Club Member Profile – Ken Grist


I have been playing chess since 1986 originally with the former Swanley Club. During this time we won the final of the Harvey Cup in 1979. We also ran a Junior Grand Prix tournament for 10 years in St Peters Church, Hextable.

I used to go and play in tournaments around the country, Hastings, Portsmouth and Nottingham being the main ones. I found this better than the Kent League as over a weekend you usually won a few games whereas if you lose in the league it’s a long time often to trying to win in the next match. I have had some fluke wins, sneaky draws and sickening losses.

At Portsmouth I enjoyed the ambience of this seaside city in between games, my grandfather lived here and was a member of the Portsmouth Chess Club at one time.

My sister lives near the venue in Nottingham so I used to call to see her and also make a visit to Carsington Water where we spent a family holiday one summer. At Hastings I played games in the mornings, enjoyed the resort in the afternoons then prepared the annual accounts for our church in the evenings.

Ken Grist

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  1. In the Sidcup Chess Club profile the year of the former Swanley Chess Club winning the Harvey Cup is shown as 1979 when it should be 1989. Can this please be amended?

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