Juniors News

Bexhill juniors at Worth

Bexhill juniors took a team of nine players to the Worth Grand Prix, everyone had a fantastic day and played some great chess. 

In the U8’s we had Timmy Nguyen who scored an incredible 5/6 coming second!

We’re looking forward to seeing how he performs in the U8 championship this weekend!

In the U10’s we had Jaxson Foster and Noah Pearson both in their second ever tournament!

Jaxson in fact played Noah in the second round. He won and finished on two points.

Noah played the person who ended up winning the tournament in round 1 and was winning but made an unfortunate error under time pressure and lost but still managed to score 2 points.

In the U12’s we had Samuel Merchant, Harry Morter and Rose Burgess.

Harry won 3 points from 5 rounds and then got a draw in round 6 giving him a total of 3.5 points coming 5th and qualifying for the under twelves minor section at the London championships, as did Rose who got 3.5 points as well and the top girl trophy!

Samuel got 5 from 5 and took a draw with Rose in the last round getting 5.5/6 and winning the section! Congratulations Sam!

In the U18 minor there was Sebastian Merchant, who scored two and a half points.

In the U18 major we had Luke Chapman and Andy Nguyen.

In a very tough section, Luke scored 2 and Andy three and a half.


Battle of Hastings

Report from Bill Tracey:

On Saturday 22nd July Bexhill made the short journey to Hastings for our annual match.

The original plan was to have 12 or more per side, but unfortunately Hastings struggled to get enough players so we settled on 9 a side.

Hastings did their best to match up well against us as we were missing 4 of our top 6 players. At first this was achieved, but due to a few late withdrawals Hastings were forced to include several of their strongest players. As a result we were out rated on the 5 top boards by almost 1500 points!

Our team, in board order was Andy, Leo, Bill Luxton, Steve Merchant, Luke, Sam, Seb, David Slidel and Mike Chapman.

There were some exceptional performances from our players.

On board 1 Andy who is only 11 faced the best player in the Hastings club and achieved a very fine draw. Leo on 2 also gained an excellent result with a draw agains a player rated 320 points higher.

Bill on 3 continued the trend by also drawing this time against an opponent out rating him by 170 points.

Sam on 6 was involved in a very entertaining and topsy turvy game that eventually settled as a draw.

Our only winner on the day came on board 7 where Seb played a very solid game and confidently entered a winning end game with a 2 pawn advantage.

Many thanks to Hastings for their hospitality.

Finally many thanks to all our members who played and also to those that volunteered to play but were unable to get a game.

Meetings News

Bexhill Blitz 2023

On Friday 14th July, we held a Blitz tournament which was attended by 16 club members. It was good to see two new members join us, Jake and Ed. The competition was a 6 round Swiss and the action, as it normally is in Blitz, was fast and furious. 

The results were as follows:

Joint Third: Sam (top junior) and Andrew on 4 points

Second: Janis on 41/2 points

First: Mark with a perfect 6 from 6.

Well done to all who took part.

We plan to hold events such as this on a more regular basis and further details will be published soon.

Cross tables below:


Chess on the beach 2023

Chess on the beach is returning to the De La Warr this summer on August 19th. We will be having all the usual fun, free beginner coaching, giant chess, chess variants and good fun for all ages and all abilities. We will be running from 11am till 5pm. No need to book or register. Just come on down and play some chess!

As part of the day we will be running two tournaments. The first will be a bughouse competition at 11am and the second will see the return of the Bexhill beach Blitz!

See the links below for more information on both of these.

Juniors News

Bexhill junior shines at national youth championships

Many congratulations to Bexhill junior Rose Burgess who played at the EJCOA national youth championships last weekend. Rose, pictured here with CM Rob Willmoth and IM Lorin D’Costa, won a training award for outstanding performance in the training sessions; £50 chess and bridge voucher. Well done Rose!!

Juniors News

Kent congress

Last weekend, seven members of Bexhill chess club headed over to Tunbridge wells for the Kent congress held at the bridge club.
It was a well run event in a beautiful building and a great weekend of chess.
In the under 1650 section, Sharon Merchant was very happy to win two points. Sebastian Merchant scored 3 and finished in 8th. Samuel Merchant came in 4th (joint 2nd) and won the grading prize of £50. Luke Chapman had a fantastic congress and finished on 4.5 in joint first place! He wins £138! Congratulations Luke!! 🥳🥳🥳

In the very competitive under 1950 section, Steve Blewitt managed a win and two draws to finish on 2 points. Bill Luxton managed half a point more with 2 wins and a draw to finish on 2.5. And finally Steve Merchant with 2 wins, 2 draws and 1 loss, finished with 3 points in 13th place.

Many thanks to Satish Gaekwad, Ashok Damodaran for their excellent organization. And especially to John Bowley for being the most friendly and professional arbiter I have ever met.


Gordon cup 2022/23

Today, Tuesday 30th May, saw the completion of the Gordon Cup. This years competition has been incredibly hard fought, with many very high standard games being played. In the end the top three were as follows:

3rd place Mike Lambert with 5.5 points

2nd place Sam Merchant with 6 points

1st place Sharon Merchant with 6.5 points

A massive congratulations to Sharon as a significant piece of history was made with this result, as no female member has won a club competition for at least 22 years (as long has Joe has been in the club). As a result of this Sharon and Sam gain promotion.

