Brighton & Hove Chess Club has moved to a new venue. This is far better than the old venue, which had far too many problems for our beautiful game. The club is now at 15 Third Avenue, Hove, BN3 2PB. It’s a lovely place, everything that the Railway Club wasn’t: clean, warm, dry and quiet. It has good parking nearby and excellent public transport links.
This is a new dawn for the club and a recruitment campaign will commence shortly: look out for us in and around Brighton & Hove!
Spent a very enjoyable evening last night in the company of Brighton & Hove Chess Club Champion, Paul Batchelor, and the Sussex County Chess Champion, Luke Rutherford. It is notable that the final of the county championship was fought out between two members of my club: Luke Rutherford played yesterday with the white pieces against Brian Denman with the black pieces. Luke had already defeated Brian with the Black pieces and so Brian had to play to win yesterday. Both of these two players and Paul Batchelor are amongst the most charming gentlemen I have ever met.
Brian had left by the time I got to Luke’s place. Luke was understandably pleased with his results:
Luke Rutherford, Sussex County Chess Champion, 19th February 2011
Luke talked Paul and I through his game. I was very much the slack-jawed fool during this post-match analysis but I was pleased to find the best move in the situation below, which Luke said he missed during the actual game. One must remember though that he had been concentrating heavily for a long time before this position had been reached, whereas I had just turned up. The question is: what is the best move for white?
What should white play?