Swale Chess Club meets weekly and caters for all chess enthusiasts, from young to old, novice to expert.

 We are at the UKP Leisure Club in Sittingbourne ( ME10 4DE ) from 7.40pm

Swale Junior Club is also open. Click on the picture below to visit the Junior Page:


For further details please telephone 01795 556278 or email Swale Chess Club


Club Championship details and Grades

Please click  HERE to view up to date information regarding Swale Chess Championship 2016/17

(This will open a new browser window)


Tactic from Swale League


In the position below it is White to move and win, despite being a piece down White has terrific compensation. The game continued Nxc7+ Kf7, Qd5 Kg6 - Here White missed a Mate in 10 but went on to win in fine style. See if you can find the brutal Mate.

Interestingly the game finished on move 55 with Black never moving the Knight on g8!



No Easy games in the Swale League

The Swale League is approaching the end of the first phase and the battle for the top 6 positions is really heating up. After holding top seed Keith H to a draw last week Peter continued his strong play by pushing Trefor for over 50 moves before eventually being ground down. Ian also played superbly to draw with Keith H and Andrew unleashed a vicious combination to force victory against Barry. The longest game was an 80 move marathon draw between Kevin and Duncan


Club Teams busy in 2017

Our En Passant team lost its first match of the season away at Tunbridge Wells, our points came from draws from Keith H, Trefor and Tyrone, we still have every chance to qualify for the semi-finals, so fingers crossed. The Tom Fuller team has two important matches next week, away at Weald of Kent followed by a home tie against Maidstone.



Swale Chess Prepares for Christmas

Well ok, we can't promise that the brilliant GM Alexandra Kosteniuk will attend but we will be providing Festive Fun with a Xmas Blitz event on December 15th and possibly a few mince pies!


Swale League at the Halfway Stage

The Swale League is going to be the toughest and most close fought in recent history. Keith N is currently setting the pace but everyone is within striking distance. Recent strong performances have seen Kevin draw with Keith H and Andrew ' robbed ' of a deserved draw with Trefor at the very end of a long long game.

The up to date league position can be seen on our dedicated page.


Magnus Still World Champion

Congratulations to Magnus Carlsen who retained his World Crown this week by winning the Rapid Chess Play Offs. After a very tough and tight 12 game match against Sergey Karjakin Magnus dominated the Rapid games and finished off in style with a Queen sacrifice in the following position.



Club Teams doing Well

Although it is early days the Club Teams are having a good season. Our En Passant team is currently top of the table having won both of their matches. The Tom Fuller team is also doing well, with quite a few games coming up over the next couple of months, everything is to play for. The Intro team is also playing well and also allowing players from the Junior Club to get used to playing tournament chess.


First Kent Match of the Season

We play our first match of the season on Thursday 20th October. Swale are at home to Rochester and are fielding a team that includes a couple of players from the junior club. The Intro Cup gives us the perfect opportunity to give all players, old and new, experience in the exciting world of inter-club chess. Good Luck everyone


Swale League Hots Up

The Swale League is well and truly underway with most club nights seeing a bunch of exciting and hard fighting games. Sole leader at the moment is Andrew just half a point ahead of a chasing group of 4 players.

Everyone is already off the mark and we can be certain of another tense and thrilling club championship.

As usual the updated league table can be found on the Championship page, see link above.


Swale's Golden Dozen

I was reminded of Irving Chernev's wonderful book last night at the club. This book was one of my favourites as a young man and although admittedly no World Champions turned up, the twelve players who battled in round one of the 2016/17 Swale League played some excellent chess.

I struggled against new member Dennis and was fortunate to catch him with a tricky tactic in his time trouble. Another (almost) new member Karl obtained a small advantage from the opening against Duncan and then skilfully pushed his advanced pawn to decide the game. Peter and Barry played a very close game with both players determined to attack, on this occasion Peter came out on top. Keith H played an aggressive set up against Anthony and whipped up a devastating attack against the black King caught mid-board. The game between Andrew and Keith N was full of pins, forks and threats and in a topsy turvy game where both had chances of a strong attack the game finished even. The longest and hardest fought game was between Tyrone and Ian, Ian secured an advantage from the opening only for Tyrone to fight back and penetrate with his King, somehow Ian defended the intrusion and pushed the King to the a1 corner where he delivered a nice mate.

This looks like being the most closely fought Swale league this century, the updated league table can be found on the Championship page, see link above.


