Sidcup Chairman Lee Brockwell presents Nigel Threadgold (pink) with the 2018 Most Improved Player Trophy.
David Helps (left) picks-up the Club Championship Trophy for 2018.
Lee Brockwell (right) collects the Knights Trophy from Club Secretary Ian McAllan.
Sidcup’s David Gilbert was joint winner of the London Classic Weekday event at Olympia for players with an ECF grade under-135. David finished with four points out of five, tied with Hugh Tassell, another Kent player. In the photograph both are playing with Black pieces in the final round of the event.
David won his first two games relatively comfortably, then faced a stiff task against his Sidcup teammate, Bob Mitchell, in the third round. Bob had the better of the game which went for 60 moves, but David defended stoutly and held out for a draw. He was even more fortunate in the fourth round where he came up against Oxford mathematics student Sam Bentham. David found himself a piece down for two pawns, but managed to create counter-play with two passed pawns. The threat was too much for Sam who gave back the piece for two pawns and the game petered out to a draw.
David was now running in a tie for second and faced the leader Peter Rawcliffe in the final round needing a win to finish top. Peter is a seasoned performer at this level and won his section at the Berks and Bucks congress earlier in the year with a convincing 5.5/6.
Congratulations to David Gilbert, who came second in the Minor tournament at North Shields recently.
Seven Sidcup players were nursing their bruises this morning after last night’s time-handicapped all-play-all simul! Seven players each playing their six opponents over 21 boards at the Hurst Community Centre. Several yellow cards were shown as the participants threw their bodies around the playing area. At one point Dave Helps was trapped by a skilful pincer movement by Keith Thompson and Chris Cheeseman before managing to barge himself to freedom.
Slippery Mark Lenette seemed to ghost around his boards capitalising on his time advantage over his rivals and soon built up a good lead as wins on time began to add up. But he was being pegged back as Rob Pezet, Bob Mitchell and Dave Helps played some solid chess, picking-off their rivals one-by-one. David Gilbert faded with exhaustion and was taken away for a psychiatric assessment for organising the event.
After two hours, an unusual evening had been won by Rob Pezet, with Dave Helps taking the silver medal and Mark Lenette a splendid third. The wooden spoon belonged to Chris Cheeseman who managed a win over Keith Thompson after Keith forgot about the game for the first half-an-hour leaving him a long way down on the clock!
The results were captured for posterity on Mark’s iPhone:
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!
Here’s how David demolished David Grange in the 2nd round.
[Photos courtesy of Brendan O’Gorman]
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.
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.
Most players now do their post-game analysis with a computer in front of them. They are awfully good at showing where we went wrong. Last week David Gilbert was playing a Club match which hadn’t gone to plan. He had reached the position in the diagram as black and it seemed white was winning comfortably. David moved his King to the f8 square to avoid threats from the white Queen and resigned a few moves later in a lost position. Can you spot the move he missed?
1. ……… Bc3 wins. White can only prevent checkmate by giving up his Queen for nothing.
For example 2. bxc3 dxc3 and there is no way of stopping Qb2 checkmate.
Alternatively 2 b3 is met by Qb4 and white can’t prevent Qa3+, followed by Qb2 checkmate.
Come along to the Hurst Community Centre in Hurst Road on a Wednesday night from 7.30pm if you are interested in finding out more about the local chess scene.