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.]
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.
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.
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.
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.