Hastings & St Leonards Chess Club

Although the Club is, generally speaking, still in its summer doldrums there has been some activity in recent weeks with a couple of friendly matches and a rapid play..

A match against the Greater London club (a successor of the old LCC//GLC clubs) was drawn 4½-4½. Adrian Cload, Gregory Chandler and Patrice Tournier all won, draws came from Bob Elliston, Ray Brooks and Jim Wheeler, but Mel Young, Marc Bryant and Umberto Jozwiak all lost.

Wanstead & Woodford were the next visitors and we were thrashed, 8½-2½. Indeed, only on-the-day captain Paul Kelly won; Howard Tebbs, Ray Brooks and Adrian Cload drew, with a long list of losers: Bob Elliston, Andrew Fleming, Daniel Lowe, Con Power, Peter Bedborough, Umberto Jozwiak, Roy Richardson.

Twenty players assembled on Bank Holiday Monday for seven rounds of rapid-play chess, a typical game lasting 20-30 minutes. Welsh international Francis Rayner took the honours with 5½ from 7, starting with four straight wins then coasting home. Patrick Donovan, John Sugden and Bob Elliston came next on 5, in that order of tie-break. Elliston also won a category prize, as did Batuhan Kaya (age 11) and Robert Smart.

Don’t miss out on all the latest breaking news where you live.
Here are four ways you can be sure you’ll be amongst the first to know what’s going on.
1) Make our website your homepage at www.hastingsobserver.co.uk/ 
2) Like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/hastingsobserver
3) Follow us on Twitter @HastingsObs
4) Register with us by clicking on ‘sign in’ (top right corner). You can then receive our daily newsletter AND add your point of view to stories that you read here.
And do share with your family and friends - so they don’t miss out!

The Hastings Observer - always the first with your local news.
Be part of it.