Hastings and St Leonards Chess Club

IT was internecine strife at the chess club last week (October 25) when 1st and 2nd teams clashed in their opening Mid-Sussex League Division 1 match. Order was maintained with a win by the firsts by 3½ points to ½.

The second team’s Alan Barton swindled a draw on top board against former Welsh international Francis Rayner but things went mostly with form lower down with wins for the top squad’s John Sugden, Richard Almond and Bernard Cafferty.

Mel Young scored the seconds’ only win by downing 1st team captain Paul Kelly on board 4 after just one hour’s play.

Elsewhere the club’s Kent League division 2 team made its first appearance of the season with a comfortable 4-2 win at Maidstone.

Captain Paul Kelly and Conrado Quintos notched up wins and were well-supported with draws from Bob Elliston, Ray Brooks, Jim Wheeler and Mel Young to give an unbeaten sheet.

The club’s October (October 21) rapidplay tournament was won by veteran Bernard Cafferty (Hastings), who scored an unbeaten 6½ points from his seven games and had won with a round to spare.

Second place went to the county’s strongest woman player, Rasa Norinkeviciute (Eastbourne).

Category prizes were won by Ken Lucas (St Leonards), Mason Woodhams (Hastings), Michaelangelo Warda (Eastbourne, age nine) and Sam Cotterill (Hastings).