Swale Chess Club

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

The Artisan Room, Central House, Central Avenue, Sittingbourne, Kent ME10 4NU

Thursdays from 7.40pm

Please email us or telephone 01795 521423

***Coming soon! Aug 29—Talk and Simultaneous with GM Matthew Sadler and WIM Natasha Regan***

Swale Junior Chess Club is also open. Select the picture below to visit the Junior Page:

Swale Junior Chess Club

To view the English Chess Federation League Management System, which shows all of the Kent County Chess Association fixture results, league tables etc: ecflms.org.uk

Update 16/08/19

Rochester Championship 2019

Last night's results and the result of the game played at Rainham on Wednesday 14th August 2019

Wednesday 14/08/19

(0.5) WOOLACOTT Rob 0–1 WOOLACOTT Sam (2.0)

Thursday 15/08/19

(0.5) JEFFERIES Tyrone 1–0 GILLARD Andrew (0.0) (Game featured below)
(2.0) NEVOLS Keith 1–0 WOOLACOTT Rob (0.5)

League Table as at 15th August 2019

1) WOOLACOTT Sam P3 W3 D0 L0 GP3.0
2) NEVOLS Keith P4 W3 D0 L1 GP3.0
3) JEFFERIES Tyrone P3 W1 D1 L1 GP1.5
4) WOOLACOTT Rob P3 W0 D1 L2 GP0.5
5) GILLARD Andrew P3 W0 D0 L3 GP0.0

Results so far

GILLARD 0–1 WOOLACOTT S
NEVOLS 1–0 GILLARD
JEFFERIES 0–1 NEVOLS
WOOLACOTT S 1–0 NEVOLS
WOOLACOTT R 0.5 JEFFERIES
WOOLACOTT R 0–1 WOOLACOTT S
JEFFERIES 1–0 GILLARD
NEVOLS 1–0 WOOLACOTT R

Featured game of the week

From the Rochester Championship: A useful training game for this weekend's Thanet Chess Congress.

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Coming soon!

Nigel Short versus David Page—London, 30th April, 1989

In anticipation of our forthcoming simultaneous event with GM Sadler and WIM Regan, club member David Page writes

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Nigel Short versus David Page—London, 30th April, 1989

This was the first of the thirty games to finish; Nigel Short lost one other game, to Jonathan Manley—the editor of the satirical chess magazine Kingpin, drew two and won the rest. It was subsequently written up by Bill Hartston and served as his chess column a few days later in The Independent.

The arbiter for the occasion was Bob Wade, who remembered the game when I phoned him a few days later to see if Trefor Owens and I could attend the opening of the Croydon Chess Centre, primarily because we wished to meet the star attraction and the man performing the official opening, none other than Garry Kasparov. The invitation was duly extended to us and we had a lovely day in London as a result.

Update 09/08/19

Last night's results in the Rochester Championship

(1.0) WOOLACOTT Sam 1–0 NEVOLS Keith (2.0)
(0.0) WOOLACOTT Rob  0.5 JEFFERIES Tyrone (0.0)

League Table as at 08/08/19

1) WOOLACOTT Sam P2 W2 D0 L0 GP2.0
2) NEVOLS Keith P3 W2 D0 L1 GP2.0
3) WOOLACOTT Rob P1 W0 D1 L0 GP0.5
4) JEFFERIES Tyrone P2 W0 D1 L1 GP0.5
5) GILLARD Andrew P2 W0 D0 L2 GP0

Results so far

GILLARD 0–1 WOOLACOTT S
NEVOLS 1–0 GILLARD
JEFFERIES 0–1 NEVOLS
WOOLACOTT S 1–0 NEVOLS
WOOLACOTT R 0.5 JEFFERIES

Dates for the diary

Update 02/08/19

Last night's result in the Rochester Championship

(0.0) JEFFERIES 0–1 NEVOLS (1.0)

League Table as at 01/08/19

1) NEVOLS P2 W2 D0 L0 GP2
2) WOOLACOTT S P1 W1 D0 L0 GP1
3) JEFFERIES P1 W0 D0 L1 GP0
4) GILLARD P2 W0 D0 L2 GP0
5) WOOLACOTT R P0 W0 D0 L0 GP0

Results so far

GILLARD 0–1 WOOLACOTT S
NEVOLS 1–0 GILLARD
JEFFERIES 0–1 NEVOLS

Dates for the diary

Update 28/07/19

AGM Thursday 25th July 2019

Our Annual General Meeting was attended by eleven members with three members apologising for absence.

Presentation of trophies

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Front row: Tyrone Jefferies—Swale Plate Competition Winner; David Page—Swale Championship Winner
Back row: Anthony Fletcher; Andrew Gillard; Vytautas Gedminas; Rob Woolacott—Chairman's Trophy Winner
Tom Fuller Runner-Up Trophies awarded to: Anthony Fletcher; Andrew Gillard; Vytautas Gedminas; Tyrone Jefferies

The club will remain open during August 2019 for the Rochester Championship and Junior Club.

