|The Chess Oracle - Hemel Hempstead Chess Club 2001-2002 Results|
|Monday||1st October 2001||HH2 vs Barnet Eliz 1 (A)||4½-½||Win|
|Tuesday||2nd October 2001||HH4 vs WHCF 4 (A)||3-2||Win|
|Monday||8th October 2001||HH1 vs Hertford 1 (H)||1½-3½||Loss|
|Monday||8th October 2001||HH3 vs B Stortford (H)||1½-3½||Loss|
|Monday||15th October 2001||HH2 vs St Albans 3 (A)||3-2||Win|
|Monday||15th October 2001||HH4 vs Royston 3 (H)||3-2||Win|
|Tuesday||16th October 2001||HH1 vs Hertford 2 (A)||3½-1½||Win|
|Monday||22nd October 2001||HH3 vs Stevenage 3 (A)||2½-2½||Draw|
|Monday||5th November 2001||HH1 vs St Albans 1 (H)||1-3 (+1)||Loss|
|Monday||5th November 2001||HH3 vs Barnet Elzs 3 (A)||3½-1½||Win|
|Monday||12th November 2001||HH1 vs St Albans 1 (A) - Cup||1½-4½||Loss|
|Monday||12th November 2001||HH4 vs Letchworth 5 (A)||3½-1½||Win|
|Monday||19th November 2001||HH1 vs Royston 1 (A)||2-3||Loss|
|Monday||19th November 2001||HH4 vs Letchworth 4 (H)||2½-2½||Draw|
|Monday||26th November 2001||HH3 vs Hertford 4 (H)||3-2||Win|
|Tuesday||27th November 2001||HH2 vs Watford 2 (A)||3-2||Win|
|Thursday||13th December 2001||HH1 vs Hoddesdon (A)||0-5||Loss|
|Monday||17th December 2001||HHU100 vs St Albans (H) - Cup||0-4||Loss|
|Monday||17th December 2001||HH2 vs Watford 3 (H)||5-0||Win|
|Monday||7th January 2002||HH3 vs Barnet Elzs 2 (A)||1½-3½||Loss|
|Monday||14th January 2002||HH1 vs Watford 1 (H)||3½-½ (+1)||Win|
|Monday||14th January 2002||HH3 vs Letchworth 3 (H)||2½-2½||Draw|
|Monday||21st January 2002||HH4 vs Allenbury's (H)||4½-½||Win|
|Monday||21st January 2002||HH2 vs Letchworth 2 (A)||4½-½||Win|
|Monday||28th January 2002||HH4 vs Royston 3 (A)||3½-1½||Win|
|Monday||28th January 2002||HH2 vs Barnet Eliz 1 (A)||3½-1½||Win|
|Monday||4th February 2002||HH4 vs WHCF 4 (H)||2½-2½||Draw|
|Tuesday||5th February 2002||HH1 vs Hertford 1 (A)||½-4½||Loss|
|Monday||11th February 2002||HH2 vs Letchworth 2 (H)||3-2||Win|
|Thursday||14th February 2002||HH3 vs B Stortford (A)||3½-1½||Win|
|Monday||18th February 2002||HH3 vs Stevenage 3 (H)||3-2||Win|
|Monday||4th March 2002||HH2 vs St Albans 3 (H)||2-2||Draw|
|Monday||11th March 2002||HH1 vs St Albans 1 (A)||½-4½||Loss|
|Monday||11th March 2002||HH4 vs Letchworth 5 (H)||4-1||Win|
|Monday||18th March 2002||HH1 vs Hertford 2 (H)||4-1||Win|
|Monday||18th March 2002||HH4 vs Letchworth 4 (A)||3-2||Win|
|Tuesday||19th March 2002||HH3 vs Hertford 4 (A)||2-3||Loss|
|Monday||25th March 2002||HH1 vs Royston 1 (H)||0-4 (+1)||Loss|
|Monday||25th March 2002||HH3 vs Barnet Elzs 3 (H)||4½-½||Win|
|Monday||8th April 2002||HH4 vs Stevenage 4 (H)||2½-2½||Draw|
|Monday||15th April 2002||HH2 vs Watford 2 (H)||3-2||Win|
|Monday||22nd April 2002||HH3 vs Letchworth 3 (A)||1½-3½||Loss|
|Monday||29th April 2002||HH1 vs Hoddesdon 1 (H)||1-3(+1)||Loss|
|Monday||29th April 2002||HH3 vs Barnet Elzs 2 (H)||3-2||Win|
|Monday||30th April 2002||HH2 vs Watford 3 (A)||4-1||Win|
|Tuesday||14th May 2002||HH1 vs Watford (A)||2½-2½||Draw|
|Thursday||16th May 2002||HH4 vs Allenbury's (A)||3-2||Win|
|Monday||20th May 2002||HH4 vs Stevenage 4 (A)||2-3||Loss|
The indestructible fourth team at last met its match in the final game in the season, losing to Stevenage by 3 -2. Bob and Rob came second in their games while Patrick and Paul held the fort. Unfortunately Gary 'where are you ???' Smith defaulted for the second game running and if anybody knows how/where he is, please could they let me know, at the very least to confirm that he is in one piece.
