Our own David Faldon has played three of his five games in the U180 tournament at the British Chess Championships and is handily placed on 2/3.  This latest Game of the Week features his win yesterday in Round Two. David may or may not consider this a Game of the Week but it is interesting for us to track his progress regardless. News of all the games can be found on the British Chess Championships website where results from all the various competitions including David’s U180 section are posted. Incidentally, for those who enjoy commentary on a top game with a chess lesson thrown in, I recommend Andrew Martin’s Game of the Day on the main website.


White: David Faldon (175)     Black:  Neil Coward (167)
2015 British Chess Championships: Under 180 (University of Warwick)


The 2015 British Chess Championships have begun at the University of Warwick. Plenty of information including details of the various competitions together with commentary on the leading games which can be played through on screen can be found on the website www.britishchesschampionships.co.uk. Broadstairs’ own Davd Faldon is competing in the U180 tournament and he started today (Monday) with a draw.  He will be hoping to go one or even two better than last year at Aberystwyth where he came third in the same tournament.  Here he is receiving his cheque from the Chairman of Ceredigion County Council.

David Faldon photo




Richard EALES    201                        1            0                    David FALDON        170

Jim BAYFORD     188                       0.5       0.5                   Peter McGILL           152

Leon WOOLDRIDGE 190                0.5       0.5                   Gordon BOTLEY     186



Stuart WILLIAMS    179                   0.5       0.5                   Jo SCHULTZ 187

Colin GREGORY    117                        0          1                      Arnaud WISMAN      178

David HORTON      164                    0.5       0.5                   Harry SHARPLES    151



Mark MORTIMER   159                    0          1                      Bob POOLEY  147

Alan GOSMAN        149                     1          0                      Leon GARFIELD 101

Emily GREEN          136                    0.5       0.5                   David SHIRE 179



Matthew CUSSENS 146                    0          1                      Shany REZVANY     157

Mick MICKLETHWAITE 139              1          0                      Paul CARFRAE         132

John CLARKE              86                   0          1                      Kit BLUNDELL       e128



James ESSINGER      155                  1          0                    Roy DAWSON          75

David ERWEE           115                  1          0                      Reg PIDDUCK          104

Paul ARNOLD           125                  1          0                     Don RICHARDS       e70



Ashley CORDERY      41                  1          0                      Jamie DAWSON        e75

Michael DOYLE          80                 0          1                     Chris SIEBERT          102

Susan GREEN             47                  0          1                    Ray RENNELLS        82





BRIDGE                     1st place:                      HERNE BAY                         2nd place:


Richard EALES          201      1                      Gordon BOTLEY                   186      0.5

Arnaud WISMAN      178      1                      Stuart WILLIAMS                 179      0.5

Mark MORTIMER     159      0                      Bob POOLEY                         147      1

Shany REZVANY        157      1                      Mick MICKLETHWAITE        139      1

James ESSINGER      155      1                      Paul ARNOLD                         125      1

Ray RENNELLS           82       1                      Jamie DAWSON                    e75      0

———–                                                                      ———–

155      5                                                                      142      4



FOLKESTONE          3rd place:                      WOODNESBOROUGH       4th place:


Jim BAYFORD          189      0.5                   Leon WOOLDRIDGE           190      0.5

Jo SCHULTZ             187      0.5                   Harry SHARPLES                 151      0.5

David SHIRE             179      0.5                   Emily GREEN                        136      0.5

Matt CUSSENS         146      0                      Kit BLUNDELL                      e128       1

David ERWEE           115      1                      Roy DAWSON                           75       0

Chris SIEBERT          102      1                      Susan GREEN                            47       0

————-                                                                    ————-

153      3.5                                                                   121      2.5


MARGATE                equal 5th place:            BROADSTAIRS             equal 5th place:.


