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

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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)

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

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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

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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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Update 31/05/19

Last night's results

Championship

(12.5) NEVOLS 1–0 PAGE (14.5)
(08.0) GEDMINAS 0–1 HYDE (14.5)
(11.0) GILLARD 0–1 FRENCH (08.5)
(09.0) SIMPSON P–P WOOLACOTT (08.5)

Plate

(7.0) MARSH P–P JEFFERIES (8.5)
(2.5) EDWARDS 1–0 FLETCHER (6.5)
(0.0) POLLARD 0–1 POPA (1.0)

Updated League Tables as at 30 May 2019

Championship

1) HYDE 15.5 Games remaining 2
2) PAGE 14.5 Games remaining 3
3) NEVOLS 13.5 Games remaining 3
4) GILLARD 11.0 Games remaining 2
5) FRENCH 9.5 Games remaining 2
6) SIMPSON 9.0 Games remaining 4
7) WOOLACOTT 8.5 Games remaining 3
8) GEDMINAS 8.0 Games remaining 3

Plate

1) JEFFERIES 8.5 Games remaining 3
2) MARSH 7.0 Games remaining 5
3) FLETCHER 6.5 Games remaining 7
4) EDWARDS 3.5 Games remaining 5
5) POPA 2.0 Games remaining 6
6) POLLARD 0.0 Games remaining 4

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Update 24/05/19

Last night's results

Championship

(11.5) NEVOLS 1–0 SIMPSON (9.0)
(13.5) HYDE 1–0 FRENCH (8.5)
(11.0) GILLARD 0–1 GEDMINAS (7.0)
(08.0) WOOLACOTT 0.5 PAGE (14.0)

Plate

(6.0) MARSH 1–0 POPA (1.0)
(0.0) POLLARD 0–1 JEFFERIES (7.5)

Updated League Tables as at 23 May 2019

Championship

1) PAGE 14.5 Games remaining 4
2) HYDE 14.5 Games remaining 3
3) NEVOLS 12.5 Games remaining 4
4) GILLARD 11.0 Games remaining 3
5) SIMPSON 9.0 Games remaining 4
6) WOOLACOTT 8.5 Games remaining 3
7) FRENCH 8.5 Games remaining 3
8) GEDMINAS 8.0 Games remaining 4

Plate

1) JEFFERIES 8.5 Games remaining 3
2) MARSH 7.0 Games remaining 5
3) FLETCHER 6.5 Games remaining 8
4) EDWARDS 2.5 Games remaining 6
5) POPA 1.0 Games remaining 7
6) POLLARD 0.0 Games remaining 5

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Update 17/05/19

Results from last night's games

Championship

(13.5) PAGE 0.5 SIMPSON (8.5)
(13.0) HYDE 0.5 NEVOLS (11.0)
(07.5) FRENCH 1–0 GEDMINAS (7.0)
(07.0) WOOLACOTT 1–0 GILLARD (11.0)

Plate

(06.5) JEFFERIES 1–0 EDWARDS (2.5)
(05.5) MARSH 0.5 FLETCHER (6.0)
(00.0) POPA 1–0 POLLARD (0.0)

Updated league tables as at 16 May 2019

Championship

1) PAGE 14.0 Games remaining 5
2) HYDE 13.5 Games remaining 4
3) NEVOLS 11.5 Games remaining 5
4) GILLARD 11.0 Games remaining 4
5) SIMPSON 09.0 Games remaining 5
6) FRENCH 08.5 Games remaining 4
7) WOOLACOTT 08.0 Games remaining 4
8) GEDMINAS 07.0 Games remaining 5

Plate

1) JEFFERIES 07.5 Games remaining 4
2) FLETCHER 06.5 Games remaining 8
3) MARSH 06.0 Games remaining 6
4) EDWARDS 02.5 Games remaining 6
5) POPA 01.0 Games remaining 8
6) POLLARD 00.0 Games remaining 6

