Broadstairs   2    Folkestone   2                      

1 Andy Flood (110) 1-0 David Erwee (100)
2 Bob Cronin (103) 1-0 Andrew Haycock (96)
3 Michael Doyle (91) 0-1 Robert Twigg (77)
4 Fredy Reber (58) 0-1 Mike White (62)

Michael Doyle writes:

Heading into the Christmas break on a cold winter’s night, Broadstairs had high hopes of victory in the Walker Shield with a long drive to Folkestone and with the home team outgunned on three of their four boards.  But it was not to be! First up on Board 2 was Bob Cronin who won after a blunder by South African Andrew Haycock following a middle game battle. Bob was the first to notch a score: 1-0. It went downhill from there when much-improved Fredy Reber blundered a rook after going to the washroom in a hurry: 1-1.  Captain Mike Doyle hoped to ease Broadstairs into the lead again with a queen and knight breaking through, preventing his opponent from castling. But no! It was a calamity! By trapping my queen with trickery, Rob captured it with his queen for a knight check on my king. 1-2.  It was down to Andy Flood, the last to finish, to save us from disaster. In the middle game it was even until David Erwee blundered a bishop and resigned. After a hard fought battle, the match ended in a draw 2-2. Broadstairs will be hoping that Christmas proves a turning point in our Walker Shield campaign.  Many thanks to Andy for driving and we look forward to the Christmas Dinner on Monday. A Merry Christmas to all our fans. 

                                                         Broadstairs 1.5     Ramsgate 2.5

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

                                       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 Reber (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.


                                                   Broadstairs  4        Bridge   1 

1 Shani Rezvany  (163) 1-0   Alan Atkinson  (166 )
2 Paul Carfrae (141) ½-½   Emily Green (156)
3 Paul Johnson (116) ½-½   Peter Blundell (118)
4 Andy Flood (110) 1-0   William Peak (104)
5 Michael Doyle  (91) 1-0   Ray Rennells (80)

John Couzens writes:


What a night! Lovely informal atmosphere in the room until the games began,

Shany licking his lips when he found out he was up against Alan Atkinson,

Paul Carfrae laughing at my ‘you’re only here as cannon fodder’ jibe,

Paul Johnson still unsure if he was in Bridge Chess Club,

Andy and Michael ready for action.

I lost the toss and Graeme Boxall chose white on boards 1,3 and 5 (was

this a bad omen?)

Graeme, Susan Green and I retired to the tearoom downstairs to

drink coffee and gossip.

Before I’ve even finished my coffee, Andy Flood walks in the room

announcing he has won!

11 moves in approx 30 mins!

Great quick game that I hope he will send to Bob for the website.

Next Shany comes down for a cigarette and suggests Michael Doyle has a

won game!

Time to go up and have a look.

Michael has won Ray Rennells’ queen and bishop!!

To our surprise he loses his queen later but keeps a rook and pawn

advantage and forces Ray to resign after an hour and twenty minutes in 27 moves.

Two up!

Paul Carfrae was playing Emily Green and looked to have a good centre

attack but she is far too canny and blocked the position.

They agree a draw at 9.15.

Paul could have gone home then but the atmosphere in the room had changed .

Alan Atkinson had fallen for Shany’s rook sacrifice and now couldn’t

castle, Paul Johnson had won a knight for rook exchange against Peter

Blundell then gave the exchange back to secure a central passed pawn.

Looking good.

All we need at this point is a draw to win the match.

Graeme then takes me outside to let me know all they need is to win both

games to draw the match which on board count would mean a Bridge win!!

What tension!!!

Then Paul J takes his mind (and his bishop and rook) off his passed pawn

and promptly loses it!!

Next thing is we hear a groan of disappointment coming from Board 1 –

Alan Atkinson is in check with no way out!!

He doesn’t resign until he sees that Peter is now under time pressure

and has agreed a draw with Paul.

That’s it! We’ve won 4-1!

Great night with all my team playing as I’d hoped, well above their grades!!

                                                Broadstairs  4        Bridge  3

1 David Faldon (175) 0-1  Vishnu Singh (210)
2 Trefor Owens (167) 0-1  Richard Eales (193)
3 Shany Rezvany (163) 1-0  Patrick Burns (166)
4 Arnaud Wisman (155) ½-½  Alan Atkinson (166)
5 Bob Page (142) 1-0  Jeff Green (e135)
6 Chris Stampe (124) 1-0  Tim Spencer (118)
7 Gary Hilleard (118) ½-½  Peter Blundell (117)

David Faldon writes:

It’s not a misprint and it’s not fake news – Broadstairs have won an away Millar Cup match at Bridge! This is the first time this has happened since, well, ever. Hearty congratulations to all the players, and especially to the five who actually won or drew. Bob’s win on board 5 got things rolling in the right direction. Bob won a pawn early and then a piece and the game was over before some of the other players had swapped their first pawns. The two top board games were next to finish. Two interesting games but two losses. Comparing impressions afterwards over a consoling cup of tea, Trefor and I tested our predicting skills on the remaining games. I guessed one win (Chris was a clear pawn up) and three draws (yes, Shany was a pawn up too, but the position looked blocked) which if correct would have given a drawn match, while Trefor went for two wins and two draws. Luckily Trefor proved the better prognosticator: Chris and Shany both skilfully converted their extra pawn into wins and Gary (a late substitute on board 7) settled for a draw after pressing hard throughout the game. That left Arnaud on board 4, deep in a blocked up knight and bishop ending. Arnaud won a pawn but then agreed a draw as time ran down to bring home the win for the team. A splendid result. Many thanks to all the Broadstairs players, and especially to Trefor for driving. And many thanks to Bridge. As usual, they made us feel very welcome and even provided tea, coffee and biscuits.

Editor’s note: This was a great night for Broadstairs Chess Club, especially for the three ‘rebels’ as Graeme Boxall described them! There is no doubt that all three wanted to win and the tension as all the Broadstairs players gathered around the final game at the end with just a draw required for victory but Arnaud desperate to beat Alan was palpable. Well played, everyone.