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.
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.
On Thursday 23rd January our Harvey Cup team maintained its 100% record by defeating Beckenham & Bromley 3.5 – 2.5 at their new venue.
Ken Smith again won quickly and Don Chapman defeated someone 33 grading points stronger than him. Gary Sharp pressed, but had to concede that the pawn ending was drawn and then Bob Mitchell closed out the match by reaching a winning rook ending.