The league season is over with mainly disappointing results.
One of our best players was unavailable for all but one match because of work commitments and another was ill for most of the season, but that does not fully explain why our Stevenson Cup and En Passant Cup sides won only one match each.
Our Harvey Cup side had an average of six players unavailable for each match and did well to be in the running for a semi-final place until losing its last two matches and finishing in mid-table.
However, our Intro Cup side, which was the only team to have a settled side, won their division despite never fielding a team with an average grade of as much as 90 and being out-graded in most of their matches. The semi-final against Medway was drawn 2-2, but we lost on tie-break, Janis Elton having won on bottom board. Janis, with a season’s score of 7/11, will surely be seeing her grade go up substantially.
Jim had been a member of the club since 2000, although ill-health had prevented him coming to the club much for the last year.
Jim started playing chess in lunch breaks at Klingers, a local factory, and in retirement joined the local chess club at Swanley near his home, where he was an active organizer. When there ceased to be a chess club in Swanley he came to the club in Sidcup, attracted by the good range of playing strength. In his first full season he ran our sixth team and then ran the seventh team for the three subsequent seasons. Jim was very enthusiastic about chess. Sadly he had a variety of health problems, but he made the effort to come to the club, gamely struggling with the stairs from week to week.
Chess at Sidcup remains outstanding value at £50 for 51 three-hour meetings. Even better, pensioners get a £5 discount and anybody whose yearly income is under £12,000 pays only £30. And the most outstanding value is for juniors under 18, who pay nothing at all! Joiners during the year pay pro-rata. This is even better value than the cups of tea or coffee available at 20p per cup.
In the Kent League this season we have four teams of various average strengths: three six-board teams and one four-board team. Members who intend to play in the Kent League should now renew their membership of the English Chess Federation (see the English Chess Federation website for details).
Like last year the club will run its knock-out tournament for all members bar the stronger (“over 120 grade”) players and an all-play-all handicap tournament where the handicap is that the stronger player has less time to make all the moves than the weaker player. Perhaps you will play a game worth showing on the website. If you have items for the website, continue to send them to Steve at firstname.lastname@example.org
The officers of the club elected for the coming year are Lee Brockwell ( chairman and second team captain), Ian McAllan (secretary and treasurer and third team captain), Dave Helps (club tournaments, marketing, and first team captain), Janis Elton (fourth team captain) and Stephen Moon (webmaster).
After a promising 2/2 start the wheels came off and we are now headed for a mid-table position.
EN PASSANT CUP
With five weeks of the season left the unbeaten En Passant Cup side are still in with a chance of reaching the knock-out stage of their Kent League competition having beaten Chislehurst 4-2 on 20th February. However, two other clubs are unbeaten and we have to play one of them in the last match of the season.
The Harvey Cup side has suffered from regular players being unavailable. Although it has never scored fewer than 2 points in a match, it has never scored more than 3.5 and we are bottom of the league
TOM FULLER CUP
The new Tom Fuller Cup side has been fielding sides weaker than the division really demands, but it is good experience and it did recently win a match against Beckenham.
The Intro Cup side is in mid-table, so we will need a good finish to the season to reach the knock-out stage of the Kent League. Nigel Threadgold has been the most successful player in the team and at one stage had the second best match record in the club (the best is David Gilbert, who has had a run of over 20 games unbeaten apart from one loss to an eight-year old).
All this season’s results can be found at www.ecflms.org.uk, clicking on Kent League and then Sidcup (on the right).
The Harvey Cup side has started the season with mixed results.
Lewisham 4 crushed us in the first match with only Ian McAllan and Gary Sharp winning.
In the second match against Petts Wood, who arrived a player short, we were very lucky to win 3.5 – 2.5. A Petts Wood player was about to play mate in 2 moves when his time ran out.
Our third match against Gravesend seemed to be on course for a clear victory. Chris Cheeseman crushed his opponent and Don Chapman turned his game around to win. When IanMcAllan agreed a draw we seemed to have at least another point to come, but it all went horribly wrong and we lost 2.5 – 3.5.
Chess at Sidcup remains outstanding value at £50 for 50 three-hour meetings. Even better, pensioners get a £5 discount and anyone whose yearly income is under £12,000 pays only £30. And the most outstanding value is for juniors under 18, who pay nothing at all. Joiners during the year pay pro-rata. This is even better value than the cups of tea or coffee available at 20p per cup.
In the Kent League we have five teams of various average strengths: three six-board and two four board teams. Results can be found on the League Management System website (ecflms.org.uk and choose Kent League in the menu and then Sidcup).
Like last year the club will run its knock-out tournament for all members bar the stronger (“over 120 grade”) players and an all-play-all handicap tournament where the handicap is that the stronger player has less time to make all the moves than the weaker player. Perhaps you will plat a game worth showing on the website. If you have items for the website, continue to send them to email@example.com