Update 10/05/19

Results from last night's games

Championship

(10.0) NEVOLS 1–0 GEDMINAS (7.0)
(12.5) HYDE 0.5 GILLARD (10.5) (Game featured below)
(7.0) WOOLACOTT 0–1 FRENCH (6.5)
(13.5) PAGE P–P SIMPSON (8.5)

Plate

(4.5) MARSH 1–0 POLLARD (0.0)
(0.0) POPA 0–1 JEFFERIES (5.5)
(6.0) FLETCHER P–P EDWARDS (2.5)

Updated League Tables after last night's results

Championship

1) PAGE 13.5 (6 games remaining)
2) HYDE 13.0 (5 games remaining)
3) GILLARD 11.0 (5 games remaining)
4) NEVOLS 11.0 (6 games remaining)
5) SIMPSON 8.5 (6 games remaining)
6) FRENCH 7.5 (5 games remaining)
7) WOOLACOTT 7.0 (5 games remaining)
8) GEDMINAS 7.0 (6 games remaining)

Plate

1) JEFFERIES 6.5 (5 games remaining)
2) FLETCHER 6.0 (9 games remaining)
3) MARSH 5.5 (7 games remaining)
4) EDWARDS 2.5 (7 games remaining)
5) POLLARD 0.0 (7 games remaining)
6) POPA 0.0 (9 games remaining)

Featured Game of the Week

Keith H had gained an early advantage but Andrew found a pleasing sequence that put the players back on equal terms.

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Update 03/05/19

Results from last night's games

Championship Phase Two

(6.5) Kevin 0–1 David (12.5)
(10.5) Andrew 0–1 Dennis (7.5)
(11.5) Keith H 1–0 Rob (7.0)
(10.0) Keith N P–P Vytautas (7.0)

Plate

(4.5) Tyrone 1–0 Nick (0)
(6.0) Anthony F P–P Duncan (4.5)
(2.5) Rufus B–B Bye

League Tables as at 02 May 2019

Championship

1) David 13.5, 6 games remaining
2) Keith H 12.5, 6 games remaining
3) Andrew 10.5, 6 games remaining
4) Keith N 10.0, 7 games remaining
5) Dennis 08.5, 6 games remaining
6) Rob 07.0, 6 games remaining
7) Vytautas 07.0, 7 games remaining
8) Kevin 06.5, 6 games remaining

Plate

1) Anthony 06.0, 7 games remaining
2) Tyrone 05.5, 4 games remaining
3) Duncan 04.5, 6 games remaining
4) Rufus 02.5, 5 games remaining
5) Nick 00.0, 6 games remaining

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Update 26/04/19

Swale Championship Phase One

The final week of phase one of the Swale Championship was completed and the results of the games played were:

Keith N 1–0 Nick
Tyrone 0–1 Anthony F (Game featured below)
Rufus 0–1 Duncan

Final league positions as at 25 April 2019:

01) PAGE P16 W11 D3 L2 GP12.5
02) HYDE P16 W09 D5 L2 GP11.5
03) GILLARD P15 W08 D5 L2 GP10.5
04) NEVOLS P14 W07 D6 L1 GP10.0
05) SIMPSON P11 W06 D3 L2 GP07.5
06) WOOLACOTT P10 W07 D0 L3 GP07.0
07) GEDMINAS P13 W05 D4 L4 GP07.0
08) FRENCH P16 W05 D3 L8 GP06.5
09) FLETCHER P11 W06 D0 L5 GP06.0
10) MARSH P11 W04 D1 L6 GP04.5
11) JEFFERIES P13 W04 D1 L8 GP04.5
12) LAMB P07 W02 D1 L4 GP02.5
13) EDWARDS P10 W02 D1 L7 GP02.5
14) MOCANU P02 W01 D0 L1 GP01.0
15) STEFANKO P03 W00 D0 L3 GP00.0
16) POPA P04 W00 D0 L4 GP00.0
17) POLLARD P06 W00 D0 L6 GP00.0

Swale Championship Phase Two and Swale Plate Competition

The competition will now continue on to phase two throughout the summer, ending on the 25th July 2019, when the Rochester Championship will commence and end on 29 August 2019.

