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last game Nigel Harvey played for the club

 

Nigel Harvey

Nigel Harvey

it is with much regret but I have to inform the membership of the death of Nigel Harvey at the age 55 Nigel had been a member of the club since the 1990s and a long-standing tenant of the clubs flat

since the turn of the century he had been fighting an on and off battle with cancer which Nigel sadly lost on the evening of Thursday the eighth of December

Nigel was a mild-mannered man never seeming to have a bad word about anybody and seem to have a real zest for life despite his health problems

Nigel was an artist with some considerable talent

when Nigel was playing competitive chess his grade was around the 180 mark

here are 3 of his games

I include a win loss and draw the first game was against myself see if you can guess what colour Nigel  was

, Nigel was graded 185 and I was graded 119 the game was played in the 2001 club championship comments are by Nigel

1.e4 h5 2.d4 a5 3.Bc4 e6 4.f4 Nf6 5.Nc3 c6 6.e5 Nd5 7.Nxd5 cxd5 8.Be2 g6 9.Nf3 Be7 draw agreed

Nigel notes on this game were and these are his words ” a terrible waste of time” and I have to agree

have you guessed yet what colour Nigel was I will let you know after game three

GAME 2

Martin page white         Nigel Harvey black

this game was played in April 2000 against insurance chess club

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0–0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 0–0 8.c3 d6 9.h3 Na5 10.Bc2 c5 11.d4 Qc7 12.Nbd2 Bb7 13.Nf1 Rfe8 14.d5 Nc4 15.b3 Nb6 16.Ng3 Bc8 17.Bg5 h6 18.Bd2 Bf8 19.Nh4 g6 20.Qf3 Qe7 21.Nf1 nh7.Qg3 Bg7 23.Nh2 g5 24.N4f3 Nf6 25.Nf1 Nh5 26.Qh2 Nf4 27.Ne3 h5 28.Kh1 Bf6 29.Ng1 Kg7 30.g3 Ng6 31.Ne2 Rh8 32.Nf5+ Bxf5 33.exf5 Nf8 34.Be4 Nfd7 35.f3 g4 36.Qf2 Rag8 37.Rg1 Kf8 38.h4 gxf3 39.Qxf3 Bxh4 40.Rg2 the Bg5 41.Be3 Bxe3 42.Qxe3 Rg4 43.Rf1 Nf6 44.Bf3 h4 45.Bxg4 Nxg4 46.Qe4 hxg3+ 47.Kg1 Rh1+ 48.Kxh1 Qh4+ 49.Kg1 and the game

Nigel’s comments are  as follows

the pawn is a rook!!

I thought that the rook on g2 was a pawn I played the combination after Qh4 I realised my mistake

quite a horrendous loss

what makes this game particularly poignant” is the quote from Tal which was put into Nigel scores book

at first succeeded in outwitting my formidable opponent in tactical combinations and then rejecting the simple in favour of the complex I first gave away my advantage and then lost the game

this of course is something that we have all been guilty of this show Nigel’s philosophical approach to the game

game 3

White Andrew Fleming    Nigel Harvey black

this was played in the Hastings Major in January 1999

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.c3 Nf6 4.d4 d6 5.d5 Nb8 6.Bd3 Bg4 7.h3 Bxf3 8.Qxf3 h6 9.c4 Nbd7 10.Nc3 a5 11.Bc2 Be7 12.0–0 c6 13.Be3 c5 14.Qd1 g5 15.Qf3 Qc8 16.Ne2 Nb6 17.b3 g4 18.hxg4 Qxg4 19.Qxg4 Nxg4 20.Bd2 Bg5 21.f4 Bf6 22.f5 Bg5 b1) 22…Bg5; b2) 22…Bg5 23.Bxg5 hxg5 24.Rf3 Nd7 25.Rh3 Ke7 26.Rf1 Ndf6 (26…Ndf6 27.Rxh8 (27.Rxh8 Rxh8 28.Rf3 Rh4 29.Ng3 Nh2 30.Rc3 Nhg4 31.a3 Rh8 32.Bd1 Kd7 33.Bc2 Rh4 34.b44 axb4 35.axb4 cxb4 36.Rb3 Kc7 37.Rxb4 Ne3 38.Bd3 Nd7 39.Kf2 Ng4+ 40.Kf3 Nh2+ 41.Kf2 Rf4+ 42.Kg1 Nf3+ 43.Kf2 Nc5 44.Be2 Nd4+ 45.Kg1 Nxe4 46.Nxe4 Nxe2+

Nigel comments on this game

a great endgame I played very well in this game

have you made up your mind  yet as to what colour Nigel was in the first game when in fact you would be wrong Nigel was in fact black

rest in peace Nigel you’ll be sadly missed

Marc A Bryant

Con Power

Con Power


It is my sad duty to report the death of Con Power who died at home on Thursday. Con had been the rock on which Hastings chess was built for over half a century. I first met Con in 1977 at the Hastings chess Congress, where he already been Congress secretary for many years at this time he was all so running the Hastings junior school chess league and was a trustee of Pelton House Ltd, which owns the building in which we play. He was also a vice president of the club and also served as a trustee on the junior education fund. This does not even touch upon his duties. He also performed as a club committee member. Con became director of the Hastings chess Congress round about 1980 and his quiet and firm guidance was respected by all. He continued in this role up to 2014 when he relinquished the role as he felt that it was beginning to take its toll on his health. During this time he was recognised by FIDE and was awarded the title international chess organiser in 1995. It was a testament to Con that he was one of the very first to be recognised by FIDE in this way.

