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

County News 4.3.13

Four Sidcup players were involved in County matches at the weekend. At Dartford, Ian Mcallan drew on top board for Kent’s Under-180s, which helped his team to a 10-6 win over Surrey. While at Rochester, the Under-140 team triumphed over Essex by 9½-6½ with wins for Gary Sharp and David Gilbert, and a draw from Lee Brockwell.

The Under-180s, Under-160s, Under-140s and Under-120s have all reached the national stages of the County Championships. Quarter-Final matches are due to take place on Saturday, 18 May 2013 at neutral venues to be decided once our opponents are known.

David Gilbert

News Round-up 4.2.13

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

David Gilbert

New Grades 27.01.13

The new six-monthly grades were published yesterday morning. This is the second time the English Chess Federation has issued half-yearly grades for standard-play games, and generally people seem pleased to get the update. Of course, the July 2012 grades are still used for Kent League matches, but the latest grades supercede any estimated grades given at the start of the season. The excellent on-line Grading Database provides details of grades going back to 1994, and details of individual games from 2003.

There are congratulations for Ian McAllan who equalled his highest grade which he achieved in 1996. David Helps goes on improving. He had a grade of 95 back in 2006 and has moved up every year and has now reached 149. Lee Brockwell and Ian Reeve have played enough games to get their first grade. Lee comes in at 110 and Ian at 99. That compares with their estimated grades of 99 and 98 respectively. It makes you want to play more chess doesn’t it!

                Jan '13 July '12
Ian McAllan     176     175
David Helps     149     143
Gary Sharp      137     136
David Gilbert   131     130
Robert Pezet    129     129
Keith Thompson  115     124
Kenneth Smith   113     115
Leon Hopkins    112     107
Lee Brockwell   110       -
Chris Cheeseman  99      99
Ian Reeve        99       -
Dennis Halton    96      99
Peter Houching   95     100
Ken Grist        83      84
John Morris      75      76
Don Chapman      71      72
Phil Broughton   32      32

David Gilbert

Tom Fuller Cup News 24.1.13

Sidcup 3 finished with a 2 – 2 draw at Lewisham in their latest Tom Fuller league match. Rather unusually, all four boards ended in draws. After Peter Houching and Chris Cheesman achieved the first 2 draws, hopes for a win were high with David Helps an exchange up on Board 1 and Lee Brockwell looking to have a won game in a knight pawn ending in which he was 3 connected pawns ahead. However, with both suffering time issues, David did the sensible thing and accepted the draw in a very locked down position, only for Lee to blunder a pawn away and then see his opponent make a clever knight sacrifice to remove the other 2 pawns and get the draw.

Whilst it felt like one that slipped away, the result means our final game against Petts Wood at home only requires a draw to reach the next stage.

Lee Brockwell

County News 25.11.12

Sidcup’s David Gilbert travelled with the Kent Under-140s to Coulsdon on Saturday to take on their Surrey rivals. David, playing on Board five, made a winning contribution (game beneath) in a thrilling 8-8 draw. Kent secured their equalizing point when Mark Stone from Petts Wood won the last game to finish, winning on time in a Queen and pawn ending with just one second – yes one second – remaining on his clock! Phew!

Meanwhile the Kent Under-100 team set off for Wanstead to play Essex. Sidcup’s Lee Brockwell and Chris Cheeseman were due to play on boards three and four. While Chris had a fine win, unfortunately Lee’s opponent defaulted. As it was, Kent still went down narrowly 6½ -5½. It is the second time this season Kent have gone down by the smallest possible margin.

David Gilbert enjoying a win on board 5.

Mark Stone - one second to go.

All pictures courtesy of Brendan O’Gorman.

David Gilbert