Last Wednesday our 3rd team played a home match against Gravesend but despite being very enthusiastic did not perform too well and went down 3 -1.
Playing on Board 1 was Ken Smith (117) against Paul Le Breton (135) who again had to face a player who was of a much higher grading and went down in the endgame.
On Board 2 was Keith Thompson (112) playing against John Fowers (120) who didn’t really use the advantage of playing White and come out of the opening in a bad position and never regained equality.
Don Chapman (74) playing on Board 4 against Paul Loasby (65) went down to an endgame but had to resign when his opponent managed to secure a passed pawn which Don could not stop from arriving at the eighth rank.
Our only success of the evening came when Chris Cheeseman (99) playing against Peter Belkka (111) played a great game and was a Rook, Bishop and 2 pawns up when White decided to call it a day and resign.
On Thursday 23rd January our Harvey Cup team maintained its 100% record by defeating Beckenham & Bromley 3.5 – 2.5 at their new venue.
Ken Smith again won quickly and Don Chapman defeated someone 33 grading points stronger than him. Gary Sharp pressed, but had to concede that the pawn ending was drawn and then Bob Mitchell closed out the match by reaching a winning rook ending.
The Fuller team played on Wednesday and managed to obtain a draw against the Top Team, Petts Wood. Even though they had 3 players, they had a very strong looking team out with the player on board 1 graded 151. It fell to Ken Smith (graded 117) to play John Cook in a hard fought battle till the endgame, where he eventually lost.
Keith Thompson had a hard battle against Phil Wheeler, losing the endgame. Finally, with 5 minutes on his clock left, he resigned on move 60.
Our only success came on board 3 with Lee Brockwell having a fine win against Joe Neanor who resigned when Lee set up a fine mating attack.
It fell to Mark Lenette to have the evening off when his opponent failed to turn up.