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.


Annual General Meeting 2022

This years AGM will be held on Wednesday 14 September 2022, starting @ 20:00hrs in the Club room.

Please ensure all Cups, Trophies and Shields previously awarded are returned (duly polished) by 24 August 2022 for presentation at the AGM.

Players Trophy 2021/22 - Rounds 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5

Round 1 was played on Wednesday 27 October 2021. Results as follows:

Luke Kyte  0 1 Cliff Chandler
David Munford 0 1 Neil Williams
Rebecca Rutter 0 1 Cristian Ilinca
David Heath 1 0 Jacob Fitzgerald
Chris Wise 0 1 Barry Beavis
Bob Lane 1 0 Martyn Stevens
Alan Riddoch 0 1 Dean Patience 

Round 2 was played on Wednesday 26 January 2022. Results as follows:

Cliff Chandler 1 0 Bob Lane 
Cristian Ilinca 1 0 Neil Williams
Dean Patience 1 0 David Heath 
  Barry Beavis ½ ½ David Munford 
Jacob Fitzgerald 0 1 Alan Riddoch
Chris Wise 0 1 Luke Kyte
Martyn Stevens 0 1 Rebecca Rutter
 
Round 3 was played on Wednesday 23 February 2022. Results as follows:

Dean Patience 0 1 Cliff Chandler
Barry Beavis 0 1 Cristian Ilinca
David Heath 1 0 Luke Kyte
Neil Williams 0 1 Bob Lane 
Alan Riddoch 1 0 Rebecca Rutter
David Munford 1 0 Jacob Fitzgerald
Martyn Stevens Def Chris Wise 

Round 4 was played on Wednesday 23 March 2022. Results as follows:

 Cliff Chandler ½ ½ Cristian Ilinca
Alan Riddoch 1 0 David Heath
Bob Lane ½ ½ Dean Patience
Luke Kyte ½ ½ David Munford
Neil Williams ½ ½ Barry Beavis   
 Rebecca Rutter 0 1 Chris Wise   

Round 5 to be played as soon as possible. Results to date:

Cliff Chandler v Alan Riddoch
Cristian Ilinca v Bob Lane 
 Dean Patience 1 0 David Munford
David Heath ½ ½ Barry Beavis 
Chris Wise 0 1 Neil Williams
Rebecca Rutter v Luke Kyte 
 
 


Kent Summer Quickplay 2022

We have entered the Kent Summer Quickplay, which will return in 2022 after a Covid induced absence.

Matches will take place throughout the summer. 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.


Maidstone (team captain Bob Lane) is in a group along with Hastings (home), Medway (home), Tunbridge Wells (away) and Weald of Kent (away).

No date yet for the match against Weald of Kent. However, the group stage must be completed by Monday 12 September.
 
Maidstone results/fixtures:
 
  • On Monday 27 June 2022 we played an away match v Tunbridge Wells, losing 13-3 (having only been able to field a team of 3).
    Individual scores (out of 4) Barry Beavis 3, Bob Lane 0, Luke Kyte 0.
  • On Wednesday 6 July 2022 we played a home match v Hastings, losing 5-11.
    Individual scores (out of 4) David Munford 2, Bob Lane ½, Luke Kyte ½, Rebecca Rutter 2.
  • On Wednesday 13 July 2022 we played a home match v Medway, winning 10-6.
    Individual scores (out of 4) George Hollands 3, Luke Kyte 4, Neil Williams 1, Kevin Charlton 2.
  • On Monday 13 July 2022 we played an away match v Weald of Kent, winning 7½-8½.
    Individual scores (out of 4) George Hollands 1½, Luke Kyte 4, Neil Williams 1, Kevin Charlton 1½

Kent League Finals 2021/22

The Finals were played on Saturday 18 June 2022, at Our Lady of Crays, 312 High St, St Mary Cray, Orpington. BR5 4AR

Results as follows:

County Cup
Lewisham 1 v Rainham 1 (Lewisham won 5-1)

Lewis Cup

Maidstone 1 v Petts Wood & Orpington 1 (Drew 3-3, but Petts Wood won on board count)

Stevenson Cup

Dartford & Swanley 1 v Petts Wood & Orpington 2 (Petts Wood won 2-4)

En Passant Cup
Dartford & Swanley 2 v Maidstone 3 (Dartford won 3½- 2½)

Harvey Cup

Medway 1 v Charlton 2 (Drew 3-3, but Medway won on board count)

Tom Fuller Cup

  Beckenham & Bromley 5 v Lewisham 5 (Drew 2-2, but Beckenham won on bottom board elimination)

Intro Cup
Charlton 3 v Medway 4 (Charlton won 
3- ½)

Lewis match v Petts Wood & Orpington

On Saturday 18 June 20 we played in the Lewis Cup Final match v Petts Wood, drawing 3-3..

Maidstone v Petts Wood

2298 Cliff Chandler 0 1 John Merriman 2335
1923 Cristina Ilinca 1 0 Daniel Lindner 2208
1953 David Munford 0 1 Mark Rich 2238
1881 Joseph Oiemuyiwa 0 1 Shlok Verma
 1970
1848 David Heath 1 0 Martin George 1646
1702 Robert Thompson 1 0 Yifan Luo 1600

Congratulations to Petts Wood, who won on board count.

En Passant match v Dartford & Swanley

On Saturday 18 June 2022 we played in the En Passant Final match v Dartford, losing 3½-2½.

Dartford v Maidstone 

2043 Jim Johnson 1 0 Barry Beavis 1795
1773 Peter Childs ½ ½ Bob Lane 1774
1773 Paul Challis ½ ½ Alan Riddoch 1705
1743 Anthony Marcham 0 1 Luke Kyte 1760
1653 Alan Sherriff ½ ½ Kevin Charlton 1514
1503 Anthony Holdstock 1 0 Petko Kunev 1473

En Passant match v Petts Wood & Orpington

On Wednesday 8 June 2022, we played an  home En Passant Cup Semi-final match v Petts Wood & Orpington, winning 4-2.

Maidstone v Petts Wood & Orpington

1923 Cristian Ilinca 1 0 James Merriman 2057
1795 Barry Beavis ½ ½ John Cook 1825
1774 
Bob Lane 1 0 Orla Dorman 1758
1754 Neil Williams ½ ½ Roy Parsons 1750
1473 Petko Kunev 1 0 Vijay Katukun 1555
1350 Dean Patience 0 1 Paul Jones 1450

Tom Fuller match - Maidstone v Lewisham

On Wednesday 25 May 2022 we played an a home Tom Fuller Cup Semi-final match v Lewisham, losing 1-3. 

Maidstone v Lewisham

1705 Alan Riddoch 1 0 Mike Wood 1714
1514 Kevin Charlton 0 1 Iain Hunt 1233
1473 Petko Kunev 0 1 Christiano Marchettini 1405
1128 Dean Patience 0 1 Gabriel Jones 1349

Congratulations to Lewisham, who will play in the Finals.