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   Monday     9 October  2000   HH1   - Hertford 1       (H)  1½-3½      loss
   Monday     9 October  2000   HH3   - St Albans 6      (H)  2½-2½      draw       
   Thursday  12 October  2000   HH2   - Hoddesdon 3      (A)   2-3       loss
   Tuesday   17 October  2000   HH1   - Hertford 2       (A)  2½-2½      draw       
   Monday    23 October  2000   HH2   - St Albans 5      (H)  4½-½       win        

   Wednesday  1 November 2000   HH3   - Old Elizabethans (A)  3½-1½      win        
   Monday     6 November 2000   U-125 - St Albans        (H)   2-3       loss
   Monday     6 November 2000   HH1   - St Albans 2      (H)   2-3       loss
   Tuesday   14 November 2000   U-100 - Hertford         (A)  1½-2½      loss
   Tuesday   14 November 2000   HH2   - Mid Herts 2      (A)   3-2       win        
   Monday    20 November 2000   HH2   - Borehamwood      (H)   4-1       win        
   Monday    20 November 2000   HH3   - Barnet 2         (H)   4-1       win        
   Thursday  23 November 2000   HH1   - Hoddesdon 1      (A)  1½-3½      loss
   Monday    27 November 2000   HH3   - Stevenage 3      (H)  1½-3½      loss

   Monday    11 December 2000   HH1   - Royston 1        (A)   ½-4½      loss
   Monday    11 December 2000   HH3   - Barnet 3         (A)   4-1       win        

   Monday    15 January  2001   HH1   - St Albans 1      (H)  2½-2½      draw       
   Tuesday   16 January  2001   HH2   - Hertford 4       (A)  2½-2½      draw       
   Monday    22 January  2001   HH2   - Watford 4        (H)  3½-1½      win        
   Thursday  25 January  2001   HH3   - Bishop Stortford (A)   2-3       loss
   Monday    29 January  2001   HH3   - St Albans 6      (A)  2½-2½      draw       

   Monday     5 February 2001   HH2   - Hoddesdon 3      (H)   5-0       win        
   Tuesday    6 February 2001   HH1   - Hertford 1       (A)   ½-4½      loss
   Monday    12 February 2001   HH1   - Hertford 2       (H)   4-1       win        
   Monday    12 February 2001   HH3   - Barnet 2         (A)  2½-2½      draw       
   Monday    19 February 2001   HH2   - St Albans 5      (A)   2-3       loss

   Monday     5 March    2001   HH1   - St Albans 2      (A)  3½-1½      win        
   Monday    12 March    2001   HH1   - Hoddesdon 1      (H)  2½-2½      draw       
   Monday    12 March    2001   HH3   - Barnet 3         (H)   3-2       win        
   Monday    19 March    2001   HH2   - Mid Herts 2      (H)   2-3       loss
   Tuesday   27 March    2001   HH2   - Borehamwood      (A)   3-2       win        

   Monday     2 April    2001   HH1   - St Albans 1      (A)   2-3       loss
   Monday     2 April    2001   HH3   - Stevenage 3      (A)   3-2       win        
   Monday     9 April    2001   HH1   - Royston 1        (H)   3-2       win        
   Monday    23 April    2001   HH2   - Hertford 4       (H)   4-1       win        

   Tuesday    8 May      2001   HH2   - Watford 4        (A)  4½-½       win        
   Monday    14 May      2001   HH3   - Bishop Stortford (H)   3-2       win        
   Monday    21 May      2001   HH3   - Old Elizabethans (H)  3½-1½      win        
   Monday    21 May      2001   HH1   - Letchworth       (H)  4½-1½      win        

   Monday    11 June     2001   HH1   - Hoddesdon 1      (H)   2½-3½      loss

Monday 11 June 2001 HH1 - Hoddesdon

John Sharp reports:

We got to the final and despite a strong team it wasn't enough to beat Hoddeson. Solid wins from Gary and Steve were offset by a triumveral tragedy from John, Andrew and Phil ...