The top eight players will play each other for a second time, with reversed colours against their opponents, for the honour of becoming Swale Championship Winner 2019. Accumulated scores achieved from phase one games will be carried over and included in players' overall scores.

The bottom half will play in the Plate Competition, with reversed colours where applicable, with scores accumulated from phase one being carried over.

Swale 212 Blitz Tournament 25 April 2019

Final table:

1) David P6 W4 D1 L1 GP4.5 winner
2) Keith H P6 W4 D0 L2 GP4.0
3) Kevin P6 W1 D2 L3 GP2.0
4) Andrew P6 W1 D1 L4 GP1.5

Featured Game of the Week

Swale Championship Game 25 April 2019
London versus Reversed Reti

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The game developed into a battle between minor pieces of bishop pair and knight against knight twins and lone bishop. Black's knights dominated proceedings assisted by an isolated b–pawn. Black's bishop on a8 appears to be not involved initially in the party, but joins later to enjoy the fun. The isolani (a pawn with no mates) becomes so dominant that its force eventually helps win the game for black. White stumbles on move 33, playing the poor 33) Kf1?, instead of trading one of his bishops for a knight twin—but which twin?

Update 19/04/19

KCCA Fuller Cup Semifinal Report: Gravesend4 1–3 Swale4

Swale Fuller Team progressed to next month's KCCA Finals Day following a dramatic win at Gravesend last Tuesday 16th April 2019. The story was a victory snatched from the jaws of defeat.

Swale were heavily outgraded on the top boards, and knew that getting anything from boards one and two was going to be tough. Despite going down on top board, boards three and four played their part, soaking up the pressure to win both boards and lead the match 1–2. Focus was then directed on the remaining game on board two.

The Swale player, Vytautas, playing with the white pieces, was the exchange down, then forced to lose his queen for Black's pair of rooks. This left Black with a lone queen versus White's rook and bishop. Added to this, Black had a protected central passed pawn on the seventh rank ready to queen. White was forced to give up his bishop to prevent the menacing pawn from being crowned and a certain Black victory.

Things continued to get desperate for White, with only a rook remaining against Black's powerful queen. Both players were now in the final phase of the game with less than five minutes on their clocks. All Black had to do was mop up White's remaining pawns, push another of his own pawns to crowning glory and Gravesend were in the final. Then, tragedy struck!

Black picks up his queen and misplays the monarch, allowing it to be traded with the gallant rook. Suddenly the game has turned in White's favour. Despite pawn exchanges to distance Black's remaining passed pawn from the chasing white king, Black is unable to queen the pawn at his final destination square. White's king is able to reach the desperate and lonely pawn and prevent automatic promotion and Black immediately resigns.

A likely 2–2 result had become 1–3 in Swale's favour, and the forthcoming glory of a consecutive appearance in next month's Fuller Cup Final at Dartford on Sunday 19th May 2019. Congratulations Swale Fuller Team.

Swale Championship Latest

Only two Championship games were played last night and the results were:

Vytautas 1–0 Nick
Tyrone 0–1 Duncan (game featured below)

