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

Thursdays from 7.40pm Please email us or call 07724 273157 SCC Facebook

***New members always welcome!***

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Swale Junior Chess Club

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Swale Chess Club annual subscription: £70, which includes ECF Bronze membership.

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Updated 08/06/24

Swale Chess Club report—6th June 2024

Congratulations to Trefor Owens for winning the Swale Chess Club Championship 2023–2024!

Thanks and congratulations to Tyrone Jefferies, Duncan Marsh and Keith Nevols for completing all their championship games. There is only one game left and, fittingly, it is between the top two.

The results:

Swale Chess Club Championship—Round 37

Swale Championship 2023-2024 Round 37

Ladder Tournament

Keith Hyde 1–0 David Page
Luke Johnson 0–1 Mike Ingham
Paul Hobbs 0–1 Gary Clifford
Nick Allen 0–1 Stephen Lamb
Andrew Gillard 0–1 Martin Singer
Craig Lindsay 0–1 Vytautas Gedminas
Kristof Siklodi 1–0 Rufus Edwards
Oscar Preciado 0–1 Tom Creed
Alfie Burton 1–0 Emma Walker

Swale Championship 2023-2024 Round 37 Standings

Mini-puzzle

From last night. White has just taken a pawn on f5, but at what cost? Can you visualise the winning sequence? Black to move.

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Updated 01/06/24

Swale Chess Club report—30th May 2024

The results from last night.

Swale Chess Club Championship—Round 36

Swale Championship 2023-2024 Round 36

Thanks and congratulations to Conner Maguire for completing his games.

The table with three games to play reads:

Swale Championship 2023-2024 Round 36 Standings

Rapid Chess Club Championship—Round 11

1: Kevin Charlton 1–0 Gary Clifford
2: Tyrone Jefferies 0–1 David Page
2: Tom Creed 1–0 Nick Allen

Rapid Chess Club Championship—Round 12

1: Kevin Charlton 1–0 Mike Ingham
2: David Page 1–0 Tom Creed
2: Nick Allen 0.5–0.5 Tyrone Jefferies

SCC Rapid Round 11
SCC Rapid Round 12

Ladder Tournament

Keith Hyde 1–0 Vytautas Gedminas
Andrew Martin-Luce 0–1 Stephen Lamb
Kristof Siklodi 0–1 Martin Singer
Emma Walker 0–1 Paul Hobbs

Report—Bromley Rapidplay

Two Swale players took part in last weekend's inaugural FIDE Bromley Rapidplay tournament, and both did well. Stephen came second in the lower section with three wins and two draws, and Keith N picked up 3½ out of 5 in the higher section.

Mini-puzzle—Chess endgame study

—Contributed by Keith N
An endgame study from last night's Arnaud–Keith N game. After a difficult struggle, the game reached an even ending with rook and opposite-coloured bishop. Black is a pawn up but it is doubled and White has a passed pawn. Both players were down to the last few seconds, and hence Black missed a big advantage. White has just played 60. Rb8–Rb5 and Black now played 60. …Rc7. But what did both players miss? What should Black have played?

Black to move.

AWvKN310524

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Updated 25/05/24

Swale Chess Club report—23rd May 2024

Last night's results

Other Tournament—Round 15

Kristof Siklodi 1–0 Ashley Jarvis

Well done to Kristof Siklodi for winning the Other Tournament.

Other Tournament Round 15 Standings

Rapid Chess Championship—Round 9

1: Paul Hobbs 0–1 Kevin Charlton
1: Mike Ingham 0–1 Keith Nevols

Rapid Chess Championship—Round 10

1: Keith Nevols 0.5–0.5 Kevin Charlton

SCC Rapid Round 10

Ladder Tournament

Tom Creed 0.5–0.5 Vytautas Gedminas
Stephen Lamb 1–0 Andrew Gillard
Oscar Preciado 0–1 Martin Singer
Alfie Burton 0–1 Andrew Martin-Luce
Conner Maguire 1–0 Rufus Edwards

Dates for your diary

2nd Sandwich FIDE Rapidplay—Saturday 13th July 2024, The Delf Hall, The Guildhall, Sandwich, Kent CT13 9AH

Pencil this in to your diary now! Further details nearer the time.

