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Mon 30th September 2002 HH4 - Rothamsted 1 (H) 1½-3½ - loss
         
Tue 1st October 2002 HH1 - Watford 1 (A) 2½-2½ - draw
Mon 7th October 2002 HH1 - Royston 1 (H) 3½-1½ - win
Mon 7th October 2002 HH5 - Barnet Elzs 4 (H) 1½-3½ - loss
Mon 7th October 2002 HH3 - Stevenage 3 (H) 4½-½ - win
Mon 21st October 2002 HH5 - Watford 5 (H) 2-3 - loss
Mon 21st October 2002 HH2 - Stevenage 1 (H) 4-1 - win
Mon 28th October 2002 HH2 - St Albans 2 (A) 3½-1½ - win
Tues 29th October 2002 HH4 - Hertford 5 (A) 3-2 - win
         
Mon 4th November 2002 HH1 - St Albans 1 (A) 2-3 - loss
Mon 4th November 2002 HH3 - St Albans 6 (A) 2½-2½ - draw
Mon 4th November 2002 HH5 - St Albans 8 (A) 0-5 - loss
Mon 11th November 2002 HH2 - Letchworth 1 (H) 2½-2½ - draw
Mon 11th November 2002 HH4 - Hoddesdon 4 (H) 3-2 - win
Mon 18th November 2002 HH5 - Letchworth 4 (A) 4-1 - win
Mon 18th November 2002 HH2 - Hertford 2 (A) 1½-3½ - loss
Thurs 21st November 2002 HH4 - B Stortford 1 (A) 1½-3½ - loss
Mon 25th November 2002 HH1 - Hertford 1 (H) 1-4 - loss
         
Mon 2nd December 2002 U-100 - Barnet (H) 1-3 - loss
Mon 2nd December 2002 U-140 Sharp - Stevenage (H) 1½-4½ - loss
Mon 9th December 2002 HH5 - Letchworth 5 (H) 2-3 - loss
Mon 9th December 2002 HH3 - WHCF 3 (H) 4-1 - win
Mon 16th December 2002 HH2 - Hertford 3 (H) 3½-1½ - win
Mon 16th December 2002 HH5 - Allenbury's 1 (H) 2-3 - loss
Tues 17th December 2002 HH4 - WHCF 4 (A) 2½-2½ - draw
         
Mon 6th January 2003 HH3 - Barnet Elzs 3 (A) 4-1 - win
Mon 6th January 2003 HH5 - Royston 3 (A) 1-4 - loss
Tues 7th January 2003 HH4 - Rothamsted 1 (A) 1-4 - loss
Thurs 9th January 2003 HH1 - Hoddesdon 1 & Cup (A) 3½-1½ & 4-2 - wins
Mon 13th January 2003 HH1 - WHCF 1 (H) 1½-3½ - loss
Mon 13th January 2003 HH3 - Barnet Elzs 2 (H) 3-2 - win
Mon 13th January 2003 HH5 - Barnet Elzs 4 (A) 1-4 - loss
Mon 20th January 2003 HH4 - Letchworth 3 (H) 2½-1½
Mon 23rd January 2003 HH2 - Hoddesdon 2 (A) 3-2 - win
Mon 27th January 2003 HH3 - Stevenage 3 (A) 3-1 - win
Mon 27th January 2003 HH1 - Watford 1 (H) 2½-2½ - draw
Mon 27th January 2003 HH5 - St Albans 8 (H) 3½-1½ - win
         
Mon 3rd February 2003 HH2 - St Albans 2 (H) 2½-2½ - draw
Mon 10th February 2003 HH1 - Royston 1 (A) ½-4½ - loss
Mon 17th February 2003 HH3 - Barnet Elzs 2 (A) 3-2 - win
Mon 17th February 2003 HH5 - Royston 3 (H) 2½-2½ - draw
Mon 24th February 2003 HH4 - Letchworth 3 (A) ½-4½ - loss
Tues 25th February 2003 Sharp Trophy - Watford (A) 5-1 - win
         
