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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 call 07724 273157 SCC Facebook

***New members always welcome!***

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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

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

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Updated 17/02/24

Swale Chess Club report—15th February 2024

Last night's results:

Swale Chess Club Championship—Round 22

Swale Championship 2023-2024 Round 22

Swale Rated Individual

David Page 0–1 Kristof Siklodi
Paul Hobbs 0–1 Andrew Martin-Luce

Other Tournament—Round 6

Emma Walker 0–1 Luke Johnson

The tables are:

Swale Chess Club Championship

Swale Championship 2023-2024 Round 22 Standings

Other Tournament

Other Tournament Round 6 Standings

Record numbers at Swale Junior Chess Club!

Our junior chess club is thriving, and we are delighted to be seeing record numbers of junior chess players at Swale Junior Chess Club; check out our partnership with LearnChess Academy. If your child has an interest in chess, you need to click on this link: LearnChess Academy.

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Updated 09/02/24

Swale Chess Club report—8th February 2024

Last night's results:

Swale Chess Club Championship—Round 21

Swale Championship 2023-2024 Round 21

Therefore the table is:

Swale Chess Club Championship

Swale Championship 2023-2024 Round 21 Standings

There were no games in the Other Tournament, which remains (with the inclusion of new member Ashley):

Other Tournament Round 5 Standings

Matches

There were two matches featuring Swale this week.

On Wednesday, in the Fuller, we lost 2.5–1.5 to Maidstone.
Results: Tyrone (0.5), Conner (0), Tom (1), Mike (0)

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And on Thursday, in the Intro, we lost 4–0 to Medway.
Results: Tyrone (0), Tom (0), Mike (0), Jose (0)

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Featured game of the week

A rich and intense battle from last night's Swale Championship.

Lightly annotated by Andrew.

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Updated 02/02/24

Swale Chess Club report—1st February 2024

Welcome to Ashley, a new member who we hope will be joining us.

Last night's results:

Swale Chess Club Championship—Round 20

Swale Championship 2023-2024 Round 20

Therefore after 144 out of 231 games, the table is:

Swale Chess Club Championship

Swale Championship 2023-2024 Round 20 Standings

Other Tournament

There were no games in the Other Tournament, which remains as follows:

Other Tournament Round 5 Standings

Matches

It was a busy week for the club with three matches taking place.

On Monday, Swale drew 3–3 at Weald of Kent in Cranbrook in the En Passant league. The results in board order were Kristof (0), Keith N (1), Stephen (1), Nick (0.5), Tyrone (0), Tom (0.5).

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And on Wednesday, Swale drew again in the En Passant 3–3 at Maidstone, with the results: Keith N (0.5), Kristof (1), Stephen (1), Andrew M-L (0), Tyrone (0.5), Mike (0).

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And last night, it was a loss of 2.5–1.5 to Snodland in the Fuller Cup. Andrew M-L (0.5), Conner (0), Tom (1), Luke (0).

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Last few seats remaining! Simultaneous display vs GM Sergey Tiviakov

Our friends at Snodland Chess Club are delighted to host a simultaneous display vs GM Sergey Tiviakov at 7.15pm on Tuesday 27th February 2024. 20+ seats have already been booked up—last few seats remaining!

Sergey is a world-class Grandmaster, having won the Dutch Championship on three occasions, and also making it to the quarter-finals of the World Championship Candidates matches. At his peak, Sergey was ranked 20th in the world, with a rating of 2699. In 2005, Sergey also set a world record of 110 consecutive professional games unbeaten.

Tiviakov simul

All of the details are here:

Snodland Chess Club

Mini-puzzle

The engine describes last night's Rufus v Andrew game as “Sharp—A back and forth game where both players had chances.” Here is a key moment where Andrew as Black regained the initiative. He is a piece down and Rufus will continue to dominate unless the mini-puzzle move is made. Black to move.

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Updated 27/01/24

Swale Chess Club report—25th January 2024

Last night's results:

Swale Chess Club Championship—Round 19

Swale Championship 2023-2024 Round 19

Other Tournament—Round 5

Andrew Martin-Luce 0–1 Kristof Siklodi

Swale Individual

Luke Johnson 0–1 Vytautas Gedminas

Therefore the standings are:

Swale Chess Club Championship

Swale Championship 2023-2024 Round 19 Standings

Other Tournament

Other Tournament Round 5 Standings

Are there more possible games of chess than atoms in the universe?