1. Gary Kenworthy    1-0    W.Stirling
2. John Sharp        0-1    W.Somerset
3. Steve Law         1-0    H.Tebbs
4. Andrew Gilfillan  0-1    T.Savanhu
5. Phil Gregory      0-1    T.Turner
6. Kevin Ellis       ½-½    N.Rughwani
                    -----
                    2½-3½

Monday 21 May 2001 HH1 - Letchworth

John Sharp reports:

We had a full squad out tonight and it proved to be a fairly smooth transition into the Final to face Hoddesdon which will be an altogether more stern test. Gary beat his opponent without really breaking sweat - a typical clinical performance. Andrew quickly had a very good position after his opponent played e6/g6/Ne7 but allowed a knight to check at f6 ... it was soon over. Kevin pushed us further to our goal with a solid win and the result was wrapped up with a win from Phil and a (lucky) draw from John.

More good news is that Kevin's new job in the area and can continue to play for Hemel!

1. Gary Kenworthy    1-0
2. John Sharp        ½-½
3. Steve Law         0-1
4. Andrew Gilfillan  1-0
5. Phil Gregory      1-0
6. Kevin Ellis       1-0
                    -----
                    4½-1½

Monday 21 May 2001 HH3 - Old Elizabethans

Paul Sargent reports:

1. Nigel Hoddinott   1-0    B.Bowie
2. Michael Shaw      0-1    MN.Jones
3. Charles Phillips  1-0    J.Covington
4. Ian Hall          1-0    B.Osland
5. Paul Sargent      ½-½    MS.Harding
                    -----
                    3½-1½

Monday 14 May 2001 HH3 - Bishop Stortford

Paul Sargent reports:

Hemel Hempstead 3 are leading Bishops Stortford 2.5-1.5 in a tight match with 1 board (Ian Hall of course) still to be decided. Match results as below:

1. Nigel Hoddinott   ½-½
2. Michael Shaw      ½-½
3. Charles Phillips  ½-½
4. Ian Hall          ½-½
5. Paul Sargent      DEF
                    -----
                     3-2

Monday 8 May 2001 HH2 - Watford 4

Tom Rixon reports:

A 4-1 win which assures us of promotion. Tom.

1. Hector Steen      ½-½    L. Hylands
2. Rod Gibb          1-0    S. Kumar
3. Adrian Matthews   1-0    D. Ash
4. Matthew Dignam    ½-½    P. Abbot
5. Tom Rixon         1-0    D. Healey
                    -----
                     4-1

Monday 23 April 2001 HH2 - Hertford 4

Tom Rixon reports:

The match was a 4½-½ success for us. There were wins for Hector ,Adrian ,Matthew ,and Nigel. Rod got a draw. Tom.

1. Rod Gibb          ½-½
2. Hector Steen      1-0
3. Adrian Matthews   1-0
4. Matthew Dignam    1-0
5. Nigel Hoddinott   1-0
                    -----
                    4½-½

Monday 9 April 2001 HH1 - Royston 1

John Sharp reports:

I nice way to finish the season with a win over a strong Royston side.

1. John Sharp        1-0    L. D'Costa
2. Steve Law         0-1    M. Walker
3. Andrew Gilfillan  0-1    K.Clark
4. Phil Gregory      1-0    J.Denton
5. Kevin Ellis       1-0    K.Woodhouse
                    -----
                     3-2

Monday 2 April 2001 HH1 - St Albans 1

John Sharp reports:

It was a close match but we lost in the end. Rod lost after some enterprising play from his opponent allowed his queen to penetrate. John got revenge against Simpson after a loss earlier in the season, but Steve fell to a knight sacrifice tactic which lost a pawn and his position soon became untenable. Andrew evened it all up with a pleasing game despite his opponent at one stage claiming touch move did not apply when he had less than 5 minutes. Hector valianted attempted to win but he lost on time where he positionally he was doing well.

