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.


Annual General Meeting 2018

This years AGM will be held on Wednesday 5 September 2018, starting @ 20:00hrs in the Club room.

Please ensure all Cups, Trophies and Shields awarded last year are returned (duly polished) by 5 August 2018 for presentation at the AGM.

Thanet Chess Congress

The 49th Thanet Chess Congress will be held at St. George’s C of E Foundation School, Westwood Road, Broadstairs CT10 2LH from Friday 17 August to Sunday 19 August 2018, and is a 5 round event.

Playing in the 'Open' we have Cliff Chandler (214), and in the 'Major' we have David Heath (146) and David Smith (119).

Results

Open

1st - IM Alan Merry with 4 points
2nd - Richard Bates with 3½ points.
3rd= Benjamin Spink and Martin Taylor with 3 points.

Martin Taylor is the Kent Open Champion.
9th= Cristian Ilinca scored 2 points.

Challengers
1st - John Atherton with 4½ points.
John Atherton is the Kent Challengers Champion.

Major
1st= David Heath and Peter McGill with 4 points.
David Heath and Peter McGill are joint Kent Major Champions.

Intermediate
1st= Paul Arnold and Peter Dirmauskas with 4 points.

Paul Arnold is the Kent Intermediate Champion.

Minor
1st - Anthony Holdstock with 4½ points.
Anthony Holdstock is the Kent Minor Champion.
9th= Nigel Osina with 3 points.

Kent Summer Quickplay 2018

We again entered 2 teams in 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.

 
Maidstone 1 (team captain Bob Lane) are in group "A" along with Folkestone, Hastings, Maidstone 2 and Swale.

Maidstone 1 results/fixtures:
  • On Wednesday 20 June 2018 we played a home match v Maidstone 2, winning 9-7. Individual results (out of 4) David Munford 2, George Hollands 3, Peter Dirmauskas 1, Stefan Sainiuc 3.
  • On Wednesday 4 July 2018 we played a home match v Hastings, losing 4½-11½. Individual results (out of 4) David Munford 2, Alan Riddoch 1, George Hollands 1½, Stefan Sainiuc 0.
  • On Saturday 11 August 2018 we played an away match v Folkestone, losing 10½-5½. Individual results (out of 4) Alan Riddoch 1½, Stefan Dragan 0, Bob Lane 2, David Heath 2.
  • On Thursday 16 August 2018 we play an away match v Swale.

Maidstone 2 (team captain David Heath) are in group "A" along with Folkestone, Hastings, Maidstone 1 and Swale.


Maidstone 2 results/fixtures:
  • On Wednesday 20 June 2018 we played a home match v Maidstone 1, losing 7-9. Individual results (out of 4) David Heath 2, Barry Beavis 2, Nigel Osina 2, Rebecca Rutter 1.
  • On Wednesday 18 July 2018 we played a home match v Folkestone, losing 2-14. Individual results (out of 4) Nigel Osina 0, Robert Cox 0, Joshua Gillespie 2, Rebecca Rutter 0.
  • On Thursday 26 July 2018 we played an away match v Swale, losing 7-9. Individual results (out of 4) David Heath 1½, Nigel Osina 0, Joshua Gillespie 3½, Rebecca Rutter 2.
  • On Sunday 12 August 2018 we play an away match v Hastings.

Players Trophy 2017/18 - Rounds 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5

Round 1 was played on Wednesday 18 October 2017. Results:
 
Nigel Osina 0 1 Cliff Chandler
David Munford 1 0 Ross Dentten
Kannan Rajalingam 0 1 Bob Lane
Barry Beavis ½ ½ Chris Wise
Robert Cox 0 1 David Heath
Ian Clark 1 0 Rebecca Rutter
Dean Patience 0 1 Douglas Smith
Peter Dirmauskas 1 0 Peter Smith


Round 2 was played on Wednesday 7 February 2018. Results:

Cliff Chandler 1 0 Ian Clark
Douglas Smith 0 1 David Munford
Bob Lane ½ ½ Peter Dirmauskas
David Heath 0 1 Barry Beavis
Chris Wise 0 1 Nigel Osina
Peter Smith 0 1 Robert Cox
Ross Dentten 1 0 Dean Patience
Rebecca Rutter 1 0 Kannan Rajalingam

Round 3 was played on Wednesday 11 April 2018. Results:
 
David Munford ½ ½ Cliff Chandler
Barry Beavis ½ ½ Bob Lane
Peter Dirmauskas 0 1 David Heath
Ian Clark ½ ½ Ross Dentten
Robert Cox 0 1 Douglas Smith
Nigel Osina 1 0 Rebecca Rutter
Kannan Rajalingam 1 0 Chris Wise
Dean Patience 0 1 Peter Smith

