No Surprise….

On page 6 of “The Chess Beat” by Larry Evans:

To the surprise of nobody, young Karpov romped over his countryman Lev Polugayevsky  5 1/2 – 2 1/2 [In the 1974 Candidates’ quarter-final.]

A rather peculiar thing to claim, particularly since on the very next page Evans writes “[Bobby] Fischer told friends he was surprised that Karpov beat Polugayevsky”.

Study Time – Jan 2016

Endgame studies are an excellent way to train one’s calculation.

Set the following position up on a board and try to solve by yourself, without any engine assistance.  It’s a short little study, the solution is four moves long.

Afansiev, Duizov, 1967 – White to play and win


Solution to follow shortly…

January 2016 Grades

The latest January grading list has been published here.

Notably our most promising player, Matthew Gazes, has again increased remarkably since the last rating list, with his rating now a very respectable 180, an increase of 17 points.

Everyone else has remained roughly the same as they were on the July 2015 rating list. (We clearly aren’t working hard enough).

Len Hammond Memorial 2015/16

This year saw the 6th edition of the Len Hammond Memorial, the annual friendly match between Snodland and local rivals Maidstone.

Len was an active and well liked member of both clubs and is fondly remembered.  Match results below.

Maidstone Vs Snodland

David Munford 0 Vs 1 Matt Bunn

David Heath 1 Vs Default

Barry Beavis 1 Vs 0 George Hollands

Bob Lane 1/2 Vs 1/2 David Fowler

Saba Mustafa 1 Vs 0 Rob Thompson

Chris Ilinca 1 Vs 0 David Lettington

Douglas Smith 0 Vs 1 Pete Hickey

Nigel Osina 1 Vs 0 Neil Miners

Peter Dirmanskas 0 Vs 1 Richard Mallery

Recent Results

Snodland have played three recent matches, including a 4-0 win against Maidstone in the Tom Fuller.  A draw and a loss in the En-Passant competition took some shine off our previous four wins in this league but should see us qualify for the business end of this year’s competition, the semi finals.

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