1. John Sharp        1-0    A. Simpson
2. Steve Law         0-1    S. Roe
3. Andrew Gilfillan  1-0    N. Wilmot
4. Hector Steen      0-1    J. Fraser-Mitchell
5. Rod Gibb          0-1    M. Lexton
                    -----
                     2-3

Monday 2 April 2001 HH3 - Stevenage 3

Paul Sargent reports:

The third team scored a good win at 5th Division Leaders Stevenage 3 to gain revenge for a home defeat by Stevenage earlier in the Season:

1. Nigel Hoddinott   1-0
2. Michael Shaw      1-0
3. Ian Hall          0-1
4. Paul Sargent      1-0
5. Bob Forst         0-1
                    -----
                     3-2

Tuesday 27 March 2001 HH2 - Borehamwood

Tom Rixon reports:

The team returned to the winning trail on tuesday night. Result as follows :

1. Hector Steen      0-1    A. Kent
2. Rod Gibb          1-0    L. Glausman
3. Adrian Matthews   1-0    A. Smith
4. Matthew Dignam    1-0    T. O'Sullivan
5. Tom Rixon         0-1    D. Fornes
                    -----
                     3-2

Monday 19 March 2001 HH2 - Mid Herts 2

Tom Rixon reports:

1. Hector Steen      ½-½    A. Milanohoviv
2. Rod Gibb          1-0    J. Coles
3. Tom Rixon         0-1    J. Wali
4. Michael Shaw      0-1    A. Sims
5. Charles Davie     ½-½    D. Edwards
                    -----
                     2-3

Monday 12 March 2001 HH3 - Barnet 3

Paul Sargent reports:

1. Nigel Hoddinott   ½-½    I.Varesca
2. Ian Hall          0-1    I.Leighton
3. Paul Sargent      DEF    DEFAULT
4. Charles Phillips  1-0    G.Nunn
5. Bob Forst         ½-½    C.Davies
                    -----
                     3-2

Monday 12 March 2001 HH1 - Hoddesdon 1

John Sharp reports:

A draw against the second place team secures our top-flight future even more:

1. Gary Kenworthy    1-0  W Somerset
2. John Sharp        1-0  H Tebbs
3. Steve Law         0-1  T Turner
4. Andrew Gilfillan  ½-½  T.Savanhu
5. Phil Gregory      0-1  S Weston
                    -----
                    2½-2½

Monday 5 March 2001 HH1 - St Albans 2

John Sharp reports:

The first team chalk up another win and pull themselves away from relegation trouble:

1. John Sharp        1-0  I Gooding
2. Steve Law         ½-½  M.Lexton
3. Andrew Gilfillan  1-0  D.Bower
4. Phil Gregory      0-1  CA.Turner
5. Kevin Ellis       1-0  JT.Simmons
                    -----
                    3½-1½

Monday 19 February 2001 HH2 - St Albans 5

Tom Rixon reports:

The second team came down to earth at St Albans with a 3-1 reverse. Games went as follows:

1. Hector Steen      ½-½    M. Connock
2. Rod Gibb          1-0    T. Douse
3. Adrian Matthews   ½-½    J. Crosby
4. Matthew Dignam    0-1    N. Lavers
5. Tom Rixon         0-1    P. Laskier
                    -----
                     2-3

Monday 12 February 2001 HH3 - Barnet 2

Paul Sargent reports:

1. Nigel Hoddinott   0-1
2. Michael Shaw      1-0
3. Charles Phillips  0-1
4. Ian Hall          1-0
5. Paul Sargent      ½-½
                    -----
                    2½-2½

Monday 12 February 2001 HH1 - Hertford 2

John Sharp reports:

Finally the first team manage to win a match which takes us off bottom place, the crunch match will be against the (new) bottom placed team, St Albans 2 in March.

Steve lost quickly which put the pressure on but wins from Andrew, Phil and John steadied the boat and steered us to the magic 3 game points and a won match. In addition, Gary's adjoined position looks won (and he did win it!).