In 1995 he received the British Chess Federation’s Presidents award and again it was a testament to Cons quiet, unassuming nature, that they again tried to give him the award in 2015, when you can only win it once. Con did not restrict his activities to just the chess Congress. He was also a valid chess club committeee member serving In various posts over many years. He also helped in organising simultaneous chess tournament, on the pier, which Patrick Moore attended and he also helped with the Maureen Charlesworth tournament held locally.

Con was not just about chess. He enjoyed going on holiday, long walks and taking part in quizzes. He will be sadly missed by all those that knew him- I for one will not forget him, and would like to extend my condolences to Clare and her family. Rest in peace, Con.

KCCA Individual Performance

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1 188 ELLISTON Robert 150+ 172= 170= 214= 124+ 162= 153= 198= 155+
2 147 BRYANT Marc 136+ 148- 122+ 123+ 138- 124- 124+ 59+ 132- 151- 170= 145-
3 147 HARVEY Derek 126- 148= 122+ 151- 117= 96+ 130= 148= 122+ 142-
4 121 CLOAD Adrian 118+ 124= 141- 120= 96+ 130+ 147- 118+
5 170 FLEMING Andrew 140+ 174= 147+ 162= 162+ 155- 150+
6 157 WHEELER James 162= 150= 159- 161= 96+ 153= 122= 174- 147+ 148- 143=
7 115 COSENS Derek 101+ 147+ 124+ 115+
8 172 KELLY Paul 174= 141+ 188- 159+ 190- 153=
9 87 JOZWIAK Umberto 59+ D+ 118= 96- 96-
10 95 POWER Con 50+ 106- 95- 59+ 118-
11 103 OAKMAN Steve 70- 114- D+ 96- D+
12 164 BROOKS Ray 163= 148= 117= 153= 141-
13 192 TEBBS Howard 155- 190= 148+ 243-
14 164 BLEWITT Stephen 155- 167= 142- 148+
15 194 RAYNER Francis 172+ 208- 214-
16 189 SUGDEN John 153+
17 125 WILLSON Gary 145- 118+ 134-
18 154 YOUNG Mel 170= 148= 142=
19 186 NORINKEVICIUTE Rasa 159+
20 178 PICKERSGILL Adrian 153+
21 118 WOODHAMS Mason 117- 145- 118= 122= 120-
22 117 KOLANI Arjun 106=
23 37 TOURNIER Patrice D+ 75- 90-
24 180 WILLSON Ollie 208- 208=
25 0 DEFAULT Default 170-
134 HUDSON Jeremy 132-

ROCH TW MAID TW SWAL RAIN WOK FOLK MAID MAID MAID TW MAID SWAL SWAL RAIN RAIN TW RAIN TW

New Grades

Conquest, Stuart C                   249 D 242 D
Rayner, Francis                            198 A 194 B
Cafferty, Bernard                       196 C 193 B
Tebbs, Howard L                           193 C 192 C
Elliston, Robert V                       190 B 188 C
Norinkeviciute, Rasa               190 A 186 A
Lenier, Jude A                             188 C 191 B
Sugden, John N                         188 A 189 A
Willson, Ollie                              182 A 180 A

Pickersgill, Adrian O                 174 A 179 A

Kelly, Paul J                               171 A 172 A
Barton, R Alan                         168 A 168 A
Luaces, Alfredo                      167 E 167 E
Anstead, Jerry                            166 A 173 A
Blewitt, Stephen D                165 B 169 B
Fleming, Andrew SJ             165 A 170 B
Brooks, Ray PB                        161 D 164 C
Spanton, Tim R                         158 A 167 B
Lowe, Daniel                              157 C 158 C

Young, Mel J                             154 A 154 A
Wheeler, James M                   149 A 156 B

Bryant, Marc A                          142 A 147 A

Penfold, William (Bill)                 137 E 137 E
Kolani, Arjun                                  134 A 117 A
Hudson, Jeremy                           131 A 134 A
Smith, Paul                                         131 A 136 A

Harvey, Derek D                             130 E
Lucas, Ken A                                    130 E 130 C
Willson, Gary                                   130 B 125 B
Harvey, D                                                         127 F
Namouk, Omer A                        124 B 135 B
Cload, Adrian                              123 A 121 A
Cosens, Derek                             123 B 115 B
Hossack, Keith                            123 D 123 C
Woodhams, Mason                  121 A 118 A

Buswell, Paul                             114 B 103 B

Dean, Michael J                     111 A 108 B
Smart, Robert                         111 A 112 A
Pontonutti, Anna                 103 B 107 A

