Intro Cup 20.3.13

The fourth team played Petts Wood in the Intro Cup on Wednesday 20th March and won 3-1. This means that we finished 2nd in the Metropolitan section of the Intro Cup and will be playing in the semi-finals next month.

Only three Petts Wood players turned up, so John did not get a game and we had a free point. Ken Grist won efficiently after his opponent blundered away a knight and Leon’s win gave us the victory needed to reach the semi-final.]

Ian McAllan

Harvey Cup 15.3.13

Disaster! Against a Beckenham team which had scored 5.5 out of a possible 24 game points this season we were crushed. To be fair Beckenham did have a maximum grade team out.

Only Ian ever had a better position and he fluffed it and drew. Don had a good draw against a much stronger player and Gary also drew, but in the three losses we were fighting for the draw from the opening.

So we finish third, a disappointment after the season’s promising start.

Ian McAllan

Harvey Cup 13.3.13

On Wednesday 6th March the Harvey Cup team played Gravesend and drew 3-3. The match began with Don losing the opening and then the game and Ken Smith winning a pawn and then the game. Lee lost after appearing to be coasting to victory, when he blundered a rook. Gary had lost the opening, but made his usual recovery for a good win and with Ian winning all depended on Keith not losing. Keith has annotated his game below in which he did not look like losing until he blundered a pawn and a rook to leave the match drawn.

We now need to win our last match to be sure of reaching the semi-finals.

Ian McAllan

Harvey League Game 6.3.13

Keith Thompson

County News 4.3.13

Four Sidcup players were involved in County matches at the weekend. At Dartford, Ian Mcallan drew on top board for Kent’s Under-180s, which helped his team to a 10-6 win over Surrey. While at Rochester, the Under-140 team triumphed over Essex by 9½-6½ with wins for Gary Sharp and David Gilbert, and a draw from Lee Brockwell.

The Under-180s, Under-160s, Under-140s and Under-120s have all reached the national stages of the County Championships. Quarter-Final matches are due to take place on Saturday, 18 May 2013 at neutral venues to be decided once our opponents are known.

David Gilbert

Tom Fuller 1.3.13

Petts Wood 4 were always up going to be against it after turning-up with just two players for Wednesday night’s Tom Fuller match with Sidcup 3. With defaults on Boards 1 and 4 Sidcup needed just half-a-point to win the match. On Board 3 Peter Houching soon had his opponent in trouble and had reached a dominating position after just ten moves, which he soon converted into a win. Meanwhile on Board 2, Petts Wood’s Phil Wheeler found a back-rank mate to gain sweet revenue for his recent Harvey Cup loss to Lee Brockwell. But by the end of the evening Sidcup 2 ran out comfortable 3-1 winners, good enough to take them through to the next stage of the competition.

David Gilbert