Hastings and St Leonards Chess Club

OUR second team in the Mid-Sussex League’s top division pulled off an excellent win last week to start pulling themselves out of the relegation zone by their own bootstraps.

Looking at their remaining fixtures they may be able to escape.

Haywards Heath firsts were the victims, on their own patch to boot, as we won 3-2.

Captain Gary Willson commented: “This was our first victory in the league this season and an excellent team effort following the hard fought match against Brighton firsts the week before”.

Chris Howell and Paul Kelly were our winners, Ollie Willson and Howard Tebbs drew (Ollie against the reigning county champion Kwiatkowski!) although Bernard Cafferty lost.

Our first team - in the same division - had a workmanlike 3-2 win at Worthing, thus keeping their flickering title hopes alive until the crunch matches against Brighton and Crowborough next month, although they really need to boost their games score if it comes to a tie-break.

Howard Tebbs and Jerry Anstead won for us, John Sugden and Andrew Fleming drew, but Club Champion Francis Rayner went down to the Worthing top board.

Our sole team in the Kent League were also in action in that county’s Division 2.

The borough’s location means that we fall sometimes uncomfortably between ‘Mid-Sussex’ and Kent, a situation apparently echoed by some local sports clubs, and travel can be considerable.

Maidstone away however wasn’t that bad and Ray Brooks’ team ran out comfortable 4-2 winners, being able to take their foot off the pedal a little towards the end.

The team now look well set for the Kent League semi-finals. John Sugden, Bob Elliston and captain Brooks each notched up the full point, Howard Tebbs and Jim Wheeler drew, Daniel Lowe lost.

Any interested player who’d like to know more about the club’s activities (be they the fiercely competitive or the social game over a cup of tea or the online contests or the burgeoning junior sessions) is invited to contact the club at info@hastingschessclub.co.uk or by telephoning07933 742352.

Or if you just want to drop in at 2 Cornwallis Terrace for a nose around then Friday evenings are best.

see you then!