Well done to all the team for securing the glorious seventh divivion trophy and promotion to the dizzy heights of division 6. We must guard against complacency!
For whatever reason HH4 ended up playing their last two matches with only four people. Fortunately with the win at Allenbury and other results then going our way we knew before the Stevenage game that HH4 were Division 7 champions and Stevenage 4 were runners up whatever the outcome of the match. Division 6 here we come!!
1. H Uddin 1 - 0 B Forst 2. L Sutherland 1 - 0 R Johnson 3. D Skidmore 0 - 1 P Dottridge 4. N Cashbrook 0 - 1 P Castledine 5. P Solis 1 - 0 G Smith ----- 3 - 2
The Hemel Hempstead 4th team secured their already near certain promotion to the dizzy heights of the Sixth Division for next season with a narrow win over Allenburys. Playing only four boards (something went wrong somewhere) we were a point down before we started. Charles Phillips managed his third consecutive draw in record time putting pressure on the rest of the term to find the winning points. Rob Johnson came from behind to come up with a devasting combination, Paul Castledine brushed aside a weaker opponent leaving Patrick Dottridge to shrewdly negociate a draw at adjournment when a pawn down. A good job to as the sealed move, it turned out, would have sunk him!
Just one match to go, let's hope we can win the division too.
1. B Whitten ½ - ½ C Phillips 2. J Harris 0 - 1 R Johnson 3. P Upson ½ - ½ P Dottridge 4. O Vidalin 0 - 1 P Castledine 5. H Eva 1 - 0 G Smith ----- 2 - 3
We managed to finish the season without losing; in fact quite a good result considering we defaulted a game before we started. Andrew had a good win on board but John was lucky to survive on top board.
1. J Rudge ½ - ½ John Sharp 2. M Boyce 0 - 1 Andrew Gilfillan 3. 1 - 0 Steve Law 4. 0 - 1 Philip Bonafont 5. 1 - 0 Default ----- 2½-2½
Hector's announcement before the match that he had drawn his game with Watford 2 meant that we were already promoted, but we felt that we needed at least a draw in case of any appeal against the double default. This we secured in good order with three quick wins.
Tom, standing in for Matthew, followed his example by winning first. Rod wasn't much longer and when I won, promotion was secured. Hector completed the victory winning via a blunder in time trouble, while Adrain lost to an efficient game by Roger Keans.
So finally I can say; Division 2 here we come.
1. C Russell 0 - 1 K Ellis 2. S Smith 0 - 1 H Steen 3. H Syed 0 - 1 R Gibb 4. R Keans 1 - 0 A Matthews 5. R Player 0 - 1 T Rixon ----- 1 - 4
The 3rd team finished the season on a winning note with a 3-2 win over Barnet Elizabethans 2.
After going one down when Paul Sargent on board 3 resigned after only 16 moves when in a lost position, we came back to lead 2-1 with Tom Rixon winning on board 2 after capturing his opponents queen and Ian Hall who looked to be in trouble on board 4 making the most of a mistake by his opponent to turn the tables, Ian's opponent resigned with Ian having a winning end game.
Robert Johnson in only his 2nd game for the 3rd team salvaged a draw when looking defeated by capturing his opponents bishop. This left it all down to Nigel Hoddinott on top board who was a pawn up with one rook each on the board but with Nigel in extreme time trouble with less than a minute left on the clock there was no time for Nigel to win and a draw was agreed which one us the match.
1. N Hoddinott ½ - ½ D Vaz 2. T Rixon 1 - 0 S Williams 3. P Sargent 0 - 1 M Pearson 4. I Hall 1 - 0 M Harding 5. G Smith ½ - ½ B Osland ----- 3 - 2
A strong Hoddesdon team looks to be a bit too much for us, however a very good result for Andrew on Board 2.
1. John Sharp 0 - 1 D Coleman 2. Andrew Gilfillan 1 - 0 W Stirling 3. Philip Gregory 0 - 1 W Somerset 4. Steve Law 0 - 1 H Tebbs 5. Philip Bonafont Adj ----- 1 - 3
Matthew won after having to deal with some unsporting behaviour from his opponent, trying to pressurise him into accepting a draw.I lost my first game of the season for Hemel after winning a pawn and finding my rook was trapped. Tom was the hero of the hour doing the same thing to his opponent's knight in an otherwise drawn position. Hector and Adrian's games are both undecided, Hector is slightly better and Adrian slightly worse. Still we wait for promotion!
