Hastings and St Leonards Chess Club

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CONGRATULATIONS to Paul Kelly’s squad in Division 2 of the Kent League, who have qualified for the county semi-finals by winning their division with a match to spare. Although held to a draw in the home match v Tunbridge Wells that was enough to make matters mathematically certain.

The match finished 3-3 with no drawn games, slightly unusual at this level. Bob Elliston, Steve Blewitt and Mel Young notched up the full points with Kelly, Ray Brooks and Ken Lucas going down.

In the top division of the Mid-Sussex League our B team have really boosted their hopes of winning this year’s perennial fight against relegation with two good wins. Having been walloped by Brighton firsts in their last match we gained some modest revenge by beating Brighton’s own second string 3-2: Alan Barton and Andrew Fleming both won, supported by draws from Ollie Willson and Jim Wheeler, although Bernard Cafferty lost.

We followed this with another 3-2 win, against local rivals Eastbourne: Fleming and Jerry Anstead both won, Cafferty and Barton drew, with Laurence Butt losing. The Eastbourne match was decided by an act of good sportsmanship by our hosts, who did not insist on claiming one of the games when a Hastings mobile phone went off in the playing room, a heinous sin in chess terms; had they insisted on enforcing the draconian penalty Eastbourne would have tied the match.

Finally, tomorrow (Saturday) from 2.30pm seven times Hastings Club Champion Francis Rayner talks on chess, and takes on all comers, at the Memorial Art Gallery, 7 Cambridge Road, Hastings.

Refreshments available, admission £5; booking is advised, on 01424 422784 (day) or 01424 442492 (evening).