ST ALBANS CHESS CONGRESS

A good few days for two Sidcup players, Robert Pezet and David Gilbert, who finished tied-third in the intermediate section at last weekend’s chess congress at St Albans. They each played four games, Robert winning two and drawing two, while David won three and lost one (to the eventual winner). Both players took half-point byes in the third round to give them scores of 3½/5. They won’t be getting rich though – they share the £70 third prize with four other players!

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Robert Pezet

Robert Pezet

Here’s how David demolished David Grange in the 2nd round.

David Gilbert

[Photos courtesy of Brendan O’Gorman]

County Matches 15.12.13

Sidcup players have been busy representing Kent at various levels this season.

Ian McAllan was in the Kent U-180 team that beat Middlesex at Willesden last month. Gary Sharp has been engaged for both the Under-160 and Under-140 teams, scoring 50 per cent in his two games at the higher level, while winning and drawing in the lower tier. He’s been joined in the Under 140 matches by David Gilbert who has won his only game. Lee Brockwell has been the draw specialist this season, drawing all three of his games for the Under-120s. Chris Cheeseman is playing top board for the Under-100s and is doing well with a commendable win and a draw so far.

Chris Cheeseman, unbeaten for the Kent Under 100s
Chris Cheeseman, unbeaten for the Kent Under 100s

At the halfway point the world is looking pretty good for the Kent teams. The Under-180s have won their only match; the Under-160s have a win and a loss; as do the Under-140s; the Under-120s have two wins and one loss; and the Under-100s have won their two matches. All have realistic expectations of making it to the national stages.

Some news from the recent English Chess Federation Annual General Meeting where it was decided by narrow margin, 89 votes to 88, to retain the national stages of the Under-100 County Championship. That must be good news for all the County’s Under-100s.

David Gilbert

County News 3.8.13

Kent Summer Quickplay

Sidcup entered a team in the Kent summer quickplay this year after not playing in it for the last few years. It’s basically a four man team, and during the course of the evening each player plays all four of the oppositions players. Each of the games are for 30 mins duration whit time being allocated on a handicap basis similar to our own club championships.

So far we have played 2 games and both and been really good evenings, However by the end of the night your nerves are shot to pieces, with the intensity of playing four games and no respite.

We managed to get a draw against Gravesend 8-8 in the first game at home, with a team of David Helps, David Gilbert, Ken Smith and Lee Brockwell.

In our second game our team was David Helps, Gary Sharp, Rob Pezet and Lee Brockwell and we faced favourites Charton 1, away.

After the first 2 sets of games we were level at very creditable 4-4. However their superior strength eventually told and we we lost 10-6.

This was against a team that consisted of 2 players graded 200+.

I was particularly chuffed to nick a win against someone graded 209 and Robert managed a draw against Alan Hanreck, another 200+ player.

Next game away to Lewisham

Lee Brockwell

Sidcup Player Scoops Congress success

Congratulation to David Gilbert winning the intermediate U135 congress at Worcester.

British Championships

Worth noting that many games at the British Championships are being shown Live this year. David Gilbert had the privilege of playing on one of the live boards this morning in the U140 championships. Great technology to allow us to watch him playing and he didn’t disappoint the fan base with a stunning victory. Log on and see.

County News 4.3.13

Four Sidcup players were involved in County matches at the weekend. At Dartford, Ian Mcallan drew on top board for Kent’s Under-180s, which helped his team to a 10-6 win over Surrey. While at Rochester, the Under-140 team triumphed over Essex by 9½-6½ with wins for Gary Sharp and David Gilbert, and a draw from Lee Brockwell.

The Under-180s, Under-160s, Under-140s and Under-120s have all reached the national stages of the County Championships. Quarter-Final matches are due to take place on Saturday, 18 May 2013 at neutral venues to be decided once our opponents are known.

David Gilbert

County News 18.02.13

The Kent Under-160 team has won the Southern Counties Cup and qualified for the national stages, after another scintillating Saturday afternoon at the Mick Jagger Centre in Dartford where they drew 8-8 in a thrilling match against Essex.

Kent initially went three points down, but fought back to share the match with Sidcup’s Gary Sharp contributing a win. Gary and his opponent had reached an equal looking end game, each with a Rook, Bishop, Knight and six pawns. Gary first forced off the Bishops and then the Rooks. It looked a draw to most observers but Gary then started to outplay his opponent. First he got his Queenside pawns moving, then exchanged his Knight for three pawns and ended the game with his opponent in zugzwang.

David Orr. Courtesy of Brendan O’Gorman.

Dartford’s David Orr (pictured above), playing White against Alan Riddoch on Board 16 attracted the attention of on-lookers. He had sacrificed both Bishops for a powerful attack with Queen, Rooks and pawns. But, as David moved to connect his Rooks on the d-file, he inadvertently knocked over his King which had sat on g1, only to replace it on the f1 square. Neither player had noticed and so the game continued. As you’ll see that proved to be important to the outcome of the game.

Black gave back a Bishop for a pawn in an attempt on free-up his position and both sets of Rooks were exchanged. With David about to Queen his h-pawn Alan found the game-saving move (see diagram), Qh5 threatening checkmate on White’s back rank and vacating the f7 square for his Knight. However, you’ll notice that if the White King had been where it should have been on g1, rather than f1, there would have been no defence. The game ended in a draw. Afterwards both players were surprised to discover that the White King had jumped a square during the game!

