Hastings and St Leonards Chess Club

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CLUB members have been saddened to learn of the death last week of long-standing club member John Felton at the age of 90. He had been a member of the Chess Club for many many years, and was recently elected as an Honorary Life Member.

He was always a gentleman and will be greatly missed. The funeral will be in Ashford next Tuesday and info@hastingschessclub.co.uk should have further details.

The club’s rapidplay - think 20:20 cricket as opposed to Test Match pace - attracted 20 members last Sunday. Experience won out over youth with veteran Bernard Cafferty (Hastings) pipping British under-16 Champion Ollie Willson (Fairlight).

Both were unbeaten, but Cafferty conceded fewer draws, scoring 6 points from 7 games ahead of the youngster’s 5½ - their individual encounter was a draw. Bob Elliston (Ticehurst) took third place on tie-break from John Sugden (Bexhill), both scoring 5.

Category prizes were won by Adrian Cload (St Leonards), Alfred Mikurenda (Little Common) and by Gary Willson père.

The club’s thirds are probably still unbeaten in Mid-Sussex Division 2 - we say probably as Laurence Butt’s game is with the adjudicator and we hope to be awarded a win to with Jim Wheeler’s win achieved on the night. Steve Blewitt drew with Daniel Lowe and Adrian Cload losing, so we expect a result of 2½ points all, which would make the opening three thirds’ matches all drawn.

Next week’s League fixture at 2 Cornwallis Terrace: first team home to Haywards Heath, Thursday 7.30pm.