Swale Chess Club meets weekly and caters for chess enthusiasts, from novice to expert.
We are at the UKP Leisure Club in Sittingbourne ( ME10 4DE ) on Thursdays from 7.40pm
Please email us or telephone 01795 521423
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To view the English Chess Federation League Management System, which shows all of the Kent County Chess Association fixtures results, league tables etc: ecflms.org.uk
Maidstone played a double header Tom Fuller fixture last night against teams from Hastings and Tunbridge Wells clubs, both of which could have in theory overtaken the Swale third team at the top of the table. However, in winning both matches Maidstone have guaranteed us a place in the top two in the Mid Kent division of the Tom Fuller Cup and hence a semi-final spot against one of the top two in the Metropolitan division. With just Sunday's away match against Hastings to play, a drawn match would be sufficient to see us end the season at the top of the table and earn a home semi-final match against the club finishing second in the Metropolitan division. We could even lose against Hastings and still win the division as long as Weald of Kent fail to score more than one and a half game points more than we get on Sunday in their final game at home to Tunbridge Wells on the 4th of April.
Complicated isn't it?
Swale's third team took on Maidstone fifths at a crowded leisure centre on Wednesday 7th March (Maidstone were also playing a home county match at the same time). The home team were expecting us to play one of the Keiths on top board so had lined up a 151 graded player and were surprised that he would be facing Tyrone. Having won the toss and thinking that it would be difficult to get anything from the top board regardless of which colour we had I chose to play with white on boards two and four.
Playing on bottom board I soon was faced with an aggressive bishop sacrifice which opened up my king's defences and my opponent quickly won four pawns in compensation for her bishop and pawn. Trying to avoid an early loss I was soon in time trouble but reached the first time control with a minute to spare. Looking at the other boards our new player Rob on board two was about to win courtesy of his powerful passed central pawn. However, on board three Andrew although at one point having been a pawn up had subsequently miscalculated and lost out to strong counterplay.
Struggling against an incessant attack and with one bishop hemmed in doing nothing and a useless knight pinned against my king for what seemed like a month, things got worse when a revealed check resulted in the loss of my queen. Oh and to make things worse I was running out of time again. With nothing to lose, my unpinned knight was sacrificed to get some action for my rooks. With almost no time left on my clock my opponent missed a mate in two and then blundered, attacking simultaneously both my undefended bishop and rook; however, a check with the bishop and subsequent use of the threatened rook on the back rank resulted in mate with one minute left on my clock. Swale were two one up courtesy of an outrageous swindle with the top board still playing.
Now having time to look at the final game it appeared that the possibility of getting something from the top board that I had discounted at the toss now seemed to be realistic with what appeared to me (grade 82 so what do I know) to be a drawn game with five pawns and a king each and less than three minutes each on the clocks. However, we had obviously had our share of luck for the evening and the much higher graded Maidstone player showed his class and forced the win to leave the match position two each.
Everything considered I think we were lucky to draw the match and we go into our final match currently needing another drawn match to reach the county semi-finals.
Swale Championship league table:
A disappointing night last night as our Swale Harvey team lost their first match against Tunbridge Wells 2.5-3.5. Swale remain top of the league with their final match to play against Medway on Monday 19th March 2018. A must win match to qualify for the KCCA Semi-Final matches in April 2018.
Swale Championship league table:
A bitterly cold night saw Swale's third team travel through the Weald's twisty roads to play an away top of the table fixture at Cranbrook Library against Weald of Kent Chess Club's third team.
Having won the toss the Swale team spent an embarrassing few minutes discussing what colour pieces to choose on board one before finally settling on black on board one (where we outgraded the WOK player) and three (where we were outgraded and unlikely to win).
As predicted Weald of Kent took the lead with a win on board three when Anthony lost his way in the midgame after more than holding his own through the opening and at one time looking in the better position.
On an equally graded board two Andrew had gone a pawn up and declined an offer of a draw before the advantage was clawed back and the draw offer accepted.
This left Swale requiring a win and draw from the remaining two games to ensure that they travelled home through those winding roads in some sort of good humour. Barry looked to be good for the win as his opponent narrowly avoided losing on time at the first time control. Keith's position on board one against an opponent he beat seven days ago in the equivalent En Passant match was, however, not so promising as he was two pawns down going into a rook and pawn ending.
Barry had two central passed pawns against doubled passed h pawns, and played accurately avoiding the traps set by his opponent and was in an overpowering position with more than one pawn about to Queen when his opponent's flag fell.
Meanwhile Keith had won back one of the pawns and had got his king in front of the sole remaining (a-file) pawn in a rook versus rook and pawn ending. After interminable manoeuvering of rooks and kings and with only a couple of minutes left on each player's clock an honourable draw was agreed.
The general opinion in the car on the way home was that we had got out of jail and were lucky to get away with a drawn match.
So we go into Thursday's home match against Maidstone 6 still unbeaten and joint top of the league with Weald of Kent having played a game less than them.