More or Less

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Updated 20/01/24

Swale Chess Club report—18th January 2024

The results:

Swale Chess Club Championship—Round 18

Swale Championship 2023-2024 Round 18

Other Tournament—Round 4

Emma Walker 0–1 Andrew Martin-Luce

Luke Johnson 0–1 Kristof Siklodi

Therefore the standings are:

Swale Chess Club Championship

Swale Championship 2023-2024 Round 18 Standings

Other Tournament

Other Tournament Round 4 Standings

Mini-puzzle

Black is guilty of neglect in just the same way as we saw in last week's mini-puzzle, and again White found the best way to exploit this. From a recent Swale Championship game—White to move.

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Updated 13/01/24

East Midlands FIDE Congress—Northampton University 27th and 28th January 2024

East Midlands FIDE Congress

Calling all chess players: Join the East Midlands FIDE Congress on January 27th and 28th and compete for an £850 prize fund!

More details and online entry at: East Midlands FIDE Congress

Open to all levels.

Swale Chess Club report—11th January 2024

The results:

Swale Chess Club Championship—Round 17

Swale Championship 2023-2024 Round 17

The table, after 122 out of 231 games:

Swale Chess Club Championship

Swale Championship 2023-2024 Round 17 Standings

En Passant Cup

We lost our En Passant match against Maidstone by 2.5–3.5. Vytautas and Kristof won, David drew but unfortunately Tyrone, Nick and Keith N lost.

Report: Hastings Weekend—6th–7th January 2024

Contributed by Stephen

Swale Chess Club members Keith and Stephen picked up 2/5 and 2.5/5 points in the major and intermediate sections respectively.

A fun tournament with a good turnout; there were four sections and each section got about forty players, with a grandmaster in the top section.

A nice feature was that boards were live streamed, allowing the games to be followed on the internet in real time.

Mini-puzzle

How did White exploit Black's lack of development in this Swale Championship game from last night? White to move.

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Updated 06/01/24

Happy New Chess Year

It was good to see so many chess players last night, and our expansion into an additional room signals a positive start to 2024 for Swale Chess Club.

Swale Chess Club report—4th January 2024

The results:

Swale Chess Club Championship—Round 16

Swale Championship 2023-2024 Round 16

Other Tournament—Round 3

Andrew Martin-Luce 1–0 Luke Johnson

Swale Individual

Vytautas Gedminas 0–1 Kristof Siklodi

Therefore the standings are:

Swale Chess Club Championship

Swale Championship 2023-2024 Round 16 Standings

Other Tournament

Other Tournament Round 3 Standings

Mini-puzzle

The critical position in this recent Swale Championship game has been reached after 18. Bc5. Can you spot the initiating move of a lethal attack for Black? Black to move.

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Updated 29/12/23

1st New Year FIDE Blitz—January 1st 2024, Sevenoaks

New Year FIDE Blitz

Fancy some FIDE blitz on New Year's Day?

First round at 2pm. 15 rounds of 3+2. The Stag Plaza Suite, Sevenoaks—A lovely venue in central Sevenoaks which is just 25 minutes on the train from London Bridge or Charing Cross.

More details and online entry at: New Year FIDE Blitz

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Swale Chess Club report—28th December 2023

The results last night were:

Swale Chess Club Championship—Round 15

Swale Championship 2023-2024 Round 15

Other Tournament—Round 2

Luke Johnson 1–0 Emma Walker

Therefore the standings as we enter the new year are:

Swale Chess Club Championship

Swale Championship 2023-2024 Round 15 Standings

Other Tournament

Other Tournament Round 2 Standings

Have a happy new year, everyone.

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Updated 22/12/23

Happy Christmas from Swale Chess Club!

Swale Chess Club report—21st December 2023

Last night's results:

Swale Chess Club Championship—Round 14

Swale Championship 2023-2024 Round 14

Other Tournament—Round 1

Kristof Siklodi 1–0 Luke Johnson

The standings are as below; we have now played 102 out of 231 games:

Swale Chess Club Championship

Swale Championship 2023-2024 Round 14 Standings

Other Tournament

Other Tournament Round 1 Standings

Photocall—Sandwich FIDE RapidPlay

A nice shot taken as last week's Sandwich Rapidplay got under way. Swale Chess Club members Stephen and Andrew can be seen cogitating on either side of the organisers.

