  Howard Tebbs  who finished in second place with  7 .5 point  John Sugden  finished 3th   with seven points

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12  
1 O.Willson 184   1 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 1 1 9.5
2 H.Tebbs 187 0   0 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 1 1 ½ 1 7.5
3 J.Sugden 188 0 1   ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 7
4 B.Cafferty 190 ½ ½ ½   ½ 1 ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 1 6.5
5 R.Norinkeviciute 188 0 0 ½ ½   ½ 1 ½ 0 1 1 ½ 5.5
6 A.pickersgill 169 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½   ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 5.5
7 A.Barton 167 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½   1 1 1 0 ½ 5.5
8 J.Anstead 165 0 0 ½ 1 ½ ½ 0   ½ ½ 1 1 5.5
9 J.Wheeler 151 ½ 0 0 ½ 1 ½ 0 ½   ½ ½ ½ 4.5
10 S.Blewitt 158 0 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ ½   ½ ½ 3.5
11 P.Kelly 171 0 ½ 0 0 0 0 1 0 ½ ½   1 3.5
12 B.Ruane 159 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ 0   2



Librarian Report


It is good to be able to report that members (and one former member,
Steve Giddins) have been generous enough this year to donate something
like 35 titles to the club library.

These donors include Kevin Carter, Rasa N, Francis Rayner, and BC
himself, as well as a goodly total from the estate of the late Con Power.

Your Chairman has put a lot of effort into trying to recover books taken
out but apparently not returned. It is easy to forget that an item on
your bookshelf and mixed in with your own possessions are in fact not
yours, but rather the property of the club


Bernard Cafferty