A huge well done to everyone that took part in what was a very close competition.

Meetings News Uncategorized

Bexhill Handicap tournament 2023

Here is a report from our chairman Bill Tracey on this years handicap tournament:

On Saturday 13th May a Time Handicap Tournament was held for members of the club.

It was fantastic to see an entry of 25 members which included 6 juniors.

The event was held as a 6 round Swiss with up to 7 minutes time difference between players.

After 3 hours of intense competition the results were as follows:

3rd place went to our junior England player Andy with 4 .5 points from 6.

In second place was Phil, who made an excellent return to the club after being away working for 6 months. He scored 5 from 6.

In first place was our National Master Mark  who scored a perfect 6 from 6.

Mark did say that the handicap system meant that he was pushed very hard in a number of his matches

The future of the club looks very promising with 6 juniors participating, of whom 5 were in the top 10!

My thanks are due to Michael Hayward , Bill Luxton, Rose and her family and the Merchant family for arriving early and helping to set up the venue.

Particular thanks goes to Sharon for her admin work through out the tournament.

Well done to all that took part.

It is an aim of the club that we will run more events such as this on a more regular basis.

Final cross table and photos from the event can be found below.

Mid Sussex league News

Mid Sussex league season 2022-2023

Here is the report from our captain Bill Tracey on the League season 2022 to 2023.

For the 1st time, Bexhill entered 3 teams into the Mid Sussex Chess Leagues.
Only 2 other clubs entered more than us with several entering only 1.
This, I believe, is another powerful indication of how much stronger the club is becoming both in terms of member numbers and in playing strength.

A total of 17 members played for the club this season, including 8 new members.

I would like to thank all these members for making my job as team captain so easy.

Across the 3 divisions we played 27 matches which equates to 108 games,
and, for each of these we had not a single drop out from any member who had committed to play.

From those 108 games 43 were wins 35 were draws and 30 were losses.

Our 1st team had the daunting prospect of playing in Division 1.
This was always going to be a huge challenge and this was clearly shown
when we were out rated in our first match against Brighton by1380 rating points! Despite this those who played for the 1st team did a fantastic job of keeping us in the top league. Although we finished in 7th place from 9 we only had a game point difference of only minus 6, this contrasts with the two teams below us with minus 16 and minus 13.

The two standout players were Andrew Fleming and Janis Petersons. They played all 9 matches, all bar one on boards 1 and 2 against the best players in the league and only lost 4 games from 18.. Janis scored 5 points and Andrew 4.5.

Our 2nd team played in Division 2 and despite the best efforts of the 10 members who played during the course of the season we finished 8th and hence are relegated. The story of the season was of several close matches that we lost by a point. Our game points difference was minus eight, meaning on average we lost by just under a point per match, so we were competitive in many of the matches but just came up short too often.

Our 3rd team in Division 3 had a fantastic season being unbeaten all season winning 8 matches and drawing one and thus winning the Division crown. Our game point difference was 28 to 8 with only 5 games resulting in a loss.

9 members played throughout the season including 5 new members.

Several players deserve a special mention, Alan Ticehurst with 4.5 from 5 points, Steve Merchant 5 from 7 Bill Tracey 5 from 7, Luke Chapman making his debut at the age of 12 and winning his first match for the club, but especially Bill Luxton who, in his first season for the club won 6 drew 2 and lost just one while playing 7 times on board one.

Next season, with the amount of members that have expressed an interest in playing, we are hoping to enter 4 teams. Please let me know if you wish to play next season.

The 17 members who played this season are Andrew Fleming, Janis Petersons, Steve Blewitt, John Kimber Leo Woning, Bill Luxton, Bill Tracey, Steve Merchant, Phil Swain, Alan Ticehurst, Alfie Reed, Luke Chapman, Michael Hayward, Sam Merchant, Mark Rich, Derek Cosens and Andy Nguyen.

The next season will start in October.

Bill Tracey

N.B. Bexhill chess club would like to express their gratitude to Bill Tracey for another season of excellent captaincy. Many thanks Bill. Your dedication and hard work is very much appreciated.

Mid Sussex league News

Bexhill 3 finish the season unbeaten

Match report from our captain Bill Tracey:

Thursday 20th April saw our 3rd team play their final team match of the season.

We travelled to Haywards Heath to take on their 2nd team. Our team, in board order was Bill L, Bill T, Alan and Derek.

Alan and I finished at almost the same moment.

My opponent played a dubious opening and I was able to establish a good position. This advantage was then greatly increased when he blundered his Queen! He played on for a few more moves but then resigned.

Alan had a very similar game as he too built a strong position, when his opponent blundered his Queen and a few moves later he resigned.

Bill on 1 was next to finish. Bill had a shocking journey to the venue, the Police had closed a road which meant his journey taking almost two hours, which caused him to arrive slightly late. I think that this clearly affected his opening, but he fought well in a difficult position and eventually accepted his opponents offer of a draw.

Derek was last to finish. He played very well against a determined opponent and eventually won by checkmate.

Final score Haywards Heath .5 Bexhill 3.5

This means that we have finished the league unbeaten with 8 wins and a draw.

Well done to all who played for the 3rd team this season.

A full report on all 3 league teams will be published shortly.