The final match of the season saw Sidcup at home to Gravesend.
Phil Broughton (51) played very well to beat a higher rated player in Alan Evans (87). This was followed by a win for Andrew Parkin (50) with a nice rook sacrifice to force mate against another higher rated player Paul Loasby (76).
Sarah Walker-Buckton (98) fought a long nail-biting game against Bernard Lis (89) but was checkmated in a close finish. With the score at 2-1 David Helps (138) was playing a very evenly balanced game against John Fowers (115). With not much time left on the clocks, they were down to pawns and kings. David got himself one move ahead and rounded off a fine 3-1 win for the team.
It has been a good season for the Intro team having achieved 3 wins, 3 draws and 2 defeats from all their matches.
Mark E Lenette
On Wednesday 4th March our Harvey Cup team continued its run of close results by drawing with Charlton.
The evening started with Don Chapman losing to a much stronger opponent and Sarah Walker-Buckton winning almost as quickly. Then Lee Brockwell’s draw and Dave Helps’ loss left us needing something from the top two boards. Gary Sharp’s game ended in a draw, but Ian McAllan converted a favourable ending in the last game to finish to tie the match.
Sidcup went to league leaders Dartford on Thursday, needing a win to give them any chance of qualifying for the knockout stages.
Prior to this game we had achieved a 50% record with 2 wins, 2 loses, and a draw.
It was always going to be a tough ask, especially with 2 regular first team players away, but it turned out to be a close fought match.
Ken Smith was disappointed with his performance succumbing to an early loss on board 4. Keith Thompson then followed this with a draw on board 6, despite being out-graded by nearly 30 points, and playing his first game for the first team. Lee Brockwell on Board 5 then followed with another draw.
The remaining 3 games all went to the wire, with the clock playing a massive part. Ian McAllan on board 1 saw his opponent withstand a strong king side attack, which then left Ian in time trouble. Despite coming through the time control with his position intact, Ian was unaware that the time control had been reached and played the next 2 moves instantly, believing he still had moves to make. Those moves were critical and turned a potential winning position into a position which was eventually played to a draw. David Gilbert on board 3 then delivered a fine win, in a finely edged position, where his better time management probably made all the difference. This left everything hinging on board 2 and Gary Sharp. Time once again was key here, and Gary was always behind on that score. Unfortunately it was the type of end game which needed a large number of moves to see completion. This played into his opponent’s hands, who played solid moves, knowing Gary’s clock would run out eventually. This it duly did, giving Dartford a well-earned 3.5 to 2.5 win.
So far our experiment of playing in the stronger En Passant league, has been positive and we have acquitted ourselves well. It’s also giving the better players more games which can only be beneficial.
On Wednesday 19th February, our team Sidcup 3 played Petts Wood 4 in a match which, if they won, would see them into the Semi-Finals as winners of the division with 3 matches left to play winning 5 out of 5.
The evening did not start off too well for Petts Wood when they defaulted on board 4 and the evening gradually got worse for them.
The first match to finish was David Gilbert (132) – stepping in for an unwell Ken Smith – managing a draw against Paul Jones (127). Then Lee Brockwell (109) had a good win against their captain Phil Wheeler (116) and finally Sarah Walker-Buckton (98) won a hard fought game and was up against the clock at the end. With 2 minutes to spare, she managed to queen her 2 past pawns
and checkmated Victor Jamroz (97) to round off a very successful evening.
With 3 matches left to play and our third team winning the Tom Fuller Met Section, we can now look forward to a home tie against the runners up of Mid Kent section.
On Wednesday, Sidcup 3 lost their unbeaten run of 5 matches and lost to Gravesend 3 1 in what seemed an easy win for Gravesend.
I think we were still having a hangover from winning the division and looking forward to a home tie in the semi finals against who is yet to be decided. The Mid East Section of the Fuller league looks very tight and could be decided on the last matches played in the division.
Sidcup (playing White on the odd boards 1 & 3) got off to a good start with Keith Thompson playing his normal Caro Kann defence for Black; he had a good win against Paul Loasby who was left with a weak centre pawn which Keith was able to attack. After his opening, he was left with a weak pawn but Paul was unable to attack this. (See attached game.)
This was the only success of the evening for Sidcup who were struggling to get another win to earn a draw to protect there unbeaten run.
Lee Brockwell playing black lost to Peter Belka in what was a reversal of fortunes for him as he had won the away tie against Peter.
Ken (still suffering from the virus he had last week) lost in a hard fought game against Nav Bansal (120).
Sarah, playing white, was against John Fowers who used a Pirc Defence Classical system which Sarah found very hard to break down. She went down after a very hard struggle and resigned when she could not stop John’s A pawn from going to the eighth rank and becoming a queen.
We have 2 more matches to play in the league and hope to have got over our blip and carry on with our winning ways.