Bob Mitchell – World Champion

Sidcup’s Bob Mitchell has become a World Champion in the under 1600 category at the ACO World Seniors tournament at the Fodele Beach Resort in Crete.  Bob finished with a magnificent score of 8 points from nine games, remaining undefeated with seven wins and two draws.
Bob Mitchell
Bob Mitchell with his winners trophy. Photo by Brendan O’Gorman

Outstanding Value

Chess at Sidcup remains outstanding value at £50 for 51 three-hour meetings. Even better, pensioners get a £5 discount and anybody whose yearly income is under £12,000 pays only £30. And the most outstanding value is for juniors under 18, who pay nothing at all! Joiners during the year pay pro-rata. This is even better value than the cups of tea or coffee available at 20p per cup.

In the Kent League this season we have four teams of various average strengths: three six-board teams and one four-board team. Members who intend to play in the Kent League should now renew their membership of the English Chess Federation (see the English Chess Federation website for details).

Like last year the club will run its knock-out tournament for all members bar the stronger (“over 120 grade”) players and an all-play-all handicap tournament where the handicap is that the stronger player has less time to make all the moves than the weaker player. Perhaps you will play a game worth showing on the website. If you have items for the website, continue to send them to Steve at chess@sidcupchessclub.org.uk

Ian McAllan

Kent Summer Quickplay Championships

Sidcup once again competed in the summer quickplay, which is always thoroughly enjoyed by those participating. Each match consists of a team of 4, where each player plays 1 * 30 minute game, against each of the opponents players. As a result, 16 games are played in one night.
We were drawn in a league which consisted of Beckenham, Weald of Kent, Tunbridge Wells, and Eynsford.

We finished with 3 losses and 1 win. beating Eynsford, and only losing to a strong Tunbridge Wells team by the narrowest margin.

Thanks to everyone who played, and contributed to 4 very enjoyable evenings.

Lee Brockwell

Kent Chess League

The regular inter-club league season is now over and the top two teams in each division are going forward to play semi-finals against teams from east and mid Kent.

Unfortunately in our winner-takes-all final En Passant Cup match we were defeated 2.5 – 3.5 by Gravesend, when a drawn match would have been enough to take us into the semi-final, and we finished third.

We also finished third in the Stevenson Cup without challenging for the top two places.

The Intro Cup team finished on 50%, while the Harvey Cup and Tom Fuller Cup sides had poor seasons, but avoided finishing last.

Better luck next year.

Ian McAllan

En Passant Report

Sidcup managed to win against Dartford in their penultimate game in the En Passant competition.

Wins from Greg Edwards and Lee Brockwell, and draws from Tony Packham, and David Gilbert, gave Sidcup a 3-2 advantage with the board 1 game still playing.

This was a very interesting game in which both players had exposed kings with queens, one rook and opposite coloured bishops still in play, plus Sidcup’s Rob Pezet was very short of time. It wasn’t long before this game had attracted a large following awaiting the outcome. However, once queens and rooks were exchanged and pawn material was equalised, it looked a drawn game, apart from the fact Sidcup’s Rob Pezet now only had 30 seconds left on his clock.  His opponent David Tucker however, very sportingly acknowledged it was a drawn game and accepted the draw offer to give Sidcup the win.

This means Sidcup remain unbeaten with 2 wins and 3 draws and currently need to beat Gravesend to guarantee qualification in 2nd place.

This game will be at home on the 28th March.

Lee Brockwell Team Captain