Friendly Fixtures 2022-23

Played 3 September 2022, at Pelton House, 2 Cornwallis Terrace, Hastings

Team captain: David Rawlings

  Hastings v W&W
1 Daniel Lowe 2180 0-1 David Spearman 2073
2 Ian Calvert 1993 ½-½ Ashley Freeman 2000
3 Paul Kelly 1916 0-1 Ian Hunnable 1913
4 Jim Wheeler 1909 1-0 Mark Murrell 1908
5 Mark Brougham 1914 1-0 Peter Nickals 1728
6 Brendan Ruane 1899 1-0 Peter McCarron 1731
7 Laurence Butt 1877 1-0 Ben Harte 1726
8 John Kimber 1797 1-0 David Rawlings 1693
9 Mason Woodhams 1705 0-1 Ryan Colclough 1624
10 Adrian Cload 1623 ½-½ David Smith 1602
11 Bill Tracey 1542 0-1 Alfie Green 1558
12 Keith Hossack 1527 0-1 Krishna Raikundalia 1542
13 Caelan Rooney 1455 1-0 John Jestico 1469
14 Martin Fletcher 1435 0-1 Nigel White 1418
15 Alex Lebedev 1204 1-0 Voldi Gailans 1275
  Average: 1732 8-7 Average: 1684

The team photo

Hastings Chess Club is one of the lucky few in the country to own their own premises, in this case Pelton House, 2 Cornwallis Terrace, Hastings. The property was bought with money donated by a Club Member, Victor Pelton – who happened to be an estate agent – after whom the house is named and the Club opened there in 1954; unfortunately, Mr Pelton could not be there at the opening and he died the following year, aged 80. More details here from the Club’s website: Pelton House

Many Clubs make an annual pilgrimage to Hastings Chess Club, surroundings reeked in history, with the walls adorned by many historical items, mostly photographic, of masters who have played at the annual Hastings Congress.

Our match was played on two levels, with Boards 1-12 in the downstairs “through lounge” and the bottom four boards in the smaller upstairs match room. Once, they played matches the other way round, with the top boards upstairs.

WW did well to score 2½ on the top three boards, where it was good to see the return of David spearman. WW also secured the lower boards (9-15) by 4½-2½ – with good wins from Ryan, Alfie, Krishna and Nigel – but in between Hastings had the clear advantage on ratings, some by a significant margin and made a clean sweep of boards 4-8, scoring 5-0 there, though all were keenly contested.

The upshot was a close match which the home side won by 8-7. On the whole, it was another enjoyable – lazy, hazy – day by the sea.

Hastings games