1. Gary Kenworthy    1-0    P. Borman
2. John Sharp        1-0    G. Davies
3. Steve Law         0-1    O.Lenton
4. Andrew Gilfillan  1-0    BD.Judkins
5. Phil Gregory      1-0    C.Luscombe
                    -----
                     4-1

Tuesday 6 February 2001 HH1 - Hertford 1

Steve Law reports:

1. Steve Law         0-1    S. Knott
2. Andrew Gilfillan  0-1    S. Swanson
3. Phil Gregory      0-1    P. Byway
4. Kevin Ellis       ½-½    B. Cheal
5. DEFAULT           DEF    I. Capes
                    -----
                     ½-4½

Monday 5 February 2001 HH2 - Hoddesdon 3

Tom Rixon reports:

A 5-0 result is looking likely after our latest match with three points in the bag and Rod and Adrians games looking promising.

1. Hector Steen      1-0    J. Marshall
2. Rod Gibb          1-0    T. Brazier
3. Adrian Matthews   1-0    R. Edmonds
4. Matthew Dignam    1-0    M. Beadle
5. Tom Rixon         1-0    A. Pattmore
                    -----
                     5-0

Monday 29 January 2001 HH3 - St Albans 6

Steve Law reports:

1. Nigel Hoddinott   1-0
2. Michael Shaw      ½-½
3. Charles Phillips  0-1
4. Ian Hall          0-1
5. Paul Sargent      1-0
                    -----
                    2½-2½

Thursday 25 January 2001 HH3 - Bishop Stortford

Steve Law reports:

1. Nigel Hoddinott   0-1
2. Michael Shaw      ½-½
3. Ian Hall          ½-½
4. Paul Sargent      ½-½
5. Bob Forst         ½-½
                    -----
                     2-3

Monday 22 January 2001 HH2 - Watford 4

Tom Rixon reports:

A very hard fought match in which we seemed to be gaining the upper hand at the end of the night Matthew won quite quickly but the other games remained unfinished. Hector,Adrian and myself are all material ahead, so hopefully we should win.

1. Hector Steen      ½-½    D. Chapman
2. Rod Gibb          0-1    L. Hyland
3. Adrian Matthews   1-0    S. Kumar
4. Matthew Dignam    1-0    P. Edwards
5. Tom Rixon         1-0    D. Ash
                    -----
                    3½-1½

Tuesday 16 January 2001 HH2 - Hertford 4

Tom Rixon reports:

The match versus Hertford finished 2½ to a ½ with advantage to us on the night, but we have little hope of anything better as the remaining games look lost. A good winning debut for Mike Shaw.

1. Hector Steen      ½-½    L. Noble
2. Rod Gibb          0-1    S. Bailes
3. Adrian Matthews   0-1    D. Green
4. Tom Rixon         1-0    D. Rudd
5. Mike Shaw         1-0    B. Cheal
                    -----
                    2½-2½

Monday 15 January 2001 HH1 - St Albans 1

John Sharp reports:

Again the first team are struggling however we were up against a strong St Albans team. We are relying on Kevin to win to draw the match.

Steve Law reports:

Kevin beat Fraser-Mitchell so we drew with St.Albans 1, 2½-2½

1. John Sharp        0-1    A. Simpson
2. Steve Law         0-1    S. Roe
3. Andrew Gilfillan  1-0    G. Hollis
4. Phil Gregory      ½-½    N. Wilmot
5. Kevin Ellis       1-0    J. Fraser-Mitchell
                    -----
                    2½-2½

Monday 11 December 2000 HH3 - Barnet 3

Paul Sargent and John Sharp report:

Another fine win by the third team and are looking for back-to-back promotions! Charles 'The Magnificant Drawer' Phillips chalked up his fifth draw ...

1. Nigel Hoddinott   1-0
2. Michael Shaw      ½-½
3. Charles Phillips  ½-½
4. Ian Hall          1-0
5. Paul Sargent      1-0
                    -----
                     4-1

Monday 11 December 2000 HH1 - Royston 1

Steve Law reports:

Up till the end it looked as though we would win boards 3 and 4, board 1 was drawn and 2 and 5 were unclear, but ...

