Eastbourne Chess Club is closed until further notice

This year, the Club has entered 4 teams in the mid-Sussex league.  Together with internal championships and tournaments there is a wealth of games for players of all standards.

In addition, there will be a number of popular chess lectures arranged forclub members.

A number of chess events have already taken place.  In addition to the regular matches, there was been a very successful President’s Evening and talks by experienced club players.

Adrian's Talk - Catastrophes in Openings with Early Queen Sorties

Chess has often been considered a structured game in which both sides develop their central pawns, then the knights, bishops, castling and development of queen and rooks down the centre. I examine games in this talk, in which the queen is moved much earlier. Sometimes an early queen move can be correct and sometimes it can go catastrophically wrong.


The games are from 1985 up till 2019 and cover three openings, the Scandinavian or Centre Counter, black’s reply d6 to either of e4 or c4 and the Rossolimo variation of the Sicilian.


All of the openings considered are sound, and therefore where the opening involves a queen manoeuvre early in the game it is also sound. However, there is no doubt that one side has gone seriously wrong, with the shortest game being only 10 moves long.


The games can be categorised as one of:


  1. With a centralised Queen, chasing it to gain tempi, or forcing it into an offside position.
  2. The Queen goes pawn grabbing, and consequent time wasting in development.
  3. Failing to continue with a theoretical line, which involves a tactical pawn grab.
  4. Missing a key restraining move, which allows an attack against the queen.


Oli's Chess Talk

Oli’s talk covered the Minority Attack, a well known variation of the Queens Gambit whereby White forces a weakness on Back’s queen side by launching a pawn attack of 2 pawns versus three. 

Friendly Match against Bexhill

This season, a friendly match took place Between Bexhill and Eastbourne with each of the clubs hosting an 8-game contest on 27th April and 17th May respectively.  The result was a narrow win for Eastbourne by 8.5 – 7.5.  The event gave many non-match players the opportunity of experiencing play under match conditions.  This friendly event was enjoyed by all.

27 April at Bexhill

1.    Adrian Pickersgill     1/2     v       Steve Blewitt       1/2
2.    Matthew Pannett     1        v       John Kimber         0
3.    Colin Clark                0       v        Derek Cosens      1
4.    Keith Osborne          0       v        Bill Tracey             1
5.    Ian Goodyer             0       v        Alan Ticehurst      1
6.    Hugh Norris              1        v        Roy Webb             0
7.     Steve Baldwin         1/2      v        Joe Sharp            1/2
8.    Joe Parker                 1        v        David Slidel          0

Result 4 – 4


17 May at Eastbourne

1.    Oli Froom                   1        v        Steve Blewitt        0
2.    Laurence Butt          1/2     v        Derek Cosens      1/2
3.    John Moore               0       v        John Kimber         1
4.    Mike Elgin                  0       v        Bill Tracey             1
5.    Bob Hopkins              1       v         Joe Sharp            0
6.    Robert Smart             1       v         Mike Lambert      0
7.    Bob Kyle                      1       v         David Slidel          0
8.    Martin Lubbock         0      v         Tony De Marco     1

Result  4 1/2 – 3 1/2 to Eastbourne

Paul's Chess Talk

Paul’s talk covered a number of aspects of planning in chess with multiple practical examples of good and bad planning.  Paul emphasised the skills needed in order to effectively analyse, plan, and evaluate positions.

It was also the first talk to make use of modern technology by showing the games through the Fritz chess program with games being projected onto the white board.

John's Chess Talk

chess talk audience

The London System - A Black response

John took his audience through an exciting game played recently between Karjakin and Adams which featured a convincing win for Adams with the Black pieces against the popular London System.

It’s particularly relevant today due to this openings popularity at club level.  It advertises itself as an easy-to-learn, easy-to-play opening that puts great pressure on Black’s position with virtually no risk to White’s position.

However John convincingly shows that  Black does have an effective antidote.  The opening is played by top players for both White and Black and it is refreshing to see that Black has a strong reply, but only if he knows what he’s doing.

It is easy, as Black, to drift into an inferior psition without making any direct mistakes, so John’s revelations were both welcome and well-received at the club.