Sandwich Rapidplay photocall

Featured game of the week including three Christmas mini-puzzles!

Contributed by Andrew and Keith N

Last night's Andrew v Keith N game.

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Updated 16/12/23

Simultaneous display vs GM Sergey Tiviakov

Our friends at Snodland Chess Club are delighted to host a simultaneous display vs GM Sergey Tiviakov at 7.15pm on Tuesday 27th February 2024.

Sergey is a world-class Grandmaster, having won the Dutch Championship on three occasions, and also making it to the quarter-finals of the World Championship Candidates matches. At his peak, Sergey was ranked 20th in the world, with a rating of 2699. In 2005, Sergey also set a world record of 110 consecutive professional games unbeaten.

Tiviakov simul

All of the details are here:

Snodland Chess Club

Swale Chess Club report—14th December 2023

The results from Thursday:

Swale Chess Club Championship—Round 13

Swale Championship 2023-2024 Round 13

The standings, after 100 games, are:

Swale Championship 2023-2024 Round 13 Standings

Intro Cup

Well done to the Swale Intro team (Tyrone, Mike, Kristof and Andrew M) for defeating Maidstone 3–1, with Mike, Kristof and Andrew winning their games. With three wins out of three, Swale Intro team are top of the table.

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The GCHQ Christmas Challenge 2023

GCHQ Christmas Challenge 2023

Sandwich FIDE RapidPlay—Saturday 16th December 2023

Andrew and Stephen put in decent performances today against a tough field. A most enjoyable and well-organised tournament held in a classic venue.

Sandwich RapidPlay

Mini-puzzle

It is early in Andrew's opening game today at Sandwich when he played the best and most spectacular move here—this blew away the cobwebs for both players! Black has just taken a pawn on d3; Andrew as White to move.

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Updated 08/12/23

Sandwich FIDE RapidPlay—Saturday 16th December 2023

A week to go until the inaugural Sandwich FIDE-ECF RapidPlay tournament—event registration page appears here:

Sandwich RapidPlay

Swale Chess Club report—7th December 2023

Last night's results:

Swale Chess Club Championship—Round 12

Swale Championship 2023-2024 Round 12

Swale Individual

Swale Individual 2023-2024 Round 3

The standings, after 92 out of 253 games, are:

Swale Championship 2023-2024 Round 12 Standings

Intro Cup

Well done to the Intro team (Tyrone, Tom, Alin and Mike) for a 2.5–1.5 win over Medway this week. Alin and Mike won their games and Tyrone drew.

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Mini-puzzle

Last night's Rufws v Andrew game was full of tricks and traps. Here the position is technically dead level, with Rufws (White) ready to win back the pawn via either the knight fork against the loose bishop or trapping the other bishop with the move f5. However, Andrew played an intermezzo now which had to be respected before either of those could happen. Black to move.

RJvAG081223

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Updated 01/12/23

Swale Chess Club report—30th November 2023

Firstly, welcome to Kristof Siklodi to our club.

And now last night's results:

Swale Chess Club Championship—Round 11

Swale Championship 2023-2024 Round 11

The table, after 84 games, is:

Swale Championship 2023-2024 Round 11 Standings

Tom Fuller Cup

Well done to our team (Tyrone, Andrew, Conner, Tom) for an away win at Rainham 3–1, with wins for Tyrone, Andrew and Conner.

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Sandwich FIDE RapidPlay—Saturday 16th December 2023

Sandwich RapidPlay

Featured game of the week including mini-puzzle!

Contributed by Nick and Alin

Play this one through to the very last move for this week's mini-puzzle. Brief notes by C. Carette.

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Updated 25/11/23

Swale win their first match of the season

It's time for celebration as Swale Chess Club have finally won a KCCA League match after two years of hurt.

Swale Intro team beat Weald of Kent 3–1 last night. Two great wins from our new members Rufws Jones and Jose Lago, and two draws from much-improved Mike Ingham and old campaigner Tyrone confirmed the win. Well played Swale Intro team.

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Swale Chess Club report—23rd November 2023

Last night's results:

Swale Chess Club Championship—Round 10

Swale Championship 2023-2024 Round 10

The standings

Swale Championship 2023-2024 Round 10 Standings

Sandwich FIDE RapidPlay—Saturday 16th December 2023

Sandwich RapidPlay

Record numbers at Swale Junior Chess Club!