Jelliss, George P                      90 A 81 A
Mikurenda, Alfred                88 C 88 C
Chandler, Gregory F               87 D 87 C
Jozwiak, Umberto (Joe)      84 C 87 D
Power, Con                                84 E 95 E
Bedborough, Peter               82 E 83 E
Richardson, Roy M              72 C 75 C
Stephens, Harry R                51 C 51 C
Tournier, Patrice                 38 A 37 E
Steuart, Lona                             0 B 3 B

Arthur Hall 10.3.1935 to 24.8.2012

Written by Brian Denman

About two years ago I wrote a series of articles about Hastings players, who had become county champion, but had not won the club championship. At that time I had wanted to include Arthur Hall in the series, but unfortunately I did not know if he was still alive. It is only fairly recently that I learnt of his death in 2012 and I then decided to write an obituary in the Sussex chess magazine. Enclosed here is a virtual copy of that article, though I have added more of his games.

Obituary for Arthur Hall 10.3.1935 to 24.8.2012

Although it is about three years since Arthur Hall died, news of his passing only recently reached local chess players. He was born at Northolt, Middlesex, and became a promising young player at Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School, Hampstead. In 1953 he competed in the British Boys’ Championship at Hastings and scored six points out of nine.

After this it is likely that he did National Service before entering Queen’s College, Oxford, as a maths student in 1956. It would seem that he now led a very active chess life and played in four Oxford v Cambridge university matches between 1957 and 1960. In 1957 he became British Universities’ champion and was first equal in this competition in 1960. He also went on a tour to Yugoslavia in 1957 when representing a combined Oxford and Cambridge universities side. Another success of his while at university was in winning the City of Oxford Championship. In this period he played for Oxfordshire against Sussex on more than one occasion and for at least part of the time was a member of the Harrow and Cedars chess clubs. The latter club, which was formed by David Mabbs and David Rumens, was also located in the Harrow area and for a time was very successful.

After Arthur obtained his degree in 1959, he probably spent a year in post-graduate teachers’ training. When he played in the 1960 Oxford v Cambridge university match, he was still listed as being at Queen’s College. However, early in 1960 he started playing for Hastings CC and he may have been in the town on teaching practice. Later that year he became resident therein and took up a post at Hurst Court Preparatory School.

In a period from the late 1950s to the late 1960s Arthur took part in several congresses and these included the Chess Ltd tournament at Eastbourne, the Bognor Stevenson Memorial Tournament (later called the Churchill Memorial Tournament), British Chess Federation Major Open events and the Northern Open at Whitby. He usually performed creditably in these competitions and in 1961 he earned the right to play in the British Championship at Leicester. Facing strong opposition in this event, he scored four points out of eleven.

Arthur taught in Hastings until 1967 and in his first full season in Sussex he won the county championship defeating C Kendal of Bognor in the final. In an earlier round he had won against Arthur Winser, the Hastings CC champion, but it was the latter who kept winning the club championship. In fact despite Arthur Hall’s success in becoming county champion in 1961 he never won the Hastings CC Championship. In the 1961-62 season he took on the hard task of playing board one for Sussex and in the last match he held British champion, Jonathan Penrose to a draw enabling the county to win the Amboyna Shield. In this period Arthur also represented East Sussex in the Sexton Cup triangular competition. The other teams in this event were Brighton and West Sussex.

In 1963 Arthur also joined Worthing CC. He would live at Hastings during term time and had the chance to stay at his parents’ house at Goring, Worthing, during the school holidays. For a couple of seasons he represented Worthing in the McArthur Cup. The Worthing Gazette had a chess column written by Leslie Head and in its edition of 25.9.1963 Arthur became number eight in a series of Sussex chess personalities specially featured in the newspaper. In 1964 he played on board nine in a Southern Counties’ team against a Midlands representative side.

In 1967 Arthur left Hastings and his maths teaching took him to Pinner. He continued to lead an active chess life and rejoined Harrow CC (there is also a record of his being a member of Amersham CC in 1970). For several years he continued to represent Sussex in county matches while living in the London area. In 1968 he received the Worthing Gazette’s Norman award (named after former Sussex champion, George Norman,) for his excellent results in county matches during the 1967-68 season.

He returned to Sussex in 1978 and started teaching Scholarship Maths for a few periods each week at Sompting Abbotts Preparatory School. It seems likely that he supplemented his income by giving private tuition. He was probably at the school for several years though unfortunately I do not know the year in which he retired from the post.

Now based regularly in West Sussex, Arthur joined Rustington CC and rejoined Worthing CC. He played for both clubs in the McArthur Cup at different times and won the Worthing CC Championship in 1981. Another success was his winning the West Sussex Queen competition in 1979.

As Arthur grew older, he gradually slipped down the order for the county first team. Sometimes also he played for the second team. In the 1996-97 season the number of first team players in the Southern Counties Open competition was reduced to sixteen, which made it harder to be selected for the side. Arthur’s last county game seems to have been on 25.3.2000 when he drew with Jerry Anstead (Kent) on board seven of an under 175 match.

In the early 1990s Arthur played for at least two seasons for the Gambiteers in the South West Sussex League. Arthur’s love of gambits made him an ideal player for this team. In 1996 he entered the Sussex Veterans’ Championship and also represented Worthing CC in the McArthur Cup final.

