Hastings and St Leonards Chess Club

OUR challenge for the Kent League Division 2 title is over. For the second year running Paul Kelly’s team have been stopped in the semi-finals by Beckenham and Bromley.

This season’s home defeat by 4½-1½ was slightly worse than last year’s 4-2 up in Beckenham, but understandable as players had to take chances in chasing the match after trailing early.

We mustered three draws from the six games, those coming from Howard Tebbs, Ray Brooks and Mel Young; Paul Kelly, Steve Blewitt and Jim Wheeler failed to trouble the scorers.