Our junior chess club is thriving, and we are delighted to be seeing record numbers of junior chess players at Swale Junior Chess Club; check out our partnership with LearnChess Academy. If your child has an interest in chess, you need to click on this link: LearnChess Academy.

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Mini-puzzle

From a recent Swale game. How did Black make the most of the dangerous pawn on b2? Black to move.

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Updated 17/11/23

Swale Chess Club report—17th November 2023

We were pleased to welcome no fewer than three potential new members to the club last night—Andrew, Emma and Luke. They all demonstrated that they know one end of a chessboard from the other!

Another busy night with the results.

Swale Chess Club Championship—Round 9

Swale Championship 2023-2024 Round 9

Therefore the standings after 70 games are:

Swale Championship 2023-2024 Round 9 Standings

Sandwich FIDE RapidPlay—Saturday 16th December 2023

Sandwich RapidPlay

Featured game of the week

Contributed by Tom and Nick

An exciting game from last night, replete with tactics missed and found and some mind-blowing complications! Brief notes by N. O'Bodie.

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Updated 11/11/23

Swale Chess Club report—9th November 2023

Last night's results:

Swale Chess Club Championship—Round 8

Swale Championship 2023-2024 Round 8

Therefore the table is:

Swale Championship 2023-2024 Round 8 Standings

Tom Fuller Cup

The Fuller team (Andrew, Conner, Tom and Jose) lost to Medway 0.5–3.5 with Conner getting the draw.

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Around the World in 80 Games: A mathematician unlocks the secrets of the greatest games

By Marcus du Sautoy

Around the World in 80 Games

Scam School—Always read the rubric!

Scam School

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Updated 04/11/23

Swale Chess Club report—2nd November 2023

Last night's results:

Swale Chess Club Championship—Round 7

Swale Championship 2023-2024 Round 7

The standings after 54 out of 253 games are:

Swale Championship 2023-2024 Round 7 Standings

Tom Fuller Cup

The Fuller team (Tyrone, Alin, Tom and Jose) lost 0.5–3.5 to Maidstone with Alin getting the draw.

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Sandwich FIDE RapidPlay—Saturday 16th December 2023

Sandwich RapidPlay

Mini-puzzle

White had the edge last night, and now made a series of steps towards victory—what was the first one? White to move.

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Updated 28/10/23

Swale Chess Club report—26th October 2023

Welcome to our new colleague, Arnaud Wisman, who attended last night and joins the championship with the first game next week.

Last night's results:

Swale Chess Club Championship—Round 6

Swale Championship 2023-2024 Round 6

The standings are:

Swale Championship 2023-2024 Round 6 Standings

En Passant Cup

In the En Passant, our team (Keith H, Rob, Stephen, Nick, Tyrone and Gary) was defeated by a strong Medway side 4.5–1.5—Rob, Tyrone and Gary getting the draws.

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Featured game of the week

Contributed by Tyrone

Who needs dull error-free grandmaster chess games to analyse when exciting games are played every week in the Swale Championship (the best internal club championship played at club level in Kent).

Last night's Round 6 game brought together Rufus Edwards and Club Secretary Tyrone Jefferies, who were involved in a swashbuckling chess game complete with risk taking, giving in to temptation, and a demonstration of what one shouldn't be doing on the chess board.

Rules of thumb are:

  1. When one is down the exchange, one does not trade another major piece. Tyrone did!
  2. When one is down the exchange, one does not sacrifice material. Tyrone did!
  3. If one is down the exchange, one does not trade queens. Tyrone did!
  4. Theory dictates that rook, bishop, and knight should beat the bishop pair.

Fortunately Tyrone was able to trade his dark-square bishop for the rook, leaving Rufus with opposite-colour bishop and knight versus bishop in the end game.

Unfortunately by move 56 Rufus clearly had had enough of the struggle and offered Tyrone a draw which was gratefully accepted. However, if Rufus hadn't been so tired, had been a little braver, and played on a few moves more, the game was his for the taking. In the end Tyrone was lucky to share the point.

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Mini-puzzle

Black had dominated this game last night and has just played the punchy sacrifice Nc6xpd4 in order to leave the poor white king out in the open. All the black pieces are ready to coordinate quickly once White takes back, except White has a get out of gaol card up his sleeve. White to move.

