Broadstairs  3         Bridge   1                                        

1 Bob Page (135) 1-0  Chris Stampe (127)
2 Paul Carfrae (133) 1-0  Tim Spencer (121)
3 Richard Clement (e130) ½-½  Peter Blundell (120)
4 John Couzens (116) ½-½  Ian Redmond (75)

Bob Page writes:

Broadstairs comfortably beat Bridge in the final Hargreaves match of the season to win the Shield for the second time in three years and the third in the last five. Putting out our strongest side, we were quietly confident beforehand and Paul got us off to a great start by gaining revenge for his defeat by the same opponent in September. Winning a piece early on, he carefully manoeuvred his queen and knights to trap the king and force resignation. In Andy’s absence, Captain Bob was next on the scoreboard. Chris played in his usual aggressive style but left gaps, lost a piece and the end was surprisingly swift. Richard’s game was always close and having checked that we only needed half a point to win the match, he offered his opponent a draw which was accepted. The match concluded in a slightly farcical manner. John had been behind for most of his game, first a pawn down then two and eventually three. With the match won, he decided he had had enough and he offered his hand in resignation which was clearly misinterpreted by Ian who sportingly announced: ‘Yes, I’ll accept a draw’! In the past we have featured Game of the Week, Blunder of the Week, Swindle of the Week and we now have Draw of the Week although this one will not be published.  Well played, everyone!

                                               Broadstairs  4     Woodnesborough B  0 

1 Reg Pidduck (107) 1-0    Oli Garrett (58)
2 Bob Cronin (104) 1-0    James Gill (e24)
3 Gary Hilleard (e100) 1-0    Daniel Watkins (e23)
4 Michael Doyle (81) 1-0    Jacob Henderson (e20)

Reg Pidduck writes:

BOARD 1. NOT MANY MISTAKES. Broadstairs needed to win this 4-0. Oli may only be 8 or 9 years old but he doesn’t make any mistakes. I was only able to win tactically by going a knight up and then later a rook as well and Oli resigned. 1-0 up.

BOARD 3. ANOTHER WIN FOR GARY. No sooner had I won than Gary stood up with a win against his young opponent, Daniel. 2-0 up

BOARD 2. PASSED PAWN. Our Bob like Gary and me played a steady game and won with a passed pawn down the a-file . But well played, James. 3-0 up

BOARD 4. CAPTAIN FINISHES LAST FOR A CHANGE. Normally Michael is first to finish. So young Jacob did well to hold him off for so long. Michael set himself up to checkmate on move 32 with a queen and bishop. Jacob another promising player. 4-0 to us.

Harry, Steve and all the parents have so many up and coming (and polite) youngsters at their club. Thanks Woodnesborough for making us so welcome and carry on the good work.

On May 25 the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect, replacing the 1998 Data Protection Act.  Currently, personal data i.e. information relating to living individuals however it is processed, collected, recorded, stored or disposed of must comply with the Data Protection Act. This is being updated next month under the new regulation and will have implications for all organisations that store information on individuals including chess clubs, leagues and congresses. The ECF has been considering the implications for some time and has just produced this helpful guide:

Club and league secretaries together with congress organisers are strongly advised to read the guide and act upon it sooner rather than later. While it may seem unlikely that authorities would pursue humble chess clubs that fail to abide by the law, fines for failing to do so could be considerable. The changes under GDPR relate specifically to information collected and stored by clubs and organisations and how it is handled. Therefore, officials need to explain to their members or entrants the following:

  • what data is collected
  • how it is stored
  • to whom it is passed and for what purpose
  • for how long the data is kept
  • what individuals can do to limit how their data is used

One of the key differences between current and new legislation is that it is insufficient for a club or organisation to assume that individuals are happy for their personal  information to be used in any way stated by the club or congress on websites, emails or printed leaflets or entry forms – consent needs to be established i.e. ‘opt in’ will become the default setting and not ‘opt out’.

At Broadstairs (and the Thanet Chess Congress) we are preparing for GDPR and an update will be provided in due course.  Congress organisers might be interested to see how the British Championships have approached the new regulations and this may provide a useful template for other congresses:

More information on GDPR is available from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO):

                                                     Broadstairs  3     Margate  1 

1 Reg Pidduck (107) 1-0    John Clarke (104)
2 Bob Cronin (104) 0-1    Leon Garfield (100)
3 Gary Hilleard (e100) 1-0    James Maskell (74)
4 Michael Doyle (81) 1-0    Cameron Plater (42)

Reg Pidduck writes:

BOARD 4. CAPTAIN WINS AGAIN. First to finish, Michael keeps his excellent win rate going. 1-0 to us

BOARD 1. MY FAVE DUTCH AGAIN. I got the feeling John Clarke was expecting my Dutch Defence and was well prepared for it as I struggled to get any sort of control and lost a lot of time trying for an even position. Finally, after pushing John’s pieces back, I was able to dominate an open file which won me the game. 2-0 to us

BOARD 3. NEW GARY WINS AGAIN. After finishing my game, I was able to watch the splendid battle between Gary and James.  James may only have a grade of 74 but he is a mighty opponent and it took all of Gary’s attention to win his match. Well done, both. 3-0 to us.

BOARD 2. ANOTHER EVEN MATCH. Leon finally broke through and Bob had to give up his queen for a knight. He tried to hold on  for a draw with rook and bishop against Leon’s queen and pawn but steady Leon found a way to win.

A 3-1 win for Broadstairs

Many thanks to Margate for a great evening.

The 49th Thanet Chess Congress will take place from August 17th-19th 2018 and details are now available on the congress website where online registration is available or from which a pdf entry form can be printed if players so wish. This year the Congress has a new venue, St George’s School, just a stone’s throw from the university that has been home to the Congress for the last few years.

Thanet regulars may remember that St George’s was home to the Congress before we moved to the university but may not recognise it from the picture on the left. As you may have gathered, the former school was demolished and this bright new edifice, risen like a phoenix from the ashes, opened in 2010. Entry fees have been kept the same as last year, there is still free entry for GMs and IMs, £5 entry for all juniors (U16 on Aug 1 2018) and we are repeating the innovation of a charity bookstall. This year our chosen charity is the RNLI so please bring any of your unwanted chess books with you which can be sold with all proceeds going to this worthy organisation very active in this seaside area. Further information about the work of the RNLI can be found here. Last year the Congress was well attended and we hope to see you all again in August and please bring your friends – and the sun – with you.