Captain’s report: Beckenham and Bromley 2.5-1.5 Sidcup 3

I am very pleased to report a fourth win (2.5-1.5) for the team against Sidcup 3 in the Tom Fuller League.

A drawn match would not be sufficient to guarantee a semi-final place.

On the night, progress was not straightforward.

Andrew Dovey on the top board lost to the experienced and probably under-rated Dave Gilbert.

Martin Newman evened the score with a rare win… which left the last two boards needing to bring home the points.

Ian Mills was winning easily until giving his queen away in a brief mental departure.  He then miraculously secured a draw.

Anthony Barnett heroically won yet another game in his improved season.

This completes the preliminary six fixtures and guarantees us a place in the semi-finals of the Kent championships where we will meet a team from mid-Kent.

Match card:

Martin Newman – 5th team captain

Beckenham FIDE

The Beckenham FIDE tournament concluded on 6th April.  It was very tight, with 7 of the 8 players separated by only 1½ points.

I was not helped by losing my last 2 games. Richard, on the other hand, had a storming finish with 3 wins against the top 3 rated players. No one was undefeated.

The joint winners were Daniel Lindner and Jean-Baptiste Jugand on 4½/7:

Beckenham FIDE 2021-22 Final Standings

All in all, very good for the relationship between Beckenham and Petts Wood.

Beckenham players, rated over 1900 ECF, who wish to be considered for next season’s tournament should let me know.

Ian Snape – FIDE tournament controller

Captain’s report: Lewisham 5 2-2 Beckenham and Bromley 5

Beckenham and Bromley 5 got a 2-2 draw at Lewisham on 23rd March in their fifth match. Ian Mills had a straightforward win and Andrew Dovey and Martin Newman recorded draws.

On 30th March, Lewisham  5 visited Sidcup, winning 4-0 against a slightly weaker than the normal-looking team.

This leaves us needing to win our sixth match to ensure progression to the semi-final stage. We play at home to Sidcup next week. In fact, four teams are in contention (including Beckenham and Bromley 6 ) for the two places. At present, Beckenham and Bromley 5 are in second place with a game in hand over the leaders Petts Wood and Orpington.

Match card:

Next match: 06/04 at home to Sidcup.

Martin Newman – 5th team captain

Captain’s report: Gravesend 2 3-3 Beckenham and Bromley 3

Travelling to the farthest club in the Kent Metropolitan division – Gravesend – our 3rd team managed to draw the match last night. Pascal and Steve drew their games and all the other ones were taken by the Black pieces, with Rudy and Adrian scoring full points for our team.

With one match left in this division, our team doesn’t have the chance to qualify for the semifinals and will fight for fourth place.

Match card:

Next match:04/05 at home against Lewisham.

Rudy Padovan – 3rd team captain

Beckenham vs Bromley match: the online edition!

The match Beckenham vs Bromley is a yearly OTB event when the club is divided into two teams battling for the trophy.

This year we’ll have the chance of seeing an appetizer for this match, as both teams are currently topping the 4NCL 5th division table and are supposed to play each other this Tuesday 22nd March:

Whichever team comes up as a winner will have very good chances of winning the division with only two rounds left. I wish good luck to both Beckenham and Bromley players!

Rudy Padovan – 4NCL online captain

Captain’s report: Petts Wood 5 1-3 Beckenham and Bromley 5

I am pleased to report a third win for our 5th team.

Andrew  Dovey led with an early victory on board 1.

Anthony Barnett continued his good form with another draw.

Dylan McAuliffe won a piece early in his game but still had work to do in securing the point.

With the match won, Martin Newman agreed on a draw in a pawns and four bishops endgame.

We have now two more games to play, with a chance of making the semi-finals of the League.

Match card:

Next match: 23/03 away at Lewisham

Martin Newman – 5th team captain

Captain’s report: Beckenham and Bromley 5 2½-1½ Lewisham 6

Bromley and Beckenham 5 last night secured their second win in the Tom Fuller League with a 2.5 -1.5 win at home to Lewisham 6.

Dylan McAuliffe, playing his first game for the club, pulled off an early win, swiftly followed by Callum Hayes to put us in the position of needing only a draw for the win of the match.

Martin Newman with a strong attack and good position surprised his opponent with a draw offer… duly accepted.

Anthony Barnett later lost, but his importance to the team is not underestimated. The average grade qualification of this competition (1500 over the 4 players) is very difficult to achieve without his inclusion. Ironically, he is proving our top scorer!

So, special congrats to our new members Dylan and Callum.

Match card:

Next match: 11/03 away at Petts Wood.

Martin Newman – 5th team captain

Captain’s report: Charlton 1 3-3 Beckenham and Bromley 3

Our 3rd team had a challenging match last night against Charlton’s first team, especially when facing their two talented juniors on the bottom boards, where Roy drew and Mike lost. Steve was defeated in a close game on board 2 but wins from Rudy and Adrian tied the match in the end.

Match card:

Next match: 2nd March at home against Sidcup 1

Rudy Padovan – 3rd team captain

Captain’s report: Petts Wood and Orpington 1 2½ – 3½ Beckenham and Bromley 1

The club’s first team managed to beat Petts Wood 3.5 v 2.5 in the County Cup on February 4th despite being out-graded on all boards and an average rating difference of 168 points (or 22 points in the ECF old system)!

The team consisted of Ian Snape, John Duggan, Richard Selway, Sam Barlerin, John Lewin and Roy Batchelor.

Ian and John Duggan won, Richard and Roy drew, Sam lost and so with John Lewin playing the final game we needed a draw to win the match. John played really well under clock pressure and it was his opponent, the British U12 Champion from 2019, who cracked. John could have played on but he agreed the draw that gave us our match win.

Match card:

Next match: 23rd March at Lewisham.

John Duggan – 1st team captain

Captain’s report: Beckenham and Bromley 3 3.5-2.5 Petts Wood and Orpington 3

Our third team has finally played their first match at home and it was a thrilling one. Following three draws and one loss, the team was trailing one point behind but the two remaining games in time trouble were rather favourable, with nice victories from Freddy Jiang and Steve Madden on boards 1 and 3.

Match card:

The next En Passant Cup match is at Chalrton on Monday 7th February.

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