Sidcup’s first team went to Gravesend on Monday, for their first fixture in the Met section of the En Passant League.
After a tough contest we managed our first win, with a score of Sidcup 4 – Gravesend 2.
Bob Mitchell got us off to a great start with a solid win on board 5. Draws then followed in quick succession, for Lee Brockwell on board 6, and for Gary Sharp on board 2. David Gilbert looked to have a won end game at first glance, but as it played out “the opposition” and who had to move first became key. Eventually despite being a pawn up in a king pawn end game, David recognised the game was actually lost. However his opponent failed to realise the full significance, and offered a draw, which David accepted.
Ian McAllan on board 1 reached a draw by repetition, in a very sharp game, with little time left on his clock. Which meant we couldn’t lose with one game remaining.
This left David Helps who played out a very exciting win to the remaining crowd, and securing the match win.
I attach David’s game below as it was an interesting finish.
18. Nb5 is tempting and maybe better
36. Re4 is better but not an easy win. The rook sacrifice gave the queen more room with the runaway pawns compensating.