Do come and play at one of the most active and generally successful chess clubs in Kent! We have now won every cup from the County Cup down to the Intro Cup (as have Petts Wood).

Recent successes include:
2013 Maidstone I won the County Cup (for the sixteenth time) & Maidstone V won the Harvey Cup (for the fourth time)
2016 Maidstone IV won the Harvey Cup (for the fifth time)
2018 Maidstone VIII won the Intro Cup (for the first time)

We meet Wednesday evenings in Meeting Room 1 from 19:30hrs at the Maidstone Leisure Centre (Mote Park, Willow Way, Maidstone, ME15 7RN). You will find players at every level. Every week you can meet opponents for serious games and/or quick, casual games. There are club competitions, at both normal and rapid play, running throughout the year. You can join one of the teams (we have teams in all 7 Kent league divisions (County Cup, Lewis Cup, Stevenson Cup, En Passant Cup, Harvey Cup, Tom Fuller Cup & Intro Cup) and in national events), get advice on how to improve your game, or simply kibitz and chat! Juniors are very welcome. For more information ring Bob Lane on 01795 842331 or David Heath on 01622 741758 or email David Heath at davidheath11@talktalk.net or simply come along on any Wednesday evening. (Please note - when using the "How to find us" link on the right - that the entrance to the Leisure Centre is off the double roundabout in Willow Way opposite Upper Road).

A large car park is available, which is free of charge to all customers of Maidstone Leisure Centre, but note that users will need to register their car on a console to park for longer than 3 hours.

Len Hammond Memorial Match 2019

This friendly ungraded event is played annually between Snodland and Maidstone (with alternating venues), in memory of Len Hammond who was a well liked member of both clubs, playing for the Memorial Shield.

This years' event is to be held on Wednesday 25 September 2019 @ Maidstone (starting @ 19:45hrs and played over 5 or 6 boards).

AGM 2019

The Annual General Meeting was held on Wednesday 11 September 2019. Following the Treasurer's report (by Bob Lane), it was agreed that following a generous bequest, there will be no change in the membership fees; consequently the fees will have remained unchanged since 2009! Having listened to the Match Captain's report, Tournament Controller's report and the Secretary's report (all David Heath), the presentation by the Club President (David Munford) of the trophies, shields and cups commenced:

The Reynolds Cup was awarded to Joshua Gillespie (not present), who amassed 13 points playing for the Club on 17 occasions.

The Stanford Cup (Club Championship) was jointly won by Cliff Chandler and David Heath with 4 points.

The Reed Memorial Shield ('B' player) was won by Nigel Osina (not present) with 2 points.

The Players Trophy was won by Cliff Chandler with 5 points. 


The Players Trophy Qualifier was won by Joe Illsley with 2 points.

The Easter Lightning Tournament was won by David Munford scoring 4½/5 (presentation by David Heath).

The Rapidplay Tournament was jointly won by Bob Lane and Nigel Osina (not present) with 3 points.   

The Time Handicap Tournament was won by David Heath with 3½ points.

The Len Hammond Memorial Shield was won by Maidstone and captained by Bob Lane.


Swale Chess Club - Simultaneous

On Thursday 29 August 2019 GM Matthew Sadler and WIM Natasha Regan visited Swale Chess Club and gave Swale club members, and members of neighbouring chess clubs an excellent lecture, featuring their latest book Game Changer, written about the artificial intelligence system AlphaZero. With the aid of a demonstration board the chess masters' analysed one particular game where AlphaZero played against Stockfish sacrificing material by advancing a pawn on the a file to develop a rook.
Following on from the lecture, Matthew and Natasha signed copies of their book Game Changer, before playing a tandem simultaneous event against fourteen eagerly awaiting players scoring thirteen wins and one defeat. 

The one defeat was against David Heath from neighbouring Maidstone Chess Club who played an excellent game against the masters, and the score is listed below:

1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bf4 Bg4 4. Nbd2 e6 5. e3 Bd6 6. Bxd6 cxd6 7. c3 Nf6 8. Be2 O-O 9. O-O Rc8 10. h3 Bh5 11. a4 Na5 12. b4 Bxf3 13. gxf3 Nc6 14. e4 e5 15. b5 Ne7 16. Rc1 Nh5 17. f4 Nxf4 18. Bg4 f5 19. exf5 Nxf5 20. Qf3 Qg5 21. Kh1 e4 22. Qd1 h5 23. Rg1 hxg4 24. Rxg4 Qh6 25. Nf1 Nxh3 26. Kg2 Nf4+ 27. Kg1 Nh3+ 28. Kg2 Nh4+ 29. Kxh3 Ng6+ 30. Kg2 Nf4+ 31. Kg1 Nh3+ 32. Kg2 Rxf2+ 33. Kg3 Rcf8 34. Nh2 Qe3+ 35. Kh4 Rxh2+ 36. Rxg7+ Kxg7 37. Qg4+ Qg5+ Resigns

Thanet Chess Congress

The 50th Thanet Chess Congress was held at St. George’s Church of England Foundation School, Westwood Road, Broadstairs CT10 2LH from Friday 16 August to Sunday 18 August 2019, and was a 5 round swiss event in five sections: Open, Challengers (U171), Major (U151), Intermediate (U131) and Minor (U111).

From the club, we had:

David Heath (160) playing in the Challengers, plus Mason Thorpe (e75) playing in the Minor.


1st - Alan Merry with 4½ points
2nd= Mulay Partha and Martin Taylor with 4 points.
Martin Taylor is the Kent Open Champion.

1st= Trefor Owens, Mike Taylor, Paul Jackson, Patrick Burns and Z Quader with 3½ points.
Trefor Owens is the Kent Challengers Champion.
6th= David Heath scored 3 points.

1st - Robert Page with 4½ points.
Robert Page is the Kent Major Champion.

1st - Manoj Natarajan with 4½ points.
Manoj Natarajan is the Kent Intermediate Champion.
1st= John Couzens and Charlie Ball with 4½ points.
John Couzens is the Kent Minor Champion.

8th= Mason Thorpe scored 3 points.
Mason Thorpe won the U76 grading prize

Players Trophy 2018/19 - Rounds 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5

Round 1 was played on Wednesday 26 September 2018. 
Douglas Smith 0 1 Cliff Chandler
David Munford 1 0 Peter Smith
Ross Dentten 0 1 Bob Lane
David Heath 1 0 Chris Wise
Robert Cox ½ ½ Barry Beavis
Peter Dirmauskas 0 1 Joshua Gillespie
Rebecca Rutter 0 1 Stefan Sainiuc
Ian Clark 1 0 Dean Patience
Joe Illsley 0 1 David Smith
Gary Titmas Bye

Round 2 was played on Wednesday 21 November 2018.

Cliff Chandler 1 0 Stefan Sainiuc
David Smith ½ ½ David Munford
Bob Lane 1 0 Ian Clark
Joshua Gillespie 0 1 David Heath
Barry Beavis 1 0 Peter Dirmauskas
Peter Smith 1 0 Robert Cox
Gary Titmas 0 1 Douglas Smith
Dean Patience 1 Bye Ross Dentten
Chris Wise 0 1 Joe Illsley
Rebecca Rutter Bye

Round 3 was played on Wednesday 3 April 2019. Results to date:
David Heath 0 1 Cliff Chandler
David Munford ½ ½ Bob Lane
David Smith Def 1 Barry Beavis
Stefan Sainiuc v Joshua Gillespie
Ian Clark 1 0 Rebecca Rutter
Douglas Smith 0 1 Joe Illsley
Robert Cox 1 0 Gary Titmas
Chris Wise v Peter Smith
Peter Dirmauskas Def 1 Dean Patience

Round 4 was played on Wednesday  5 June 2019. Results to date:
Cliff Chandler 1 0 Bob Lane
Barry Beavis ½ ½ David Heath
Joe Illsley 0 1 David Munford
Peter Smith v Ian Clark
Stefan Sainiuc 1 0 Robert Cox
Joshua Gillespie v Rebecca Rutter
Dean Patience ½ ½ Chris Wise

Round 5 was played on Wednesday 7 August 2019. Results to date:

David Munford 0 1 Cliff Chandler
Barry Beavis v Stefan Sainiuc
Bob Lane v Joshua Gillespie
David Heath 1 0 Peter Smith
Ian Clark v Joe Illsley
Robert Cox 0 1 Dean Patience
Rebecca Rutter v Chris Wise

Congratulations to Cliff Chandler, who wins the Players Trophy with a perfect score of 5/5.

The Players Trophy Qualifier (awarded to the best player with a grade < 120) is Joe Illsley with 2 points.

Kent Summer Quickplay 2019

We have entered the Kent Summer Quickplay.

Each is made up of a four person team, and during the course of the evening each player plays all four of the oppositions players. Each of the games are for 30 minutes duration with time being allocated on a handicap basis.

This year 18 teams have entered, split in to 4 groups.

Maidstone (team captain Bob Lane) is in group "4" along with Folkestone, Hastings and Rainham.

Maidstone results/fixtures:
  • On Wednesday 26 June 2019 we played a home match v Hastings, losing 7-9. Individual scores (out of 4) Bob Lane 1½, David Heath 1, Barry Beavis 1½, Stefan Sainiuc 3.
  • On Wednesday 10 July 2019 we played an away match v Rainham, losing 10½-5½. Individual scores (out of 4) David Munford 1½, Bob Lane ½, Barry Beavis 2, Stefan Sainiuc 1½.
  • On Saturday 3 August 2019 we played an away match v Folkestone, winning 7½-8½. Individual scores (out of 4) Bob Lane 1½, David Heath 2½, Barry Beavis 2½, Robert Cox 2.

Weald Chess Congress

The 13th Weald Chess Congress was held on 13/14 July 2019 at The Sports Centre, Copthorne Prep School, Effingham Lane, Copthorne, West Sussex RH10 3HR and was a 5 round swiss event in 4 sections - Open, Major (U175), Intermediate (U140), and Minor (U110).

From the club, we had David Heath (147) playing in the Major, and Dean Patience (37) playing in the Minor.

The 'Open' was jointly won by GM Oleg Korneev (259) and GM Nicholas Pert (253) with 4½ points.

The 'Major' was jointly won by Tim Hilton (168) and Vladimirs Bovtramovics (157) with 4½ points.
David Heath (144) was 26th= with 2 points.

The 'Intermediate' was won by Lee Bullock (130) with 4½ points.

The 'Minor' was jointly won by Oliver Stockham (85) and Chris Smith (109) with 4½ points.
Dean Patience (37) was 25th= with 1 point.