Round 4 was played on Wednesday 23 May 2018. Results:

Cliff Chandler 1 0 Barry Beavis
Bob Lane ½ ½ David Munford
 David Heath 1 0 Nigel Osina 
Douglas Smith 1 0 Ian Clark 
Chris Wise  0 1 Peter Dirmauskas
 Ross Dentten 1 0 Peter Smith 
Rebecca Rutter 1 0 Robert Cox
 Dean Patience Bye 0 Kannan Rajalingam 

Round 5 was played on Wednesday 8 August 2018. Results:

David Heath 0 1 Cliff Chandler
David Munford 1 0 Ian Clark
Nigel Osina 0 1 Bob Lane
Peter Dirmauskas 1 0 Ross Dentten
Barry Beavis 1 0 Douglas Smith
Rebecca Rutter 1 0 Dean Patience
Robert Cox 1 0 Chris Wise
Peter Smith bye

Congratulations to Cliff Chandler who wins the Players Trophy with 4½ points. In second place with 4 points is David Munford.

The winner of the Players Trophy Qualifier is Peter Dirmauskas with 3½ points.

Weald Chess Congress

The 12th Weald Chess Congress was held on 14/15 July 2018 at Copthorne Prep School, Effingham Lane, Copthorne, Crawley RH10 3HR, and was a 5 round event.

There were 4 sections; Open, Major (U175), Intermediate (U140) and Minor (U110).

The 'Open' was won by Conor Murphy (217) with 5 points.

The 'Major' was jointly won by Owen Phillips (162) and Eryl Malanta (161) with 4 points.
David Heath (144) was 7th= with 3 points.
 
The 'Intermediate' was won by Peter Lim (139) with 4½ points.

The 'Minor' was jointly won by Tom Howeson (102) and Henry Shaw (96) with 4½ points. 
Rebecca Rutter (62) was 27th= with 1½ points.

New Grades (July 2018)

The July 2018 list has just been published, based on results up to 30 June 2018.

Notable improvers are:

+13 Ross Dentten (88)
+12 Julian Squiers (86)
+11 George Hollands (163)
+8 Peter Dirmauskas (135)
+6 Cliff Chandler (214)
+6 Rebecca Rutter (68)
 


For full details of Maidstone players see 'ECF Grading Database' and enter MAIDSTONE.

Tunbridge Wells Chess Congress

The 2nd Tunbridge Wells Chess Congress was held on 9/10 June 2018 at Tunbridge Wells Bridge Club, 40 London Road, Tunbridge Wells, TN1 1DL, and was a 5 round event.

There were 3 sections; Open, Major (U160) and Minor (U127).

The 'Open' was won by GM John Emms (242) with 4½ points.

The 'Major' was jointly won by Peter Dirmauskas (127) and Brendan O'Gorman (154) with 4 points.
David Heath (144) was 9th= with 2½ points.

The 'Minor' was jointly won by William Ellinger (104), Anthony Langley (120), Nicholas Rutherford (84), David Smith (e110) and William Stock (116) with 4 points.
Nigel Osina (94) was 17= with 2 points and Rebecca Rutter (62) was 26= with 1 point.

Intro match v Charlton

On Sunday 13 May 2018 @ St. Anselm's Parish Centre, Dartford we played in the finals of the Intro Cup match v Charlton, winning 3-1.

Maidstone 8 v Charlton 3

e120 Stefan Sainiuc 1 0 Tim Shoben e130
e110 David Smith 1 0 Dylan West e100
73 Robert Cox 0 1 Mateusz Bazan 69
65 Rebecca Rutter 1 0 William Shoben 35

Kent League Finals 2017/18

The Finals were played on Sunday 13 May 2018 starting @ 13:00hrs @ St. Anselm's Parish Centre, 89 West Hill, Dartford DA1 2HJ.

Results as follows:

County Cup
Petts Wood 1 v Hastings 1 (Petts Wood won 4½-1½)

Lewis Cup

Folkestone 1 v Tunbridge Wells 1 (Folkestone won 4-2)

Stevenson Cup

Hastings 2 v Dartford 2 (Dartford won 6-0)

En Passant Cup

Hastings 3 v Gravesend 2 (Gravesend won 4½-1½)

Harvey Cup

Lewisham 4 v Chislehurst 2 (Lewisham won 3½-2½)

Tom Fuller Cup

Lewisham 5 v Swale 3 (Lewisham won 2-2 on board count)

Intro Cup
Maidstone 8 v Charlton 3 (Maidstone won 3-1)