Updated League Table as at 18 April 2019

01) PAGE P16 W11 D3 L2 GP12.5
02) HYDE P16 W09 D5 L2 GP11.5
03) GILLARD P15 W08 D5 L2 GP10.5
04) NEVOLS P13 W06 D6 L1 GP09.0
05) SIMPSON P11 W06 D3 L2 GP07.5
06) WOOLACOTT P10 W07 D0 L3 GP07.0
07) GEDMINAS P13 W05 D4 L4 GP07.0
08) FRENCH P16 W05 D3 L8 GP06.5
09) FLETCHER P10 W05 D0 L5 GP05.0
10) JEFFERIES P12 W04 D1 L7 GP04.5
11) MARSH P10 W03 D1 L6 GP03.5
12) LAMB P07 W02 D1 L4 GP02.5
13) EDWARDS P09 W02 D1 L6 GP02.5
14) MOCANU P02 W01 D0 L1 GP01.0
15) STEFANKO P03 W00 D0 L3 GP00.0
16) POPA P04 W00 D0 L4 GP00.0
17) POLLARD P05 W00 D0 L5 GP00.0

Game between: JEFFERIES Tyrone 0–1 MARSH Duncan

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Update 12/04/19

Results from last night's games

David 1–0 Anthony S
Stefan 0–1 Keith H
Robert 0–1 Dennis
Nick 0–1 Kevin

Swale Championship League Table as at 11 April 2019

01) PAGE David P16 W11 D3 L2 GP12.5 Q
02) HYDE Keith P16 W09 D5 L2 GP11.5 Q
03) GILLARD Andrew P15 W08 D5 L2 GP10.5
04) NEVOLS Keith P13 W06 D6 L1 GP09.0
05) SIMPSON Dennis P11 W06 D3 L2 GP07.5
06) WOOLACOTT Rob P10 W07 D0 L3 GP07.0
07) FRENCH Kevin P16 W05 D3 L8 GP06.5 Q
08) GEDMINAS Vytautas P12 W04 D4 L4 GP06.0
09) FLETCHER Anthony P10 W05 D0 L5 GP05.0
10) JEFFERIES Tyrone P11 W04 D1 L6 GP04.5
11) LAMB Robert P07 W02 D1 L4 GP02.5
12) MARSH Duncan P09 W02 D1 L6 GP02.5
13) EDWARDS Rufus P09 W02 D1 L6 GP02.5
14) MOCANU Stefan P02 W01 D0 L1 GP01.0
15) STEFANKO Anthony P03 W00 D0 L3 GP00.0
16) POPA Alin P04 W00 D0 L4 GP00.0
17) POLLARD Nick P04 W00 D0 L4 GP00.0

Championship Stage Two Qualifiers

David 12.5/16
Keith H 11.5/16
Kevin 06.5/16

Swale Championship Update 05/04/19

Five Championship games were played last night and the results were:

Duncan 0–1 Keith N
Vytautas 1–0 Dennis
Rob W 1–0 Anthony F
Alin 0–1 Kevin
David 1–0 Nick

The Championship League standings after these games as at 04 April 2019:

01) PAGE P15 W10 D3 L2 GP11.5
02) HYDE P15 W08 D5 L2 GP10.5
03) GILLARD P15 W08 D5 L2 GP10.5
04) NEVOLS P13 W06 D6 L1 GP09.0
05) WOOLACOTT P10 W07 D0 L3 GP07.0
06) SIMPSON P10 W05 D3 L2 GP06.5
07) GEDMINAS P12 W04 D4 L4 GP06.0
08) FRENCH P15 W04 D3 L8 GP05.5
09) FLETCHER P10 W05 D0 L5 GP05.0
10) JEFFERIES P11 W04 D1 L6 GP 04.5
11) LAMB P06 W02 D1 L3 GP02.5
12) MARSH P09 W02 D1 L6 GP02.5
13) EDWARDS P09 W02 D1 L6 GP02.5
14) MOCANU P01 W01 D0 L0 GP01.0
15) STEFANKO P02 W00 D0 L2 GP0.0
16) POLLARD P03 W00 D0 L3 GP0.0
17) POPA P04 W00 D0 L4 GP0.0

The tournament will continue in its present format until the 25th of April 2019. From the 2nd of May the tournament will be split into two separate competitions: The Championship Second Stage and the Plate Competition. Game points accumulated from first stage games will be carried forward to the second stage.

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