Fuller – Sidcup v Lewisham

A good win for the second team this week with 2.5 against Lewisham’s 1.5.

This win gives us 3 wins and 1 loss with 2 to play. At the end of January, we were in second place.

In what looks as though it’s going to be a very close run thing with BromleyBeckenham & Petts Wood (who we still have to play in the return matches) and ourselves still in the running to win the Metropolitan section of the division.

Leon Hopkins got the evening off well for us by winning on board 3 against Delroy Bennett who can be tricky player. The evening got better for us as Ian Reeves won against Marlon Stone. So we only needed a draw from our last 2 games which Ken Grist secured for us against Ian Moody. Dennis Halton fought hard game against Mike Knight and got down to an end game which he could have drawn at one stage but just lost under time pressure.

Intro v Lewisham

Sidcup 3 got off to a bad start for the defence of the Intro trophy they won last year with a resounding loss against Lewisham. It started badly when just before the match we had a player unavoidably pull out due to illness in the family, so we had to default on board 4. We could only manage a half point on board 3 by Ken Grist. Keith Thompson and Peter Houching had good games but were still beaten well, losing the match in the end 3 ½ to ½.

Fuller – Sidcup v Lewisham Match Report

Sidcup 2 v Lewisham 7

Result 2 – 2 Draw

Not a bad result for the start of the season. Lewisham won their first match of the season, 3-1 against Petts Wood. It will be a tough return match against them.

The results were as follows Sidcup‘s team is in the first column. The figures in the first and last columns are the players gradings:-


Dennis Halton



John Allen



Keith Thompson



Cerden Mincher



Ken Grist



Lomy Mincer



Leon Hopkins



Tom Allen


The evening started well with Keith, who played well to beat Cerden in 20 moves.

Our new player Leon then beat a young and up and coming Tom Allen, so giving us at least a half point.

Both Ken and Dennis took there opponents to the end game and both could not stop their player pawns from getting to the eighth rank and thereby, gaining a queen. Each would have been checkmated a few moves later if they had not resigned.

Special mention should be made of Dennis who fought a hard battle against a player who is much higher graded.

It will be a tough return match against them when they will be looking for a win instead of the draw and we will also be looking to improve.

In the end a draw was a fair result for our first match of the new season, hopefully better things are to come in our next match on the 24th November against Petts Wood.

Keith Thompson