Fuller – Sidcup v Gravesend

Sidcup 3 played their last match for this season in the Fuller League on Thursday against a strong Gravesend 5 who, because their grading was higher than the limit, were deducted .50 point.

The team was in fine form and come away with a 3.50 to .50 win but because they had the half point deducted we won 3.50 to 0.

Gravesend plays underneath a pub so meant that we could play till 11.30pm leaving an agreed time to play of 35 moves in a hour and 15 minutes with 15 minutes to finish the game.

The evening started of well with Mark Lenette grade (70) winning with white against Conner Phillips (60) on board 4 in quick time.

Then after a hard game, about an hour later, Ken Smith (117) playing black, had a terrific win on board 1 against Paul Le Bretton (135) 18 grading points higher.

Third to finish was Lee Brockwell when a draw was agreed between Lee (113) playing White against Lee Phillips who was 20 grading points higher on (133).

Last to finish, after a very hard game, Keith Thompson (112) brought the evening to a close with a good win against John Fowers (120) who had soundly beaten Keith on the last 2 occasions.

Keith Thompson

Harvey Champions! 20.3.14

On Thursday 20th March the Harvey Cup team played its final match of the season against Dartford.

In my last post about the Harvey Cup team I said that we would come second unless the results of other matches went our way. In fact the results of the three key matches were absolutely perfect for us: Dartford and Petts Wood drew with each other and then both Petts Wood and Gravesend lost to teams below them. This left Petts Wood and Gravesend out of it and Dartford needing a big win in their last match against us to equal our match points and overtake us on game points.

Dartford put out a very strong team and for a while it looked as if Dartford might actually succeed in reaching 4.5 points. Ken Smith had to accept the draw offered by his opponent and then Chris Cheeseman and Don Chapman both lost. Gary Sharp, who had been the only Sidcup player with winning chances had to concede the draw, so with Dave Helps having a lost position and Ian McAllan under pressure, disaster was a distinct possibility, but the turning point came when Dave played a combination, which left him a knight for two pawns up. Although his game was eventually drawn, when Ian’s opposite bishops ending was also agreed drawn, Sidcup had lost the match 2 – 4 , but done enough to top the league.

Ian McAllan

Intro Cup – 20.3.14

The Intro Cup team played its final match of the season on Wednesday 19th March against Gravesend and lost 1 – 3.

Ken Grist did not recover from a bad opening, which just got worse and worse. Chris Cheeseman did manage to recover from a bad opening, but then unsoundly sacrificed a piece. He decided not to recover the exchange, but did not get any real play and lost. Phil Broughton played very well on board 4, but at the crucial point lost a pawn. Phil decided to use the newly open file for a sacrificial attack, which did not quite work and lost, but had played well. Ken Smith, whose opening advantage seemed to have dissipated, suddenly had a mating attack and won.

Thanks to captain Peter Houching for making the arrangements despite not playing himself in the second half of the season.

Ian McAllan

Harvey – 3.3.14

On Monday 3rd March our Harvey Cup team played Gravesend and emphatically lost its 100% record by losing by 4 – 2.

The match started well with Chris Cheeseman winning a piece and converting. Dave Gilbert had some advantage, but in the end could do no better than a drawn opposite bishops ending. It became grim when Ken Smith blundered a piece in a level position after recovering from a bad opening and Lee Brockwell also blundered a piece when he appeared likely to win. Dave Helps was ground down in a game where he was always slightly worse and then Gary Sharp’s advantage fizzled out into a draw after he misassessed a winning move.

If we win or draw the last match of the season we should come second, although if other results go our way a win could be enough to win the league, while a loss would leave us third.

Ian McAllan

Fuller – Sidcup v Lewisham

A bad week for us this week after a good win against Beckenham at the end of January. I had been suffering a flu virus during February so I decided to drop out and let the others have crack against Lewisham and what is a tight league. All teams are dropping points and 1 ½ points separate the top team Lewisham from us propping up the bottom.

Lewisham turned up with 3 players but we still went down 3 -1.

The top 2 boards where of a high standard and Lee (board 2) did well to keep fighting to move 28 where he made a blunder and allowed Bob Hewitt to capitalise and take his Bishop. He kept on fighting though and managed to get back into the game, but time run out on him in the end.

Ken Smith playing on board one was up against a player who has a rating of 131 against 117 so he was always going to be up against it. Being on board 1 can be a bit demoralising as you always seem to come up against the good and higher graded players. I do not think Ken has played a player lower than 131 this year for us. Playing Black, Ken was always playing to get even from a Kings Gambit declined opening and White was able to get a good position. However, by move 17, he was a rook exchange up for a knight.

I had hoped that Chris Cheeseman would get my revenge over Delroy Bennet playing on board 3 for me as I lost to a blunder in the away match, but unfortunately he got into a losing endgame and lost.

Our fourth player was Mark Lenette who turned up to play and was without a game, giving us our 1 point.

Keith Thompson

Harvey – Sidcup v Chislehurst

On Tuesday 25th February our Harvey Cup team played Chislehurst and maintained its 100% record with a 4 – 2 win.  Gary Sharp and Lee Brockwell both won a piece early on and cruised to victory and when Keith Thompson won a piece and converted the match was effectively over.  David Gilbert had reached a rook ending a pawn up and had his draw offer accepted, while Ken Smith had reached a drawn queen and pawns ending. Dave Helps blundered a pawn for no compensation against a stronger player early on and despite a sterling effort could not hold the position.

Ian McAllan