Congratulations to the Broadstairs A team who have won the club’s first trophy of the season, the Team Quickplay. The official photographer was too busy checking the football scores on his phone and celebrating the big result on the night – Portsmouth 1 Charlton 2 – to take a photo of the winning team. Fortunately, another photo of the two Broadstairs teams was found in the archives and reproduced above and two pretty strong teams they look, too.

It is a shame that more clubs do not support these events. Broadstairs provided two teams of four but the only other club to take part was Margate. Last time the same three teams contested a league event – for the Team Buzzer a couple of years ago – Colin Gregory wryly commented that this was a two-horse race in which Margate could finish third. Well, it didn’t happen then but it did last night. The format was all-play-all twice and the final results had a perfectly symmetrical look. Broadstairs A dropped only two points  to finish with 14/16 while Margate, unfortunately deprived of some of their strongest players, could only score two points (2/16). The Broadstairs B team split the difference to finish bang in the middle (8/16). Full details can be found here.

Well done to the following Broadstairs players who won all their games: Trefor Owens, Shany Rezvany, Ian Hames and Paul Johnson and thanks to Margate Chess Club for hosting the event and to John Clarke for organising it. 

Broadstairs A: Trefor Owens, Shany Rezvany, Paul Carfrae, Ian Hames        

Broadstairs B: Bob Page, Richard Clement, Paul Johnson, Michael Doyle

Here is one of Trefor’s wins which he describes as ‘a pretty finish, even if I missed a mate in one!’

White:  Trefor Owens      Black:  Colin Gregory
Team Quickplay 2018: Broadstairs A v Margate

                                                         Broadstairs 1.5     Ramsgate 2.5

1Bob Cronin (103)1/2-1/2 Malcolm Snashall (110)
2Reg Pidduck (101)   0-1Joshua Vaughan (94)
3Michael Doyle (91)   0-1Ken Keeler (93)
4Michael Jenkinson (78)   1-0Bob Wallace (88)

Michael Doyle writes:

Chess is not for people going mad but for mad people sane, says William Hartston, International Master. That’s how it was last night when Broadstairs hosted Ramsgate in the Walker Shield.  We got off to a good start on Board 4 when Michael Jenkinson beat Bob Wallace, resigning with a knight and bishop against the king. Then on Board 1 Bob Cronin had an impressive game with Malcolm Snashall, two queens battling it out for a draw. It was downhill from there with Reg Pidduck going down against a much improved Josh Vaughan, running out of time.  The last to finish was the Captain, Mike Doyle. His opponent managed to get his pawn through and our captain resigned.  What chance do we have of winning the shield when we played three and lost two? Not so says our secretary Bob Page for we have seven more games to go and it is all up for grabs.

Best wishes and Merry Christmas
Mike Doyle
Capt of the Walker Shield team

This photograph might at first glance appear to be a typical example of yet another lazy attempt to make chess more sexy. However, this is not so. The lady in the picture is Juga, a Chilean singer and keen chess player. Yes, I know what you’re thinking but read on.  She has written at least two songs on a chess theme, one of which is ‘Oh Capablanca’ which she performed at the closing ceremony of the recent Chess Olympiad. This is what she said about the song: “ ‘Oh Capablanca’ describes my emotional voyage through a twisted chess game, in which I suffered from over-optimism. Right after the game, I wrote this song to relieve my grief for losing a ‘winning’ position, which later I analyzed only to find out that it was not winning at all!  I have always been in love with chess. ‘Oh Capablanca’ was born in the middle of a classical tournament I played in Rome in December last year. It was the 5th round and I really liked my position. I was playing with White, an Exchange Variation against a Caro-Kann Defence.”  Now that must resonate with all chess players so check – excuse the pun – out her song on the link below and see what you think. There is a touch of the James Bond theme about it and personally I love the reference to consulting Stockfish after the game to learn that actually her analysis was flawed all along!



It’s December so what are you looking forward to? Here’s a clue – there are only 24 days to go until…..yes, you’ve got it. There are only 24 days until the Hastings Chess Congress begins. The view expressed here before is that Hastings is not quite what it was and the main reason for that is a five letter word beginning with ‘m’ and ending in ‘y’. The proximity in the chess calendar of the Tata Steel Tournament offering megabucks to all and sundry leaves Hastings with mere grandmasters while the super GMs head for Holland (Magnus Carlsen, Ding Liren and Anish Giri are already confirmed entrants). That is not to say Hastings lacks good games. One of my first visits was for the 1988/89 tournament and I arrived on the Friday afternoon ahead of the Weekend Congress to catch the final round of the Open Tournament. On the top board was 12-year old Judit Polgar playing white against GM Glenn Flear. So if you were 12, facing a grandmaster, what would you play after 1.e4 e5 ? Why, the King’s Gambit, of course!

White:  Judit Polgar      Black:  Glenn Flear

Hastings Open 1988/89


                                       Broadstairs  4        Sheldwich P.S.   0                                       

1 Andy Flood (110) 1-0 Oli Garrett (76)
2 Bob Cronin (103) 1-0 Zeno Burns (58)
3 Michael Doyle (91) 1-0 Adam O’Meara (46)
4 Fredy Ruber (58) 1-0 Will Horsford (44)

Michael Doyle writes:

It was a resounding success on Friday as Broadstairs won convincingly 4-0 over Sheldwich despite losing our first match at the start of the season to Bridge. It was Sheldwich’s first season in the Thanet and East Kent Chess League and although they had  four juniors they played well beyond their grades. On  board three our captain Mike was the first to finish. His opponent, Adam, had overlooked his queen en prise and was taken by the knight. A few moves later Mike checkmated with a rook and queen: 1-0. Next to win on board two was Bob C. He had his opponent’s queen trapped on move nineteen and it was all over in the few moves: 2-0.  On board four was Fredy, who won the George Stiggers Trophy for the most improved player last season. He was attacking with a knight fork and queen and it ended with a beautiful pawn mate on g5: 3-0 up.  The last game to finish on board one was Andy, our top player against ten-year-old Oli, who played like a seasoned pro. Andy was down to a rook and pawn ending and Oli was the same but in the end Andy forced his pawn to queen and we won 4-0. Well done lads and to Sheldwich juniors who put up a good fight.