Congratulations to the Intro Cup team who defeated Petts Wood very convincingly 3.5 – 0.5 in the Intro Cup Final. Keith, Jack and Phil won and Jack drew.
Congratulations also to the Harvey Cup team, who defeated the Cranbrook team, Weald of Kent, 3.5 – 2.5 in a much closer match. Rob and Dennis won and Dave drew early on but Weald of Kent pinned us back and Ian needed to win the final game to finish, which he duly did.
This is the first time that Sidcup have won two trophies on Finals Day.
Our Intro Cup team has finished the season in second place in the Metropolitan section of the Kent League’s Intro Cup competition and will now play Medway or Snodland in the semi-final.
In the Harvey Cup, a win over Petts Wood maintains our 100% record with two matches to play.
The Intro Cup team finally played a match after weather forced the cancellation of the first match and the result was a 3-1 win over Lewisham with Ken Grist, Peter Houching and Phil Broughton all winning. So Peter’s first match as captain was successful and the club are still undefeated in all leagues this season, having won the first two Harvey Cup matches against Beckenham and Lewisham and drawn the first two Tom Fuller Cup matches against Petts Wood and Lewisham.
The 2008-9 Kent League season started with a 4-2 win over Chislehurst in the Harvey Cup. In this position from the match, white (to play) can win by playing Ng5, but there is a more spectacular (though not necessarily better) way to win.
1.Rxg6+ fxg6 2.Bxg6 hxg6 3.Qxg6+ Kh8 4.Ng5 Bxg5 5.Bxg5 Rf8 6.Bf6+ Rxf6 7.exf6 Qc7 8.f7 and checkmate (on one of three squares) can only be stopped by giving up the queen for the advanced pawn, after which black will soon be mated, so black resigns 1-0.