It seems that Arthur’s ‘over-the-board’ chess career virtually came to an end in 2000, though he probably played correspondence chess for some time after that. He turned up at Dorothy Stringer School on 13.7.2002 to take part in the Sussex Jamboree, but his opponent failed to make an appearance. An entry on the Bognor and Arun CC website dated 18.6.2006 mentions that Arthur was present at the East Preston Festival when the chess club took on all-comers.

Arthur took part in at least three simultaneous exhibitions given by masters. In 1960 he lost against Svetozar Gligoric when the game formed part of a radio broadcast on BBC’s Network Three. In 1962 he was defeated by Mikhail Botvinnik, but in 1990 he gained a good win against Malcolm Pein at Worthing.

Arthur is known throughout the world for his knowledge of the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit. He had become interested in this opening while at university and in 1964 he wrote two articles on the gambit in the magazine called ‘Chess’. His knowledge of the opening was such that he reached the world final stages of at least one international Blackmar-Diemer correspondence tournament. His name was even jointly quoted for one of the variations of the gambit. The opening sequence of 1 d4 d5 2 e4 dxe4 3 Nc3 Nf6 4 f3 exf3 5 Nxf3 Bg4 6 h3 Bxf3 7 Qxf3 c6 8 g4 constitutes the Seidel-Hall attack named after Arthur and Norbert Seidel of German nationality.

There has been some uncertainty as to whether Arthur wrote a book on the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit. The Autumn 1980/Winter1981 issue of Sussex Chess News stated that in the late spring of that year Arthur’s book would be published by ‘The Chess Player’ of Nottingham, but Tony Gillam, the publisher, has no recollection of such a book.

Arthur’s correspondence chess was not confined to Blackmar-Diemer competitions. He entered several individual correspondence competitions including the Sussex Correspondence Championship, the British Correspondence Chess Society Championship, the British Correspondence Championship Candidates event, the British Postal Chess Federation Grand Open competition and the Postal Chess Club Premier. He also represented the British Correspondence Chess Society in the British Postal Chess Federation clubs’ competition and played for the British Postal Chess Federation in a match against the USA. Already by the 1960-61 season he was playing for Sussex in the counties’ correspondence competition and he was a regular in the team until the 1996-97 season.

Arthur’s love of gambits resulted in his playing many brilliant games. He had a quiet and modest personality which belied the fact that he could be a fearsome attacking player. The first time that I played him he trotted out the obscure Wilkes-Barre variation of the Two Knights Defence and soon it seemed that pieces were flying at me from different directions. In the Hastings and St Leonards Observer of 21.3.1964 the columnist, Frank Rhoden, quoted what he called a ‘Bellocian ballad’:

“A dreadfall fate those types befalls
Who pinch a pawn of Arthur Hall’s.”

{N.B. the above spelling mistake is probably deliberate!}

I enclose a number of Arthur’s games:

Hall,A – Stern,I [B94]

Played at Zagreb on Oxf/Camb. U. tour Zagreb, 1957

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 Nbd7 7.Bc4 e6 8.0–0 b5 9.Bxe6 fxe6 10.Nxe6 Qb6 11.Nd5 Nxd5 12.Qxd5 Ra7 13.Nc7+ Sources: ‘Chess’ of 2.11.1957 and Worthing Gazette of 6.6.1962. 1–0

Hall,A – Winser,WA [B15]

Sussex Championship, 1961

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.f3 exf3 5.Nxf3 Bg4 6.Bc4 e6 7.Be3 Nf6 8.0–0 Nbd7 9.Qe1 Qc7 10.a4 Be7 11.h3 Bh5 12.a5 0–0 13.Ne2 Nd5 14.Bd2 Rae8 15.Bb3 Bd6 16.Qh4 Bg6 17.c4 Be7 18.Qe1 N5f6 19.Nf4 c5 20.Ne5 Bd6 21.Nfxg6 hxg6 22.Ba4 cxd4 23.Nxd7 Nxd7 24.c5 Be7 25.b4 Rd8 26.Bf4 e5 27.Rd1 Bf6 28.Bg3 Nb8 29.h4 a6 30.h5 gxh5 31.Qe4 Qe7 32.Bc2 g6 33.Rd3 Nc6 34.Rdf3 Bg5 35.Rxf7 Be3+ 36.Kh1 Qe6 37.Bb3 Qg4 38.Rxf8+ Kg7 39.Qxg4 hxg4 40.Rxd8 Source: Hastings and St Leonards Observer of 25.2.1961. 1–0

Hindle,OM – Hall,A [C89]

Stevenson Memorial Tournament at Bognor (9), 13.04.1961

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0–0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 0–0 8.c3 d5 9.exd5 e4 10.dxc6 exf3 11.Qxf3 Bg4 12.Qg3 Bd6 13.Qh4 Re8 14.f3 Bf5 15.Rxe8+ Qxe8 16.d4 Qe2 17.Nd2 Bd3 18.g3 Qe1+ 19.Kg2 Re8 Sources: Hastings and St Leonards Observer of 6.5.1961, British Chess Magazine of June 1961 and ‘Chess’ of March 1970. 0–1

