Welcome

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).

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.


Hastings International Congress 2018/19

This event is being held from 28 December 2018 to 6 January 2019 @ Horntye Park Sports Complex, Hastings.
 
From the club, we have just one entrant:

David Heath (146) is playing in both the Christmas (5 rounds) and the New Year Morning (5 rounds).
  
Christmas - Play is from 28 to 30 December.
  • Round 1 B v Jacob Boswell 177 - lost
  • Round 2 W v Anthony Roberts 140 - drew
  • Round 3 B v Reinhard Schmerwitz 141 - lost
  • Round 4 W v Mason Woodhams 136 - drew
  • Round 5
David was 13th= by grade, but finished 16th= on 1/4.

New Year - Play is from 31 December to 4 January.                                                 
  • Round 1 B v Marc Bryant 136 - won 
David was 1st= by grade, but withdrew after Round 1

Kent League @ 17 December 2018

As we approach half-way through the season, how are we doing?

County/Lewis Cup - played 4 matches; 4 losses;
Currently 5th of 5 (4 matches outstanding).

Stevenson Cup - played 4 matches; 2 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss;
Currently 2nd of 6 (1 match outstanding).

En Passant Cup - played 4 matches; 3 wins and 1 loss;
Currently 1st of 5 (4 matches outstanding).

Harvey Cup - played 4 matches; 2 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss;
Currently 2nd of 8 (3 matches outstanding).

Tom Fuller Cup:

Maidstone 5 - played 4 matches; 4 losses;
Currently 9th of 9 (4 matches outstanding).

Maidstone 6 - played 4 matches; 3 wins and 1 loss;
Currently 3rd of 9 (4 matches outstanding).

Maidstone 7 - played 3 matches; 3 wins
Currently 2nd of 9 (5 matches outstanding)

Intro Cup:

Maidstone 8 - played 2 matches; 1 win and 1 draw;
Currently 3rd of 6 (3 matches outstanding).

Maidstone 9 - played 4 matches; 1 win, 2 draws and 1 loss;
Currently 2nd of 6 (1 matches outstanding).
 


Semi-finals (which are played in April 2019) - need to finish either 1st or 2nd (except for the County/Lewis Cup, where the top 2 compete for the County Cup and those finishing 3rd and 4th play for the Lewis Cup - average grade to be not exceeding 170).

Finals to be played on Sunday 12 May 20189at Dartford. starting @ 14:00hrs.

Christmas & New Year

The last club night of 2018 is on 5 December, when there are two home matches at the club. Additionally the second room will be hired to allow friendly games and analysis. 
 
The club will then close for Christmas and the New Year and re-open on 2 January 2019.

Season's Greetings.

Harvey match v Hastings

On Sunday 16 December 2018 we played an away Harvey Cup match v Hastings, winning 2½-3½.
 
Hastings v Maidstone

160 James Wheeler ½ ½ Bob Lane 148
132 Derek Cosens 0 1 David Heath 146
131 Marc Bryant 0 1 Peter Dirmauskas 135
129 Mason Woodhams 1 0 David Smith 119
119 Gary Willson 1 0 Joshua Gillespie 68
75 William Cobb 0 1 Christopher Wise 78

Stevenson match v Rainham

On Wednesday 12 December 2018 we played an away Stevenson Cup match v Rainham, winning 1-5.

 Rainham v Maidstone

222 Martin Taylor ½ ½ Cliff Chandler 214
161 Andy Waters 0 1 David Munford 166
161 David Barnes 0 1 David Heath 146
134 Robert Springett ½ ½ Barry Beavis 143
130 Constantine Tucker 0 1 Robert Thompson 139
109 Gary Clifford 0 1 Douglas Smith 117

Intro Cup - Maidstone 9 v Medway

On Monday 10 December 2018 we played an away Intro Cup match v Medway, losing 2½-1½.

Medway v Maidstone 9

119 Tyrone Jefferies 0 1 David Smith 119
e100 Paul Jeffery 1 0 Peter Smith 89
44 Davy Relph 1 0 Rebecca Rutter 68
e45 Michael Hayton ½ ½ Gary Titmas e60

County/Lewis match v Hastings

On Wednesday 5 December 2018 we played a home combined County/Lewis Cup match v Hastings, losing 1½-4½.

Maidstone v Hastings
 
214 Cliff Chandler 0 1 Nicolas Varley 214
166 David Munford ½ ½ John Sugden 194
163 George Hollands 0 1 James Wheeler 160
146 David Heath 0 1 Henry Cove 159
148 Bob Lane ½ ½ Jeremy Hudson 132
143 Barry Beavis ½ ½ Derek Cosens 132

Intro match - Maidstone 9 v Snodland

On Wednesday 5 December 2018 we played a home Intro Cup match against Snodland, drawing 2-2.

Maidstone 9 v Snodland

e110 Chris Barton 0 1 Robert Thompson 139
68 Rebecca Rutter 0 1 Hugh Broadbent 108
e60 Gary Titmas 1 0 Neil Miners 88
59 Sebastian Cazac 1 0 Ryan Burling 25

Intro match - Maidstone 8 v Medway

On Monday 3 December 2018 we played an away Intro Cup match v Medway, winning 1-3.

Medway v Maidstone 8

123 Paul Foster ½ ½ Douglas Smith 117
104 David Langford 0 1 Joshua Gillespie 68
e45 Ayako Okusa ½ ½ Dean Patience 33
29 John Hannan 0 1 Joe Illsley e50

Tom Fuller match - Maidstone 5 v Tunbridge Wells

On Sunday 2 December 2018 we played an away Tom Fuller match v Tunbridge Wells, losing 3½-½. 

Tunbridge Wells v Maidstone 5

134 David Tidmarsh ½ ½ Alan Riddoch 143
117 Richard Woodfield 1 0 Peter Smith 89
104 James Robertson 1 0 Joe Illsley e60
81 Mike Emery 1 0 Sebastian Cazac 59