4NCL Online – season 5

Beckenham and Bromley are going to be represented by a 4-board team in the bottom division for the next 4NCL Online season.

The games are going to be played on Lichess fortnightly on Tuesdays and the time control is 45+15. The round dates are:

RoundDate
125 January
28 February
322 February
48 March
522 March
65 April
719 April

If you’d like to take part in this competition please get in touch with Rudy Padovan: rudy@padovan.net

Kent League suspension of play

As you are aware the current Omicron variant is rapidly spreading, some members of the Kent League committee discussed the situation and given that matches start up on the 5th a decision has been taken to postpone all matches for two weeks from the 1st to the 16th January as a fire break and to get a better idea about its impact.

As there are already some matches postponed the season may be extended if necessary in order to complete this year’s fixtures.

The postponed matches for B&B are:

A Happy and Healthy New Year to all of you!

Online Christmas Blitz

Fellow chess players and friends at the Beckenham & Bromley, 

Andrew and Dave are organising an online Christmas Blitz team battle.

Lewisham, Charlton and East Ham clubs are taking part, the time control is 5 minutes +3 sec increment. The inter-club tournament will run on Tuesday 28th December at 8pm.

Xmas Blitz Team Battle #OvGDZifQ • lichess.org or copy and paste this link into your browser: https://lichess.org/tournament/OvGDZifQ

Lichess has a free membership. When you are in, you may select and join Beckenham and Bromley. It will look like this: 

Inline image

Please let Pascal know if you have any questions.

Merry Christmas everyone!

The Master’s Move – session 1

Take a few minutes and think what would you play as White in this position?

White to play

It doesn’t really matter whether you chose 16.Bf4, 16.Bg5 or 16.Ra4, you are still invited to the first session of The Master’s Move, at 20:00 on 22nd December: a fun way to put your skills to the test and improve your chess!

A technique recommended by many Grandmasters to train the decision-making process, this method is based on active learning, where you’re going to be in the shoes of a Grandmaster and try to emulate his thinking process! Sounds interesting? Subscribe by sending an email to Rudy. Free for members but very limited spaces!

Who can take part? Ideally players ranging between 1400-1800, who are serious about their chess improvement.

How long? Approximately 90 mins.

When? Monthly, with the first session planned for 22nd December at 20:00.

PS: In the game above, White played 16.Ra4! Qe8 (17.Rad4 was a threat) 17.Rg4, with a very pleasant position and went on to win the game 7 moves later (Shipov-Miles, Hastings, 1998/9).

Captain’s report: Dartford and Swanley 2 4-2 Beckenham and Bromley 3

Our third team was humbled at Dartford last night: Andrew had a quick draw with the white pieces and Adrian played a hard-fought draw on board 2. Great debut for Roy, who took the whole point on board 5. With 3-1 down and in need of a win to at least draw the match, Rudy went for a dubious piece sacrifice for two pawns, which didn’t work out as expected. Final result: 4-2.

Match card: https://ecflms.org.uk/lms/node/84158

The next match is on our home ground against Lewisham on 5th January.

Rudy Padovan – En Passant team captain

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

Wednesday, November 3rd – Tom Fuller Cup Game:


One of the rules of the Kent League is that if a club has two teams in the same competition, their two teams must play each other first before they can play others.


Last night Beckenham 5 and 6 – teams of four – met this requirement with a closely-fought match.  The choice of players was made a little difficult by the need to comply with the average grade rule of 1500. I am particularly grateful to Hassan Kazemian and Anthony Barnett, without whose participation the match would not have been possible.


Here is the link to the result: https://ecflms.org.uk/lms/node/84293

Just to clarify another rule:  A player appearing for Team 5 cannot now appear for Team 6 and vice versa. However, this does become possible if one of the teams (and not the other ) makes it to the semi-final (by finishing 1st or 2nd in the league).

Martin Newman – Tom Fuller Cup team captain

Captain’s report: Chislehurst 1 1½ – 4½ Beckenham and Bromley 3

Chislehurst Chess Club at Chislehurst Methodist Church

Beckenham and Bromley third team has started its En Passant Cup journey with a victory over Chislehurst’s first team. John held his higher-rated opponent to a draw with Black on board 1 and full points from Adrian, Andrew and the new joiners Rudy and Nick sealed the deal.

Match card: https://ecflms.org.uk/lms/node/84143

The team’s next commitment is on Thursday 4/11 at Dartford.

Rudy Padovan – 3rd team captain

Captain’s report: Dartford and Swanley 1 4½ – 1½  Beckenham and Bromley 2

Our first Stevenson cup match took place at Dartford this week. Nice to be captain again and welcome new team members. Mikey secured a half point with a nice fork. Ehsan played a solid game with a draw. Adrian, Freddy and I have had less success and ended up long castling (0-0-0). Pascal game was a total lost ending but he managed to save half point. Can you guess the move?

White to move and draw

Match card: https://ecflms.org.uk/lms/node/84140

Next match away 26/10 at Gravesend.

Sam Barlerin – 2nd team captain

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