Update 19/07/19

Last night's results

Congratulations to Tyrone on retaining the title of winner of the Swale Plate competition!

Swale Plate competition

(0.0) POLLARD 0–1 MARSH (9.0)
(8.5) FLETCHER 0–1 JEFFERIES (10.0)
(5.5) EDWARDS P–P POPA (3.5)

Rochester Championship

(0.0) NEVOLS 1–0 GILLARD (0.0) (Game featured below)

Plate competition final league table 18/07/19

1) JEFFERIES Tyrone 11.0 Winner
2) MARSH Duncan 10.0 Runner-up
3) FLETCHER Anthony 08.5 Games remaining 2
4) EDWARDS Rufus 05.5 Games remaining 3
5) POPA Alin 03.5 Games remaining 2
6) POLLARD 00.0 Games remaining 1

Rochester Championship league table 18/07/19

1) WOOLACOTT Sam 1.0 Games remaining 3
2) NEVOLS Keith 1.0 Games remaining 3
3) WOOLACOTT Rob 0.0 Games remaining 4
4) JEFFERIES Tyrone 0.0 Games remaining 4
5) GILLARD Andrew 0.0 Games remaining 2

Dates for the diary

Featured game of the week

From the Rochester Championship: Discretion is the better part of valour!

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Update 12/07/19

***Newsflash!***

Results from last night's games

Plate competition 

(9.0) JEFFERIES 1–0 POPA (3.5) (played at Rainham 10/07/19)
(9.0) MARSH 0–1 EDWARDS (4.5)

Rochester Championship 

(0.0) GILLARD 0–1 WOOLACOTT Sam (0.0) (Game featured below)

Plate competition league table as at 11/07/19

1) JEFFERIES 10.0 Games remaining 1
2) MARSH 09.0 Games remaining 1
3) FLETCHER 08.5 Games remaining 3
4) EDWARDS 05.5 Games remaining 3
5) POPA 03.5 Games remaining 2
6) POLLARD 00.0 Games remaining 2

Featured game of the week

The Rochester Championship got off to a flying start with a classic French Defence:

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Update 05/07/19

Last night's results

Championship

(9.5) FRENCH 0.5 SIMPSON (10.5)

Plate

(0.0) POLLARD 0–1 FLETCHER (7.5)

Swale 212

A lively 212 last night, won jointly with 4.5/5 a head by Keith Hyde and Keith Nevols. Every player won games, which is a nice sign of the club's increasing strength in depth.

Swale championship final league table 04/07/19

1) PAGE David 17.0 Winner
2) HYDE Keith 16.5 Runner-up
3) NEVOLS Keith 15.5
4) SIMPSON Dennis 11.0
5) GILLARD Andrew 11.0
6) WOOLACOTT Rob 10.5
7) FRENCH Kevin 10.0
8) GEDMINAS Vytautas 9.0

Plate competition league table 04/07/19

1) JEFFERIES Tyrone 9.0 Games remaining 2
2) MARSH Duncan 9.0 Games remaining 2
3) FLETCHER Anthony 8.5 Games remaining 3
4) EDWARDS Rufus 4.5 Games remaining 4
5) POPA Alin 3.5 Games remaining 3
6) POLLARD Nick 0.0 Games remaining 2

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Update 28/06/19

Congratulations to David on winning the closely-fought 2019 Swale Championship!

Last night's results

Championship

(16.5) PAGE 0.5 HYDE (16.0)
(10.5) SIMPSON 0–1 WOOLACOTT (9.5)

Plate

(9.0) MARSH P–P EDWARDS (4.5)
(0.0) POLLARD P–P FLETCHER (7.5)
(9.0) JEFFERIES P–P POPA (3.5)

e4e5 Blitz Tournament

Keith Nevols was the outright winner scoring an impressive full marks. Amongst the various e4e5 openings we saw an Evans Gambit, a Marshall Attack and a Fried Liver Attack along the way!

Swale championship league tables as at 27 June 2019

1) PAGE David 17.0 Winner
2) HYDE Keith 16.5 Runner-up
3) NEVOLS Keith 15.5
4) GILLARD Andrew 11.0
5) SIMPSON Dennis 10.5 Games remaining 1
6) WOOLACOTT Rob 10.5
7) FRENCH Kevin 09.5 Games remaining 1
8) GEDMINAS Vytautas 09.0

Plate competition league tables as at 27 June 2019

1) JEFFERIES Tyrone 9.0 Games remaining 2
2) MARSH Duncan 9.0 Games remaining 2
3) FLETCHER Anthony 7.5 Games remaining 4
4) EDWARDS Rufus 4.5 Games remaining 4
5) POPA Alin 3.5 Games remaining 3
6) POLLARD Nick 0.0 Games remaining 3

Dates for the diary

Notes

Club member Tyrone reports from the Pimlico Summer Tournament, Unfortunately I lost my third Pimlico game last night due to reaching a zugzwang position after move 41. playing with the black pieces.