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Updated 20/10/23

Swale Chess Club report—19th October 2023

Last night was busy and eventful. First, the results:

Swale Chess Club Championship—Round 5

Swale Championship 2023-2024 Round 5

The evening was interrupted by a power failure while two games were ongoing. One resumed using the emergency lighting and mobile phones, and the other agreed a result.

The table, after 39 out of 231 games:

Swale Championship 2023-2024 Round 5 Standings

Tom Fuller Cup

The Fuller Team played on Wednesday away to Medway. Our team of Alin, Conner, Jose and Tom were defeated 0.5–3.5 with Tom getting the draw.

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Mini-puzzle

Last night White had in effect been playing a piece up thanks to the black rook remaining on a8. Mate is coming by ganging up on the pinned knight, and White used the most psychologically convincing way to do this. White to move.

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Updated 13/10/23

Swale Chess Club report—12th October 2023

We welcome Gary Clifford to the club championship. Last night's results:

Swale Chess Club Championship—Round 4

Swale Championship 2023-2024 Round 4

Therefore the table is:

Swale Championship 2023-2024 Round 4 Standings

Tom Fuller Cup

The Fuller team drew 2–2 against Tunbridge Wells, with Andrew and Conner winning but defeats for Jose and Tom:

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Featured game of the week

Some chess games don't need a lot of time, nor a lot of moves, as they are over before they've begun.

Take this little gem of a game played last night in the Swale Championship—only seventeen moves were made. As White dominates, Black's queen has a miserable existence, Black's uncastled king adds to the difficulties and Black's bishop and both rooks are stuck at home.

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Updated 06/10/23

Swale Chess Club report—5th October 2023

Some more tough chess last night and the results were:

Swale Chess Club Championship—Round 3

Swale Championship 2023-2024 Round 3

Therefore the table, after 23 games, is:

Swale Championship 2023-2024 Round 3 Standings

Featured game of the week—RIP George Hollands 1984–2023

It was sad to hear of the death of George Hollands, Kent chess player and friend of Swale Chess Club. Our condolences to his family and friends.

Contributed by Trefor Owens

George Hollands was not only a very good chess player but more importantly a really nice guy and always sporting; we often exchanged messages especially regarding his expertise on the French Defence.

Here is a game George played only last month. The game was played as a 3-minute blitz, so we shouldn't expect ‘perfect’ play from either player. It is an exciting game with a pretty finish. I have kept the notes brief but I think the game is a nice tribute to a true gentleman who will be sadly missed by everyone who knew him.

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Updated 30/09/23

Swale Chess Club report—28th September 2023

Last night's results:

Swale Chess Club Championship—Round 2

Swale Championship 2023-2024 Round 2

Individual Classic

Max Wood 1–0 Tom Creed

The table reads:

Swale Championship 2023-2024 Round 2 Standings

Featured game of the week

Enjoy this miniature treat from last night. Notes provided by Andrew.

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Updated 23/09/23

Swale Chess Club report—21st September 2023

Some good chess last night and the results were:

Swale Chess Club Championship—Round 1

Swale Championship 2023-2024 Round 1

The first table of the season, after 8 out of a scheduled 210 games:

Swale Championship 2023-2024 Round 1 Standings

Featured game of the week

From last night—notes provided by Tyrone.

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Mini-puzzle

From last night's inaugural games. Andrew—as Black versus Kevin—found the best move here. Black to move.

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Updated 16/09/23

Swale Chess Club—14th September

Many thanks to those who attended our start-of-season blitz friendly tournament; the two finalists won all of their games at the group stage, with Keith Nevols emerging as winner in the play-offs.

We welcomed Jose to his first meeting with us; thanks likewise to Abel for coming along.

The group tables were:

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Play-offs

(Colours were drawn at random and were not recorded)

Keith Nevols 1–0 David Page
Martin Singer 1–0 Andrew Gillard
Vytautas Gedminas 1–0 Conner Maguire
Rufws Jones 1–0 Jose Lago
Max Wood 1–0 Mike Ingham
Tom Creed 1–0 Abel

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Updated 09/09/23

60–30—A timely idea!

It was good to see everyone last night now that the club is back open after our summer break.

Club championship games this season will be “60–30”—that is, all moves will be played within 60 minutes on your clock and after each move 30 seconds will be added. All moves throughout the game must be recorded. The first games will take place on Thursday 21st September.

The junior club starts next week.