2nd Kent FIDE Congress—Friday 19th to Sunday 21st July 2024, Tunbridge Wells Bridge Club, 40 London Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN1 1DL

2nd Kent Congress

Entries to the 52nd Thanet go live—Friday 9th to Sunday 11th August, Sandwich Technology School, Deal Road, Sandwich, Kent CT13 0FA

“We are now taking entries to the 52nd Thanet Chess Congress and look forward to welcoming you all back again to our event, Friday 9th to Sunday 11th August. With the same wonderful venue as last year, and with an even greater prize fund, it is surely a must for your diaries for August.”—East Kent and Thanet Chess League
52nd Thanet Chess Congress

Mini-puzzle

The engine remarks “Intense—That was a serious game!”. Stephen as White had gained a piece for a pawn in this well-contested ladder game from last night. How did he signal the beginning of the end? White to move.

SLvAG250524

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Updated 17/05/24

Swale Chess Club report—16th May 2024

We welcome Alfie Burton who has now joined us.

This week's results.

Swale Chess Club Championship—Round 35

Swale Championship 2023-2024 Round 35

Thanks and congratulations to Kevin Charlton who has now completed his championship games.

Rapid Chess Championship—Round 7

1: Andrew Gillard 1–0 Gary Clifford
2: Tom Creed 0–1 Stephen Lamb
2: Ashley Jarvis 1–0 Nick Allen

Rapid Chess Championship—Round 8

2: Ashley Jarvis 1–0 Tom Creed

Ladder Tournament

Trefor Owens 0.5–0.5 Martin Singer
Craig Lindsay 0–1 Rufus Edwards
Luciano Campisi 0–1 David Page

The table—There are five games to go:

Swale Championship 2023-2024 Round 35 Standings

The rapid tables:

SCC Rapid Round 7
SCC Rapid Round 8

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Updated 10/05/24

Swale Chess Club report—9th May 2024

The results last night were

Swale Chess Club Championship—Round 34

Swale Championship 2023-2024 Round 34

Thanks and congratulations to Rufus Edwards, Gary Clifford and Tom Creed who have completed their championship games.

Rapid Chess Championship—Round 5

1: Vytautas Gedminas 0–1 Paul Hobbs
2: David Page 0.5–0.5 Nick Allen
2: Stephen Lamb 1–0 Ashley Jarvis

Rapid Chess Championship—Round 6

1: Mike Ingham 0–1 Vytautas Gedminas
2: Ashley Jarvis 0–1 David Page
2: Nick Allen 0–1 Stephen Lamb

Ladder Tournament

Tyrone Jefferies 1–0 Luke Johnson
Keith Hyde 0.5–0.5 Luciano Campisi
Trefor Owens 1–0 Andrew Martin-Luce
Oscar Preciado 0.5–0.5 Andrew Gillard
Ryan Lindsay 0–1 Martin Singer
Craig Lindsay 1–0 Emma Walker

The table:

Swale Championship 2023-2024 Round 34 Standings

The rapid groups:

SCC Rapid Round 5
SCC Rapid Round 6

Kent Chess Tournaments

There are two local events being advertised.

On Saturday 25th May is the 1st Bromley Rapidplay:

Bromley Rapidplay

And on the weekend of 19th–21st July will be the 2nd Kent Fide Congress at Tunbridge Wells:

Kent Congress

Mini-puzzle

Last night's Oscar–Andrew game was a sharp one. Here is a typical moment. White's rook is hanging—is Black, to move, safe to take it?

OPvAG100524

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Updated 03/05/24

George Hollands Memorial

Many of us knew George Hollands, who lived locally and played for Maidstone and Snodland, and sadly passed away last October at the age of 39. Snodland Chess Club are hosting a rapidplay tournament in George's memory. It will be held on 21st September 2024.

Snodland Rapidplay
George Hollands

Swale Chess Club report—2nd May 2024

This week's results:

Swale Chess Club Championship—Round 33

Swale Championship 2023-2024 Round 33

Thanks and congratulations to Keith Hyde and Nick Allen who have now completed their games.

Ladder Tournament

Kristof Siklodi 0.5–0.5 Stephen Lamb
Andrew Martin-Luce 0–1 David Page

Rapid Chess Championship—Round 3

1: Kevin Charlton 1–0 Vytautas Gedminas
1: Keith Nevols 1–0 Paul Hobbs
1: Andrew Gillard 1–0 Mike Ingham

Rapid Chess Championship—Round 4

1: Andrew Gillard 1–0 Kevin Charlton
1: Vytautas Gedminas 0–1 Keith Nevols
1: Paul Hobbs 1–0 Mike Ingham

Intro Cup Semi-Final

Our team put up a good fight but were beaten by Dartford and Swanley by 2.5–1.5.
Results, in board order:

Tyrone Jefferies (0.5), Ashley Jarvis (0), Tom Creed (1), Emma Walker (0)

Hard luck to all but thanks for playing.

