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Webb Site
Since Christmas I have had very little spare time and have done little with the website other than putting up basic information and results
prior to Christmas I had more or less finished the past players profiles and had set up players pages for current members
I would urge all players to write something about themselves it can be personal or about your chess activities
more with it enables new members to be able to integrate more easily into the club knowing something about the existing players M
Marc A Bryant

Mid Sussex league second-team report

Mid Sussex league second-team report

It was a good season for the second team in which we use 9 players in our squad

of the players who played more than one game 6 of the 9 players remained undefeated

We started the season off with wins against

Hastings 3               4.5–5

Horsham 3              4–1

Eastbourne 2           4—1

Crowborough         41/2   ½

Horsham 2              4—1

Lewes 2                 4—1


this left us in a very strong position for promotion


we then tie the the match at Uckfield 1 where we defaulted a board this guaranteed us promotion

we now needed a draw from our last match to be league champions

we achieve this against Wood pushers 1


This meant that we finished champions 0f Division II and gain promotion to the first division next year a big thanks to the nine players who made the squad Bernard.Cafferty Paul Kelly Marc Bryant Nicholas Varley Brendan Ruane Steve Blewitt Jim Wheeler Derek Cosens Henry Cove and Steve Blewitt had the best performance in division two of the league this season averaging 79% Win rate

Division 2 Results

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   plyd MP GP DP
1 Hastings & St Leonards 2 4 2.5 4 4.5 4.5 2.5 4 4 8 7 30 1
2 Horsham 3 1 3 2.5 3 3 4 4 3.5 8 6.5 24 0
3 Wood pushers 1 2.5 2 3 1.5 3 3 4 4.5 8 5.5 23.5 1
4 Horsham 2 1 2.5 2 4 3.5 4.5 4 2 8 4.5 23.5 0
5 Hastings & St Leonards 3 0.5 2 3.5 1 3 2.5 3 2.5 8 4 18 0
6 Crowborough 0.5 2 2 1.5 2 4 3.5 3.5 8 3 19 0
7 Uckfield 1 2.5 1 2 0.5 2.5 1 2.5 3 8 2.5 15 1
8 Eastbourne 2 1 1 1 1 2 1.5 2.5 5 8 1.5 15 5
9 Lewes 2 1 1.5 0.5 3 2.5 1.5 2 0 8 1.5 12 1

Marc A Bryant

3rd Team in the Mid-Sussex League

Report from Gary Willson on Hastings & St Leonards 3rd Team in the Mid-Sussex League

The matches for the season went as follows:

1 0.5:4.5 loss to HSL 1 (as expected)
2 3:2 win at home to Crowboro, an excellent result
3 3:2 loss away to Horsham 3, a very creditable performance
4 1.5:3.5 away win to Woodpushers, arguably our match of the season. It made avoiding relegation a distinct possibility, but also gave our 2nd team a green light to go for promotion ias division champions
5 1:4 loss at home to Horsham 2, an expected result.
6 2:3 away win at Eastbourne 2, possibly our most satisfying result, as it “guaranteed” our safety, as well as beating our neighbours :).
7 2.5:2.5 away draw to Lewes, a very close game, tense to the very end.
8 2.5:2.5 home draw to Uckfield. Good performance against our higher rated opponents, Brendan’s draw on the top board a notable performance.

My thanks go to all the players who contributed throughout the season. Needing to balance putting out as strong a team as possible whilst giving opportunities is not an easy thing to achieve. Equally difficult was managing the nominations rule in the MSL, and I think across the 4 teams we managed this as well as can be expected this season.

Away games continue to be problematic. Getting a team together can be a difficult task, so my thanks (and the thanks of the club) go out to all the players who contributed this season (esp Mssrs Bryant, Wheeler, Hann, and Woodhams, and also to Mssrs Blewiit, Ruane, Cload, Cosens, Stock, Hudson, and Ms Pontonutti)

Gary Willson

Mid Sussex League Rep

Mid Sussex League Rep
comments on the MSL AGM. I am sure the details of the discussion on the changes to the default time will be reported and discussed elsewhere. For my part, I attended the AGM with an open mind, having sought the opinions of the players. My own personal view was: I would be happy with an incremental control of 80 mins + 10 secs as I find adjudication somewhat artificial, and the majority of the feedback I received was along the same lines. However, a distinct schism became apparent at the AGM: lower graded players (dare I say like myself), the vast majority of the attendees, were pushing through the motion, where as “stronger” players, grossly under represented at the meeting, were strongly opposed to such a small increment. One comment made to me on the evening sharpened my view, from a long time regular top board, div 1 player: he would not play in the league with only a 10 sec increment.

The manner in which the meeting was conducted was poor: before any real discussion had taken place, the chair forced through a vote on the principle of an incremental time controls being the default across all divisions. What should (in my view) have been a better outcome (different default time controls between Div 1 and the other divisions) was no longer possible. The end result is based on the proposal by Adrian Pickersgill of HSL, but made through the Eastbourne Club, of all the moves in 65 minutes with a 30 sec increment from the beginning, ought to be considered in this light. If it had not been passed, 80 + 10 would have been imposed on Div 1, with the high likelihood that the division would fragment. As Div 1 champions, the club representatives at the AGM collectively chose to steer and influence the decision in the 65 + 30 direction. It is to be “trialled” for one year, and is to be discussed again and reconsidered at the next AGM.

