Sidcup v Beckenham
Played at Sidcup on Wednesday 11th November 2009
With both Beckenham and Sidcup having won their first matches and only 4 teams in the league this year, this was a match between the top two teams at this stage of the tournament.
The evening started off well for Sidcup with Stephen Moon playing on Board 3 (white) beating a very experienced player in Alan Fraser.
Keith Thompson (black) on board 2 then missed a winning chance on move 18, but never really got back into the game and should have had at least a draw. He went on to lose, playing badly from thereon in.
Ken Grist playing board 1 (white) against Richard Putham, agreed a draw on move 40.
Unfortunately for Sidcup and Peter playing on board 4 (black), time for the evening ran out and at the end, a draw was agreed, although there was still a lot a play in the game and white had just made a mistake which could have proved costly if play had carried on.
In the end, a draw for both teams was a fair result, but I am disappointed that Sidcup did not secure all the points.