Mid Sussex league

A tough loss…

On Thursday 14th April, Bexhill 1 hosted  Horsham 3 in the Mid Sussex League.

On board 4, our newest club member Leo Woning made his debut, and what a debut it was. Playing on board 4 he won his game in brilliant fashion forcing his very experienced opponent to resign after just 20 moves.

The remaining three games were all very long and hard fought affairs.

John on board 3 seemed to have come back well from a tough position, but his opponent found an excellent move in the end game and eventually John was left with no option but to resign.

On board 1 Janis maintained his unbeaten record this season by getting a draw at the end of a 3 hour game. 

On board 2 Steve Blewitt was not feeling very well and this seemed to affect his game. He mounted a strong attack, but his opponent managed to survive it and slowly gained the ascendency and after 3 hours and 5 minutes Steve was forced to resign. It is worth noting that in the 2 seasons that Bexhill have played in the leagues this is the first game that Steve has not won.

So the final score was 2.5 to 1.5 to Horsham.

The final match of the season for the first team will be on May 12th away to East Grinstead Bookshop, in what will be a must win match if we are to finish second in the league.

Mid Sussex league

A splendid victory for Bexhill 1!

Bexhill 1 entertained East Grinstead on April 7th.
This was a particularly important match as East Grinstead were lying 2nd in the league with Bexhill 1 just behind in third.
East Grinstead won Division 3 when the leagues were last played, so would represent a strong challenge.
First to finish was Steve Merchant, who played well to go 2 pawns up and eventually forced a resignation.
Janis on board 3 played a strong attacking game, sacrificing 2 pieces to try to get the win, and despite
mounting a strong attack had to settle for a draw.
Steve Blewitt was next to finish. He and his opponent found themselves with 5 pawns each with Steve having a very active Knight to his opponents Bishop. Steve played the end game to perfection and forced a resignation from the East Grinstead number 2.
Last to finish was Andrew on board 1. Andrew capitalised on an error by his opponent which saw Andrew
go up by a Bishop to 2 pawns. Despite the East Grinstead number 1 having a lead in development Andrew calmly nullified all efforts from his opponent and eventually with Andrew in an overwhelming position his opponent resigned.

This means that with 2 matches remaining, Bexhill 1 are in second place in the league.
The next match on 14th April at home to Horsham will be another stiff challenge as they currently lie in 4th place just a couple of points behind us.

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A lucky escape for Crowborough!

On March 31st, Bexhill 2 played their penultimate match of the season against a strong Crowborough team. Bexhill was heavily out rated on 3 of the 4 boards and it was perhaps no
great surprise that Crowborough won the match 3 to 1.
The score, however, does not tell how close the match was.
John played very well on board 1 to defeat an opponent who out rated him by 80 points.
On board 2 Derek played a youngster who is progressing well in the world of Chess and who managed to get the better of Derek.
Board 3 saw an epic effort by Steve Merchant, playing an opponent rated over 400 hundred points higher.
Steve engineered what was a winning position, but made a wrong choice in the endgame to let his opponent off the hook.
Sharon on board 4 also had a strong position against a much higher rated opponent, but unfortunately
could not close the game out.
So in the end a win for Crowborough, but a fine effort from Bexhill 2.

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Battle for first place!

On Friday 18th March , Bexhill 1 travelled to Crowborough for a match. A match that would very likely have a strong bearing on who would win the league.
Unfortunately we were unable to field our strongest team as Janis had to pull out due to illness.
Crowborough are a very strong team with a player rated around 2000 on board 4 and proved to be too good on the night.
Andrew on board 1, John on board 3 and Derek on board 4 all lost, leaving Steve Blewitt as our only winner. It is now likely that Crowborough will win the league, but with three matches to go we are still in with a strong chance of placing second.


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Another win for Bexhill 1!

The A team hosted Eastbourne 2 on Friday 4th March.

The match should have been held at Eastbourne, but they are having building work done.

