The committee have voted without dissent that Ken Grist is the most improved player and holder of the Cyril Adkins Board for 2020.

Ken stopped playing in matches four years ago, but last season he came roaring back playing for the Tom Fuller Cup team.

No player aged 80 (or over) has ever won this trophy, so many congratulations to Ken for keeping his brain so active.

Ian McAllan


At the Annual General Meeting of the Kent County Chess Association it was decided that the 2019/20 league season would be abandoned unfinished and no trophies will be awarded.

So the splendid achievement of our En Passant Cup team coming first in the Metropolitan Section will have to be its own reward.

It was thought that the 2020/21 season will be a wash-out.

Ian McAllan


Our Stevenson Cup side played Lewisham 2 in the last match of the season on 11th March 2020 and the last match for some time since matches in the Kent League have been suspended.

The match seemed to start badly when one of our players had a domestic emergency, which meant he did not arrive. So we started a point down, but thereafter wins by Jim Johnson and Dave Helps and a draw from Tony Packham left the match poised at 2.5 – 2.5 and when Ian McAllan drew one of his long games we had drawn the match.

Ian McAllan


On 4th March our En Passant Cup team played Beckenham. The winner would be the Metropolitan Area champions. Unfortunately Beckenham could only put out a weak team and we won the match comfortably with Jim Johnson, Ian McAllan, Greg Edwards, Dave Helps and David Hackett all winning to give us a 5 – 1 victory.

Congratulations to captain Lee Brockwell.

Ian McAllan

Sidcup 2 V Gravesend 2

Something’s Happening Here

Sidcup’s second team have moved to the top of the En Passant section of the Kent League with a win over their rivals from Gravesend.  The table after the match looks like this:

Sidcup were missing their inspirational captain Lee Brockwell who had deserted the club in favour of the slopes of the Pyrenees.  David Helps stepped into Lee’s snow boots and they seemed to fit immediately.  In recognition the boiler at the Hurst Community Centre was also taking the night off. 

Lee Brockwell missing captain
David Helps taking up the reins

The evening began with a brief discussion on the bottom boards about a League proposal to be discussed at the next AGM to switch to incremental time controls.  Chess leagues in London have taken the lead and others are following suit, but in Kent there are views on both sides.  It could be a long meeting!

Then there was chess.  We got started on time and Jim Johnson agreed an early draw with Gravesend’s David Clear.  It wasn’t long before David Helps had levelled in his game and he also split the point on board four.  Another half-an-hour went by before the next games finished, and they were both wins for Sidcup.  Ken Smith on board six had developed a crushing attack that forced a resignation and David Gilbert on five was two passed pawns ahead when his frost-bitten opponent (Black to play) decided to call it a day.

The match result was sealed when Tony Packham’s opponent offered a draw on board two, despite being a pawn up, which caused an immediate handshake.  Finally, with the tables and chairs being stacked around them and the last of washing-up soap suds being sucked down the sink, Sidcup’s Ian McAllan and Gravesend’s Kerry Kingston agreed a draw on three.  Indeed no other result is possible in an ending with King and Knight versus a lone King.  Sidcup had a 4-2 victory.

Sidcup’s final match in the En Passant section is another crucial one at home to Beckenham & Bromley on Wednesday, 4 March 2020.

David Gilbert

Harvey Cup

The Harvey Cup team finally got off the mark against Charlton on 29th January.

Chris Cheeseman and Bob Mitchell had good wins and although we lost fairly easily on the top two boards we were better throughout in the other two games. 

Lee Brockwell did not manage to convert his position into a win and drew, but David Hackett kept control and won handily giving us a 3.5 – 2.5 win.

Ian McAllan

Stevenson Cup

Well, we finally played another match and are still unbeaten. Chislehurst put out a very strong team against us and after Dave Hackett’s early loss against a very experienced player, we were always on the back foot. However, Ian McAllan won when his opponent played unsoundly and Jim Johnson, Tony Packham, Greg Edwards and David Gilbert all drew.

Ian McAllan

Intro Cup

Last season our Intro Cup side won many matches against stronger opposition in winning the metropolitan section of the Intro Cup, but this season the wheels have come off and we lost all three matches before Christmas. 

It looked like this dismal sequence would continue in our first match of 2020 against Lewisham when we were in losing positions on all four boards, and indeed we lost our games with white, but Janis Elton luckily won on time and Dave Helps turned his game around to win and draw the match.

Ian McAllan