Sidcup went to Dartford on Thursday 20th Oct to play their first En Passant of the season against last year’s champions.
Fortunately everybody was available and we were able to field our strongest team against what is always a very strong Dartford team.
Whilst the match ebbed and flowed during the evening, fine winning performances by Ian McAllan, Gary Sharp, David Gilbert, and a draw by Robert Pezet, resulted in a 3.5 – 2.5 win for Sidcup.
After a first rate start our campaign continues with a tricky away match at Gravesend on Monday the 24th.
Lee Brockwell – En Passant Captain
Chess at Sidcup remains outstanding value at £50 for 51 three-hour meetings. Even better, pensioners get a £5 discount and anybody 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 this season we have four teams of various average strengths: three six-board teams and one four-board team. Members who intend to play in the Kent League should now renew their membership of the English Chess Federation (see the English Chess Federation website for details).
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 play a game worth showing on the website. If you have items for the website, continue to send them to Steve at email@example.com
A new season has started and we have entered the Stevenson Cup for the first time in many years with probably the weakest side in the competition. Our first match could not have been tougher, playing the strong Dartford side that has won the Stevenson Cup three times in the last five years and we duly lost 1-5 with Ian McAllan the sole winner.
The officers of the club elected for the coming year are Lee Brockwell (chairman, 1st team captain and 2nd team captain), Ian McAllan (secretary and treasurer and 3rd team captain), Janis Elton (4th team captain), Steve Moon (webmaster), Dave Helps (marketing) and Cliff Gregory (club tournaments).
For only the second year since 1972 Jack Hollands has not stood for any of these offices, but at the Annual General Meeting he was elected as President of the Club.
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.
On Wednesday 23rd March the En Passant Cup team played its final match of the season against Dartford. The winner of the match would be in the semi-finals with Dartford having the odds of the draw.
It was a close match. Ian McAllan reached the first time control with a completely drawn ending. Bob Mitchell then lost, but Rob Pezet won with a crushing king hunt. Dave Helps then accepted a draw in a very blocked position leaving the match level with two games to finish. Lee Brockwell had been a good pawn up, but chose the wrong path, while Gary Sharp’s opponent’s unintentional piece sacrifice was good enough for a draw. In time-trouble Gary had to choose between two defences and unfortunately chose wrongly, so Dartford were in the semi-finals. Lee then accepted his opponent’s offer of a draw to make the result a 3.5 – 2.5 win for Dartford.
We did get the second highest number of game points in the division so I think we are an established team in the En Passant Cup now.