Hall,A – Rumens,DE [C44]

Stevenson Memorial Tournament at Bognor (1), 01.04.1964

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.c3 d5 5.exd5 Qxd5 6.cxd4 Bg4 7.Be2 Bxf3 8.Bxf3 Qc4 9.Bxc6+ Qxc6 10.0–0 0–0–0 11.Be3 Nf6 12.Nc3 Bb4 13.Qb3 Bxc3 14.bxc3 Rd5 15.Rab1 b6 16.c4 Rh5 17.Bf4 Rh4 18.d5 Qc5 19.g3 Rg4 20.Qa4 Kb7 21.Rb5 Qd4 22.Ra5! b5 23.Rxb5+ Kc8 24.Qa6+ Kd8 25.Bxc7+ Kxc7 26.Rb7+ Sources: Worthing Gazette of 22.4.1964, Hastings and St Leonards Observer of 9.5.1964 and ‘Chess’ of 17.6.1964. 1–0

The following game won the prize given by Bruce Hayden for the best game by a Sussex player in county chess for the season. It has a pretty finish.

Wheeler,GW – Hall,A [E84]

Kent v Sussex in London board 4, 07.11.1964

1.c4 g6 2.Nc3 Bg7 3.d4 Nf6 4.e4 d6 5.f3 Nc6 6.Be3 a6 7.Nge2 0–0 8.Qd2 Rb8 9.g4 b5 10.cxb5 axb5 11.Ng3 b4 12.Nd1 e5 13.d5 Nd4 14.Be2 b3 15.Bxd4 exd4 16.a3 Nd7 17.Nf2 Qh4 18.f4 Nc5 19.0–0–0 Na4 20.Qd3 Rb6 21.Qc4 Ba6 22.Qxa4 Bxe2 23.Nxe2 Qxf2 24.Qc4 Qe3+ 25.Kb1 Qxe4+ 26.Ka1 c5 27.dxc6 Rxc6 28.Qd3 Qg2 29.Nxd4 Ra8 30.Qd2 Rc1+! 31.Qxc1 Rxa3+ 32.Kb1 Ra1+ 33.Kxa1 Qa8+ Sources: Annual report of the Sussex Chess Association and Worthing Gazette of 6.10.1965. 0–1

Hall,A – Abbasi,NM [D00]

BCF Congress at Portsmouth Major Open, 08.1976

1.d4 Nf6 2.f3 d5 3.e4 dxe4 4.Nc3 exf3 5.Nxf3 e6 6.Bg5 Be7 7.Qd2 0–0 8.Bd3 Nbd7 9.Qf4 c5 10.Qh4 Re8 11.0–0 h6 12.Ne4 hxg5 13.Nfxg5 c4 14.Nxf7 cxd3 15.Neg5 Kf8 16.Qh8+ Ng8 17.Nh7# Source: ‘Chess’ of September 1976. 1–0

Hall,A – Dingwall,FG [D00]

McArthur. Cup Rustington v Chichester board 1, 06.01.1979

1.d4 Nf6 2.f3 d5 3.e4 dxe4 4.Nc3 exf3 5.Nxf3 e6 6.Bg5 Be7 7.Bd3 Nbd7 8.0–0 0–0 9.Qe1 c5 10.Qh4 h6 11.Bxh6 gxh6 12.Qxh6 c4 13.Ng5! cxd3 14.Nce4 dxc2 15.Rxf6 Sources: ‘Sussex Chess News’ (published about June 1979) and ‘Blackmar-Diemer Gambit’ – Gary Lane – Batsford (1995). Played at Chichester. 1–0

Hall,A – Likeman,M [D00]

British Correspondence Chess Society Championship , 1990

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 3.e4 Nxe4 4.Nxe4 dxe4 5.Bc4 Bf5 6.c3 e6 7.g4 Bg6 8.Ne2 Nd7 9.h4 h6 10.Nf4 Qf6 11.Be3 Bd6 12.Nxg6 Qxg6 13.Be2 0–0–0 14.Qa4 Kb8 15.c4 f5 16.c5 Be7 17.Bb5 Nf6 18.Ba6 c6 19.Bf4+ Ka8 20.Bxb7+ Kxb7 21.Rh3 Bxc5 22.Rc1 Bb4+ 23.Qxb4+ Ka8 24.Qa4 Rc8 25.Ra3 Qf7 26.Rc5 Rhd8 27.Ra5 Rd7 28.Rb3 Qe8 29.Rb6 Nd5 30.Rba6 Qe7 31.Rxc6 Rcd8 32.Rac5 Qe8 33.Qc4 Ne7 34.Rxe6 fxg4 35.Qc2 Source: A Hall. This game won the 1991 Potter best game prize for the BPCF. 1–0

Pein,M – Hall,A [D09]