Mon 3rd March 2003 HH4 - Hertford 5 (H) 3½-1½ - win
Mon 3rd March 2003 HH2 - Stevenage 1 (A) 1-3 - loss
Tues 4th March 2003 HH1 - Hertford 1 (A) 1½-2½-
Mon 10th March 2003 HH3 - St Albans 6 (H) 3½-1½ - win
Mon 10th March 2003 HH1 - St Albans 1 (H) 3-2 - win
Tues 11th March 2003 HH5 - Watford 5 (A) 0-5 - loss
Thurs 13th March 2003 HH4 - Hoddesdon 4 (A) 3-1 - win
Mon 17th March 2003 HH2 - Hertford 2 (H) 3-2 - win
Mon 17th March 2003 HH5 - Letchworth 4 (H) 2½-2½ - draw
Mon 24th March 2003 HH2 - Hoddesdon 2 (H) 2-3 - loss
Mon 31st March 2003 HH2 - Letchworth 1 (A) 3-2 - win
Mon 31st March 2003 HH4 - WHCF 4 (H) 1½-3½ - loss
         
Thurs 10th April 2003 HH5 - Allenbury's 1 (A) 2-3 - loss
Mon 14th April 2003 Sharp Trophy - Royston (A) 2-4 - loss
Mon 14th April 2003 HH3 - Barnet Elzs 3 (H) 4-1 - win
Mon 14th April 2003 HH5 - Letchworth 5 (A) 0-5 - loss
Tues 15th April 2003 HH2 - Hertford 3 (A) 3-1 - win
Tues 22nd April 2003 HH3 - WHCF 3 (A) 4-1 - win
Mon 28th April 2003 HH1 - Hoddesdon 1 (H) 4-1 - win
Mon 28th April 2003 HH3 - Little Heath 1 (H) 2½-2½ - draw
         
Tues 6th May 2003 HH1 - WHCF 1 (A) 1½-3½ - loss
Mon 19th May 2003 HH4 - B Stortford 1 (H) 1-4 - loss
Wed 21st May 2003 HH3 - Little Heath 1 (A) 2-3 - loss

Match Reports

HH3 vs Little Heath 1 (A) - 21st May 2003

Paul Sargent reports:

The 3rd team lost their 1st game of the season in our final match of the campaign.

With a couple of players short due to holidays and playing to a quick play finish which does not suit a number of our players we lost a close match by 3-2.

After a good start Paul Sargent lost to a large pawn attack including a pawn check on the 7th rank which would lead to a forced mate in a few more moves, Paul Castledine making his debut for the 3rd team had a great win on board 5 against his opponent graded at 132. Tom Rixon rounded off a good season for himself with another win to give us a 2-1 lead. Rodd Gibb lost on time on top board but looked to have lost anyway and Ian Hall again in time trouble was well beaten on 3rd board.

1. M Topham          1 - 0        R Gibb
2. P Williams        0 - 1        T Rixon
3. M Likeman         1 - 0        I Hall
4. M Uniacke         1 - 0        P Sargent
5. M Barrow          0 - 1        P Castledine
                     -----
                     3 - 2

HH4 vs B Stortford 1 (H) - 19th May 2003

Rob Johnson reports:

The division champions proved too strong for Hemel in the last game of the season. Bob Forst went a knight down fairly early on and was ground down in the end game. Andy fell foul of an attractive checkmate involving two knights in the corner of the board which was preceded by a rook sacrifice. Rob incorrectly declined a hanging pawn in the opening for the sake of development, ultimately getting beat. New member Marcus Chidwick showed some fighting spirit to force a perpetual check with his Queen to earn a draw. Charles offered his customary draw after about four minutes, which was eventually accepted.

Hemel black on board one.