Swale RapidPlay Tournament 1st September 2016

Tyrone is organizing a fabulous RapidPlay Event this coming Thursday, 1st September - This will be an excellent way to blow away those summer cobwebs and have some exciting games at the same time. If you wish to play please let Tyrone know asap so that he can make the draw for the first round, otherwise just turn up on the evening and have a great time.


Club Annual Fees are now due

A reminder that the club fees for the new season are due from 1st September.

Of course we have a reduction in real terms this season as the fee remains the same but now includes, at no extra cost, your membership of the ECF. Please speak with Ian or Keith to make payment.



Chess For Life

We had a fabulous evening in the very entertaining company of GM Matthew Sadler and WIM Natasha Regan, the event was made all the more special as we were also joined by Matthew's first coach and renowned author Steve Giddins

After the introductions we were able to enjoy some excellent Alekhine games, really well explained by Matthew, with the audience asking questions and suggesting moves. It was a double pleasure to see the moves from a World Champion explained by such a strong GrandMaster as Matthew, it is funny that once a series of moves is explained how simple chess actually looks.

Natasha then showed us some games played by the English GM Keith Arkell, highlighting his deep plans and drawing attention to the specific pawn formations that have enable GM Arkell to continue to play his best chess well into his 50s, an inspiration to us all, even the juniors amongst the audience. Natasha's tuition was so good that I for one promise to try and play more 'grown up' chess in future matches!.

Time for a short break for refreshments and an opportunity to buy a copy of the brilliant Chess for Life book signed by the two stars.

Matthew then played a simul against those brave enough to test their mettle.

In the above photo you can see George Hollands (Snodland Club) who was the only player not to be defeated by Matthew.

A really excellent performance from George who was winning at one stage,

however as the number of Matthew's simul opponents reduced and George had less time to think his advantage slipped to a draw.

Still a magnificent effort from George, please enjoy the game below


Finally a really big thank you to everyone who supported the event, both from Swale and other clubs.

Of course the biggest thank you is to Matthew Sadler and Natasha Regan

who were both friendly and unassuming and ensured that everyone had a thoroughly entertaining and educational experience

A really tremendous night.



Kent Summer Quickplay

We played another tough away match on Monday 4th July against the powerful Weald of Kent team. As in the Maidstone match we were heavily outgunned but still managed to take some scalps, Anthony especially continuing his fine form. The next match in this tournament will be at home on Thursday 28th July.

Here are the individual results against Weald of Kent

ROUND 1     WOK 04/07/2016 SWALE   *
1 181 4 DAKIN 0.5-0.5 JEFFERIES 122 26
2 166 7 COVE 1-0 THOMPSON 135 23
3 139 4 HART-DYKE 1-0 SAWYER 79 26
4 118 9 ORAM 1-0 FLETCHER 91 21
ROUND 2   * WOK 04/07/2016 SWALE    
1 181 3 DAKIN 1-0 SAWYER 79 27
2 166 4 COVE 0.5-0.5 FLETCHER 91 26
3 139 12 HART-DYKE 1-0 JEFFERIES 122 18
4 118 18 ORAM 0-1 THOMPSON 135 12
ROUND 3     WOK 04/07/2016 SWALE   *
1 181 3 DAKIN 0-1 FLETCHER 91 27
2 166 3 COVE 1-0 SAWYER 79 27
3 139 15 HART-DYKE 0-1 THOMPSON 135 15
4 118 15 ORAM 0-1 JEFFERIES 122 15
ROUND 4   * WOK 04/07/2016 SWALE    
1 181 5 DAKIN 1-0 THOMPSON 135 25
2 166 5 COVE 1-0 JEFFERIES 122 25
3 139 5 HART-DYKE 1-0 FLETCHER 91 25
4 118 7 ORAM 1-0 SAWYER 79 23
181 DAKIN Adam 0.5 1 0 1 2.5 THOMPSON Rob 135 0 1 1 0 2
166 COVE Henry 1 0.5 1 1 3.5 JEFFERIES Tyrone 122 0.5 0 1 0 1.5
139 HART-DYKE James 1 1 0 1 3 FLETCHER Anthony 91 0 0.5 1 0 1.5
118 ORAM Clive 1 0 0 1 2 SAWYER Barry 79 0 0 0 0 0
        11         5


Junior Summer Presentation

The Junior club held their annual awards event last night. After a close and exciting summer tournament all 12 juniors won prizes and are improving quickly, both in the standard of their play and in their concentration.