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The table, with ten games to go:

Swale Championship 2023-2024 Round 33 Standings

And the rapid groups are:

SCC Rapid Round 3
SCC Rapid Round 4

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Updated 26/04/24

Swale Chess Club report—25th April 2024

Farewell to Alin

This was Alin's last week with us, and we all say thank you and good luck for his membership and support over the years, especially in providing us with regular online chess during the lockdowns and updates to the Facebook group.

This week's results

Swale Chess Club Championship—Round 32

Swale Championship 2023-2024 Round 32

Ladder Tournament

Keith Nevols 1–0 Kristof Siklodi
Luciano Campisi 1–0 Emma Walker
Andrew Martin-Luce 1–0 Martin Singer
Oscar Preciado 0–1 Luke Johnson

Rapid Chess Championship—Round 1

1: Vytautas Gedminas 0–1 Andrew Gillard
1: Gary Clifford 1–0 Paul Hobbs
2: David Page 0–1 Stephen Lamb

Rapid Chess Championship—Round 2

1: Gary Clifford 1–0 Vytautas Gedminas
1: Paul Hobbs 1–0 Andrew Gillard

Swale Chess Club Championship

Thanks and congratulations not only to Alin but also to Mike Ingham for completing their games. The table is:

Swale Championship 2023-2024 Round 32 Standings

The rapid tables are:

SCC Rapid Round 1
SCC Rapid Round 2

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Updated 20/04/24

Swale Chess Club report—18th April 2024

It was a pleasure to welcome new father and son members Craig and Ryan to Swale Chess Club last night.

Last night's results:

Swale Chess Club Championship—Round 31

Swale Championship 2023-2024 Round 31

Other Tournament—Round 14

Andrew Martin-Luce 1–0 Emma Walker

Ladder Tournament

Paul Hobbs 1–0 Luke Johnson
Nick Allen 0.5–0.5 Keith Hyde
Gary Clifford 0.5–0.5 Stephen Lamb
Luciano Campisi 0.5–0.5 Martin Singer
Tyrone Jefferies 1–0 Tom Creed
Ashley Jarvis 0–1 Andrew Gillard
Oscar Preciado 0–1 Vytautas Gedminas

Therefore the tables are:

Swale Chess Club Championship

Swale Championship 2023-2024 Round 31 Standings

Other Tournament

Other Tournament Round 14 Standings

Thanks and congratulations to Emma Walker for completing her games in the Other Tournament.

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Updated 12/04/24

Swale Chess Club report—11th April 2024

Last night's results:

Swale Chess Club Championship—Round 30

Swale Championship 2023-2024 Round 30

Other Tournament—Round 13

Ashley Jarvis 1–0 Emma Walker
Kristof Siklodi 1–0 Andrew Martin-Luce

Ladder Tournament

Stephen Lamb 1–0 Paul Hobbs
Martin Singer 0–1 Vytautas Gedminas
David Page 0.5–0.5 Andrew Gillard
Duncan Marsh 1–0 Luke Johnson

The tables:

Swale Chess Club Championship

Swale Championship 2023-2024 Round 30 Standings

Other Tournament

Other Tournament Round 13 Standings

Match v Hastings

Last Sunday, the 7th of April, we trekked down to Hastings for the penultimate En Passant match of the season and got a creditable 3–3 draw. Scores in board order: Keith N (0.5), Stephen (0), Vytautas (0), Nick (0.5), Tyrone (1), Andrew [See featured game of the week] (1).

En Passant 120424

Featured game of the week

A highlight from our Hastings trip.

Lightly annotated by Andrew.

Play online chess

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Updated 06/04/24

Swale Chess Club report—4th April 2024

Welcome to new members Luciano and Oscar.

2nd Orpington FIDE Rapidplay—Saturday 20th April 2024

Orpington FIDE Rapidplay

On Saturday 20th April there is a five-round rapidplay contest at Orpington.

Details are here: Orpington FIDE Rapidplay

Last night's results:

Swale Chess Club Championship—Round 29

Swale Championship 2023-2024 Round 29

Ladder Tournament

Martin Singer 0–1 Stephen Lamb
Keith Nevols 1–0 Ashley Jarvis
David Page 1–0 Luke Johnson
Kristof Siklodi 1–0 Vytautas Gedminas

Standings, with 19 games to go:

Swale Chess Club Championship

Swale Championship 2023-2024 Round 29 Standings

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Updated 29/03/24

Swale Chess Club report—28th March 2024

Last night's results:

Swale Chess Club Championship—Round 28

Swale Championship 2023-2024 Round 28

Other Tournament—Round 12

Ashley Jarvis 0–1 Kristof Siklodi
Luke Johnson 0–1 Andrew Martin-Luce

Congratulations and thanks to Luke Johnson who has completed all his tournament games.

