Sidcup 2 now know that they have to play Snodland 2 in the Final. Snodland 2 beat Beckenhan 5 in what must have been a nail biting game, as the match finished with a 2-2 draw. However, Snodland go through to the final on board count winning on Board 3. Board 1 & 2 both finishing in draws.
Congratulation’s go to Sidcup 2 who had a great win against Medway 3 in their Semi-final match to reach the Final of the Fuller Competition which will be held on the Sunday 13th May at The Mick Jagger Centre Dartford.
They were well out-graded by their opponents who’s total grade rating was 433 against Sidcup’s 392 – a total of 41 grading points higher.
The evening started off very well with Ken Grist (Grade 89) earning a very good win over his opponent Isaac Oluwale (Grade 92) and at one stage each board had winning chances. It looked as if the team would have a 4.0 win then Keith Thompson (Grade 121) lost to Paul Foster (Grade 140) who, after being in a winning position, blundered missing a skewer move on his 2 rooks on move 34. He disheartenedly resigned immediately, being a bishop down and in a losing position.
With the score at 1 point each it meant that Ian Reeve and Leon Hopkins had to come up with at least 1.5 points between them as a 2 all draw was no good to Sidcup since they would lose on board count. Leon (Grade 97 and who has not lost for the Fuller Team this year) managed to keep the team on track with a draw against Doug Smith (Grade 113), retaining his unbeaten run for the team and gaining the half a point.
Then Ian Reeve (Grade 85) playing Barry Hampton (Grade 88), came up with the full point that was needed to ensure the 2.5 to 1.5 win which meant that Sidcup 2 went through to the final against either Beckenham 5 or a strong looking Snodland 2 side from the Mid Kent division.
The match between Snodland 2 and Beckenham 5 will be played on the 24th April at Snodland to see which of these team Sidcup 2 will be meeting in the Final.
Our best wishes go to our 1st team when they meet Snodland 1 in their Semi final on the 4th May.
Congratulation to Sidcup2 on securing their place in the Semi Finals of the Fuller cup on Thursday night by obtaining the half point they needed to win the Metro Section of the League.
Sidcup finish on 4.5 points and Beckenham & Bromley will finish as runners up on 4 0 points. We now go on to have a home tie against the Mid Kent Section of the Fuller league in the Semi’s which at the end of February their section looked a close call between 3 teams.
Thursday evening was the crunch game against Beckenham & Bromley to see if we finish as runners up and having an away fixture in the semis or finish as winners. We lost to Beckenham and Bromley in the first match of the season 2.5 to 1.5 since then we have had a run of 4 good wins by beating Petts Wood and Lewisham in both the home and away legs.
Leon Hopkins (Playing Black) as has been happening all season, set us on the winning road by having a good win against Stephen Roberts. Leon equalized with black on about move 12 when white played what I thought looked an OK move e4 (but Fritz says it lost white the advantage they have on the first move) although it does give white a bad bishop on f3. By move 17 Leon had white in all sorts of trouble when pinning white’s knight to the queen and winning the piece, then going on to also win a bishop and putting the game beyond the reach of Stephen mopping up in grand style by doubling his rooks on the f file.
Keith Thompson secured the half point required to win the section by beating Geoff Kewsey. Keith (playing White) failed to fully capitalize on a mistake made by Geoff on move 9 playing Qf3 instead of Qe5+ where he could have forked a check and his rook on h8 (he completely missed this until he checked against Fritz). So he could have had an earlier night but playing Qf3 he still had a good advantage. Apart from that Fritz has him down as not playing too badly having an advantage all the way through the game although around move 22, Fritz says he was down to a 1.5 pawn advantage but by move 27 was well on top again when Geoff Kewsey took a poisoned pawn on h2 and lost his bishop for 2 pawns with Geoff resigning on move 53 being a bishop down and about to lose more material.
Both Dennis Halton and Ken Grist fought hard in their matches; Dennis losing a very tight match on time when both Dennis and his opponent Howard Walden both having less than a minute on their clocks only for Dennis’ flag to fall first.
Although the season for us is not over just yet, congratulations must go to Leon on having gone through the season unbeaten in section playing 6 and winning all 6 and also to Ian Reeve for a good performance in his first season by winning 3 out of the 4 matches he has played in.
The Harvey Cup team finished the regular season with a draw against a very strong Lewisham side on exactly the maximum average grade and also including a 10 year old who had jumped 26 grading points in the January grading list. After two quick losses we were up against it, especially as Keith, Rob and Gary all had slightly worse positions. Gary gained a draw despite his awful pawn structure and Keith drew with the talented 10 year old. Ian then ground out a win and finally Rob turned his game around with both players in time-trouble and mated his opponent.
In the Kent League semi-final the team will be playing Snodland.