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.
Ian McAllan

Tom Fuller Cup Team

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.
Ian McAllan

En Passant – 23.3.16

On Wednesday 23rd March the En Passant Cup team played its final match of the season against Dartford. The winner of the match would be in the semi-finals with Dartford having the odds of the draw.

It was a close match. Ian McAllan reached the first time control with a completely drawn ending. Bob Mitchell then lost, but Rob Pezet won with a crushing king hunt. Dave Helps then accepted a draw in a very blocked position leaving the match level with two games to finish. Lee Brockwell had been a good pawn up, but chose the wrong path, while Gary Sharp’s opponent’s unintentional piece sacrifice was good enough for a draw. In time-trouble Gary had to choose between two defences and unfortunately chose wrongly, so Dartford were in the semi-finals. Lee then accepted his opponent’s offer of a draw to make the result a 3.5 – 2.5 win for Dartford.

We did get the second highest number of game points in the division so I think we are an established team in the En Passant Cup now.

Ian McAllan

Harvey Cup – 25.2.16

On 25th February the Harvey Cup tam played Beckenham & Bromley and drew 3 – 3.

Don Chapman made a good save to draw after losing the exchange early on. Gary Sharp and Ken Smith had solid draws and Rob Pezet played well, but could not find a way through. With Ian McAllan converting what always seemed a superior position and Sarah Walker-Buckton losing a hopeless ending in the last game to finish, the match was tied.

Ian McAllan

Harvey Cup – 2.3.16

On 2nd March the Harvey Cup team played Petts Wood and lost 2.5 – 3.5.

We started well with Ken Smith’s poor position becoming a quick win, Gary Sharp having a solid draw and Rob Pezet having one of his quick wins. Things seemed to be going very well as Ian McAllan seemed to have the better position and the bottom two boards were unclear. However, when we lost on the bottom two boards all depended on Ian’s game. Ian reached the first time control a pawn up, but with no obvious way to proceed. Overpressing, he allowed his pieces to go offside and lost.

So a poor end to the season.

Ian McAllan

Tom Fuller – Sidcup V Beckenham

The 3rd team played their final Tom Fuller league fixture against league leaders Beckenham, knowing a win was essential to guarantee progression to the semi-final stage.

The teams were evenly matched and grades suggested we should win the top 2 boards, and lose the bottom 2.

However junior David Dallakyan bucked the grading and produced his debut win for the club on board 3, against the experienced Alan Fraser.

David Helps then provided a 2nd win on board 1 after his opponent left his queen en prise.

The final 2 games were quite even until Don Chapman blundered a piece and eventually lost.

This left everything depending on Bob Mitchell, who’s opponent was in time trouble in a very locked up position. They played on for some time keeping the crowd on tender hooks, but eventually the position become completely locked and they agreed a draw.

Result Sidcup 2.5 – Beckenham 1.5

Lee Brockwell

Harvey Cup – 18.2.16

On Thursday 18th February the Harvey Cup team went to Dartford to play the league leaders, who had won all their matches. The result was a 4.5 – 1.5 victory, which never looked in doubt.

Sarah Walker-Buckton won quickly after her opponent blundered. Don Chapman won a piece for two pawns and his opponent then lost further material. Gary Sharp managed to recover from a horrible opening to draw. Ken Smith was unfortunate enough to come up against a player just returned to competitive chess after a long gap with an estimated grade much lower than his grade in the past and lost fairly quickly. Rob Pezet’s opponent was a substitute who started the game late and lost a pawn, which proved decisive. Ian McAllan always had the initiative and won after his opponent preferred the loss of a piece to the loss of a pawn.

So a good result.

Ian McAllan

Harvey Cup – 10.2.16

On Wednesday 10th February the Harvey Cup team played Chislehurst. It was a close match, which we lost 2.5 – 3.5..

After an early loss on board 6, down to a blunder, it looked bad when Rob Pezet lost a rook, but Rob attacked and won the ending. Gary Sharp felt that his position was level for a long time, but that then he threw it away in three moves. Dave Helps just made the first time control and precise defence beat off his opponent’s attack and won the game. The turning point in the match came when Ian McAllan, whose position had been very good for a long time, blundered away a piece. This meant Chris Cheeseman needed to win and his game went to the wire. With both players having less than a minute left to make all their remaining moves in a complicated position, with Chris slightly better on time and position, Chris’s opponent stopped his clock and asked what the match score was. When he restarted the clock he started Chris’s clock instead of his own and, when this was pointed out, offered a draw, which Chris accepted.

Ian McAllan