Sidcup 3 v Snodand 3 – 29.4.15

On Wednesday 29th April, our 3rd team playing in the Fuller Cup had a semi final match at home against a strong Snodland side who came runners up in their section of the Fuller Cup.

After a very hard fought match, Sidcup won the match 3 games to 1.

Snodland had a very strong side with the team grading just below the limit of 440 at 439 so they were stronger on 3 of the 4 boards. The evening started with Keith losing the toss and Rob Thompson (no relation) the Snodland Captain playing on board 1 electing to play white on boards 1 & 3.

The first to finish was Keith Thompson (93) playing white against his namesake Matt Thompson (60) (again, no relation) forcing black to resign on move 42 when Keith had mating attack which Matt could not escape.

The next match to finish was Sarah (93) playing against Hugh Broadbent (her father) (117). The game was very hard fought and Sarah had her chances but finally Sarah’s father finally managed to win the day. At one stage during the match, Hugh asked his team mates if a draw was going to be good enough but their matches were still going on and they could not say.

Hugh had the first good chance on move 36 when Sarah played an incorrect queen move and gave Hugh good chances to win from the position. Then 3 moves later she grabbed a pawn that could not be taken and the position was even again. I think here it could have been an easy draw for both players if they kept checking their respective kings but Hugh (I think) went for the win. He moved his king up to assist his queen and made a mistake on move 39 so chances were equal again. On move 43, Sarah had a slight advantage and a further mistake 2 moves later by her father gave Sarah a winning advantage. On move 47, she missed her chance to move her e pawn to a square nearer promotion and the position was equal again. Then, on move 48, she gave her father the winning advantage which he took and Sarah resigned a move later.

While Sarah was in her struggles, Bob and Lee were having there own gigantic problems.

Lee (117) playing white against David Lettington (129) missed a chance to take an advantage on move 27.  David tempted Lee to take his knight playing Nxd5 but Lee could not take this as then the sequence would be Rxd5 Rxd5 pxd5 Rxc2. Lee saw this a played Bxh7 but a pawn move to f4 attacking his rook would have given David something to think about and given Lee an advantage. After this, the position for the next 10 moves was very equal and David was the one to crack making an incorrect king move on move 37. Lee took advantage and went on to promote his d pawn to a queen whereupon David resigned.

Lee Brockwell (courtesy of Brendan O'Gorman)
Lee Brockwell

Bob (125) playing black on board 1 against Rob Thompson (137), was the last to finish after playing over 100 moves in an epic battle. Rob had a slight advantage and because it is sometimes a struggle for black to reach equal terms, Bob had to play 39 moves before white gave him any chances whatsoever. Then white played the incorrect Qe3 and gave Bob the advantage but at move 40 missed Nxe6 and the position was equal until move 47 when white again played an incorrect queen move. This gave Bob the advantage again who then played an incorrect RXR move on move 52 leaving the position was equal again for the next 34 moves. The duel and finally came to an end on move 86.

Bob Mitchell (courtesy of Brendan O'Gorman)
Bob Mitchell

Rob made the final queen mistake to give Bob a winning game and mated Rob on move 101 to send us through to the final where we play Weald of Kent. They topped the Mid Kent division and found that Gravesend defaulted in their semi final.

Score Card
Score Card

So, it looks as though it will be another epic struggle next Sunday .

Keith Thompson

(Photos courtesy of Brendan O’Gorman)

Sidcup 3 v Petts Wood 4 – 19.2.15

On Wednesday 19th February, our team Sidcup 3 played Petts Wood 4 in a match which, if they won, would see them into the Semi-Finals as winners of the division with 3 matches left to play winning 5 out of 5.

The evening did not start off too well for Petts Wood when they defaulted on board 4 and the evening gradually got worse for them.

The first match to finish was David Gilbert (132) – stepping in for an unwell Ken Smith – managing a draw against Paul Jones (127). Then Lee Brockwell (109) had a good win against their captain Phil Wheeler (116) and finally Sarah Walker-Buckton (98) won a hard fought game and was up against the clock at the end. With 2 minutes to spare, she managed to queen her 2 past pawns
and checkmated Victor Jamroz (97) to round off a very successful evening.

With 3 matches left to play and our third team winning the Tom Fuller Met Section, we can now look forward to a home tie against the runners up of Mid Kent section.

Keith Thompson

Sidcup 3 v Gravesend 5 – 25.2.15

On Wednesday, Sidcup 3 lost their unbeaten run of 5 matches and lost to Gravesend 3 1 in what seemed an easy win for Gravesend.

I think we were still having a hangover from winning the division and looking forward to a home tie in the semi finals against who is yet to be decided. The Mid East Section of the Fuller league looks very tight and could be decided on the last matches played in the division.

Sidcup (playing White on the odd boards 1 & 3) got off to a good start with Keith Thompson playing his normal Caro Kann defence for Black; he had a good win against Paul Loasby who was left with a weak centre pawn which Keith was able to attack. After his opening, he was left with a weak pawn but Paul was unable to attack this. (See attached game.)