Peter McGILL            52      0.5                   David FALDON                    170      0

Colin GREGORY      117      0                      David HORTON                    164      0.5

Leon GARFIELD      101      0                      Alan GOSMAN                      149      1

John CLARKE             86      0                      Paul CARFRAE                     132      0

Don RICHARDS       e70      0                      Reg PIDDUCK                      104      0

Ashley CORDERY      41      1                      Michael DOYLE                      80      0

————-                                                                    ————-

  95      1.5                                                                   133     1.5


The Jamboree is a traditional end of season competition in which all the Thanet League clubs – or as many as can raise a team – compete against each other.  Teams consist of six players and what makes it slightly different is that while you know you will be playing someone on a similar board to you – possibly one above or below – you do not know which club your opponent will be representing. We thought we had a pretty good team this year but unfortunately things did not go our way….


1 David Faldon (170) 0-1         Richard Eales  (Bridge 201)
2 David Horton (164) ½-½         Harry Sharples (W’borough 151)
3 Alan Gosman (149) 1-0         Leon Garfield (Margate 101)
4 Paul Carfrae (132) 0-1 Mick Micklethwaite (Herne Bay 139)
5 Reg Pidduck (104) 0-1         David Erwee (Folkestone 115)
6 Michael Doyle (80) 0-1         Chris Siebert (Folkestone 102)
Total 1½/6

(for full results – for which thanks to Graeme Boxall – click here)

David Faldon writes:

 “The 2014/15 Jamboree, staged in Margate, attracted six teams: a good turnout. Bridge fielded a formidable top five from Richard Eales (201) to James Essinger (155) and finished as clear winners, scoring 5/6 ahead of Herne Bay (4/6) and Folkestone (3½/6). Broadstairs came joint fifth on 1½/6. Despite this disappointing result, all of the Broadstairs players had interesting, hard-fought and enjoyable games, two of them going well past 11 pm. Reg (board 5) was the first to finish. Having neatly won two pawns right in the opening, he then unfortunately missed a surprising rook sacrifice from his opponent which proved instantly fatal. Oops! Mike (board 6) was the next to go, but not before chasing his much-higher-rated opponent’s king around for an hour or so. Our third loss was David on board 1, out-calculated in a messy scrap. Alan (board 3) finally broke our duck, winning a complicated game where both sides sacrificed knights like they were going out of fashion. The last two matches to finish in the whole event featured Broadstairs players. Paul (board 4) fought hard and must have had his chances somewhere but in the end his game came down to a rook for Paul to a rook plus bishop for his opponent (with no pawns for each side). Even here Paul had good chances to draw but in the end one tired move sealed his fate with his opponent down to his final few seconds. David Horton’s game on board 2 wasn’t quite as spectacular as Paul’s but even so both sides could probably have won before a perpetual check in a queen and pawn endgame saw the point halved. All in all, things could have gone better but we had a lot of fun. Roll on next year.”


Four teams took part in the annual Team Buzzer Tournament at Margate: Broadstairs, Bridge, Herne Bay and Margate.  For those unfamiliar with the format, players have ten seconds to make their move.  If they fail to do so, they lose.  Kings failing to acknowledge check can be taken. With only four teams, it was decided to make it a ‘double header’ i.e. each club plays the other twice. There were few surprises in the results.  Both Bridge and Herne Bay had strong teams and it was simply a question of who would come out on top and, more pertinently for us, who would finish third or fourth out of Broadstairs and Margate. We were higher graded so a draw in our first match was a disappointment because we knew we would not get much change out of the other two clubs. A couple of 2½-1½ defeats were the nearest we came to taking a point off either but we did manage to beat Margate in our second match to secure third place.  At the other end, Bridge came out on top largely because their board 4 won all six of his matches.  Many thanks to those who took part.  None of us disgraced ourselves: Bob Page (board 2) and Paul Carfrae (board 3) finished on 2/6 while David Faldon (board 1) and Bob Cronin (board 4) both scored 3.  The latter deserves a special mention for twice beating Luke Kyte (graded 139) of Herne Bay.