Sidcup’s David Gilbert travelled with the Kent Under-140s to Coulsdon on Saturday to take on their Surrey rivals. David, playing on Board five, made a winning contribution (game beneath) in a thrilling 8-8 draw. Kent secured their equalizing point when Mark Stone from Petts Wood won the last game to finish, winning on time in a Queen and pawn ending with just one second – yes one second – remaining on his clock! Phew!
Meanwhile the Kent Under-100 team set off for Wanstead to play Essex. Sidcup’s Lee Brockwell and Chris Cheeseman were due to play on boards three and four. While Chris had a fine win, unfortunately Lee’s opponent defaulted. As it was, Kent still went down narrowly 6½ -5½. It is the second time this season Kent have gone down by the smallest possible margin.
All pictures courtesy of Brendan O’Gorman.