No pawn moves and Black's King has only Ke6 or Kg6. Black is unable to meet White's 42nd move e4 and resigns. 1–0

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Mini-puzzle! 21/06/19

Club member Tyrone reports, I drew my second game last night, in the Pimlico Summer Tournament Major U150 section with the white pieces, and reached a critical position after Black's 34th move …e4. My rook on d3 is en pris and defending the b3 pawn. The obvious move is to play 35) Rc3. However, White is able to play a better move.

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Update 21/06/19

Last night's results

Championship

(8.5) WOOLACOTT 1–0 NEVOLS (15.5)
(9.5) SIMPSON 1–0 GEDMINAS (9.0)

Plate

(7.5) FLETCHER 0–1 MARSH (8.0)
(3.5) POPA 0–1 EDWARDS (3.5)

Updated league tables after last night's results

Championship

1) PAGE 16.5 Games remaining 1
2) HYDE 16.0 Games remaining 1
3) NEVOLS 15.5 Games remaining 0
4) GILLARD 11.0 Games remaining 0
5) SIMPSON 10.5 Games remaining 2
6) FRENCH 09.5 Games remaining 1
7) WOOLACOTT 09.5 Games remaining 1
8) GEDMINAS 09.0 Games remaining 0

Plate

1) JEFFERIES 09.0 Games remaining 2
2) MARSH 09.0 Games remaining 2
3) FLETCHER 07.5 Games remaining 4
4) EDWARDS 04.5 Games remaining 4
5) POPA 03.5 Games remaining 3
6) POLLARD 00.0 Games remaining 3

Dates for the diary

Update 14/06/19

Last night's results

Championship

(15.5) PAGE 1–0 GEDMINAS (9.0)
(11.0) GILLARD 0–1 NEVOLS (14.5) (Game featured below)
(09.5) FRENCH P–P SIMPSON (09.5)

Plate

(03.0) POPA 0.5 MARSH (7.5)
(06.5) FLETCHER 1–0 POLLARD (0.0)

Updated League Tables after last night's results

Championship

1) PAGE 16.5 Games remaining 1
2) HYDE 16.0 Games remaining 1
3) NEVOLS 15.5 Games remaining 1
4) GILLARD 11.0 Games remaining 0
5) SIMPSON 09.5 Games remaining 3
6) FRENCH 09.5 Games remaining 1
7) GEDMINAS 09.0 Games remaining 1
8) WOOLACOTT 08.5 Games remaining 2

Plate

1) JEFFERIES 9.0 Games remaining 2
2) MARSH 8.0 Games remaining 3
3) FLETCHER 7.5 Games remaining 5
4) POPA 3.5 Games remaining 4
5) EDWARDS 3.5 Games remaining 5
6) POLLARD 0.0 Games remaining 3

Dates for the diary

Featured Game of the Week

This week's very tactical Championship game starts with the Scandinavian Defence, and the advantage changes hands several times!

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Update 07/06/19

The results of last night's games

Championship

(09.5) FRENCH 0–1 NEVOLS (13.5)
(11.0) GILLARD 0–1 PAGE (14.5) (Game featured below)
(08.0) GEDMINAS 1–0 WOOLACOTT (8.5)
(09.0) SIMPSON 0.5 HYDE (15.5)

Plate

(07.0) MARSH 0.5 JEFFERIES (8.5)
(06.5) FLETCHER 0–1 POPA (2.0)
(03.5) EDWARDS P–P POLLARD (0.0)

Updated League Tables as at 6 June 2019

Championship

1) HYDE 16.0 Games remaining 1
2) PAGE 15.5 Games remaining 2
3) NEVOLS 14.5 Games remaining 2
4) GILLARD 11.0 Games remaining 1
5) SIMPSON 09.5 Games remaining 3
6) FRENCH 09.5 Games remaining 1
7) GEDMINAS 09.0 Games remaining 2
8) WOOLACOTT 08.5 Games remaining 2

Plate

1) JEFFERIES 09.0 Games remaining 2
2) MARSH 07.5 Games remaining 4
3) FLETCHER 06.5 Games remaining 6
4) EDWARDS 03.5 Games remaining 5
5) POPA 03.0 Games remaining 5
6) POLLARD 00.0 Games remaining 4

Featured Game of the Week

A rare appearance of Bird's opening, leading to a splendid game between Andrew and David in last night's league.

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