31 board simul at Worthing, 16.06.1990

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e5 3.dxe5 d4 4.Nf3 Nc6 5.g3 Be6 6.Nbd2 f6 7.Qa4 Qd7 8.exf6 Nxf6 9.Bg2 Be7 10.0–0 0–0 11.a3 Bh3 12.b4 Bxg2 13.Kxg2 d3 14.exd3 Qxd3 15.Qb3 Qf5 16.Bb2 Ne4 17.Nxe4 Qxe4 18.Rae1 Qf5 19.b5 Rad8 20.Re3 Bc5 21.bxc6 Bxe3 22.fxe3 Rd3 23.Qb5 Qe4 24.cxb7 Rd2+ 25.Kh1 Rxf3 Source: ‘Sussex Chess 1990’. Malcolm Pein played 30 humans and one computer. 0-1

Arthur died in Worthing Hospital about three years ago and it is sad that no chess player in Sussex seems to have known about this at the time. There have probably been several cases where a player has given up the game because of old age and then been forgotten about by his fellow club members. If chess is to be considered a social game, we should try to keep in touch with our former members and friends.

Brian Denman 21.8.2015

E. E. Middleton Senior

Written by Brian Denman

Ten years have now passed since I wrote about the Middletons on this website. It has certainly proved a challenge to find out information about the family since both the father and the son had the same initials and both travelled around a lot. I am grateful to Richard James and John Saunders for their recent excellent research into the family’s life on the English Chess Forum website.

Empson Edward Middleton (E. E. Middleton Senior) was born in Jamaica in about 1838 and was a captain in the Royal Navy and a writer. His best known book was called ‘The Cruise of the Kate’ (1870) and describes how he circumnavigated the coast of Britain single-handedly in 1869 in a 23 foot boat by what he believed was the most difficult route. In 1880 he married Emma Walker and they had seven children, one of whom was Edward Empson Middleton (E.E. Middleton Junior) born in the Broadstairs area in the June quarter of 1885. Different censuses reveal that the father travelled around the country and in 1871 he lived at Kingston-upon-Thames, in 1881 Kent, in 1891 Rayleigh, in 1901 Southampton and in 1911 Hastings. He died at Hastings on 16.11.1916.

Both father and son were members of Hastings CC, but, whereas the father was an average club player, the son became good enough to be selected to play in a British Championship. The latter was a member of the club in the 1903-04 season, but he was soon making a name for himself in Brussels. He managed to combine playing chess in both England and Belgium and this must have involved a lot of travelling. In 1905 and 1906 he won the Belgian Championship, but he also played on board four for Sussex in a match against Kent in 1905. In August of that year it was almost certainly he rather than his father who scored 7/15 in a strong tournament at Barmen and in the process obtained a draw against the well-known player, Akiba Rubinstein. Shortly after this Hastings CC set out on a tour of Belgium and Holland and the younger Middleton played for Brussels against Hastings on a low board and won against A C Jenour. Later, however, he joined the touring side.

In 1906 and 1907 it was almost certainly he rather than his father who performed creditably in two amateur tournaments in Ostend. In the 1906-07 season he came first equal in the Hastings CC Championship with J C Waterman. Waterman was the eventual winner, but I am not sure whether there was a play-off or whether the junior Middleton was unavailable to take part in such a decider. In September 1908 he played on board three for Sussex in a match against Hampshire.

After this there appears to be a long break in Middleton junior’s English chess activity. In 1913 he took part in the BCF Congress at Cheltenham and did exceptionally well to score 9/11 in the Major Open event coming first equal with A J Mackenzie, a future Hastings player. His residence at the time of the tournament was listed as Brussels, but he was soon to make a quick exit from that city. At the outbreak of hostilities at the start of World War 1 he escaped the German occupation by returning to Hastings. He played a few games for the club early in 1915 and won the club championship.

By 1919 (and perhaps earlier) he seems to have moved to London. In 1920 he was selected to play in the British Championship at Edinburgh. Here he struggled against strong opposition and scored 3.5/11. He also competed in the City of London CC Championship in 1922 and 1923.

In 1923 he retired from a partnership in the hosiery business in London. I have no record of what profession he took up after this, but the birth of a son, John, was registered at Paddington in 1925 and a daughter, Patricia, in Chelsea in 1928. He had married his second wife Adelaide in 1921 and they were still living in England in 1930.

In 1944 his son, John, was killed in the allied attack on Gold Beach in Normandy. He was a member of the East Yorkshire Regiment, though his address was given as Rosettenville, Transvaal, South Africa. It is likely therefore his parents were also living there.

Edward died in England on 19.8.1947 at Knebworth in Hertfordshire. He was 62 years of age.