This was the only success of the evening for Sidcup who were struggling to get another win to earn a draw to protect there unbeaten run.

Lee Brockwell playing black lost to Peter Belka in what was a reversal of fortunes for him as he had won the away tie against Peter.

Ken (still suffering from the virus he had last week) lost in a hard fought game against Nav Bansal (120).

Sarah, playing white, was against John Fowers who used a Pirc Defence Classical system which Sarah found very hard to break down. She went down after a very hard struggle and resigned when she could not stop John’s A pawn from going to the eighth rank and becoming a queen.

We have 2 more matches to play in the league and hope to have got over our blip and carry on with our winning ways.

Keith Thompson

Sidcup 3 v Eynsford 1 – 3.12.14

We are now halfway through the season and we have achieved our 4th win out of 4 for the Fuller Team. The match was against an Eynsford team which is what I call front loaded with a very strong no. 1 Greg Edwards (160) and it was Ken Smith (115) who drew the short straw too play against him.

After a very long game, Ken resigned when Greg broke through his defence to miss a mate in 3 chance. Greg then went on to win in about 60 moves although the last moves were not recorded because of the time factor.

Lee Brockwell (109) playing with black on board 2, had an up and down game after coming out of the opening with a slight advantage with his opponent Gary Owen (115) not seeming to know what to do on move 6. Gary made a slight blunder moving his knight to g3 and then back to e2 on the next move giving black a strong advantage which he kept until move 15, at which point, Lee made a blunder moving his Knight to f4 where it could be taken. Lee then worked his way back into the game and managed to obtain a passed pawn on the d file which was to prove crucial in the endgame. He obtained his win on move 36 – his opponent made the mistake which Lee was looking for, and allowed Lee to capture his bishop back and have a superior position with his passed pawns proving very strong.

Sarah Walker-Buckton (97) playing on board 3 was playing David Glenister (74) whom she had played before and won playing black for our 4th team in the Intro League back in mid November. This time Sarah was playing with white and David badly miss calculated on move 18. David resigned a few moves later on move 22.

Keith Thompson (93) played John Owen (60) aged 13 and Keith managed to trap John’s queen so he had nowhere to go but in front of his King and then pinned it with his Bishop on move 15, going on to checkmate his opponent on move 36.

The Fuller team is now at the halfway stage of the season and are in a very strong position having played 4 matches and won all 4 with 1 point for a win and a half point for a draw; we have 4 points out of a possible 4. Our nearest rivals could be Beckenham or Pett’s Wood having a possible 2 points as they have to play each other. At present our nearest rivals are Gravesend on 1.5 points. If Beckenham and Pett’s Wood draw against each other which they could well do, they would both be on 1.5 points that would give us (going into the second half of the season) a 2.5 points advantage over our nearest rivals.

Our next game if you are superstitious could be a stumbling block for us as it is away on Friday 13th February 2015 against Eynsford again.

Pictures from the Home game.
Pictures from the Home game.

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Keith Thompson

Sidcup v Beckenham – 26.11.14

Another good win this week for the Fuller team against what is a strong Beckenham and Bromley team. There is not much to choose between the number 1 board player Tony Foreman graded (112) and Alan Fraser (105) playing on board 4.

The best result came from Lee Brockwell (although a draw) it was of a very high standard and not many mistakes occurred in the match where one player could get an advantage over the other. I ran Fritz over the match and it could only find one better move that Lee could have played in the whole 44 moves. Even Grandmasters do well to do this.

Keith Thompson (93) finished playing first, securing a draw for the team after losing a won position, letting Alan Fraser (105) get into a position where he could get a draw by repeating the moves.

Lee then followed up with his good draw. At this point in time it looked like the match would end in a draw as Ken Smith looked like losing his match and Sarah Bowden-Walker was in a good position and could win .

Third to finish was Ken Smith (115) (playing white for the first time this season) with a win on time over Tom Foreman (112) – this was a good result for Ken. Playing on Board 1 you usually play people with higher grades than 115 so it makes a change for Ken to play someone of similar grade. Him picking up 2 points (2 draws and a win) for us on board 1 has definitely been a contributing factor to the team’s good performance in the 3 matches played so far this season as it is so hard to pick up wins and draws from that board.

Sarah (97) finish of her opponent Laurie Roberts (108). Well done to herafter picking up her first win for the team against a higher graded opponent, to give us a good victory.

This means now that the Fuller team has 3 out of 3 points.

We have to play Eynsford on Wednesday 3rd December at home which could well be stumbling block for us as they tend to load there team with high graded players on boards 1 & 2, and then hope to get something out there much lower graded players playing on 3 & 4.

Keith Thompson

Gravesend 5 v Sidcup 3

Last Thursday, our Fuller team started the same way as they finish off last season with a good win playing away to Gravesend 5.