Ladder Tournament

Paul Hobbs 1–0 Andrew Gillard
Martin Singer 0.5–0.5 David Page
Stephen Lamb 1–0 Vytautas Gedminas

The tables:

Swale Chess Club Championship

Swale Championship 2023-2024 Round 28 Standings

Other Tournament

Other Tournament Round 12 Standings

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Updated 23/03/24

Swale Chess Club Ladder Tournament is up and “runging”!

Swale Chess Club report—21st March 2024

Last night's results:

Swale Chess Club Championship—Round 27

Swale Championship 2023-2024 Round 27

Congratulations and thanks to Stephen Lamb and Martin Singer who have now completed their championship games.

Other Tournament—Round 11

Luke Johnson 0–1 Ashley Jarvis
Kristof Siklodi 1–0 Emma Walker

Ladder Tournament

Andrew Gillard 0.5–0.5 Nick Allen
Vytautas Gedminas 0–1 David Page
Paul Hobbs 1–0 Tom Creed

Therefore the tables are:

Swale Chess Club Championship

Swale Championship 2023-2024 Round 27 Standings

Other Tournament

Other Tournament Round 11 Standings

Mini-puzzle

Contributed by Arnaud and Stephen

A nice finish from last night's championship. Arnaud (White) to move v Stephen.

AWvSL220324

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Updated 15/03/24

Swale Chess Club report—14th March 2024

Last night's results:

Swale Chess Club Championship—Round 26

Swale Championship 2023-2024 Round 26

Thanks and congratulations to David Page for completing all the championship games.

Other Tournament—Round 10

Emma Walker 0–1 Kristof Siklodi

Swale Rated Individual

Luke Johnson 0–1 Paul Hobbs
Andrew Martin-Luce 0.5–0.5 Vytautas Gedminas

The standings are:

Swale Chess Club Championship

Swale Championship 2023-2024 Round 26 Standings

Other Tournament

Other Tournament Round 10 Standings

Mini-puzzle

Contributed by

GCHQ
on 13/03/24
Hidden within the puzzle are thirteen clues of letters which can then be brought together to spell out a message.
GCHQ puzzle

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Updated 08/03/24

Swale Chess Club report—7th March 2024

Last night's results:

Swale Chess Club Championship—Round 25

Swale Championship 2023-2024 Round 25

Thanks and congratulations to Paul Hobbs, Vytautas Gedminas and Andrew Gillard, who have completed all their championship games.

Other Tournament—Round 9

Ashley Jarvis 1–0 Luke Johnson

Swale Rated Individual

Rufus Edwards 0.5–0.5 Andrew Martin-Luce

The standings:

Swale Chess Club Championship

We have played 166 out of 210 games.

Swale Championship 2023-2024 Round 25 Standings

Other Tournament

Other Tournament Round 9 Standings

This week's matches

On Wednesday, the Intro team warmed up for their semi-final with a 2–2 draw at Maidstone. It was great to see all our newer players flying the club flag.

Results in board order:

Andrew Martin-Luce (1), Ashley Jarvis (0), Luke Johnson (0), Emma Walker (1)

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For Thursday, the En Passant team drew 3–3 with Hastings.

Keith Nevols (0), Kristof Siklodi (0.5), Stephen Lamb (0), Vytautas Gedminas (1), Nick Allen (0.5), Tyrone Jefferies (walkover)

En Passant 080324

Mini-puzzle

Contributed by Keith N

This is from one of my internet games. Black has just played 34. …Qa1–d1. White is two pawns up, but his king is open, the pawns are quite weak, the d5 pawn is doomed, and Black's pieces are very active. What should White play?

Find not only the next move, but the best sequence of moves. White to move.

KNvNN080324

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Updated 01/03/24

Swale Chess Club report—29th February 2024

Last night's results:

Swale Chess Club Championship—Round 24

Swale Championship 2023-2024 Round 24

Other Tournament—Round 8

Ashley Jarvis 1–0 Andrew Martin-Luce

Swale Rated Individual

Luke Johnson 0–1 Andrew Gillard

The standings are:

Swale Chess Club Championship

Swale Championship 2023-2024 Round 24 Standings

Other Tournament

Other Tournament Round 8 Standings

En Passant Cup Match v Medway

Unfortunately we lost 4–2 against a very good team. The results in board order were Kristof (0), Keith N (0.5), Keith H (0), David (0), Stephen (0.5) and Gary (1).

Thanks to Gary who was drafted in at the last minute.

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