Hastings and St Leonards Chess Club

ALL three divisions of the club’s principal tournament have now been decided and youth is coming to the fore.

But the main honour, the Club Championship, contested for 130 years, nonetheless goes to Francis Rayner, a several times past winner.

The former Welsh international, a professional pianist now living in St Leonards, took an early lead and finished with 8 points from his 11 games. Although finishing only half a point ahead of the doyen of the club, Bernard Cafferty of Hastings, Rayner never really looked in difficulty and did what was necessary to coast home. Rasa Norinkeviciute of Eastbourne was third with 6½ points, finishing strongly after a poor start.

The second tier, the Pelton Cup, was won by Olibhear (Ollie) Willson. The Fairlight teenager scored 9 points from 11 but had to win his last game to pip Conrado Quintos, 8½ points, to the title. Club Treasurer Jim Wheeler was third with 7½.

The Rush Cup, our third section, was a runaway win for another teenager, new member Daniel Lowe of Battle. He simply outclassed the field for 9 points from 9 games. The eminent philosopher Keith Hossack, also from Battle and another relatively new member, was runner-up with 7 points. Alfred Mikurenda of Bexhill was third with 6 points.

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Information on Hastings and St Leonards Chess Club can be obtained via info@hastingschessclub.co.uk or messages may be left on 07933 742352.