The final League Tables are now available on the tab. Sidcup 3 and Sidcup 4 have qualified for the Kent League semi-finals in their respective competitions. Sidcup 3 will be away to Snodland 3 in the Tom Fuller Cup while Sidcup 4 take on Snodland 4 in the IntroCup. Match dates have still to be finalised, but must be played by Sunday, 5 May 2013.
The full draw is as follows:
Tom Fuller Cup
Beckenham 5 v Sittingbourne 2
Snodland 3 v Sidcup 3
Beckenham 6 v Medway 3
Snodland 4 v Sidcup 4
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
The Kent League tables reflect the fortunes of the four Sidcup teams.Ian McAllan’s first team are tied second in the Harvey Cup, but it’s still early days with just one match played. The team visit Chislehurst 2 on Wednesday, 5 December 2012 in a clash of the two unbeaten teams.
Sidcup have two teams in the Tom Fuller Cup. Sidcup 2 had their first win of the season last week. It moves them into second place, but all the teams around them have matches in hand. Up next is an away trip to Gravesend 5 on Thursday, 13 December 2012. Club rivals, Sidcup 3, are currently sitting in fourth spot, but have only played once. Their season really gets moving in the New Year with three matches scheduled in a busy January 2013.
In the Intro Cup, Sidcup 4 and Beckenham 6 drew their match back in November, and these two teams sit unbeaten in first and second places. Peter Houching’s charges will hope to close the gap at the top next Wednesday when they face the mighty Petts Wood 5.
Sidcup’s Dave Helps, Gary Sharp and David Gilbert were all in action for the Kent Under-160 team who travelled through the Blackwall Tunnel to Wanstead at the weekend. Although Dave Helps lost, Gary Sharp and David Gilbert both managed draws against higher rated opponents as Kent surprisingly overcame a powerful Essex side. The narrow victory by 8.5 – 7.5 takes Kent into pole position in the Southern Counties Chess Union stage for Under-160 teams with two wins from two matches.
A good win for Sidcup 2 team this week beating Lewisham 7 1-3 with wins for Keith Thompson, Ken Grist and Leon Hopkins.
Keith and Leon got the match off to a good start both winning their games and finishing at about the same time with both their opponents making a few blunders to give Sidcup an early 2 -0 lead. Unfortunately, Dennis made a blunder from a winning position and lost quickly after that giving Lewisham a chance of a draw as Ken was in a difficult position at the time. However, a blunder by Delroy Bennett (Lewisham) on move 22 combined with careful play by Ken, meant the result was never in doubt, giving Sidcup a well deserved 3-1 win.
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.