Swale Chess Club meets weekly and caters for chess enthusiasts, from novice to expert.
***NEW VENUE ADDRESS***
The Artisan Room, Central House, Central Avenue, Sittingbourne, Kent ME10 4NU
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
Swale's first KCCA match of 2019 ended with a win in favour of Swale. Swale Harvey team beat Rainham, on Wednesday 9 January 2019, 3.5-2.5, with wins by Keith N, Rob and Vytautas, added to Anthony's important draw to secure the victory.
Results from last night's games including impressive debut games by Aurimas and Robert:
Rob 0-1 Keith H
Rufus 0-1 David
Aurimas 1-0 Barry
Vytautas 1-0 Kevin
Robert 0.5 Keith N
Welcome to 2019 playing at the club's new venue at the Avenue Theatre.
The results from the Swale Championship games played last night are:
Dennis 0.5 Keith N
Keith H 0.5 David
Tyrone 0-1 Rob
Vytautas 0-1 Andrew
Anthony 1-0 Kevin
Rufus 0-1 Barry
Thank you to everyone who participated in last night's Swale Xmas 212 Blitz Tournament. The tournament was a grand finale for the club's last night at the Appleyard (Swale Chess Club will be playing their chess at their new venue in 2019).
The 212 was the biggest I have organised with sixteen participants playing seven games, and four players Trefor; Keith N; Keith H and Chris progressing to semi-final and final play-off games playing at reduced time limits. There was no overall winner as both Keiths (Hyde and Nevols) drew their game in the Final and there was no time to play a decider, so the prize was shared. Many thanks to guest players: Aurimas, Chris, Peter and Trefor for joining us in the event.
Earlier in the week on Monday 3 December 2018, Swale scored another win in the KCCA Fuller League beating Medway 1.5-2.5 and rising to third position in the league.
An accident on the A249 gave Swale a hollow 2.5-1.5 victory against WOK in the Fuller League. WOK's board one was unable to arrive at the board before the default time of 20.15 hours due to being held up in the traffic jam on the M2 and A2, made worse by the A249 being shut down. However, the highlight of the evening was the victory for Swale on board four for new member Robert Lamb who scored his first victory for the club.
Earlier in the week, Swale's Harvey team had travelled to Tunbridge Wells on a wet and very dark November evening and scored an excellent 3-3 draw which keeps the team mid-table in the league.
Swale Championship results from games played Thursday 22 November 2018:
Andrew 0-1 Rob
David 0.5 Keith N
Keith H 0.5 Vytautas
Anthony P-P Kevin
Swale EP team end their first half of the season top of the league with a dramatic 3-3 draw at Rainham on Wednesday evening, continuing their unbeaten run of four matches.
Starting the match 1-0 down against Rainham (having to default board 6) then falling further behind 2-0 with a loss on board 5, Swale fought back with draws on boards 1 and 2 followed by wins on boards 3 and 4 to earn the 3-3 draw.
The current Mid EP league table standings are:
1) Swale2............P5 W2 D2 L1 15-15 GP6
2) Hastings3.......P4 W2 D1 L1 16-08 GP5
3) Maidstone3....P3 W2 D0 L1 11-07 GP4
4) Rainham3.......P2 W0 D1 L1 04-08 GP1
5) Tun Wells3.....P2 W0 D0 L2 02-10 GP0
Swale performances so far:
Oct 10...Maidstone 4.5-1.5 Swale
Nov 04..Hastings 2.5-3.5 Swale
Nov 08..Swale 3-3 Hastings
Nov 15..Swale 4-2 Maidstone
Nov 21..Rainham 3-3 Swale
In 2019, Swale will be playing Tunbridge Wells twice, and have the home match against Rainham to come.
Swale Chess Club experienced contrasting consecutive evenings this week. Swale Fuller team were unlucky to start their away match at Maidstone on Wednesday a player short due to illness, and could not afford to lose another board. However, despite great efforts from David and Tyrone playing on boards one and two respectively, scoring one and half points between them, Anthony succumbed and lost on the tail board and the match ended 2.5-1.5 in favour of Maidstone.
By coincidence Swale were playing Maidstone again the following evening in the En Passant League and a very different story emerged with Swale achieving their second victory in this league beating Maidstone 4-2.
Wins by Keith N, David, Dennis and Vytautas were enough to win the match.
Swale EP to date have played four matches, winning two, drawing one, and losing one:
Maidstone3 4.5-1.5 Swale2
Hastings3 2.5-3.5 Swale2
Swale2 3-3 Hastings3
Swale2 4-2 Maidstone3
With Swale and Hastings EP teams meeting each other again within the space of four days and equally matched in team mean grade, it was no surprise that the match score ended with honours even in a 3-3 draw.
Losses on Swale's top boards meant Swale's lower four boards were left to get results, and they didn't disappoint. Great wins with the white pieces from Dennis and Vytautas, whilst David and Tyrone drew their games with black securing the 3-3 draw.
The result means that Swale's EP team are well placed after three matches with one win, one draw and one loss, and they get to do it all again next Thursday, 15 November 2018, against Maidstone, and the following week on Wednesday, 21 November 2018 against Rainham.
Hastings3 2.5-3.5 Swale2
Swale En Passant team scored an excellent victory yesterday in an away match at Hastings winning 2.5-3.5. Wins by both Keiths and Vytautas combined with Andrew's draw secured the win. Rob and Tyrone playing against much higher graded opposition both lost their games. Previously Hastings EP team had 'thumped' Tunbridge Wells 5.5-0.5 and Rainham 5-1 in their opening two matches, so this was a great result for Swale, with some seasonal fireworks along the way:
Position from Andrew's game - as black to play.
Swale Championship league table 03/11/18:
Another great night at the club which saw Swale's Fuller team score their first victory of the 2018-19 season beating Hastings 2.5-1.5, and shock results in the Swale Championship.
The results were:
Swale4 2.5-1.5 Hastings5 25/10/18
Bd1..141w..PAGE 1-0 WOODHAMS 129
Bd2..116b..GEDMINAS 1-0 FLETCHER 60*
Bd3..095w..FRENCH 0.5 JOZWIAK 82
Bd4..086b..FLETCHER 0-1 TOURNIER 79
Swale Championship 25/10/18
Tyrone 1-0 Keith H
Keith N 0-1 Rob
Duncan 0-1 Dennis
Stuart 0.5 Barry
Swale Championship league table 26/10/18: