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.
On Wednesday 15th February the Intro Cup team consolidated its position at the top of the league by defeating Gravesend 3-1. Gravesend were the only team to have beaten us this season.
David Dallakyan accepted a draw offer in a heavy piece ending and Chris Cheeseman also agreed a draw. Janis Elton had more than enough compensation for a lost pawn and mated her opponent. Lee Brockwell’s opponent sacrificed a rook for a strong attack, but Lee defended well to win.
The team has won all three of its matches in 2017.
Our Intro Cup side played its first match of the season on Wednesday 12th October against Lewisham and won 2.5- 1.5.
Chris Cheeseman finished first with a solid (!!) draw. Masud Hoque playing his first competitive game for 8 months lost. Janis Elton, who had not played a competitive game for years, won by queening a pawn and then mating,and then Nigel Threadgold won his first competitive game ever. This was a really good game where Nigel kept control for a long time, building up the pressure until his opponent cracked in a very difficult position.
The Intro Cup team ended the season by losing its last two matches 1.5 – 2.5.
Against Gravesend on 3rd March Don Chapman won and David Dallakyan had a good draw against someone 44 grading points higher than him.
Against Beckenham Don Chapman again won and Chris Cheeseman drew.
The Intro Cup team have played two matches recently. In the first against Petts Wood we narrowly avoided a 4 – 0 whitewash when Chris Cheeseman turned his game around in time-trouble to give us a slightly more respectable 3 – 1 defeat.
The second match against Eynsford was also unsatisfactory, although we nominally won. Eynsford advised us in advance that they could only bring three players, so we started with a 1 – 0 lead by default. Sarah Walker-Buckton lost to her stronger opponent and Chris Cheeseman beat a weaker opponent leaving the result dependent on David Dallakyan, playing only his second game for the club. David’s opponent had spent all but ten seconds of his time building up an overwhelming position and had a forced mate, but forgot to press his clock and ran out of time. It then transpired that, instead of the flag falling, the digital clock went on to a third session i.e. the clock had been set up with the wrong setting. The result was annulled, so we had an undeserved victory.
The final match of the season saw Sidcup at home to Gravesend.
Phil Broughton (51) played very well to beat a higher rated player in Alan Evans (87). This was followed by a win for Andrew Parkin (50) with a nice rook sacrifice to force mate against another higher rated player Paul Loasby (76).
Sarah Walker-Buckton (98) fought a long nail-biting game against Bernard Lis (89) but was checkmated in a close finish. With the score at 2-1 David Helps (138) was playing a very evenly balanced game against John Fowers (115). With not much time left on the clocks, they were down to pawns and kings. David got himself one move ahead and rounded off a fine 3-1 win for the team.
It has been a good season for the Intro team having achieved 3 wins, 3 draws and 2 defeats from all their matches.
Mark E Lenette
The Intro Cup team drew against Lewisham 2-2 on 30th October. Keith Thompson won quickly and after two defeats Lee Brockwell won an ending to draw the match. The captain, Peter Houching, had had some trouble finding players for his team with regulars unavailable, but was eventually so successful that he himself was a reserve.
The Intro Cup team went into the final of the Intro Cup against Medway on Sunday 12th May missing Lee, who had a prior golfing engagement, and Chris, who was in the West Country. Nevertheless, Peter had got out a good team with Leon playing his last game before emigrating to France. Luckily for us Leon’s move had been delayed at the last moment.
Ken Grist was the first to win refuting his opponent’s unsound attack. Then John Morris, after being on the defensive, mated his opponent. Ian Reeve had a lost position from early on and could not save the game, but Leon Hopkins queened a pawn to win the ending and the match.
The fourth team played Petts Wood in the Intro Cup on Wednesday 20th March and won 3-1. This means that we finished 2nd in the Metropolitan section of the Intro Cup and will be playing in the semi-finals next month.
Only three Petts Wood players turned up, so John did not get a game and we had a free point. Ken Grist won efficiently after his opponent blundered away a knight and Leon’s win gave us the victory needed to reach the semi-final.]
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