First to finish was Janis on board 2. He totally out played his opponent who resigned after

just 22 moves. 

I played on board 4 and despite building a stong lead managed to blunder in the end game and had to resign after 44 moves.

Steve Blewitt on board 3 had a tough match but found a great move in the end game which forced a resignation from his opponent.

Andrew on board one had a long battle and in the end gained the half point that ensured the match win.

So the final score was Bexhill 2.5 Eastbourne 1.5.

After 3 matches we are joint top of the league with 3 wins!


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Draw for Bexhill 2

Thursday 3rd of March saw our B team host Collyers 6th Form College.

On board 4, Steve Merchant produced a fine display of attacking chess and beat his opponent in very quick time.

I was on board three and had a slight lead when I blundered and lost a piece. A couple of moves later I managed to blunder another piece and resigned shortly there


On board two, Derek lost his way and resigned after a couple of hours.

John on board one, produced a master class and totally out played his opponent

to leave the match score tied at 2 each.

With five matches played we stand at three losses and two draws. 

We have two matches left so hopefully we will find that elusive win.



Bexhill member heads Sussex

Congratulations to Bexhill chess club member Samuel Merchant who had the honor of playing board 1 for the Sussex under 9s last weekend in their match against the under 11 girls team. Unfortunately the girls were too strong for the boys on this occasion.. but hopefully it gave them a good warm up in preparation for the EPSCA zonals next week. Good luck Sussex!


Chess quiz social

White to play.

The Merchants will be hosting a social, chess quiz evening at The Candle Orchard studio in Bexhill town centre. The evening will take place from 7pm on Saturday 26th March.
Wine, cheese and other snacks will be on offer, but everyone is invited to also bring any food or drink for sharing.
We will be running a chess-themed quiz with multiple rounds covering a variety of themes, including chess history, guess the moves, the laws of chess, and ‘when chess goes wrong!’.
We will divide into appropriate teams depending on numbers.
Everyone from the club is invited, but can we ask everyone to please notify Steve or Sharon in advance if you intend to come, so we know how many people to prepare for.


New club meeting

NEW CLUB MEETING! From this week (Tuesday 8th March) we will be resuming our Tuesday afternoon club meetings at Centenary house. We will be meeting from 1pm till 4pm. Hope to see you there!


Crowborough chess congress

On Saturday 26th Febuary, six members travelled to Crowborough to take part in the 35th Crowborough Chess Congress. The six were Janis, Steve Merchant, Sharon Merchant, Seb Merchant, Sam Merchant and myself. The tournament was a six round Swiss with a time control of 25 minutes plus 5 second increments. Seb and Sam played in the Challenger section while the rest of us played in the Major section.
The event contained some very strong players with the eventual winner being rated at 2340.
The good news was that Bexhill won the prize for best club. This meant that, to the delight of the two boys, we each received a large Easter Egg. Individually I think that it is fair to say that results were mixed. Seb and Sam both recorded three points from a possible six. This was a good result as this section included both some strong junior players as well as some good adults. Sharon gained 2 points from six which was a fine effort considering that she was heavily out rated in most of her matches and it was her 1st tournament. Steve also recorded 2 points and was left rueing some missed opportunities but this was only his second event of this nature so the experience will undoubtably help his progress. I also gained 2 points with a very up and down day of chess. I managed a draw in my first match against a player rated some 550 points higher than myself.  I then managed a win , but as the day wore on my play sank and I only achieved half a point from the last 4 games. As with Steve this was only my second rapid tournament so hopefully I too will be better prepared next time. Janis played very solidly in his games and gained 3 from 6. His games were very close and hard fought and he was close to adding to his tally in at least 2 of his losses.
Despite the ups and downs of our play we all very much enjoyed the day. Many thanks to Janis for driving and many thanks to everyone at Crowborough for putting on such a wonderful event.

Full results, photos and a write can be found on the Crowborouh website here.

Bill Tracey.