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 ) Thursdays from 7.40pm

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Swale League Tactics Training

The following position could have appeared in the Swale League game between David and Dennis. It is White to move, what would you play. Use a board or your head, no engines please

Swale 'Spot the Move'

In this position White captured the rook, can you find a better move?


Game of the Week

Here is the Swale League game between Andrew Gillard and Tyrone Jefferies. All annotations in blue are by Tyrone, who played with the Black pieces

White: Andrew Gillard        Black Tyrone Jefferies

1. e4 e6    2. d4 b6    3. Bd3 Bb7    4. Nc3 Nf6    5. Bf4 a6
6. f3 d6    7. Qd2 Nbd7    8. Nge2 Be7    9. 0-0-0   
ueenside castling in preparation of a kingside pawn storm attack . .  Nf8
10. g4 Ng6    11. Bg3 Nd7    12. h4?!    Sacrificing the h pawn opens up the h file ...   Bxh4!
13. f4 Bxg3    14. Nxg3 Qf6!   
threatened white a loss of a second pawn

15. Nh5     I much preferred 15) Nc3e2 to defend both d & f pawns or 15) f5 threat to black's knight would have opened the e & f files.
16. Ne2 Qa4    17. Nc3 Qd4    18. Ne2 Qa4    19. Nxg7   
If Nc3 and black would have accepted the draw by repetition
  . . .  Ke7

20. Nc3 Qd4    21. Nh5 Nc5    22. Qg2 Qe3+!    23. Kb1 Nxf4    24. Nxf4 Qxf4    25. Rdf1 Qe5    26. Rh5 Qg7
27. Qf2 Nxd3    28. cxd3 Raf8    29. Qh4+ Kd7    30. Ne2 f6    31. Rh6 Ke7    32. Rh1 Rf7    33. Nf4 Rg8
34. Rg1 Qg5    35. Qh2 Qg7    36. Qd2 Qg5    37. Rh5 Qg7    38. Qc2 Kd7    39. Qc4 Re7
40. Rc1 c5    41. Rg1 b5    42. Qb3 c4    43. Qd1 cxd3    44. Qxd3 Qf7    45. Rd1 Kc8    46. Qxd6 Bxe4+
47. Ka1 Bb7    48. Rc5+ Rc7    49. Nxe6 Rxc5    50. Qxc5+ Kb8
51. Qd6+

..... Ka7    52. Qc5+ Kb8    53. Qd6+ Ka7    54. Qc5+ Kb8

Draw agreed.


David leads Swale Championship

After another evening of excellent chess here is the league position as at 12th October


Prison Mates

Swale took a team to HMP Stanford Hill to play a match. The team from the prison was not only enthusiastic but also strong. After a great evening, enjoyed by both teams the final score was HMP Stanford Hill 12.5 - Swale Chess Club 11.5. A return match has already been arranged.



My Favourite 5 Books of 2017

Obviously a personal list, and I appreciate that some of the books were published prior to this year. Listed in Alphabetical order

Kate Inside the Rainbow

The Chimp Paradox

The Complete Manual of Positional Chess

Thinking Inside the Box

Together with Morozevich


David leads Swale Championship

Early days indeed, but David has started superbly, here is the up to date League position


Chairman of the Board Short and Brutal

 Here is a miniature game where our esteemed ex Chairman makes short work of his famous and brilliant opponent





Swale Championship Underway

So the gloves are off and with four decisive games the 2017/18 Swale League is underway. Here are the results!

Tyrone 0-1 Dennis

Anthony 0-1 Keith H

Keith N 1-0 Kevin

David 1-0 Barry


Game of last season - by Keith Nevols


My Game Of the Season

By Keith Nevols

This favourite game of last season is from an En Passant match between Swale and Tunbridge Wells where I was at board three. The game took place on Thursday 24 November 2016 and my opponent was Mr H Tassell, graded at 147 – 13 points higher than me.

At club level, the Caro-Kann defence does not come up very often, but I encountered it in a club match earlier in the year. That game had gone down an aggressive line for Black (1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Nf6 5. Nxf6 gxf6!?) and I was well beaten while struggling with a position with which my opponent was much more familiar than I.

So I did some research to find some way to answer the Caro-Kann and came across a video which recommended the second move Ne2. Amongst the variations was an early pawn sacrifice – so I decided to give it a go.

1. e4 c6

2. Ne2

The principle is that, generally speaking, Caro Kann players like to put a bishop on f5. From the g3 square, this can be attacked by the knight and White can get time to develop.

2. ....    d5

3. e5 Bf5

Other moves Black can consider are 3. ... c5 (to be answered with 4. d4) and 3.. d4 (where White could have some fun with 4. b4!? or the more conservative 4. c3).

4. Ng3 Bg6

5. h4

The aim of this follow-up is to continue to harass the bishop.

5. .....  h6

If 5. ... h5 then 6. Be2 and Black’s h-pawn begins to look uncomfortable.

6. h5 Bh7

To my surprise, I have got to the position of the pawn sacrifice I mentioned earlier. It is very unusual to get the chance to try out some home preparation of this sort, and I hesitated and considered the natural 7. d4. But after some deliberation I decided to go for it.

7. e6!?

Here it is. A positional pawn sacrifice at move seven. I hoped that Black had not seen it before and, judging by the way he now went into some deep thought, I think that was correct.

7. ....    fxe6

You can see the point behind the sacrifice. Take a look at the bishop on f8. How it is going to get out? On the e-file, there are doubled pawns that will have to be shifted before it can think of freedom, while on the g-file, if the pawn on g7 moves, it will be exchanged for White's h-pawn and his pawn on h6 is poor.

And, of course, while the bishop on f8 is blocked, the rook on h8 will also struggle to get out.

