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).

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.


Stevenson match v Hastings

On Wednesday 1 February 2023 we played a home Stevenson Cup match v Hastings, winning 5-1.
 
Maidstone v Hastings

2252 Cliff Chandler 1 0 Henry Cove 1990
2001 Cristian Ilinca 1 0 Paul Kelly 1916
1809 David Heath ½ ½ Mark Brougham 1914
1776 Bob Lane ½ ½ James Wheeler 1909
1741 Neil Williams 1 0 Adrian Cload 1623
1500 Andrejs Gorskovs 1 0 Martin Fletcher 1450

Intro Cup - Maidstone 7 v Weald of Kent

On Wednesday 1 February 2023 we played a home Intro Cup match v Weald of Kent, winning 3-1.

Maidstone 7 v Weald of Kent

1365 Julian Squiers 1 0 Robert Cox 1347
1196 Chris Wise 1 0 Joanne Wilson 1183
1000 Dylan Woolerton 1 0 Mark Shallcross 1100
1000 Laurence Hobson 0 1 Paul Jackson 1000

60,000 Hits

Since setting up the blog in June 2008, I am pleased to report that we had our 60,000th hit in January 2022, and are now averaging 600 hits/month.

This compares with our:
  • 10,000th hit in December 2012 (when we were averaging 185 hits/month)
  • 20,000th hit in December 2014 (when we were averaging 250 hits/month)
  • 30,000th hit in October 2016 (when we were averaging 300 hits/month)
  • 40,000th hit in February 2018 (when we were averaging 350 hits/month)
  • 50,000th hit in October 2019 (when we were averaging 400 hits/month)

County/Lewis match v Tunbridge Wells

On Monday 30 January 2023 we played an away combined County/Lewis Cup match v Tunbridge Wells, losing 3½-2½.

Tunbridge Wells v Maidstone

2503 John Emms ½ ½ Cliff Chandler
 2252
2072 Stephen Milford 1 0 Cristian Ilinca 2001
2050 Fred Fang ½ ½ Luke Kyte 1788
2016 James Scholes ½ ½ Alan Riddoch 1784
2005 Robert Jacobs ½ ½ Bob Lane 1776
1728 Hugh Tassell ½ ½ Neil Williams 1741

2nd Kentish FIDE Rapidplay

This event was held on Sunday 29 January 2023 @ RedLibbets Golf Club, Manor Lane, Ash, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN15 7HT

From the club, we had 2 entrants in the U1600 section: Dean Patience 1330 & Dylan Woolerton 1089.

Both players scored 2/6.
Dean was 12th by grade, and finished 19th=.
Dylan was 22nd by grade, and finished 19th=.


Tom Fuller match - Maidstone 6 v Hastings

On Sunday 29 January 2023 we played an away Tom Fuller Cup match v Hastings, losing 3-1.

Hastings v Maidstone 6

1623 Adrian Cload 1 0 Douglas Smith 1518
1527 Keith Hossack 0 1 Petko Kunev 1478
1435 Martin Fletcher 1 0 Andrejs Gorshovs 1400
1204 Alexcander Lebedev 1 0 Rebecca Rutter 1219

Players Trophy 2022/23 - Rounds 1 & 2

Round 1 was played on Wednesday 23 November 2022. Results as follows:

Cristian Ilinca 1 0 Chris Barton
Stefan Sainiuc 0 1 David Munford
David Heath ½ ½ Kevin Charlton
Douglas Smith ½ ½ Luke Kyte
  Tye Martin 0 1 Alan Riddoch 
Rebecca Rutter 0 1 Barry Beavis
Bob Lane 1 0 Dean Patience  
 Andrejs Gorskovs 0 1 Neil Williams
 
Round 2 was be played on Wednesday 25 January 2023. Results to date:

Barry Beavis ½ ½ David Munford
Bob Lane v Neil Williams
Alan Riddoch v Luke Kyte
Douglas Smith v David Heath 
Kevin Charlton v Chris Barton
Rebecca Rutter v Dean Patience 
 Stefan Sainiuc v Andrejs Gorskovs
  Tye Martin v Ian Latuskie  
 
Round 3 to be played on Wednesday 15 March 2023. 



Round 4 to be played on Wednesday 12 April 2023.

 

Round 5 to be played on Wednesday 10 May 2023. 




County/Lewis match v Tunbridge Wells

On Wednesday 25 January 2023 we played a home combined County/Lewis Cup match v Tunbridge Wells, winning 5½-½.

Maidstone v Tunbridge Wells

2252 Cliff Chandler 1 0 Fred Fang 2050
2001 Cristian Ilinca 1 0 Robert Jacobs 2005
1912 David Munford ½ ½ Jerry Anstead 1955
1809 David Heath 1 0 Joshua James Daplyn 1720
1788 Luke Kyte 1 0 Samzu Agbaje 1584
1776 Bob Lane 1 0 Stephen Lynch 1400

Harvey match - Maidstone 9 v Weald of Kent

On Monday 23 January 2023 we played an away Harvey Cup match against Weald of Kent, losing 3½-2½.

Weald of Kent v Maidstone 

1990 Adam Dakin 1 0 David Heath 1809
1816 James Hart Dyke ½ ½ Bob Lane 1776
1639 Robert Thompson 0 1 Alan Riddoch 1784
1347 Robert Cox 0 1 Neil Williams 1741
1206 Sonny Simpson 1 0 Dean Patience 1218
1200 Michael Sargent 1 0 Chris Wise 1200

Stevenson match v Swale

On Wednesday 18 January 2023 we played a home Stevenson Cup match v Swale, winning 4-2.
 
Maidstone v Swale

2001 Cristian Ilinca 1 0 Keith Nevols 1924
1912 David Munford ½ ½ Rob Woolacott 1688
1809 David Heath 1 0 Vytautas Gedminas 1666
1788 Luke Kyte 1 0 Nick Allen 1450
1741 Neil Williams ½ ½ Tyrone Jefferies 1567
1542 Kevin Charlton 0 1 Andrew Gillard 1534

Tom Fuller match Maidstone 6 v Medway 3

On Wednesday 18 January 2023 we played an away Tom Fuller Cup match v Medway, winning 1-3.

Medway v Maidstone

1527 William Walshe 0 1 Douglas Smith 1518
1347 Annant Yash Gautam 0 1 Petko Kunev 1478
1410 Roger House 0 1 Andrejs Gorskovs 1400
1300 Nav Dhinsa 1 0 Chris Wise 1196