On Thursday (14th September) we will hold a friendly blitz tournament—depending on numbers there will be two groups, all-play-all, with the winners meeting in the final. All games will be 5 minutes for all your moves plus 5-second increments.

Mini-puzzle

Another dividend from the Thanet Congress.

White finished off this 20-move miniature with a double whammy. White to move; what were the two moves in question?

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Updated 02/09/23

Swale Chess Club—start of season 2023–24

The club will open at 7.45pm on Thursday 7th September 2023. The first week will be just grab a board and play someone.
Thursday 14th September 2023: We will hold an informal blitz contest—whoever turns up will be divided into groups.

Junior club—Attention all parents!

The junior club will open at 6.15pm on Thursday 14th September 2023. Exciting new developments for junior chess players at Swale Junior Chess Club; check out our partnership with LearnChess Academy. If your child has an interest in chess, you need to click on this link: LearnChess Academy.

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Mini-puzzle

Contributed by Trefor Owens, Club Champion

Based on a position from the Thanet Open. I walked past the board with Black (George Hollands, friend of Swale Chess Club) to play. His queen and bishop are forked by the knight and his king is stuck in the centre with Bb3 maybe coming next. How does Black manage to survive? Black to move.

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Updated 25/08/23

64

SCC Facebook

Marvellous to see that the Swale Chess Club Facebook SCC Facebook page has now reached and surpassed the magic chess number of 64 members! If you are not already a member, please sign up today.

Can we get to 100? For the mathematically inclined, the gap between those numbers, 100 − 64, is the difference of two squares: 100 − 64 = 102 − 82 = (10 + 8) × (10 − 8) = 18 × 2 = 36, which happens to equal another square, 62.

Endgames win points

Article contributed by Trefor Owens, Swale Chess Club Champion and winner last week of the Challengers section at the Thanet Chess Congress.

When I was younger I never studied endgames; instead I wanted to be a Morphy a Tal or a Polgar but eventually I grew old and realised that if I improved my endgame I would win more games. Not every victory can be achieved by a brilliant combination.

I have just competed in the Thanet Congress and won my group with 3 wins and 2 draws from my 5 games. Interestingly all 3 wins were achieved in the endgame.

Here are 3 positions. See if you can find the plan/ideas to secure victory.

If you are not sure about the solutions, practise against a friend or a computer from the position—or come and join Swale Chess Club!

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I am White and to move. This game started life as a King's Gambit and all of the action has taken place on the kingside. What is the easiest route to a win?

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I am White again. My passed pawns are extremely strong but how do I get them moving and prevent perpetual checks?

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Here I am Black and to move. My opponent had offered a draw “as all opposite-coloured bishop endings are drawn”. He was leading the competition half a point ahead of me; what winning plan had I seen?

The 1st East Kent Junior Chess Congress, Barham, Canterbury, Kent: Saturday 21st October 2023

Attention all parents!

East Kent Junior Chess Congress

Organised by our friends at Sandwich Chess Club.

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Updated 20/08/23

51st Thanet Chess Congress—August 18th–20th 2023, Sandwich

Final rankings after Round 5

Congratulations to Swale members Trefor Owens for winning the Challengers section and Rob Woolacott for coming second equal in the Intermediate section.

Swale players are highlighted in green.

Thanet Major 5
Thanet Inter 5

Rankings after Round 4

Swale players are highlighted in green.

Thanet Major 4
Thanet Inter 4

Rankings after Round 3

Swale players are highlighted in green.

Thanet Major 3
Thanet Inter 3

Rankings after Round 2

Swale players are highlighted in green.

Thanet Major 2
Thanet Inter 2

Rankings after Round 1

Swale players are highlighted in green.

Thanet Major 1
Thanet Inter 1

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Updated 11/08/23

Swale Chess Club will be open again on Thursday 7th September 2023.

In the meantime no fewer than seven of our members will be taking a trip to Thanet next weekend:

51st Thanet Chess Congress—August 18th–20th 2023, Sandwich

Thanet Chess Congress

Watch this space to see how we get on!

Challenge accepted: I trained like a chess grandmaster

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Updated 05/08/23

Swale Chess Club will be open again on Thursday 7th September 2023.

51st Thanet Chess Congress—August 18th–20th 2023, Sandwich

Thanet Chess Congress

Knight's tour magic act: Reveen the Impossiblist!

We conclude our knight's tour series with a dramatic finale.

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