The other point to note is the opening of the h5-g6-f7-e8 diagonal. White must move fast to exploit this while Black might want to castle queenside quickly to get the king out of the way.

8. d4

The follow up to 7. e6 which restricts the e5 pawn and prepares to bring the king's bishop to d3.

8. ....   Qd6

I took a look at 8. .. Nd7 preparing e5. One line could be 9. Bd3 Qa5+ 10. Nc3 e5 and castling very soon or White could play 9. f4 trying to keep the trap closed.

I also wondered about 8. .. e5!? - immediately returning the pawn with 9. dxe5 e6 to follow.

The idea of the move Qd6, and the next knight move, is to get castling, but Black does not have enough time.

9. Bd3 Bxd3

If 9. .. Na6 I intended 10. Bxh7 Rxh7 11. Qd3 Nf6 12. Qg6+.

10. Qxd3 Na6

11. Qg6+ Kd7

So we have prevented castling, but Black’s king looks quite snug behind those pawns. Now the plan was to get a White rook onto the e-file and hammer at the e5 and e6 squares. The longer those pawns stay on e6 and e7, the more development problems Black will have.

12. O-O Nf6

If 12. ... e5 White can retrieve the pawn with 13. Qf5+.

13. Re1 c5

14. dxc5 Nxc5

Black has succeeded in removing the White pawn from d4 and might now be thinking of e5 at some stage, even if it gives the pawn back, but with the subsequent intention of e6 and developing the kingside. The e5 move would not be possible while White has the option of Nf5 and then taking on g7. And White's queen is very well placed.

I now considered 15. b3 with the idea of bringing the bishop to a3. But after 15. ... Nce4 16. Ba3 the Black queen can simply move to a6 or f4. So I decided to bring the knight into the action while also covering the e4 square - which both the Black knights are currently looking at.

15. Nc3 Rc8

16. Be3

Planning to come to d4 and then e5 - while also peering in the direction of the undefended pawn on a7. Black now can't play 16. .. d4 because of 17. Bxd4 (17. .. Qxd4 18. Red1 wins the queen).

16. ....  b6?

A mistake providing White with two free moves to continue the attack. A better option might have been 16. ... Qa6 tucking the queen away.

If instead Black plays 16. .. e5 then White has a good choice of 17. Rad1, which is strong. (17. ... e6 18. Bxc5 Rxc5 19. Nge4) or 17. Nf5 (17. ... Qe6 18. Bxc5 Rxc5 19. Nd4).

Remember Black's bishop on f8 and rook on h8 which I mentioned earlier? Look what a miserable time they are having.

17. Nb5 Qb8

18. Nd4 Qd6

Now if White wanted a draw he could simply play 19. Nb5 and Black might obligingly repeat moves. But the gain in tempo meant that I had moved my knight from c3 to d4 where it is very happy, looking at b5, e6 and f5.

I gave some thought here to 19. c4 dxc4 20. Rad1 but then Black has the annoying 20. .. Nd3! turning the tables. So instead it is time for the last piece to join the fight.

19. Rad1

After 19. .. e5! the position is equal if, after 20. Ndf5, Black can find 20. .... Qb8!

This would stop 21. Nxg7 because of 21. ...Bxg7 22. Qxg7 Rcg8 23. Qf7 Rh7 trapping the queen.

After 20. .. Qb8, White could try the more aggressive 21. c4 with 21. .. Na5 22. cxd5 Nxb2 23. Rb1 Nc4. White could then consider 24. Qf7 but it is hard to see a breakthrough.

19. .....   Nce4

While Black is effectively playing two pieces down, then maybe it is a mistake to exchange.

20. Nxe4 Nxe4

Now a big think. Firstly, I looked at the piece sacrifice 21. Bf4? - 21. ... Qxf4 22. Qxe6+.

I could not see anything against 22. .. Kd8 (23. Nc6+ Rxc6 24. Qxc6 Qxf2+) and overlooked the simple 23. Qxd5+ which will win the knight and have a winning attack.

A far better move for Black would be 22. .. Kc7 then 23. Nb5+ Kb8 24. Qd7 Rc5! (defending the d5 pawn). 25. Qxa7+ Kc8 26. Qa6+ (if 26. Qa8+ then Qb8) Kd7 27. Rxd5+ Ke8! 28. Qa8+ Kf7.

However, I did not see any need to sacrifice a piece in a winning position where there were other moves available.

I considered 21. f3! which I think is probably the best - clearing the e-file and redeploying the bishop back to f2 and then on to g3.

Instead I went for my third option, to get that bishop to the b8-h2 diagonal by a more immediate route.

21. g3 Nf6

22. Bf4 Qb4

Now, having forced the queen off the centre files, how can I finish off the attack against the king? I saw two options - 23. Qf7! was the sensible option - but, rather foolhardily, I decided to gamble.

23. Rxe6?!

The reason I say this is a gamble is because I thought he might now play 23. ... Qxd4!? Then 24. Rxe7+ Bxe7 25. Rxd4, or just 24. Rxd4 Kxe6, and it is queen and pawn against rook and knight - the type of lop-sided positions I do not like.

By removing two of White’s attacking pieces, Black would hold off immediate loss, and could cause White some problems. White should still win but not without a headache.

23.  ....     Qxb2?

With this move I breathed a sigh of relief. This was my day after all. I saw how I could finish it off from here.

24. Qf5 Kd8

25. Nc6+ Rxc6

26. Rxc6 e6

27. Qxe6 Bc5

The bishop is free at last - just in time to hear the final whistle.

28. Rc8 mate

I was very pleased with this quick win against a higher graded player by the use of a positional pawn sacrifice.