Saturday, 30 June 2012
Tuesday, 19 June 2012
After a rest I went down to the High Street to catch a 145 bus to the chess venue, Warren Wood Social Club, paid my fee and played the first game, which was against a junior, and managed to win though he was graded higher than me. I always try to play the board and take as little notice of my opponent as possible, though when he has a habit of slipping down and peering up at you it's a bit distracting.
I misread the start of the afternoon's play which was 3:30 and not 2:45 as I thought so I didn't manage to get away into the town. Instead I walked around trying to find a shop to boost my provisions, but could only find one. The access to the venue by bus was difficult since there were less buses running on the Saturday and Sunday, and also not going as far.
On the Saturday I lost both games, the first one a hard-fought game against a strong opponent, but the evening one against a weaker player I was just too sleepy. Maybe didn't sleep too well due to noise at the hotel because of the England football match being shown on the TV in the lounge.
On the Sunday I won the first game in what I thought was good style with a kingside attack, though my opponent was obviously upset, and at first refused to hand in her score sheet, though she calmed down later and agreed to run through the game. I lost the final game, though it came down to a king + knight + pawns endgame, but he had too many pawns.
On the Monday I decided to return by taking the train to Dover Priory. Once there I walked up to the Castle and saw the sights, but didn't manage to get a tour of the WWII tunnels due to there being lots of tourists, including two classes of students from France.
Finally returned by another 101 bus to Folkestone, where I had a walk through the Lower Leas park, below the cliffs, before catching the 101 again, which took me as far as Lydd, and from there on the 100 bus back to Hastings.