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Roy Richardson

Dear Marc
You may remember that when Roy Richardson was cremated, it was without attendance in accordance with his wishes to keep people safe.
A remembering and celebration of Roy’s life is now planned, to follow the family scattering his ashes on the sea at Pett Level Beach, in the form of a Quaker memorial Meeting for Worship in Hastings.
I have been waiting to confirm the date, provisionally 26th June, until the confirmation of the lifting of restrictions hoped for on 21st June. However the 26th is now two weeks away and the Government announcement, which from experience may not result in immediate clarity, is not due until Monday.
Anyone from the chess club who wishes to attend the Meeting for Worship to remember and celebrate Roy’s life is therefore asked to provisionally book their diary for 3pm on 26th June. I will contact you again with the details once I am able to confirm whether this date will proceed or to advise of any alternative date if the lifting of restrictions is further delayed.
I would appreciate your circulating this email to your members. Thank you.
Warm regards
Alison Green
(Roy’s wife)

Dear all,

I hope everybody is well and thriving.
Firstly, congratulations to all the winners of the online league that has just concluded.  Final tables may be seen here:
Generally the competitions ran smoothly, particularly after the first one or two rounds as everybody became used to the process involved.
Secondly, we propose, if there is sufficient interest, to run an Online Summer league along similar lines to the competitions just finished, and also with a split between adult (open) division(s) and a junior division.  We are now inviting entries for this.  The plan is to run the competition from late June to mid-September, depending on entries, with matches at roughly 2-3 week intervals – depending on numbers, on a Wednesday evening.
I’m attaching a document of rules for the proposed competition – these are only lightly edited from the competition just finished, with the main difference being that the default start time for the Junior league is proposed to be 6.30pm instead of 7.30pm.
The deadline for entry is 6th June.  Clubs may enter as many teams of four as they wish, but bear in mind that it is not permitted for players to play for more than one team. If there are sufficient entries to have more than one adult or more than one junior division, then a divisional split will be made according to an estimate of strength. With this in mind, entrants are asked for a rough estimate of the average strength of their team.  We will also bear in mind the results of the competition just finished in determining any divisional split.
We hope to resume traditional over the board chess competitions in October, as usual.
Best wishes,

Mid Sussex Chess League Online Team Competition Rules 2021

N.B.  These rules do not seek to cover all eventualities, or provide specific sanctions for rule-breaking.  It is expected that most issues that arise can be amicably resolved between teams, but in case of doubt, captains should refer to the tournament controller.

  • There will be adult and junior divisions, with the number of divisions dependent on entries.
  • Teams of 4 players. A club may enter as many teams as they like.  No player may play for more than one team in the competition (this is to avoid complications around nominations and eligibility).  No grading limit, but teams should play in reasonable order of strength.
  • Fixtures will be at approximately 3-weekly intervals from late June to mid-September, dependent on entries for each division.
  • One game per pairing, 25 minutes each plus a 10 second increment
  • Matches to be played at 7.30pm on a Wednesday for senior divisions, and 6.30pm for junior divisions.  Captains may vary the time and / or date of a fixture by mutual agreement, up to (+/-) three days
  • The winner of each division will be decided by match points, with game points acting as any tie-break.
  • Platform will be Lichess:
    • The service is free and it is simple for individuals to register and use
    • While Lichess is setup principally for individual competitions, the ECF LMS system has been given a number of enhancements which enables it to integrate reasonably well with Lichess (for example identification of Lichess user names, and the ability to virtually “swap team sheets” an hour before each match). Match results will be recorded on LMS in the same way that we have used LMS for other MSCL competitions
  • Playing rules will follow standard online conventions. Players that lose connection may lose on time, and “mouse slips” are treated in the same way as touch and move – Magnus Carlsen himself has lost like this in a Grandmaster tournament
  • If an opponent does not give / accept a challenge within 5 minutes of the start time, the player present online should advise their team captain, who should then contact the opposing captain. If the absent player cannot be contacted a substitute may be provided, but should be available for challenge within 15 mins of the original start time, otherwise the game will be defaulted
  • While Lichess has user names that are anonymous, the LMS result will show both real names and user names. Parents may prefer for safeguarding reasons for juniors to disable the chat function within Lichess.

Fair Play:  It is a requirement of Lichess (as of normal chess) that players should not use any external assistance, whether through books, computers or other people.  Lichess has detection software that can result in players being banned, which will in turn result in that player’s games being recorded as losses.  The MSCL online league will rely on this software; we do not have the capability / capacity to effectively conduct our own testing or to consider appeals.  Ultimately, we are running a friendly league and rely on the honour of our players

Ken Lucas


It has recently been reported and confirmed in the passing of Ken Lucas

Ken has been a member of the club since the late seventies and in that time and held posts On the International Congress Committee and as club Secretary a job he did wonderfully this was probably because of his profession as a primary school deputy head At All Saints school ken also enjoyed opera and playing in weekend congresses

Although not active in the club in the last few years as he devoted more time to his family, he had remained a member am sure that the membership and myself wish to offer their condolences to Kens family

Marc A Bryant


May 17 the club will now partially reopen

Following the government’s announcement of the lifting of some restrictions on May 17 the club will now partially  reopen any member wishing to visit the club should do so on request to the chairman 01424436313 Email as legally we are still restricted to six people from two households therefore the club will remain locked unless there is a request to open it is hoped that the club will fully reopen on June 21 following the final lifting of restrictions

Marc A Bryant


William Stock

William Stock

It is with much sadness that I have to report the passing of William Stock

Bill as he was known had  been a Kent and Rainham player for many years before moving to Hastings and was well known on the chess circuit although Bill could not be described as a strong player he was extremely solid at his own level and was hard to beat

On behalf of the club and myself I would like to extend my sympathies to Bills family

Marc A Bryant


Hastings and St leonards Chess Club

Rush Cup 2019/2020

Rush Cup 2019/2020
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 J.Worsley 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 6+
2 G.Chandler 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 6-
3 A.Lebedev 0 0 1 1 1 1 4
4 J.Pentney 1 0 0 0 0 1 2
5 C.Parry 0 0 0 1 0 1 2
6 B.Jack 0 0 0 1 0 1 2
7 H.Stephens 0 0 1 1 0 2
8 L.Steuart 0 0 0 0 0 1 1


Pelton Cup 2019/2020 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 A.Cload  xxx 0 1 0 1 1  1 4
2 M.Fletcher 1  xxx 1 0 1 0.5 3.5
3 A.Pontonutti 0  xxx 0.5 1 1 1 3.5
4 K.Hossack 0 0.5  xxxx 1 1 1 3.5
5 M.Woodhams 1  xxx 1 1 3
6 D.Cosens 0 1  xxx  1 1 3
7 R.Richardson 0.5 0 0  0  xxx 1 1.5
8 W.Cobb 0 0 0  xxx 0
9 P.Tournier 0 0 0 xxx 0
 1 0 U.Jozwick  0 0 0 0 0  xxx 0

Championship 2019/2020

Championship 2019/2020 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 D.Lowe  xxx 0.5 1 1 1 1 1 1 6.5
2 R.Norinkevciute  xxx 0 0.5 1 1 1 1 4.5
3 B.Cafferty 0.5  xxx 0.5 0 1 1 1 4
4 J.Wheeler 0 0.5  xxx 1 0.5 0 0.5 1 3.5
5 H.Tebbs 0 1 1  xxx 0.5 1 3.5
6 A.Pickersgill 0.5 0 0.5  xxx 0.5 0.5 2
7 F.Rayner 0 0 0.5 0.5  xxx 1 2
8 B.Ruane 0 0 0 1 0.5 0  xxx 1.5
9 S.Blewitt 0 0 0 0.5  xxx 0.5 1
10 M.Bryant 0 0 0 0 0 0.5  xxx 0.5



The Caplin Hastings On-line 11 round all-play-all tournament will take place on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th January 2021 with a first prize of £1,200.

The fine list of players represents England’s leading grandmasters and masters :

GM Michael Adams, GM David Howell, GM Luke McShane, GM Gawain Jones. GM Nick Pert, IM Ameet Ghasi, GM Danny Gormally, GM Mark Hebden, GM Glenn Flear, GM Keith Arkell. Two qualifying places were offered to the Caplin British Championships and these went to IM Matthew Wadsworth and GM Matthew Turner who finished 3rd and 4th in the Championships.

Play will start at 13.00hrs each day with 6 rounds played on Saturday and 5 rounds on Sunday – This will be a rapid-play format (15 min+10sec. per player per round).

The commentary will be provided by the entertaining team GM Simon Williams and IM and WGM several times British Women’s Chess Champion Jovanka Houska.

Access to the commentary via

All games will be broadcast live at Chess 24 (with the GingerGM commentary) or Chessbomb.

Ongoing results will be updated here.

This promises to be an entertaining contest in the long tradition of Hastings Chess. The sponsor, Caplin Systems, is a fintech specialist in e-trading technology so this seems a very appropriate link between the sponsor and the event. Caplin has open positions in a number of departments and people seeking a career change are encouraged to look at
Further information including will appear on the Hastings website and for further information contact Pam Thomas 07817 446070 or |Marc Bryant 01424 436313

All members please note

Once again due to government restrictions and Hastings being putted into tier three of them government restrictions

the chess club is now fully closed to be compliant with government restrictions once we come out of Tier three we will review the situation

Marc A Bryant