After a promising 2/2 start the wheels came off and we are now headed for a mid-table position.
With five weeks of the season left the unbeaten En Passant Cup side are still in with a chance of reaching the knock-out stage of their Kent League competition having beaten Chislehurst 4-2 on 20th February.  However, two other clubs are unbeaten and we have to play one of them in the last match of the season.
The Harvey Cup side has suffered from regular players being unavailable.  Although it has never scored fewer than 2 points in a match, it has never scored more than 3.5 and we are bottom of the league
The new Tom Fuller Cup side has been fielding sides weaker than the division really demands, but it is good experience and it did recently win a match against Beckenham.
The Intro Cup side is in mid-table, so we will need a good finish to the season to reach the knock-out stage of the Kent League. Nigel Threadgold has been the most successful player in the team and at one stage had the second best match record in the club (the best is David Gilbert, who has had a run of over 20 games unbeaten apart from one loss to an eight-year old).
All this season’s results can be found at www.ecflms.org.uk, clicking on Kent League and then Sidcup (on the right).
Ian McAllan

Harvey Cup

The Harvey Cup side has started the season with mixed results.
Lewisham 4 crushed us in the first match with only Ian McAllan and Gary Sharp winning.
In the second match against Petts Wood, who arrived a player short, we were very lucky to win 3.5 – 2.5.  A Petts Wood player was about to play mate in 2 moves when his time ran out.
Our third match against Gravesend seemed to be on course for a clear victory.  Chris Cheeseman crushed his opponent and Don Chapman turned his game around to win. When IanMcAllan agreed a draw we seemed to have at least another point to come, but it all went horribly wrong and we lost 2.5 – 3.5.
Ian McAllan

Outstanding Value

Chess at Sidcup remains outstanding value at £50 for 50 three-hour meetings.  Even better, pensioners get a £5 discount and anyone whose yearly income is under £12,000 pays only £30. And the most outstanding value is for juniors under 18, who pay nothing at all. Joiners during the year pay pro-rata. This is even better value than the cups of tea or coffee available at 20p per cup.
In the Kent League we have five teams of various average strengths: three six-board and two four board teams. Results can be found on the League Management System website (ecflms.org.uk and choose Kent League in the menu and then Sidcup).
Like last year the club will run its knock-out tournament for all members bar the stronger (“over 120 grade”) players and an all-play-all handicap tournament where the handicap is that the stronger player has less time to make all the moves than the weaker player. Perhaps you will plat a game worth showing on the website.  If you have items for the website, continue to send them to chess@sidcupchessclub.org.uk

Stevenson – Update

The Sidcup first team got off to a flying start in the Stevenson Cup with excellent wins against Dartford and Sevenoaks 2.
Following a fine season last year, Rob Pezet has now been elevated to top board position with Ian McAllan, Tony Packman and Greg Edwards one grading point behind meaning that boards 2,3 and 4 can be rotated. With Dave Helps and Gary Sharp making up the team our average grade just keeps us within the maximum allowed for the Stevenson Cup.
Even without Rob for the Dartford match, wins by Tony and Gary on boards 3 and 5 with draws from Ian, Greg and David Gilbert on boards 1, 2 and 6 and a loss by Dave Helps left us with a 3.5 – 2.5 win.
Against Sevenoaks 2 we had a full strength side and with fine wins by Rob, Greg, Ian and Gary and a draw from Dave left Sidcup well in control. Tony’s clock finally ran out of time in a losing position but the result was unaffected leaving Sidcup with a 4.5-1.5 win.
There are no more Stevenson Cup matches for Sidcup until  the New Year but things are looking good for 2018 as we perch at the top of the table.
Dave Helps (Stevenson Cup Captain)

Summer Activity

During the summer our team in the Kent Summer Quickplay team tournament scored 1.5/4 match points in their group.  We also played in the Lewisham quickplay team tournament and after losing our first two matches won the remaining five with Dave Helps winning his last five games.
Lee Brockwell has won the 2016/7 Knights Tournament and Ian McAllan won the club championship.
Ian McAllan

The 2016/17 League Season

The 2016/17 league season has now finished with Sidcup’s four teams finishing no lower than 2nd= in their leagues.

In the Stevenson Cup, which this season we entered for the first time for many years, we hoped for no more than a respectable mid-table position. However we came a clear 2nd, qualifying for the all-Kent semi-finals of the competition (the top two in the metropolitan area qualify), where we played Tunbridge Wells. In that match we raced into a 2.5 – 0.5 lead with wins from Rob Pezet and Dave Helps and a draw from Gary Sharp. Unfortunately we lost the other three games and so lost 2.5 – 3.5.

The En Passant Cup side finished 2nd= on match points and game points and failed to progress to the semi-finals having lost our match during the season with the team that we tied with.

The Harvey Cup side also finished 2nd= on match points and game points with a team that we had drawn our match during the season with, but failed to progress to the semi-final on the next tie-break of which boards in the drawn match were won: we won on board 4, but they won on board 3.

The Intro Cup side finished equal top on match points, but were placed second having fewer game points than Petts Wood. In the semi-final we overcame Tunbridge Wells, when a tie-break finally went our way. Don Chapman won and Chris Cheeseman and Gary Sharp drew in a drawn match, where we went through to the final as we had won on board 3 and they had won on board 4. In the final we played Maidstone. Rob Pezet had a smooth win on board 1 while Nigel Threadgold could not quite recover from a poor opening and eventually lost. David Dallakyan found himself in a difficult position, but managed to liquidate down to just three king’s side pawns each and accepted a draw offer. Janis Elton had a very exciting game watched by lots of spectators; when the dust settled there were just pawns left and neither side could make any progress. So it finished 2 – 2, and as we had won on board 1 and lost on board 3 we were champions on tie-break.”

Congratulations to Janis on winning the Intro Cup and Lee Brockwell on his organizational help.

Ian McAllan

Harvey – 24.3.2017

On Friday 24th March the Harvey Cup team played league champions Petts Wood needing a win and a draw from six games to qualify for the semi-finals of the tournament.

The match started badly with the three bottom boards all losing quickly putting the match out of reach Ian McAllan won on board 1, but the other two games were against strong juniors, whose grades at the beginning of the season are over twenty points below their current strength. We lost on board 3, but on board 2 we seemed to be doing well. However, a perpetual check was missed and we lost the match 5 – 1.

Ian McAllan

Stevenson – 22.3.2017

Sidcup hosted Lewisham on 22/03/2017 in the Stevenson, and after getting a draw against leaders Sevenoaks the week before needed to win to qualify for the knockout stages.

Rob Pezet started poorly and found himself in a lot of trouble very early on, however as is often the case with Rob he found another Houdini type escape and went on to register our first win. Tony Packham then converted a tricky rook and pawn end game in which he was a pawn up.
David Gilbert and Ian McAllan then registered hard fought draws taking the score to 3 -1. This left 2 games remaining, and leaving Sidcup needing one draw to win.

Gary Sharp always had a tough ask, being out-graded by 20 points, and although he fought hard he eventually lost. This left David Helps being materially level, but with a slightly inferior position, to get the draw. Which to everybody’s relief he did when his opponent accepted a draw was the best he could achieve, and agreed the draw.

As a result, Sidcup now look forward to the semi-finals and discovering who our opponents will be.

Congratulation to the team on achieving this

Lee Brockwell