The evening started well with Ken Smith (115) playing on board 1 and whom could not quite replicate his good win at the end of last season managing a draw with Lee Phillips (126).

Lee Brockwell (playing on board 2) (109) never looked like losing after coming out of the opening with a very strong central pawn formation and had a good win over Peter Belka (119) (See attached game).

Then Keith Thompson (93) played a strong game and was never in any serious trouble when his opponent – Paul Loadsby (76) – made blunders on move 17 and 18 and allowed Keith to trap his Knight on the edge of the board. From then on, it was only a question of time when Keith wanted to take this Knight, managing to finish the game with a win after losing a won position for the Harvey team a few weeks ago (see attached games).

Our newest member of the team – Sarah Walker-Buckton (97) – fought well and went down against the astute John Fowers (115) only resigning when John had a much superior endgame and passed pawns which Sarah could not stop.

Gravesend v Sidcup 3 - November 2014
Gravesend v Sidcup 3 – November 2014

Keith Thompson

Simultaneous Exhibition with Chris Ward – 14.5.14

The evening started at 19.45 and finished at 22.00. The event saw former British champion Grand Master Chris Ward play 15 of our members and guests. At the end of the evening, Chris finished up with 14 wins and 1 draw. The best result of the evening fittingly went to David Helps who organised the event and managed a very credible draw against Chris.

Those playing were :-

  • Lee Brockwell
  • Don Chapman
  • Chris Cheeseman
  • Henry Cove
  • Stan De Souza
  • David Gilbert
  • Ken Grist
  • David Helps
  • Jack Hollands
  • Mark Lenette
  • Bob Mitchell
  • Andrew Parkin
  • Stephen Parkin
  • Gary Sharp
  • Keith Thompson

The first to concede defeat was Jack at 21.00 then nine minutes later David Gilbert at 21.09; we all started to capitulate one by one at regular intervals, thereafter. The last three to finish were Keith Thompson at 21.52. David Helps an agreed draw at 21.55 and Lee Brockwell at 21.56.

Those games are listed below.


Our thanks go to the organiser David for organising the event and Chris for playing us all and making it a most enjoyable evening. Also our thanks go to Cliff Gregory who organised tea and coffee for us all during the evening.

If anyone who played in the simultaneous would like to see their games on the site please e-mail to – a photo of the games sheet would do.

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Keith Thompson

Fuller – Sidcup v Gravesend

Sidcup 3 played their last match for this season in the Fuller League on Thursday against a strong Gravesend 5 who, because their grading was higher than the limit, were deducted .50 point.

The team was in fine form and come away with a 3.50 to .50 win but because they had the half point deducted we won 3.50 to 0.

Gravesend plays underneath a pub so meant that we could play till 11.30pm leaving an agreed time to play of 35 moves in a hour and 15 minutes with 15 minutes to finish the game.

The evening started of well with Mark Lenette grade (70) winning with white against Conner Phillips (60) on board 4 in quick time.

Then after a hard game, about an hour later, Ken Smith (117) playing black, had a terrific win on board 1 against Paul Le Bretton (135) 18 grading points higher.

Third to finish was Lee Brockwell when a draw was agreed between Lee (113) playing White against Lee Phillips who was 20 grading points higher on (133).

Last to finish, after a very hard game, Keith Thompson (112) brought the evening to a close with a good win against John Fowers (120) who had soundly beaten Keith on the last 2 occasions.

Keith Thompson

Sidcup 3 v Gravesend 5

Last Wednesday our 3rd team played a home match against Gravesend but despite being very enthusiastic did not perform too well and went down 3 -1.

Playing on Board 1 was Ken Smith (117) against Paul Le Breton (135) who again had to face a player who was of a much higher grading and went down in the endgame.

On Board 2 was Keith Thompson (112) playing against John Fowers (120) who didn’t really use the advantage of playing White and come out of the opening in a bad position and never regained equality.

Don Chapman (74) playing on Board 4 against Paul Loasby (65) went down to an endgame but had to resign when his opponent managed to secure a passed pawn which Don could not stop from arriving at the eighth rank.

Our only success of the evening came when Chris Cheeseman (99) playing against Peter Belkka (111) played a great game and was a Rook, Bishop and 2 pawns up when White decided to call it a day and resign.

Keith Thompson

Fuller 12.1.14

The Fuller team played on Wednesday and managed to obtain a draw against the Top Team, Petts Wood. Even though they had 3 players, they had a very strong looking team out with the player on board 1 graded 151. It fell to Ken Smith (graded 117) to play John Cook in a hard fought battle till the endgame, where he eventually lost.

Keith Thompson had a hard battle against Phil Wheeler, losing the endgame. Finally, with 5 minutes on his clock left, he resigned on move 60.

Our only success came on board 3 with Lee Brockwell having a fine win against Joe Neanor who resigned when Lee set up a fine mating attack.

It fell to Mark Lenette to have the evening off when his opponent failed to turn up.

Keith Thompson