Gary Willson
Team Captain 2017/18 HSL 3

Stevenson report

Stevenson report
We took part in the Stevenson Cup in the Kent league again this year playing 8 matches of which we lost 2 both to Tunbridge Wells home and away. We reached the semi final and played away to Lewisham, we won 2-4 which came as a nice surprise to us. We had reached the finals along with the En Passant and County Cups but all 3 teams were a victim of our own success as we had to field weaker teams so lost all 3 finals in Dartford on May 13th without winning a single game but had a nice day out!

Adrian Cload


Kent league

The Harvey the Kent league
This is a six-player tournament played in a round robin for teams averaging under an average grade of 125.1
We had a solid season this year in the Harvey finishing just outside the qualifying places for the semi-final we won matches against Maidstone and Tun/wells drew two matches against Medway and Swale in both went on to the semi-final and lost Weald of Kent and the bottom placed side snodlands here is across table of the final positions

Team Play Won Draw Lost For Against Points SP MP IM
Team Play Won Draw Lost For Against Points SP MP IM
Medway 1
6 3 3 0 20½ 15½ 9 0 0 0
Swale 2
6 3 2 1 21 15 8 0 0 0
Hastings & St Leonards 4
6 2 2 2 17½ 18 6 0 ½ 0
Weald of Kent 2
6 3 0 3 17½ 18½ 6 0 0 0
Tunbridge Wells 4
6 2 2 2 17 19 6 0 0 0
Maidstone 4
6 2 0 4 19 17 4 0 0 0
Snodlands 2
6 1 1 4 13 22½ 3 0 0 0

in the course of the season we use 17 club players

And a special mention Umberto Joziak played five times for this team scoring fourth from five and remained undefeated

M.A Bryant

En Passant tournament

En Passant tournament
This is a sixth player tournament in the Kent league for teams averaging 140 or under
The first round was all play all league with the top two teams qualify for the semi-final
we started the season off with a win against WOK 4…2
we then lost to Snodlands 4.2 we then have too draws against Swale and Tunbridge wells
we now had to win our last two matches to qualify for the semi-finals which we did
winning 4 2 at Rainham and 3.5 2.5 at Maidstone this put us in to the semi-finals in second place
eam Play Won Draw Lost For Against Points SP MP IM
Team Play Won Draw Lost For Against Points SP MP IM
Tunbridge Wells 3
6 4 1 1 23½ 12½ 9
Hastings & St Leonards 3
6 3 2 1 19½ 16½ 8
Maidstone 3
6 3 1 2 20 16 7
Rainham (Kent) 3
6 2 2 2 18 18 6
Swale 1
6 2 1 3 16 20 5
Snodlands 1
6 2 0 4 14 22 4
Weald of Kent 1
6 1 1 4 15 21 3
In the semi-final we play pets wood this was an extremely close match going down to the very last game with Jim Wheeler playing a very accurate game to draw to get us through to the final on tie break
In the final we loss 4.5 1.5 to Gravesend 2 it should be said with three teams in the finals we were limit to the players we had available
we used 21 players in this tournament mason Woodhams played six times losing only one game
Jim Wheeler scored 4.5 out of 5
Marc A Bryant

Tom Fuller Cup .

Tom Fuller Cup .

We had a promising first half in the tournament putting us at the top of the table.

Unfortunately some poor results in the second half , placed at the bottom of the table on 5 points,

1 point behind 3 other teams.


Team captain

Kent Summer Quickplay 2017

Kent Summer Quickplay 2017
A team was entered in the Kent Summer Quickplay for the first time in several years. Teams of four play against each of the opposing team on a time handicap system with 30 minutes for the whole game; time divided between the relative strength of players as follows:

The four matches in our group stage were all won as follows:
Tunbridge Wells 6.5 Hastings 9.5
Hastings 10 Folkestone 6
Eynsford 4 Hastings 12
Hastings 11 Maidstone 5

However, we lost narrowly in the semi-final away to Rainham:
Rainham 8.5 Hastings 7.5

Players who took part were:
Daniel Lowe (1 match) 4/4 (100.00%)
Paul Kelly (5 matches) 14/20 (70.00%)
Jim Wheeler (5 matches) 13.5/20 (67.50%)
Steve Blewitt (4 matches) 9/16 (56.25%)
Marc Bryant (4 matches) 8/16 (50.00%)
Howard Tebbs (1 match) 1.5/4 (37.50%)

Many thanks to all those who played in this enjoyable competition.
Jim Wheeler

Friendly matches

Friendly matches
During the course of the season we play 3 friendly matches against Wanstead Woodford insurance and the Greater London chess club of these matches we have played 2 at the time of writing in these matches we do not go necessarily pick our strongest team but try to make the matches competitive off the two matches we have played we lost the insurance 2.5 5.5 and against the Greater London chess club we lost 4.5
Marc A Bryant

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