1. Steve Law         0-1    M. Walker
2. Andrew Gilfillan  0-1    L. D'Costa
3. Phil Gregory      ½-½    K. Clark
4. Hector Steen      0-1    S. Tovey
5. Rod Gibb          0-1    J. Denton
                    -----
                     ½-4½

Monday 27 November 2000 HH3 - Stevenage 3

Steve Law reports:

Both games are tricky. Ian has lost and the other we are claiming a draw which is the best we can hope for.

1. Michael Shaw      0-1    G. Howard
2. Charles Phillips  ½-½    J. Gorman
3. Ian Hall          0-1    R. Johnstone
4. Paul Sargent      0-1    J. Lannaway
5. Bob Forst         1-0    D. Leach
                    -----
                    1½-3½

Thursday 23 November 2000 HH1 - Hoddesdon 1

The first team went down to a reasonably good Hoddesdon team, they had two new players on the top two boards to replace the missing Coleman. It started off badly with some sort of 'communication breakdown' and Kevin not turning up ... in addition the charms of Cavendish 2 were obviously too much for Phil despite our dire results so far ... Top board was lucky to win and his opponent became somewhat excited after the finish, while Andrew was winning but his opponent is a canny player who plays well in time scrambles and managed to draw. Steve and Rod were both doing at least OK but the former blundered and the latter overpressed.

So with Royston to play in the last match of 2000 things are not looking too good (so far!) however we learnt that Hertford have been knocked out of the Cup so there may still be a chance ofwinning something this year!

1. John Sharp        1-0    W. Stirling
2. Steve Law         0-1    W. Somerset
3. Andrew Gilfillan  ½-½    T. Turner
4. Kevin Ellis       DEF    R. Turnham
5. Rod Gibb          0-1    N. Rughwani
                    -----
                    1½-3½

Monday 20 November 2000 HH3 - Barnet 2

Steve Law reports:

Ian is 2 pawns ahead and can force a rook ending 3 pawns ahead, they are not playing on. Subsequently won by Ian.

1. Nigel Hoddinott   ½-½    I. Varesca
2. Michael Shaw      1-0    A. Myall
3. Ian Hall          1-0    M. Baig
4. Paul Sargent      ½-½    J. Levy
5. Bob Forst         DEF    DEFAULT
                    -----
                     4-1

Monday 20 November 2000 HH2 - Borehamwood 1

Steve Law reports:

Matthew's game is difficult.

Tom Rixon reports:

A good win for us on Monday results as follows:

1. Hector Steen      1-0    A. Kent
2. Rod Gibb          1-0    L. Glausman
3. Adrian Matthews   1-0    A. Smith
4. Matthew Dignam    ½-½    K. Sear
5. Tom Rixon         ½-½    T. O'Sullivan
                    -----
                     4-1

Tuesday 14 November 2000 HH2 - Mid Herts 2

Tom Rixon reports:

The match finished 2-1 in our favour on the night with Adrian`s and Matthew`s games to be decided. The outcome looks promising as Adrian should win.

Adrian Matthews opponent has conceded his game in the match against Mid Herts which took place on 14 Nov giving us a 3-1 Lead

1. Hector Steen      0-1    J. Coles
2. Rod Gibb          1-0    K. Baggs
3. Adrian Matthews   1-0    M. Wall
4. Matthew Dignam    0-1    A. Sims
5. Tom Rixon         1-0    G. Lane
                    -----
                     3-2

November 2000 U-100 - Hertford U-100

Phil Gregory reports:

A fresh venture for Hemel, our entry into the new knock out tournament for U100. Charles Phillips postitionally outplayed his opponent in masterly fashion. Then, as famously happened to Tigran Petrosian, a former world champion, left his queen en prise when contemplating the complexities of his greatly superior position. Andy Walker, playing his first game after a long break from chess, had better luck, sacrificing a pawn for a victorious attack. Bob Forst, with black withstood heavy pressure to gain a draw. So all depended on the top board. Here the other, junior Charles, lost a piece in a sharp opening but played on until he was forced to admit defeat.

Philip Gregory was the non playing captain and chauffeur.

1. Charles Davie     0-1    S Morris
2. Charles Phillips  0-1    S Zsitrinto
3. Andy Walker       1-0    A Brewis
4. Bob Forst         ½-½    A Jennings
                    -----
                    1½-2½

Monday 6 November 2000 U-125 - St Albans U-125

A loss in the Cup for our U-125 team.

1. Tom Rixon         0-1
2. Charles Phillips  ½-½
3. Ian Hall          1-0
4. Paul Sargent      ½-½
5. Charles Davie     0-1
                    -----
                     2-3

Monday 6 November 2000 HH1 - St Albans 2

The first team continue to stumble their way through the first games of the season (come back Gary all is forgiven!) with a difficult match against the mighty St Albans 2 ... Phil won his adjournment but Board 1 is going to adjudication but doesn't look too promising, in fact given up ...

1. John Sharp        0-1    I.Gooding
2. Steve Law         0-1    M.Lexton
3. Andrew Gilfillan  1-0    D.Bower
4. Phil Gregory      1-0    CA.Turner
5. Kevin Ellis       0-1    JT.Simmons
                    -----
                     2-3

Wednesday 1 November 2000 HH3 - Old Elizabethans

A good win for the third team.

1. Nigel Hoddinott   ½-½
2. Charles Phillips  ½-½
3. Ian Hall          ½-½
4. Paul Sargent      1-0
5. Charles Davie     1-0   Default
                    -----
                    3½-1½

Monday 23 October 2000 HH2 - St Albans 5

Our first win of the season! well done lads.

1. Hector Steen      1-0    M. Flatt
2. Rod Gibb          1-0    M. Connock
3. Adrian Matthews   1-0    N. Lavers
4. Dick Boardman     ½-½    G. Crosby
5. Tom Rixon         1-0    P. Laskier
                    -----
                    4½-½

Monday 17 October 2000 HH1 - Hertford 2

The match is evenly poised but Kevin has a strong position which he wasn't able to convert and thus we draw the match.

1. Steve Law         ½-½    P. Borman
2. Andy Gilfillan    1-0    O. Lenton
3. Phil Gregory      0-1    G. Davies
4. Kevin Ellis       ½-½    B. Judkins
5. Hector Steen      ½-½    C. Luscombe
                    -----
                    2½-2½

Thursday 12 October 2000 HH2 - Hoddesdon 3

Tom Rixon reports:

Not a very good start for the second team with Hector not playing as a result of a mixup and Adrian in a seemingly lost position.

Adrian has conceded defeat to R Edmonds.

1. Hector Steen      Def    T. Brazier
2. Rod Gibb          1-0    J. Marshall
3. Adrian Matthews   0-1    R. Edmonds
4. Tom Rixon         ½-½    M. Beadle
5. Paul Sargent      ½-½    B. Alexandrou
                    -----
                     2-3

Monday 9 October 2000 HH1 - Hertford 1

The first match of the season and we were up against the League Champions ... it started off well with a draw from Kevin and then a win from Phil which left it with the top 3 boards to hold on. Unfortunately it was not to be, both Steve and Andrew lost and John's adjourned position looks well dodgy ... which was resigned.

1. John Sharp        0-1    S. Knott
2. Steve Law         0-1    S. Swanson
3. Andy Gilfillan    0-1    P. Byway
4. Phil Gregory      1-0    B. Cheal
5. Kevin Ellis       ½-½    A. Borman
                    -----
                    1½-3½

Monday 9 October 2000 HH3 - St Albans 6

A solid start to the season for the third team with at least a draw, which in fact turned out to be a draw:

1. Nigel Hoddinott   1-0    A. McMahon
2. Charles Phillips  ½-½    S. Narbeth
3. Ian Hall          0-1    O. Stobart
4. Paul Sargent      1-0    R. Claret
5. Charles Davie     0-1    J. Leake
                    -----
                    2½-2½

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