Hector's opponent, rather surprisingly given the importance of the result to the promotion race, offered him a draw. This meant that Hemel can not lose the match and are therefore promoted by virtue of the double default.
1. K Ellis 0 - 1 A Hall 2. M Dignam 1 - 0 S Charles 3. H Steen ½ - ½ W Broome 4. A Matthews ½ - ½ P Littlefair 5. T Rixon 1 - 0 A Riley ----- 3 - 2
A disappointing result with a defeat at bottom of the table Letchworth by 3.5-1.5 with nobody from Hemel gaining a win.
Draws on boards 1 & 2 by Nigel Hoddinott & Tom Rixon, and Gary Smith continuing an unbeaten run with a draw on board 5 were our only points gained with loses for Paul Sargent & Ian Hall on boards 4 & 5
1. T Seddon ½ - ½ N Hoddinott 2. D Batey ½ - ½ T Rixon 3. G Williams 1 - 0 P Sargent 4. S Johnson 1 - 0 I Hall 5. T Walsh ½ - ½ G Smith ----- 3½-1½
1. R Johnson 1 - 0 L Sutherland 2. G Smith ½ - ½ D Skidmore 3. P Castledine 0 - 1 A Simm 4. P Dottridge 1 - 0 K Wyatt 5. S Kanji 0 - 1 N Rashbrook ----- 2½-2½
A return to winning form for the 3rd team with a 3.5-0.5 lead and an almost certain win for Paul Sargent on the remaining board.
Wins have been achieved on boards 2, 4 & 5 by Tom Rixon, Ian Hall & Gary Smith with Nigel Hoddinott gaining a draw on top board and with a win likely on the outstanding board a comprehensive 4.5-0.5 win looks on the cards.
A good win for Gary Smith on board 5 in only his second game playing up for the 3rd team shows how well the new members are progressing.
Paul Sargent won his adjournment making it a fairly conclusive victory
1. N Hoddinott ½ - ½ B David 2. T Rixon 1 - 0 J Covington 3. P Sargent 1 - 0 B Osland 4. I Hall 1 - 0 D Wilders 5. G Smith 1 - 0 C Robson ----- 4½- ½
1. John Sharp 0 - 1 L D'Costa 2. Andrew Gilfillan 0 - 1 M Walker 3. Philip Gregory 0 - 1 P Kemp 4. Steve Law 0 - 1 K Clark 5. Philip Bonafont Adj J Denton ----- 0 - 3
The 3rd team lost a close match to division leaders Hertford 4 and with it any chance of promotion from division 5.
Draws were achieved on boards 1, 3, 4 & 5 with Gary Smith making a sound debut for the 3rd team on board 5 but a rare defeat for Tom Rixon on board 2 gave Hertford the match.
1. N Lawson ½ - ½ N Hoddinott 2. D Green 1 - 0 T Rixon 3. S Bailes ½ - ½ P Sargent 4. D Rudd ½ - ½ I Hall 5. S Morris ½ - ½ G Smith ----- 3 - 2
Hemel's fourth team notched up another win, each one becoming more important as the battle for promotion heats up. Rob Johnson was unlucky to play against a young boy playing far better than his grade and lost with spectacular speed. Charles The Complete Coward Phillips settled for a draw at the very first sign of trouble. As always, the bottom boards had to pick up the slack left over from the top boards and as ever won the day, Paul Castledine winning well and Gary Smith grinding down his opponenent in the end game. Bob Forst failed to capitalise on a two pawn advantage in a complicated positition and offered a draw once the match once won.
1. P Smith ½ - ½ C Phillips 2. A Patterson ½ - ½ B Forst 3. D Cox 1 - 0 R Johnson 4. J Pepper 0 - 1 G Smith 5. J MacKenzie 0 - 1 P Castledine ----- 2 - 3
1. John Sharp 1 - 0 B Cheal 2. Andrew Gilfillan 1 - 0 C Luscombe 3. Philip Gregory 1 - 0 G Davies 4. Steve Law 0 - 1 A Du Boulay 5. Philip Bonafont 1 - 0 S Zsibrita ----- 4 - 1
1. S Roe 1 - 0 Andrew Gilfillan 2. A Simpson 1 - 0 Default 3. G Hollis 1 - 0 Philip Bonafont 4. N Willmott 1 - 0 Steve Law 5. M Lexton ½ - ½ Kevin Ellis ----- 4½- ½
1. R Forst 0 - 1 P Craft 2. R Johnson 1 - 0 G Hunjan 3. G Smith 1 - 0 A Mutton 4. P Dottridge 1 - 0 J white 5. P Castledine 1 - 0 A Stoker ----- 4 - 1
After a couple of wobbles, the wheels finally came off the wagon with a defeat by St Albans 3. Matthew was the first to finish as usual, but this time it was to record his first defeat of the season. Hector agreed a draw, while I was fortunate to get a win as my opponent blundered. As Adrian's game was lost, Rod tried valiantly to extract victory from a drawn position, but finally failed.
This result leaves our next match with Watford 2 as a crunch game as we have lost one game against their two. We however have the easier run in with only the bottom club, Watford 3 to play while they have the third and fourth placed teams, St Albans 3 and Barnet. We also have 4.5 more game points prior to this game. All of this becomes academic if we win the match as that would seal promotion.
Postscript: Adrain's "lost game" ended up being double defaulted as the game did not get resolved within the time limit. This meant that the match was drawn rather than lost as anticipated.
1. K Ellis 1 - 0 C Cole 2. M Dignam 0 - 1 P Lawrence 3. H Steen ½ - ½ G Lee 4. R Gibb ½ - ½ I Cross 5. A Matthews 0 - 0 D Thomson ----- 2 - 2
The 3rd team gained their second win in just under a week with a 3-2 victory over top of the table Stevenage with wins on the top two boards by Nigel Hoddinott & Tom Rixon and draws on boards 4 & 5 by Ian Hall & Charles Philips.
1. N Hoddinott 1 - 0 A Batso 2. T Rixon 1 - 0 D Cairncross 3. P Sargent 0 - 1 P Bunte 4. I Hall ½ - ½ R Johnstone 5. C Phillips ½ - ½ N Cornish ----- 3 - 2
The 3rd team returned to form with a good win of 3.5-1.5 over Bishops Stortford gaining revenge for our defeat by them at the beginning of the season.
Wins were gained by Nigel Hoddinott on top board & Bob Forst on 5th board with draws being gained by Tom Rixon, Paul Sargent & Ian Hall on boards 2 to 4.
1. L Mercer 0 - 1 N Hoddinott 2. N Kerby ½ - ½ T Rixon 3. N Courtman ½ - ½ P Sargent 4. M Green ½ - ½ I Hall 5. D Allen 0 - 1 R Forst ----- 1½-3½
The wheels almost game off the second team bandwagon in this match with Nigel and I having the only uneventful games with a solid draw and win respectively. Matthew blundered the exchange and was lost in an endgame before swindling his opponent. This meant that we needed only half a point from the final two games which Rod secured despite being a pawn down because he exchanged off into an opposite coloured bishop ending. Adrian's game has been adjourned but looks lost despite being a pawn up for most of the game.
1. K Ellis 1 - 0 M Pateman 2. M Dignam 1 - 0 I Jenkins 3. R Gibb ½ - ½ G Lee 4. A Matthews 0 - 1 S Turner 5. N Hoddinott ½ - ½ D Cox ----- 3 - 2
Giving Hertford 1 a 1-0 start was probably not the best way to begin but even so things were not looking too bad at one stage. On top board Knott grabbed a hot pawn and the ensuing complications should have reached an equal endgame but in time trouble John blundered a piece away; Andrew had immense pressure against Swanson who in his usual manner soaked up and managed to win in the end; Steve was doing fine (I didn't see much of the game) and probably should have got more than he did and I didn't see any of Phil's game.
So in the end we got thumped ...
1. S Knott 1 - 0 John Sharp 2. S Swanson 1 - 0 Andrew Gilfillan 3. P Byway 1 - 0 Steve Law 4. ½ - ½ Philip Bonafont 5. 1 - 0 Default ----- 4½- ½
1. B Forst 1 - 0 P Wilkes 2. R Johnson 0 - 1 G Bourne 3. P Castledine 0 - 1 G Ruddick 4. P Dottridge ½ - ½ T Sampson 5. S Kanji 1 - 0 B Saunders ----- 2½-2½
Not to be out done by the self styled "terrors of Division 7" the Hemel 2 band wagon rolled into Barnet and out again with a sixth straight win. This was not however the straight forward affair of the home leg. Matthew was ill so we defaulted board 2 and when I lost the toss we had three blacks on the remaining 4 boards. All the games went to the wire, Adrian being the first to finish just before 10,30. Hector was winning easily but blundered a piece in time trouble only to win on time with seconds on his own clock. My opponent had been defending a difficult position for some time before time trouble allowed a break through. Rod agreed a draw on adjudication, so must have been losing.
1. B Bowie 0 - 1 K Ellis 2. N Wright 1 - 0 Default 3. S Pepe 0 - 1 H Stean 4. D Wright ½ - ½ R Gibb 5. M Jones 0 - 1 A Matthews ------- 1½ - 3½
Hemel's 4th team clocked up another solid win, this time Royston meeting their destiny. Congratulations to Patrick Dottridge who scored a win in his first match for the club. Also it was a pleasure to have Andy Walker back in the side who scored a quite dazzling win on the top boards. Rob Johnson won again and Bob held out for a draw. The Captain was the only loser, throwing away a perfectly good position when the team had the match in the bag, trying a ridiculous sacrifice in time trouble.
1. J Ray 0 - 1 A Walker 2. R Putman 1 - 0 C Phillips 3. S Cage ½ - ½ R Forst 4. D Brown 0 - 1 R Johnson 5. R Wright 0 - 1 P Dottridge ----- 1½-3½
As we outgraded our opponents by 40 points a board anything other than a win would have been a major upset. Matthew finished first as usual, winning material in exchange for counterplay for his opponent that was not played accurately enough. I won next, a closed Sicilian pawn roller that did not meet enough resistence. Adrian played the Matthews variation of the Ruy Lopez, a queen side attack for white which suitably confused his oppponent. Hector agreed a draw with the match won at the time control to save playing on. Rod is two pawns up in an end game but with queens on the board victory is not certain.
Rod won his adjourned game to leave a final score of 4.5-0.5 to Hemel.
1. M Pateman 0 - 1 K Ellis 2. I Jenkins 0 - 1 M Dignam 3. G Lee ½ - ½ H Steen 4. S Turner 0 - 1 R Gibb 5. G Williams 0 - 1 A Matthews ----- ½ - 4½
1. Bob Forst 0 - 1 Geoff Wilson 2. Andy Walker 0 - 1 Wolf Hamm 3. Robert Johnson 0 - 1 Henry Butowski 4. Gary Smith 0 - 1 Patrick Fitzgerald ----- 0 - 4
The terrors of division 7, Hemel Hempstead's awesome 4th team, continued their unbeaten run of dazzling brilliance with a convincing 4.5 - 0.5 win over Allenbury's on the 21st Jan. Rob Johnson and Paul 'Unbeaten' Castledine overcame threatening positions to win well, Gary Smith outclassed his opponent and Charles Phillips came back after a shocking opening performance. Bob Forst held the fort with a safe draw, never looking troubled.
Apologies to Stevenage after an earlier match report - the fault for the appalling mess up of fixtures lay at the feet of the organisers. The match will be played later in the year.
1. C Phillips 1 - 0 J Harris 2. B Forst ½ - ½ H Eva 3. G Smith 1 - 0 D Coisson 4. R Johnson 1 - 0 P Upson 5. P Castledine 1 - 0 O Vidalin ----- 4½- ½
A very poor result against Letchworth whom we out-graded on the four top boards. Wins for Nigel Hoddinott & Tom Rixon on boards 1 & 2 were cancelled out by defeats for Ian Hall on board 4 and new member Paul Castledine on board 5. Paul Sargent on 3rd board should have won, being an exchange up but than gave away his rook for nothing and gladly accepted the draw offered by his opponent who was than a piece up. Final result 2.5-2.5, Drawn.
1. N Hoddinott 1 - 0 D Batey 2. T Rixon 1 - 0 S Johnson 3. P Sargent ½ - ½ T Walsh 4. I Hall 0 - 1 A Patterson 5. P Castledine 0 - 1 J Pepper ----- 2½-2½
A crunch match against fellow strugglers Watford, but we were lucky enough to play against a weakened team and without wishing to tempt fate, we are in a good position to get a result from this match. Steve 'swept' his opponent aside with a well judged material sacrifice for the initiative which proved too much. In the remaining games, John has a strong position where his opponent has (too) many weak squares which should prove decisive; Philip G is a pawn up but with opposite coloured bishops, it will be hard to win; Philip B has a worse position which will be difficult to hold; and Andrew's position is very unclear which could prove the critical game ...
John's opponent resigned before resumption. Andrew won his adjournment to sew the match up.
1. John Sharp 1 - 0 M Boyce 2. Andrew Gilfillan 1 - 0 B Morris 3. Philip Gregory ½ - ½ J Taffel 4. Steve Law 1 - 0 W Broome 5. Philip Bonafont Adj R Kearns ----- 3½- ½
A dissappointing start to the new year for the 3rd team at Barnet's new venue with none of our players gaining a win. Draws by Nigel Hoddinott on top board and Ian Hall on board 4 were outweighed by defeats for Tom Rixon and Paul Sargent and although Charles Phillips on board 5 missed winning a pawn on his sealed move after his opponent made an error (and a likely win) the match was already lost. Final result 3.5-1.5, Lost.
1. I Varecka ½ - ½ N Hoddinott 2. M Jones 1 - 0 T Rixon 3. S Williams 1 - 0 P Sargent 4. M Harding ½ - ½ I Hall 5. D Barry ½ - ½ C Phillips ----- 1½-3½
A convincing victory for everyone except yours truly who was two pawns down before getting a cheapo. Hector performed the rare event of finishing before Matthew. Rod was last to finish grinding out a victory that was never in doubt.
1. K Ellis 1 - 0 C Russell 2. M Dignam 1 - 0 Steve Smith 3. H Steen 1 - 0 Roger Keans 4. R Gibb 1 - 0 Richard Player 5. A Matthews 1 - 0 Default ----- 5 - 0
1. Bob Forst 0 - 1 Geoff Wilson 2. Andy Walker 0 - 1 Wolf Hamm 3. Robert Johnson 0 - 1 Henry Butowski 4. Gary Smith 0 - 1 Patrick Fitzgerald ----- 0 - 4
An incomplete team and then two late pull-outs meant defaulting the match. It was too late to tell Kevin who actually turned up on the night to be told we had already defaulted ...
Hemel's fourth team notched up a stunning 5-0 win against a non-existant Stevenage team. Turning up to their own home fixture proved too difficult a task, though it might have something to do with the fact that they seemed to be operating from the out of date fixture list. Will they realise the folly of their ways? Will they be expecting us next year on the wrong night? Suspense will mount as time goes. In the mean time, my sincere regrets go especially to Selina who was dragged out needlessly on a school night.
Apologies to Stevenage after an earlier match report - the fault for the appalling mess up of fixtures lay at the feet of the organisers. The match will be played later in the year.
Matthew got into a very dodgy position in the opening and was rather surprised to be offered a draw when materially down. Hector drew next having had the best of the game throughout but was unable to finish his opponent off. Adrian's game was a hard-fought draw with neither side getting the upper hand. My game was the last to finish and was similar to Hector's with a strong initiative leading to the winning of a pawn but it wasn't enough to seal victory. Rod was the hero of the hour and has a won position on adjournment. Rod went into a knight and pawn ending with a slightly inferior position due to an isolated pawn but sealed in a king and pawn ending with his opponent in zugzwang and about to lose two pawns.
This result leaves the second team with three wins and a 100% record, but there were enough see-saws during the match to know the return fixture will be tough.
Rod Completed victory against Watford 2.
1. K Ellis ½ - ½ 2. M Dignam ½ - ½ 3. H Steen ½ - ½ 4. R Gibb 1 - 0 5. A Matthews ½ - ½ ----- 3 - 2
The 3rd team are winning their match at home to Hertford 4 by 2½ to 1½ in a close contest with one game still to be decided.
Wins for Tom Rixon on board 2 and Ian Hall on board 4 look like helping us to a win over unbeaten Hertford (who have a 100% record in their two games played so far this season) with 3rd board Paul Sargent a pawn up and looking like getting at least a draw. A draw on top board by Nigel Hoddinott was the other half point gained.
I have agreed a draw on board 3 in our match against Hertford 4 giving the 3rd team a win by 3-2
1. N Hoddinott ½ - ½ L Noble 2. T Rixon 1 - 0 D Green 3. P Sargent ½ - ½ S Bailes 4. I Hall 1 - 0 D Rudd 5. R Forst 0 - 1 S Morris ----- 3 - 2
The fourth team squeaked home with a draw against Letchworth 4 this evening (19th November). After the captain lost, Rob secured a draw and Bob lost on time in a better postition. Attention as always floated down to the lower boards. Gary succeeded in pushing his pawns to the end and Paul won in a nail biting finish showing great strength of nerve.
1. C Phillips 0 - 1 P Smith 2. R Forst 0 - 1 A Patterson 3. R Johnson ½ - ½ D Cox 4. G Smith 1 - 0 J Pepper 5. P Castledine 1 - 0 J Mackenzie ----- 2½-2½
A close match where we were unlucky to lose ... which is of course always the case ... anyway, Steve had a solid win on board 3; with draws from the two Philip's. The top boards failed to produce the goods (yet again); Andrew never really got into his game and John was probably winning but could never find the killer punch and lost the thread in the quickplay finish (probably a bad decision to go for the Quickplay finish against a junior who spends most of his life playing bullet chess on the ICC ...). So overall unfortunately another loss, the one piece of good news was Steve has won his adjournment against Hertford 2 and thus we win that match!
1. L D'Costa 1 - 0 John Sharp 2. M Walker 1 - 0 Andrew Gilfillan 3. P Kemp 0 - 1 Steve Law 4. J Denton ½ - ½ Philip Gregory 5. K Clark ½ - ½ Philip Bonafont ----- 3 - 2
The fourth team won the third win out of three on the 12th with an impressive 3½-1½ win over Letchworth. The result would have been even more convincing had Selina been feeling 100%, but full credit for giving it her all. Gary Smith pulled out a draw against the odds and Bob, Rob and Paul won well.
1. T Mansford 0 - 1 B Forst 2. A Mutton 0 - 1 R Johnson 3. H Aldred ½ - ½ G Smith 4. J White 0 - 1 P Castledine 5. A Stoker 1 - 0 S Kanjii ----- 1½-3½
It appears there was some sort of mix-up on the night since only three Hemel players turned up on the night. Despite the 0-3 start there were some hopes of a miracle with Steve winning in a complicated game and John should have won when his opponent only had 7 seconds left but missed a mate in one ... Phil took a draw. So our Cup run this year didn't get going very far.
1. John Sharp 0 - 1 S Roe 2. Default 0 - 1 3. Steve Law 0 - 1 J Fraser-Mitchell 4. Phil Bonafont ½ - ½ I Gooding 5. Default 0 - 1 6. Default 0 - 1 ----- 1½-4½
The 3rd team won an exciting match at Barnet Elizabethans by 3-1 with one board still to be decided. Wins were gained by Nigel Hoddinott on top board, Paul Sargent on board 3 & Charles Phillips on board 5 with Tom Rixon losing on board 2 with Ian Hall's game still to be decided with Ian a pawn to the good, having just won back a knight with his queen, his opponent cannot capture the queen without being mated on the back rank. A comedy of errors took place on board 5 with Charles who had already had to sacrifice his queen and a knight for 2 rooks to stay in the game failing to notice that he could take his opponents queen with a pawn, only for his opponent to fail to move his queen to safety giving Charles a second chance to capture the queen. Game won.
1. J Covington 0 - 1 N Hoddinott 2. B David 1 - 0 T Rixon 3. I Leighton 0 - 1 P Sargent 4. B Osland ½ - ½ I Hall 5. D Lieberman 0 - 1 C Phillips ----- 1½-3½
The teams were pretty evenly matched but St Albans came out ahead on the night. Matthew had a the better of a solid draw on board 5. The adjoined games are complicated but there may be chances for Hemel. Philip Gregory agreed a draw in his game.
1. John Sharp 0 - 1 S Roe 2. Philip Gregory ½ - ½ G Hollis 3. Steve Law 0 - 1 N Wilmot 4. Phil Bonafont Adj M Lexton 5. Matthew Dignam ½ - ½ J Fraser-Mitchell ----- 1 - 3
The 3rd team are drawing the match so far 1½-1½ with 2 boards still to be decided.
The points picked up so far are a draw by top board Nigel Hoddinott & a win by in form Tom Rixon on board 2. Bob Forst was beaten on board 5 with Paul Sargent a pawn down on board 3 and Ian Hall looking like gaining a win on board 4 so we are at least likely to gain a point from the match.
1. P Bunce ½ - ½ N Hoddinott 2. D Leach 0 - 1 T Rixon 3. R Johnstone 1 - 0 P Sargent 4. J Gorman 0 - 1 I Hall 5. A Batson 1 - 0 R Forst ----- 1½-1½
The first team were weakened with boards 2 and 3 not playing; apparently getting drunk in France and looking at heavenly bodies is more important than playing in a critical match for the chess club ... anyway, on the night we managed to put ourselves in a winning position: Phil played efficiently and his opponent obliged by dropping a piece early; Kevin increased the lead to 2-0 as his opponent slowly self-destructed giving himself no time to make all his moves, so all looked fairly easy ... Rod was under pressure from early on and a rook on his seventh rank caused too much trouble, Steve had a great position early on but his opponent was able to wriggle free and in the adjoined position we are a pawn up but with opposite coloured bishops. John had a dodgy position early on and managed to improve it but in time trouble let any advantage slip:
1. John Sharp ½ - ½ B Cheal 2. Steve Law 1 - 0 G Davies 3. Phil Bonafont 1 - 0 C Luscombe 4. Kevin Ellis 1 - 0 O Lenton 5. Rod Gibb 0 - 1 A duBoulay ----- 3½-1½
The Hemel 4 Bandwagon continues to roll. After the Royston team finally arrived the team was victorious 3 - 2 thanks to great strength in depth on the lower boards. Paul Castledine scored a comfortable win in his first match for the club and Gary Smith made up some bad luck in the first match with his first win. Bob displayed his great experience to grind down a weaker player. Rob had a tough time on board one and lost in the endgame.
1. R Johnson 0 - 1 J Ray 2. C Phillips 0 - 1 S Cage 3. R Forst 1 - 0 D Brown 4. G Smith 1 - 0 T Locke 5. P Castledine 1 - 0 R Wright ----- 3 - 2
Adrian was about 30 minutes late, arriving just in time to see Matthew win in 16 moves. My own game didn't last much longer being over in 25 moves. When Hector forced a passed pawn we were 3-0 up by 9.30pm. This was just as well, however, as Rod was the exchange down and Adrian desperately down on the clock which proved to be fatal (Ed: I received an e-mail from Adrian so there has thankfully been a miraculous recovery)
1. K Ellis 1 - 0 2. M Dignam 1 - 0 3. H Steen 1 - 0 4. R Gibb 0 - 1 5. A Matthews 0 - 1 ----- 3 - 2
We had a good side out with strength in depth but on the night only one game finished as Andrew miscalculated a combination against the experienced Steve Swanson and ending up a piece for two pawns which was not enough. All the other games are adjourned in various states of play: on top board John has his usual awful adjoined position against Simon Knott, although bad is not bad enough to resign; Philip has a bishop vs knight endgame where both sides have poor pawn structures but should draw; Steve has an open position with queens still on, worth playing on; and Phil has most pieces with interesting play to follow.
The adjoined games were all agreed drawn.
1. John Sharp 0 - 1 S Knott 2. Andrew Gilfillan 0 - 1 S Swanson 3. Philip Gregory ½ - ½ P Byway 4. Steve Law ½ - ½ B Cheal 5. Phil Bonafont ½ - ½ G Davies ----- 1½-3½
A weakened 3rd Team with 3 players playing up from the 4th Team look like losing their first home match in 11 months. We are 1.5-2.5 down against Bishops Stortford needing a win on board 1 from adjudication to get a draw. A win by Tom Rixon on 2 & a draw by Paul Sargent on 3 are the only points gained but there has been an outstanding performance on board 1 by new member Rob Johnson who stepped up to play on top board after Nigel failed to turn up, even giving around 25 minutes advantage to his opponent and is not beaten yet.
We have decided to concede defeat on board 1, R. Johnson vs. G. Lawrence giving Bishops Stortford a win by 3.5 -1.5
1. Rob Johnson 0 - 1 G Lawrence 2. Tom Rixon 1 - 0 N Kerby 3. Paul Sargent ½ - ½ G Lunn 4. Charles Phillips 0 - 1 R Crichton 5. Bob Forst 0 - 1 M Ashley ----- 1½-3½
The fourth team had a triumphant re-launch into the league with a 3 - 2 win over Welwyn Hatfield Chess Forum. No less than three players were playing their first match and with their arrival things (hopefully!) augur well for the future. Selina Kanji had a solid win as did Rob Johnson in a tense finish. Charles Phillips, shamefully sacked from the third team, came through with the third point.
1. A Bourne 1 - 0 A Walker 2. G Ruddick 0 - 1 C Phillips 3. R Saunders 1 - 0 G Smith 4. T Sampson 0 - 1 R Johnson 5. R McKendrick 0 - 1 S Kanji ----- 2 - 3
We out graded the opposition by about 20 points a board so the result reflects the relative strength of the teams. Matthew played a sacrifice that would probably have been punished by a stronger player, Rod's opponent was 45 minutes late and launched a vicious sacrificial attack that was always flattering to deceive. Hector won comfortably and Adrian had a good position that he let slip and will probably have to bale out with a draw. I played passively waiting for a mistake which duly arrived. (Adrian Matthews reports: My game was drawn - came out of the opening well - then didn't convert my advantage and could have lost !!)
1. K Ellis 1 - 0 B Bowie 2. M Dignam 1 - 0 M Jones 3. H Steen 1 - 0 D Wright 4. R Gibb 1 - 0 M Jones 5. A Matthews ½ - ½ S Williams ----- 4½- ½
|Hert 1 (H)||Hert 2 (A)||St Albans 1 (H)||St Albans 1 (A) - Cup||Royston 1 (A)||Hodd 1 (A)||Watford 1 (H)||Hert 1 (A)||St Albans (A)||Hert 2 (H)||Royston 1 (H)||Hodd 1 (H)||Watford 1 (A)|
|Matthew Dignam (j)||½|
|3 Def||5 Def||1 Def||1 Def||1 Def|
|Barnet Eliz 1 (H)||St Albans 3 (A)||Watford 2 (A)||Watford 3 (H)||Letchworth 2 (A)||Barnet Eliz 2 (H)||Letchworth 2 (H)||St Albans 3 (H)||Watford 2 (H)||Watford 3 (A)|
|Matthew Dignam (j)||1||1||½||1||1||1||0||1|
|1 Default||Double Default|
|B Stortford (H)||Stevenage 3 (A)||Barnet Eliz 3 (A)||Hert 4 (H)||Barnet Eliz 2 (A)||Letch 3 (H)||B Stortford (A)||Stevenage 3 (H)||Hert 4 (A)||Barnet Eliz 3 (H)||Letch 3 (A)||Barnet Eliz 2 (H)|
|WHCF 4 (A)||Royston 3 (H)||Letch 5 (A)||Letch 4 (H)||St Albans (H) - Cup||Allenbury's (H)||Royston 3 (A)||WHCF 4 (H)||Letch 5 (H)||Letch 4 (A)||Stevenage 4 (H)||Allenbury's (A)||Stevenage 4 (A)|
|1 Def||1 Def|
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