 Swale Primary Champion was Sandra Waugh with Runner Up Samuel Edwards and in the Junior Section Runner Up was Owen Underdown with Ted Vidyarthi the well deserved 2016 Swale Junior Champion.

 Swale Chess Club is hoping that many of our exciting young players will start representing the club in matches from next season.


Kent Summer Quickplay

We played our first match last night, away at Maidstone, the format of the Summer Quickplay is two teams of 4 players compete and each player plays every player from the opposing team. There is a time handicap for the higher rated players. Maidstone fielded a very strong team with their bottom board out grading our top board, so a hard struggle was expected. In the end Maidstone won the match 13 - 3 here are the individual results.

    MAIDSTONE 29/06/2016 SWALE   *
174 4 MUMFORD 1-0 JEFFERIES 122 26
163 7 HOLLANDS 1-0 NEVOLS 132 23
149 4 HEATH 1-0 SAWYER 79 26
151 4 BEAVIS 0.5-0.5 FLETCHER 91 26
  * MAIDSTONE 29/06/2016 SWALE    
174 3 MUMFORD 1-0 SAWYER 79 27
163 4 HOLLANDS 1-0 FLETCHER 91 26
149 9 HEATH 1-0 JEFFERIES 122 21
151 12 BEAVIS 1-0 NEVOLS 132 18
    MAIDSTONE 29/06/2016 SWALE   *
174 3 MUMFORD 1-0 FLETCHER 91 27
163 3 HOLLANDS 1-0 SAWYER 79 27
149 12 HEATH 0-1 NEVOLS 132 18
151 9 BEAVIS 0.5-0.5 JEFFERIES 122 21
  * MAIDSTONE 29/06/2016 SWALE    
174 5 MUMFORD 1-0 NEVOLS 132 25
163 5 HOLLANDS 1-0 JEFFERIES 122 25
149 4 HEATH 1-0 FLETCHER 91 26
151 4 BEAVIS 0-1 SAWYER 79 26
MUMFORD David 1; 1; 1; 1 4 NEVOLS Keith 132 0; 0; 1; 0 1
HOLLANDS George 1; 1; 1; 1 4 JEFFERIES Tyrone 122 0; 0; 0.5; 0 0.5
HEATH David 1; 1; 0; 1 3 FLETCHER Anthony 91 0.5; 0; 0; 0 0.5
BEAVIS Barry 0.5; 1; 0.5; 0 2 SAWYER Barry 79 0; 0; 0; 1 1
      13         3


Club AGM


The Club AGM was held on Thursday 23rd June,

Minutes can be found on the Club Championship page.


Keith wins EU Referendum!

The club held an exciting EU Referendum tournament yesterday. Eight players participated in an All Play All quickplay event with a twist. Each player had just 7 minutes for the game but before each round the player of the White pieces drew a card which contained the first moves of an opening named after a European country or capital. So the event saw wild openings such as the Danish, Latvian, Polish, Portuguese and Irish Gambit, as well as more sensible choices such as the Dutch and Budapest.

Nearly all of the games were exciting and at the end of the evening Keith H was crowned EU champion with 6 points from 7 games. One point behind came Keith N, Kevin and Trefor

Here is the end of the game Trefor (white) v Keith N (black) the game started with a Dutch Staunton Gambit, Black to move can you find the winning combination?


Lucky Thirteen


There are still a couple of games to be played but I can announce that the new Swale Champion is Trefor and Peter has superbly won the Plate Competition.

Trefor lost his first 2 games then won 13 in a row to just edge out 2015 Champ Keith H.

New club member Keith N secured a good 3rd place and showed that he will be a formidable opponent next season.


League Tables for Championship and Plate - 03/06/2016

1)  Trefor Owens      Played 15; W13; D0; L2; Points 13

2)  Keith Hyde          Played 14; W10; D3; L1; Points 11.5

3)  Keith Nevols       Played 15; W8; D3; L4;   Points   9.5

4)  Tyrone Jefferies  Played 14; W5; D4; L5;   Points  

5)  Andrew Gillard   Played 15; W4; D5; L6;   Points   6.5

6 )  Ian Lappin          Played 13; W4; D4; L5;   Points   6



1)  Peter Blundell       Played 14; W5; D5; L4;  Points  7.5

2)  Kevin French        Played 13; W3; D4; L6;  Points  5.0

3)  Duncan Marsh      Played 14; W1; D7; L6;  Points  4.5

4)  Barry Sawyer        Played 12; W2; D3; L7;  Points  3.5

5)  Anthony Fletcher  Played 13; W0; D4; L9;  Points  2.0