The mid-season update of gradings has just been released; these grades will be used for grading games for the rest of the season but eligibility for Kent league matches is determined by the August 2017 grades for the whole season (with the exception of Vytautas who had an estimated grade for the first half of the season but now has an official grade which will be used for the rest of the season).
With August 2017 grade in brackets the new grades are:
Keith Hyde 166 (166) =
Keith Nevols 161 (157) +4
Vytautas Gedminas 136
David Page 135 (122) +13
Tyrone Jefferies 118 (116) +2
Ian Lappin 117 (118) -1
Andrew Gillard 115 (107) +8
Dennis Simpson 113 (109) +4
Duncan Marsh 100 (100) =
Kevin French 97 (98) -1
Barry Sawyer 82 (83) -1
Anthony Fletcher 82 (88) -6
Aurimas Liuberskis did not play sufficient games to be given an official grade in this list.
The most improved players on the list are David (+13) whose grade is getting closer to a realistic level after his break from competitive chess, Andrew (+8) who has had a great start to the season, Dennis (+4) who continues to improve and Keith N (+4) who is closing in on his namesake at the top of the grading list.
The 18th of January saw Swale host a double Kent League fixture. The first team were playing Maidstone whilst the third team took on Snodland. The evening started badly for the Thirds with our board two being a no show and us being one-nil down after fifteen minutes due to the default. We were however back level after an hour or so when Anthony won against a much lower graded opponent after a combination of a trapped Bishop and Knight fork left the Snodland player a Rook and two pawns down. A bishop sacrifice resulted in a win in 20 moves for Swale's bottom board.
Andrew on Board three appeared to quickly go ahead as when I first looked Snodland's Queen had disappeared from the board. Typical aggressive play from Andrew on the Queen's side with his Queen and Bishop resulted in an early resignation. Two-one up and and at worst a drawn match!
It looked like draw was going to be the result as Vytautas had gone behind early in his board one game against a higher graded player. However, as the game went on he pulled the deficit back and suddenly he was ahead going into the endgame, but running out of time. With a Bishop and two doubled h pawns against a lone King a draw was agreed with seconds left on Vytautas' clock and Swale had taken the full match point.
Swale 3 had gone joint top of the Tom Fuller league with two games in hand on Maidstone 5 and a game in hand on Weald of Kent (who we play next) with all three teams on five points.
In our three matches we have used seven different players. Top performers so far are Dennis Simpson and Tyrone Jefferies with 100% (from one game each) and David Page and Andrew Gillard with 75% (from two games each). I am the only player to lose a match over the board so far (and I should have won that). Sorry Guys!
A mixed evening at the club as we had two Swale teams in action. One lost and the other won. Swale Fuller team had a board defaulted and recovered very well to beat Snodland 2.5-1.5. It was Swale En Passant team's first match this season and they narrowly lost to Maidstone 2.5-3.5. Full details are on the website: ecflms.org.uk
Notes to game:
Move 6..dxc3 maintaining queenside pawns rather than bxc3 leaving isolated a pawn. It also meant both queens were facing each other.
Move 9..attacking knight to double pawns on c file and isolated a pawn.
Move 11..black could have repeated moves and agreed a draw, however by playing ...Bd7 weakened the kingside pawns as white could now play 12) Bd5! threatening loss of the f7 pawn.
Move 13..Ke1 necessary to avoid discovered check and pinning white's bishop.
Move 13 gives black a dilemma. Saving the f7 pawn allow the knight fork on both rooks. ...Be8 loses the pawn.
Move 15...Rhxe8? prefer ...Rdxe8 preventing Nxh7.
Move 16..Ne6! threatens black's rook and loss of a second pawn and ultimately the loss of the game.
White with both queens off the board, with two pawns advantage, as well as connected pawns on both wings and kingside pawn majority simply has to exchange pieces for a winning end game.
Move 17..R8d8 protecting the rook and threatening mate is dealt with by 18) Be3.
Move 20) h4 with the idea of exchanging bishops.
Move 23) Rd1 beginning the process of exchanging pieces.
Move 26..Nd6 favours white as able to exchange with check.
Move 28) Bg5! threatens the loss of the h5 pawn if black decides to exchange bishops.
Move 29) e4 blocks black's e5 pawn and keeps the pawn on a dark square, whilst allowing activity for white's king to move and free up the rook.
Move 30...Kd7 allows the rooks to be exchanged as met by 31) Rd1.
Move 33) Bf6 threatens the e5 pawn. Black plays ...a5 and black's e5 pawn is doomed, and white can advance both connected e and f pawns supported by the king on the white squares and threats on black's weak queenside pawns.
Move 43) Kd5 and the end is near.
Swale Championship league table:
Swale Harvey team started 2018 with a great win against Weald of Kent winning 4-2. Swale Harvey team lead the table and remain unbeaten from their first four matches, scoring three wins and one draw.
Swale Championship league table: