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
Swale Junior Club is also open. Click on the picture below to visit the Junior Page:
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
The Tom Fuller semi-final between Swale and Petts Wood was a tense affair with a sting in the tail. On paper the two teams were closely matched; Swale's average grade was 108 and Petts Wood's 107, both just under the tournament limit of 110.
For the first hour all four games were evenly matched then Andrew on board three lost the exchange, and Anthony on board four was once again using far more time than his opponent but managed to get through the first check in an even position. On board one David and his junior opponent were evenly matched and on board two it looked like both players had fallen asleep as all the pieces were still on the board an hour into the game.
The first game to finish was board three where the away player converted his Rook v Knight advantage into a win. David then overcame his opponent on board one to tie the scores. Down on bottom board, time was running out for Swale literally, as although Anthony had turned a lost endgame position into a winning one he had no time left to force the win and his flag fell giving the Metropolitan team a 2 - 1 advantage. On the remaining board Tyrone realised that the solid draw he had was not going to get Swale to the final and he decided to take a risk and open up the centre. A huge gamble as his opponent had a vicious attack on the a1/h8 diagonal black squares occupied by his queen and bishop, resulting in black losing several pawns by the queen giving numerous checks and capturing pawns in the process. Black was able to exchange queens and sacrificed his b pawn to create a passed pawn on the a-file. White now under time pressure chose to continue capturing pawns and allowed black to queen his 'a' pawn. White took the queen with his bishop going a piece down but he still had multiple passed pawns and was in a commanding position. However, he was the only person in the room not watching his clock and when his time ran out he assumed that Swale had conceded the game. He was putting a 1 next to his name on his score sheet when the independent arbiter pointed out that he had in fact lost his game, allowing Swale to tie the match and proceed to the final, courtesy of winning on boards one and two.
Swale thirds have been incredibly lucky this year and we can only hope that the luck holds for one more game.
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: