Chairman’s report

I have now spent my second full year as chairman and I’m glad to report that this year has been far less stressful than my first as things in the club appeared to settle down and the membership are getting on with the business of playing chess.

As the years go by we gain new members and we lose some old ones this year has been no exception we lost in April Con Power as I stated in my notification to the members Con was the bedrock of Hastings chess for some 50 years he will be sadly missed by all.

To our new friends. I give a warm welcome to the club and should they require any advice on club activities I am always available.

Over the last year we have run a series of little weekend chess tournaments which appear to have been successful, making the club a small profit. The next one will be run on the 24th 25th of September for players grade 150 and under. I would like to thank Jeremy Hudson for his help in this regard.

Raza continues to run the internal club tournaments in her quiet unassuming way for which I thank her.

In external club tournaments individual captains will report in detail.

The mid Sussex league second-team narrowly avoided promotion to the first division. The second team came with a late charge to survive relegation. Howard Tebbs runs our first team which finished mid-table and a fourth team was relegated.

In the Kent league our first-team defending champions run by Ray Brooks made it to the semi-final but were unable to continue their good form.  All of the other teams failed to reach the knockout stage.

Roy Bourne suffers some health issues this year, resulting in two stays in hospital but he continues to clean and open up the club and although the servings of teas have sometimes been sporadic the situation is being monitored and I thank Roy for all his efforts whilst suffering ill health. I wish him a healthier 2017.

The downstairs flat continues to provide a substantial income for the club which in affects results in a subsidised membership fee for club members. Without this income your membership fee would undoubtedly double however this being said  finances under Jim Wheeler are in a relatively good state, the club having a net surplus this year of around £2000 but we should not be complacent as any structural work on the property in any given year would easily wipe this out  plus some of our reserves. However, that being said, there is no intention to raise club subs this year.

Any member wishing to pay their subscription by instalments will need to do so by direct debit or standing order this year. Please liaise with Jim Wheeler on this.

The Library

We continue to try to chase up long overdue books so far this has resulted in about 60 books being returned this process will continue and I’m sure Bernard to will make his own report.

The premises.

Paul Kelly felt the need to resign as premises officer I thank him for the hard work he has put in over the years.

The junior chess club continues to go from strength to strength initially being run by Gary Wilson and being taken over by Mason Woodlands.

We are still without a club secretary.

Committee meeting Have been held approximately one a month over the last year however there seems to be a lack of enthusiasm for attending them on no less than three occasions we have only just made a quorum.

We require more people to become committee members.

Many thanks to Ken Lucas who has continued to be the minute secretary without actually being a member of the committee this a great help to me.

I’d also like to thank Paul Buswell acting as company secretary even though he is no longer a member something I still hope to remedy.

Mr. Arjun Kolani played in the under 10 British championships this year and succeeded in coming first equal winning the Neil Carr Scholarship Prize. The prize entitles Arjun to one year of funding for the 3 year ECF International Programme which he will begin in January 2017. He achieved his win and prize on the very day of his 9th birthday On behalf of the club. I congratulate him.

Lastly anybody who feels they wish to run for chairman please feel free to do so as I stated before on many occasions you get what you vote for it is no good complaining if you do not like the odd decision the committee or chairman might make. If you do not wish to get involved, then do not get involved!!!

I hope everybody will have a very enjoyable Chess year


Mark A Bryant




I may be an old lion, but I can still bite someone’s hand off if he puts it in my mouth

(attributed to Steinitz and quoted after Korchnoi defeated Caruana in 2011)

Fourth Hastings Weekend Chess Tournament results

1st         Paul Kelly                     Hastings      4 1/2  5    £100

2nd       Brendan Ruane        Hastings        4/5             £60

3rd       Jim Wheeler               Hastings        31/2   5    £25

Batuhan Kaya           Eastbourne                        £25

Grading  Prizes

Under 155         Callum Salmons       Brighton           £15

Under 135        Sam Cotterill             Exeter unv        £25

under110         Carl Sheeran               Isle of wight    £25






1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 B.Cafferty         196 1/2 1 1/2 1/2 1/2 1 1 1 6 1st=
2 F.Rayner            198 1/2 1 1/2 1/2 1/2 1 1 1 6 1st=
3 P.Kelly                171 0 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 5 3
4 H.Tebbs             193 1/2 1/2 0 1/2 1/2 1 1/2 1 4.5
5 A.Pickersgill     174 1/2 1/2 0 1/2 1 1/2 1/2 1 4.5
6 R.Norinkeviciute    190 1/2 1/2 0 1/2 0 1/2 1 1 4
7 J.Anstead      166 0 0 1 0 1/2 1/2 1/2 1 3.5
8 S.Blewitt         165 0 0 0 1/2 1/2 0 1/2 1 2.5
9 A.Cload           123 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Bernard and Francis agreed to share the title

Pelton Cup 2016



1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 J.Wheeler               149 1 1/2 1/2 0 1 1 1 1 6 1st
2 D.Harvey                 130 0 1/2 1/2 1/2 1 1 1 1 5.5 2nd
3 M.Bryant                 142 1/2 1/2 1 1 0 0 1 1 5 3rd=
4 J.Hudson                 131 1/2 1/2 0 1/2 1 1 1 1/2 5 3rd=
5 M.Young                 154 1 1/2 0 1/2 1/2 1/2 1 1 5 3rd=
6 M.Woodhams      121 0 0 1 0 1/2 1/2 0 1 3
7 D.Cosens                 123 0 0 1 0 1/2 1/2 1/2 0 2.5
8 A.Pontonutti         103 0 0 0 1/2 0 1 1/2 0 2
9 S.Oakman                 97 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2


Rush Cup 2015/2016

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 G.Jelliss               81 1/2 0 1 1 1 1 4.5 1=
2 U.Jozwiak           87 1/2 0 1 1 1 1 4.5 1=
3 P.Tournier           37 1 1 0 1/2 1/2 1 4 3
4 G.Chandler         87 0 0 1 1 1/2 1 3.5
5 R.Richardson      75 0 0 1/2 0 1 1 2.5
6 H.Stephens         51 0 0 1/2 0 1 1.5
7 L.Steuart              0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Umberto and George will play of for the cup


Nowadays I just play my moves quickly. I don’t think that thinking helps a lot….ninety percent of the time my instinct should be right.

(Speelman in British Chess Magazine)


If you don’t try to win so quickly you win more games… There’s quite strong repulsion from a win. If you go too directly towards it, it often makes it very difficult.

(Speelman in British Chess Magazine)

Historic visit to the club

The club was visited in February 2016 by Atiyab Sultan, the granddaughter of Mir Sultan Khan, the three times British Chess Champion (in 1929, 1932 and 1933). She was welcomed by Marc Bryant, our club chairman, Bernard Cafferty, our club librarian (and many times club champion), and Pam Thomas, Press Officer for the Hastings International Chess Congress.

Mir Sultan Khan came to Britain from India where he adjusted his knowledge of Indian chess sufficiently well not only to win the British Championship but to come third in the 1930-31 Hastings Tournament behind Euwe and Capablanca, the latter of whom he beat in their individual game (see below), fourth at the Hastings Tournament of 1931-32 and the winner of an individual match with Tartakower in 1931. He also represented England on top board three times in Olympiads, beating Flohr and Rubinstein and drawing with Alekhine, Grunfeld and Bogolyjubov.

After he returned to India he played little chess and disappeared from the world chess scene. He would not teach chess to his children, enjoining them to do something more useful with their lives (Source Wikipedia). He died in 1966.

White Mir Sultan Khan Black Capablanca Hastings 1930-31 A47: Queen’s Indian Defence

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.d4 b6 3.c4 Bb7 4.Nc3 e6 5.a3 d5 6.cxd5 exd5 7.Bg5 Be7 8.e3 0-0 9.Bd3 Ne4 10.Bf4 Nd7 11.Qc2 f5 12.Nb5 Bd6 13.Nxd6 cxd6 14.h4 Rc8 15.Qb3 Qe7 16.Nd2 Ndf6 17.Nxe4 fxe4 18.Be2 Rc6 19.g4 Rfc8 20.g5 Ne8 21.Bg4 Rc1+ 22.Kd2 R8c2+ 23.Qxc2 Rxc2+ 24.Kxc2 Qc7+ 25.Kd2 Qc4 26.Be2 Qb3 27.Rab1 Kf7 28.Rhc1 Ke7 29.Rc3 Qa4 30.b4 Qd7 31.Rbc1 a6 32.Rg1 Qa4 33.Rgc1 Qd7 34.h5 Kd8 35.R1c2 Qh3 36.Kc1 Qh4 37.Kb2 Qh3 38.Rc1 Qh4 39.R3c2 Qh3 40.a4 Qh4 41.Ka3 Qh3 42.Bg3 Qf5 43.Bh4 g6 44.h6 Qd7 45.b5 a5 46.Bg3 Qf5 47.Bf4 Qh3 48.Kb2 Qg2 49.Kb1 Qh3 50.Ka1 Qg2 51.Kb2 Qh3 52.Rg1 Bc8 53.Rc6 Qh4 54.Rgc1 Bg4 55.Bf1 Qh5 56.Re1 Qh1 57.Rec1 Qh5 58.Kc3 Qh4 59.Bg3 Qxg5 60.Kd2 Qh5 61.Rxb6 Ke7 62.Rb7+ Ke6 63.b6 Nf6 64.Bb5 Qh3 65.Rb8


After White’s 11th move
After Black’s 22nd move
Final position after White’s 65th move





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