I enclose a few of his games. Unfortunately in several of my articles on the Hastings website the links to the games no longer function. With regard to Middleton’s games I have had to start from scratch for this article:

Middleton Jnr,EE – Norman,GM [D08]

Hastings v Brighton at Hastings bd 5, 24.10.1903

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e5 3.dxe5 d4 4.a3 Nc6 5.Nf3 Bg4 6.Bf4 a5 7.Nbd2 Bc5 8.Qa4 Nge7 9.Nb3 Ba7 10.c5 Bd7 11.Nbxd4 Bxc5 12.Nxc6 Nxc6 13.Qc2 Bb6 14.e3 h6 15.Rd1 Qe7 16.Be2 Rd8 17.h3 0–0 18.0–0 f6 19.Bc4+ Kh8 20.Nh4 Be8 21.Rxd8 Qxd8 22.Rd1 Qe7 23.Nf5 Bg6 24.Nxe7 Bxc2 25.Rd2 Nxe7 26.Rxc2 Ng6 27.exf6 Nxf4 28.fxg7+ Kxg7 29.exf4 Rxf4 30.Bd5 Rd4 31.Bxb7 Rd1+ 32.Kh2 Rf1 33.f3 Rf2 34.Rxf2 Bxf2 35.b3 h5 36.g3 h4 37.gxh4 Bxh4 38.Kg2 Kf6 39.f4 Be1 40.a4 Bb4 41.Be4 Bf8 42.Kf3 Bc5 43.Kg4 Bf8 44.h4 Bh6 45.h5 Bg7 46.Kf3 Ke7 47.Ke3 Kd6 48.Bg6 Kd5 49.Bf7+ Kd6 50.Ke4 Ke7 51.Bc4 Kf6 52.b4 axb4 53.a5 Source: Hastings and St Leonards Observer of 7.11.1903. 1–0

Middleton (Jnr?),EE – Rubinstein,A [C11]

Barmen tournament Barmen (3), 16.08.1905

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 dxe4 5.Nxe4 Be7 6.Bxf6 gxf6 7.Nf3 f5 8.Nc3 Nd7 9.Be2 c5 10.d5 e5 11.d6 Bf6 12.Nd5 0–0 13.Qd2 e4 14.Nxf6+ Qxf6 15.Qg5+ Qg6 16.Qxg6+ hxg6 17.Ng5 Ne5 18.0–0–0 f6 19.Nh3 Be6 20.Nf4 Kf7 21.h3 Rad8 22.b3 a6 23.Rd2 Rd7 24.Re1 Rfd8 25.Nxe6 Kxe6 26.f4 Rxd6 27.Rxd6+ Rxd6 28.fxe5 Kxe5 29.Rd1 Rd4 30.Rf1 g5 31.a4 a5 32.Bc4 f4 33.c3 Rd6 34.Rd1 Rxd1+ 35.Kxd1 f3 36.gxf3 exf3 37.Ke1 f5 38.h4 g4 39.h5 Kf6 40.h6 Kg6 41.Kf2 Kxh6 42.Ke3 Kg5 43.Bf1 b6 44.c4 Kg6 45.Kf4 Kh5 46.Bd3 Kh4 47.Bf1 Kh5 Sources: Tournament book (Olms, Zurich, edition, 1984), and the Big Database 2003. ½–½

Wardhaugh,C – Middleton Jnr,EE [C47]

BCF Congress, Cheltenham, Major Open (7), 18.08.1913

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.d3 d5 5.exd5 Nxd5 6.Be2 Nxc3 7.bxc3 Be7 8.0–0 0–0 9.Re1 Bf6 10.Nd2 Be6 11.Bf3 Bd5 12.Bxd5 Qxd5 13.Ne4 Be7 14.Qf3 Rad8 15.Qg3 f5 16.Ng5 f4 17.Qg4 Bxg5 18.Qxg5 Rf6 19.g3 Qf3 20.Qh4 fxg3 21.Be3 Rf4 22.Qxd8+ ‘and Black soon won.’ Source: ‘The Chess Amateur’ of September 1913. Also published in the Manchester Guardian of 19.8.1913 up to Black’s 21st move. This latter version has been published in BritBase. 0–1

Middleton Jnr,EE – Conde,AG [D30]

2nd match, 4th game , 1921

1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.c4 e6 4.Bg5 Nbd7 5.e3 Be7 6.Nbd2 0–0 7.Rc1 c6 8.Bd3 Re8 9.0–0 Nf8 10.Qe2 dxc4 11.Nxc4 Nd5 12.Bxe7 Qxe7 13.Bb1 Nb6 14.Nce5 Rd8 15.Rfd1 f6 16.Nd3 Bd7 17.Nc5 Be8 18.a4 a5 19.e4 Bh5 20.Qe3 Nc8 21.Ba2 Bf7 22.e5 f5 23.Ng5 b6 24.Nxf7 Qxf7 25.Nxe6 Nxe6 26.Rxc6 Re8 27.Bd5 Ra7 28.Rdc1 Rd7 29.Bxe6 Source: The Observer of 13.3.1921. 1–0

Thomas,Sir George – Middleton Jnr,EE [D20]

City of London CC Championship, 1922

1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 c5 3.c4 dxc4 4.e4 cxd4 5.Bxc4 Nc6 6.Qb3 e6 7.0–0 Nf6 8.Nbd2 Be7 9.e5 Nd7 10.Bb5 0–0 11.Re1 a6 12.Bxc6 bxc6 13.Ne4 c5 14.Qd3 f5 15.exf6 gxf6 16.Bh6 Rf7 17.Nh4 Kh8 18.Qg3 Bb7 19.Nd6 Bxd6 20.Qxd6 Bd5 21.Rad1 Qb8 22.Nf5 Qg8 23.Ng3 Qg6 24.Bf4 Bxa2 25.Ra1 Bc4 26.b4 cxb4 27.Qxb4 e5 28.Qxc4 exf4 29.Ne2 Ne5 30.Qd5 Rg8 31.Nxf4 Qg4 32.Rxe5 Rd7 33.Qe4 fxe5 34.Qxe5+ Qg7 35.Qe4 d3 36.Rd1 Rd4 Source: The Field of 15.2.1923. It is uncertain whether this game was played in 1922 or 1923. 0–1