With one match each to play the Under-160 table looks like this:

Kent 4½/5
Essex 2½/5
Surrey 2/5
Middx 1/5

Kent’s Under-120 team were also in action against Essex. They travelled across the River to Wanstead for the match and included Sidcup’s Lee Brockwell in their twelve. Lee now plays off a grade of 111 and has moved up to board 6 where drew with the Black pieces against Stephen Woodall. That half-point helped Kent to a 7-5 victory, which leaves them in a very strong position in the Union stages with three wins and two draws. The League table looks like this:

Kent 4/5
Herts 3/4
Surrey 1/4
Essex 1/5

David Gilbert

News Round-up 4.2.13

The latest Kent League tables were published at the weekend. These appear on the League Tables tab above. They show the Club having a very decent season so far. The Harvey Cup team will be within striking distance of the next stage if they can beat Gravesend 4 on Wednesday evening. Although the 2nd team look out of the running in the Tom Fuller, the undefeated 3rd team look assured of making progress if they can avoid defeat against Gravesend 5 in March 2013. The Intro Cup side have won two and drawn two of their four matches and lie second, albeit with another four matches to play. They’re looking good!

Last Wednesday the Intro Cup side travelled to Lewisham for an exciting 2-2 draw. With Peter Houching and Ian Reeve going down on the top two boards, Sidcup’s bacon was saved by wins on Boards three and four by Chris Cheeseman and Ken Grist. Another close encounter!

On the County front, Gary Sharp and David Gilbert made the journey down to Rochester with the Kent Under-140 side two Saturdays ago. Both suffered defeats as Kent went down 6½-9½ to a strong Middlesex team. Kent will need to beat Essex in their remaining fixture to have any chance of making it to the national stages.

Kent’s Under-160 and Under-100 teams were snowed-off a few weeks back and last weekend picked-up where they left off. The teams had mixed fortunes. David Helps was playing for the Under-160s at Willesden. Although David lost his game, the team came back from the brink of defeat to win a thrilling 8½-7½ victory, with Lewisham’s David Helsby securing victory with the last kick. All this achieved with a team decimated by congress entries at Hertford, Imperial College and Kidlington. It means Kent have already done enough to qualify for the national stages.

The Under-100 team went down to Ashtead where they were well beaten by Surrey. The match saw Chris Cheeseman turn out on top board and the welcome return of his bother Frank. Chris suffered defeat, whilst Frank had one of his team’s four wins. Unfortunately it’s very unlikely that the team will progress any further in this year’s competition.

Finally, on the grading front, there were some 2000 changes made to the Grading Database this morning (mostly people going up or down by a point) with three Sidcup players affected.

Lee Brockwell was 110 goes up one to 111
Chris Cheeseman was 99 and moves up to 100
John Morris was 75 and drops five to 70

David Gilbert

County News 13.1.13

Gary Sharp, Lee Brockwell and David Gilbert made their way to Harpenden on Saturday to join the Kent Under 140 team for a match against Hertfordshire. Conditions at the Senior Citizens’ Centre were excellent, and the mouth-watering display of luxury dark, milk and white chocolate biscuits added to the pleasure.

In the end, Kent ran out comfortable winners by 10-6, with our three Sidcup players earning precious draws, although everyone was left scratching their heads at how Lee Brockwell came back from two pieces down to get his half-a-point. The result leaves the Kent 140s in a good position with 1½ from two matches. Their next match is a crucial one against an unbeaten Middlesex side at Rochester in a fortnight.

David Gilbert

County News 25.11.12

Sidcup’s David Gilbert travelled with the Kent Under-140s to Coulsdon on Saturday to take on their Surrey rivals. David, playing on Board five, made a winning contribution (game beneath) in a thrilling 8-8 draw. Kent secured their equalizing point when Mark Stone from Petts Wood won the last game to finish, winning on time in a Queen and pawn ending with just one second – yes one second – remaining on his clock! Phew!

Meanwhile the Kent Under-100 team set off for Wanstead to play Essex. Sidcup’s Lee Brockwell and Chris Cheeseman were due to play on boards three and four. While Chris had a fine win, unfortunately Lee’s opponent defaulted. As it was, Kent still went down narrowly 6½ -5½. It is the second time this season Kent have gone down by the smallest possible margin.

David Gilbert enjoying a win on board 5.

Mark Stone - one second to go.

All pictures courtesy of Brendan O’Gorman.

David Gilbert

County News 18.11.12

The Kent Under-160 team were back in action against Surrey at the weekend, with Sidcup’s Gary Sharp representing the County. Gary was paired with Michael Gunn. Michael is the closest thing we have to Chess Royalty – he is currently the Non-Executive Chairman and Acting-CEO of the English Chess Federation. But the presence of aristocracy had no effect on Gary who soon had his opponent in trouble and helped Kent to a comfortable victory by 9½ – 6½, leaving them top-of-the-table with a 100% record of three wins from three matches.

Mike Gunn. Image courtesy of Brendan O'Gorman.

In other news, last weekend, Lee Brockwell (captain of the Sidcup 3 side in the Fuller Cup) made his debut for Kent’s Under-100s. Although Lee won his game, it wasn’t quite enough as Kent slid to a narrow 5½ – 6½ defeat at the hands of Surrey.

David Gilbert