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.

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. 

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