Hastings and St Leonards Chess Club

THIS season’s Mid-Sussex League kicked off last week. The local club has two teams in Division 1 and League rules require them to play each other first.

As expected, the A team duly despatched the B team, but not without stout resistance. A team captain Howard Tebbs said: “The match was hard fought and the second team should take great credit in achieving some fine results against strong opposition.”

The match score was 3½-1½ to the A team, their names first:

Francis Rayner drew with Ollie Willson, the former Welsh international held by the British under-16 Champion; John Sugden drew with Mel Young, the A teamer’s queen was severely pressed but Mel couldn’t quite press home; Alfredo Luaces beat Danny Lowe, a brutal despatch of the Battle youngster; Jerry Anstead drew with Derek Cosens, the A team player made to work hard and in the end was probably glad not to lose; Bernard Cafferty beat Gary Willson, a one-sided game which the wily veteran won comfortably.

Forthcoming fixtures at the Chess Club in Cornwallis Terrace: Sunday, October 27, 2.30pm, Kent League home v Maidstone; Wednesday, October 30, 7.30pm, Mid Sussex League, our C team home to Horsham seconds.

One small coda from our summer tournaments: the Rider Trophy - second category quickplay - was won by Adrian Cload, who beat Alfred Mikurenda 2-0 in a play-off.