Unlike many other clubs we will be open throughout the summer. Mostly we will play off-hand games, but the club championship and the Knight’s tournament (which excludes the top players) will move into top gear as the finishing post in August approaches. We will also have a team playing in the Kent Summer Quickplay tournament; the games in this tournament are completed in 30 minutes with the weaker player having more time than the stronger.
We reached the final of the Tom Fuller Cup this year.
In the semi-final against Weald of Kent (based in Cranbrook) we won 3-1. David Dallakyan’s opponent did not turn up, putting us a point up. Lee Brockwell had an equal position when his opponent blundered a couple of pawns and then a piece. Ken Smith won well after a bad opening, but a clean sweep was never quite on after Sarah Walker-Buckton’s unorthodox opening despite a gallant rearguard action.
In the final against Gravesend, David Dallakyan had a quick draw, but with Rob Pezet always looking as if he was going to lose we needed to win the other two games. Don Chapman did play well, but his good position disappeared when he blundered an exchange and consequently lost. Lee Brockwell could not make any progress and agreed a draw in a poor position. Rob’s eventual defeat meant we had lost 3-1.