Middleton Jnr,EE – Thomas,Sir George [D06]

City of London CC Championship, 1923

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 d5 3.cxd5 Qxd5 4.Nc3 Qd8 5.Nf3 e6 6.Bg5 Be7 7.Rc1 0–0 8.e3 Nd5 9.Bxe7 Qxe7 10.Bd3 c6 11.0–0 Nd7 12.Nxd5 exd5 13.Qc2 g6 14.Rfe1 f5 15.g3 Rf6 16.Qc3 Re6 17.Bf1 b6 18.Nh4 Bb7 19.Ng2 Rf6 20.b4 a5 21.a3 Ba6 22.Ra1 Bxf1 23.Rxf1 Qd6 24.Rfb1 axb4 25.axb4 Rff8 26.Rc1 c5 27.Rxa8 Rxa8 28.bxc5 bxc5 29.dxc5 Nxc5 30.Nf4 Ne4 31.Qd4 Rd8 32.Rd1 Nf6 33.Rb1 Rc8 34.Rb6 Rc6 35.Rb5 Rc4 36.Qa7 Rc1+ 37.Kg2 Rc7 38.Qb8+ Kf7 39.Rb6 Nd7 40.Rxd6 Nxb8 41.Nxd5 Rd7 42.Rxd7+ Nxd7 43.h3 Ne5 44.f4 Nc4 45.Kf2 Nd6 46.Nc3 h5 47.Ke2 Kf6 48.Kd3 Nf7 49.Kd4 Ke6 50.Nb5 g5 51.Kc5 gxf4 52.exf4 Nh8 53.Nd4+ Kf6 54.Nf3 Ng6 55.Kd6 Nf8 56.Ne5 Ne6 57.Nd7+ Kf7 58.Ke5 Ng7 59.Nf6 Kg6 60.h4 Kf7 61.Nd5 Ne6 62.Ne3 Nc5 63.Nxf5 Nd3+ 64.Ke4 Nc5+ 65.Kd4 Nb3+ 66.Ke5 Nc1 67.Nd6+ Ke7 68.Ne4 Ne2 69.Kf5 Kf7 70.Kg5 Ke6 71.Kg6 Nd4 72.Ng5+ Source: The Field of 22.11.1923. 1–0

Brian Denman 28.8.2015.

KCCA Individual Performances

HASTINGS

ECF NAME FIRST 11/10 18/10 18/10 25/10 07/11 08/11 09/11 14/11 15/11 P W D L GP
GRADE NAME S CL H S EP CL H S EP

1 121 CLOAD Adrian 118+ 124= 141- 120= 96+ 5 2 2 1 3 CLOAD
2 147 BRYANT Marc 136+ 148- 122+ 123+ 138- 124- 6 3 0 3 3 BRYANT
3 170 FLEMING Andrew 140+ 174= 147+ 162= 4 2 2 0 3 FLEMING
4 188 ELLISTON Robert 150+ 172= 170= 3 1 2 0 2 ELLISTON
5 95 POWER Con 50+ 106- 95- 59+ 4 2 0 2 2 POWER
6 147 HARVEY Derek 126- 148= 122+ 151- 117= 5 1 2 2 2 HARVEY
7 172 KELLY Paul 174= 141+ 188- 3 1 1 1 1.5 KELLY
8 157 WHEELER James 162= 150= 159- 161= 4 0 3 1 1.5 WHEELER
9 194 RAYNER Francis 172+ 208- 2 1 0 1 1 RAYNER
10 189 SUGDEN John 153+ 1 1 0 0 1 SUGDEN
11 103 OAKMAN Steve 70- 114- D+ 3 1 0 2 1 OAKMAN
12 125 WILLSON Gary 145- 118+ 2 1 0 1 1 WILLSON
13 154 YOUNG Mel 170= 148= 2 0 2 0 1 YOUNG
14 186 NORINKEVICIUTE Rasa 159+ 1 1 0 0 1 NORINKEVICIUTE
15 178 PICKERSGILL Adrian 153+ 1 1 0 0 1 PICKERSGILL
16 115 COSENS Derek 101+ 1 1 0 0 1 COSENS
17 164 BROOKS Ray 163= 1 0 1 0 0.5 BROOKS
18 192 TEBBS Howard 155- 190= 2 0 1 1 0.5 TEBBS
19 164 BLEWITT Stephen 155- 167= 2 0 1 1 0.5 BLEWITT
20 0 DEFAULT Default 170- 1 0 0 1 0 DEFAULT
21 118 WOODHAMS Mason 117- 1 0 0 1 0 WOODHAMS