1. B Forst           0 - 1     K Castle
2. A Walker          0 - 1     L Mercer
3. R Johnson         0 - 1     P Miller
4. M Chidwick        ½ - ½     J Spencer
5. C Phillips        ½ - ½     M Ashley
                     -----
                     1 - 4

HH1 vs WHCF 1 (A) - 6th May 2003

Steve Law reports:

1. A Milovanovic            1 - 0     M Dignam
2. D Faulkner               ½ - ½     K Ellis
3. R Gordonsmith            0 - 1     P Bonafont
4. J Coles                  1 - 0     S Law
5. D Owen                   1 - 0     Default
                            -----
                            3½-1½

HH1 - Hoddesdon 1 (H) - 28th April 2003

John Sharp reports:

Hoddeson are struggling to remain in Division 1 and this result could be the final nail in their coffin, effectively our third win over this team this year. Losing Somerset, Tebbs and Weston as well as a part-time Coleman has been too much for them.

Matthew destroyed his opponent with a clinical kingside attack, while Steve chalked up his fourth win from five for the First team and Philip had a solid win on board 5. Both Gary's and John's games are probably both best forgotten about but both managed to draw in the end to give a very good 4-1 victory with all players unbeaten.

1. G Kenworthy       ½ - ½     W Stirling
2. J Sharp           ½ - ½     C Turner
3. S Law             1 - 0     T Turner
4. M Dignam          1 - 0     T Savanhu
5. P Bonafont        1 - 0     D Young
                     -----
                     4 - 1

HH3 vs Little Heath (H) - 28th April 2003

Paul Sargent reports:

The top of the table clash ended all square with the 3rd team dropping only their second point of the season.

Adrian Matthews on top board gained a draw despite being a pawn down after a bad opening, Tom Rixon on 4th board also agreed a draw but Nigel Hoddinott on board 3 was well beaten being an exchange and a pawn down before resigning, this meant we needed one and a half points to retain our unbeaten run this season and we got back into the match when Ian Hall won well on 5th board being an exchange and pawns up, it was almost 11 o'clock before the match was decided when Rob Gibb agreed a draw with his opponent allowing us all to go home at last.

1. A Matthews        ½ - ½     M Topham
2. R Gibb            ½ - ½     P Williams
3. N Hoddinott       0 - 1     M Likeman
4. T Rixon           ½ - ½     M Uniacke
5. I Hall            1 - 0     C Cook
                     -----
                     2½-2½

HH3 vs WHCF 3 (A) - 22nd April 2003

Paul Sargent reports:

1. G Arthur          0 - 1        A Matthews
2. R Harrison        0 - 1        R Gibb
3. R Price           ½ - ½        N Hoddinott
4. D Carr            0 - 1        T Rixon
5. P Wilkes          ½ - ½        I Hall
                     -----
                     1 - 4

HH2 - Hertford 3 (A) - 15th April 2003

Kevin Ellis reports:

A comfortable win for Hemel with Adrian agreeing a draw at the time control to secure the win. Steve L has declined about 10 draw offers but the position is looking pretty equal. Apart from a few adjournments our season is over and promotion is in the hands of other teams, but the loss to Hoddeston leaves promotion an outside bet.

1. B Judkins         0 - 1     K Ellis
2. B Toper           ½ - ½     S Law
3. M Thomas          ½ - ½     S Weston
4. L Noble           ½ - ½     A Matthews
5. S Zsibrita        0 - 1     T Rixon
                     -----
                     1½-3½

HH3 vs Barnet Elzs 3 (H) - 14th April 2003

Paul Sargent reports:

Another win for the 3rd team, we outgraded Barnet Elizabethans by a large margin on all the boards except on bottom board and the results went as per grade with Adrian, Rod, Nigel & Tom all winning to give us a 4-0 lead before Ian Hall lost on 5th board to make the final score a 4-1 win.

1. A Matthews        1 - 0     J Appoh
2. R Gibb            1 - 0     F Anderson
3. N Hoddinott       1 - 0     M Harding
4. T Rixon           1 - 0     H Blank
5. I Hall            0 - 1     D Ben-Nathan
                     -----
                     4 - 1

HH vs Royston (A) - Sharp Trophy Final - 14th April 2003

Kevin Ellis reports:

An exciting match with Royston fielding an average grade of 184 having the edge over Hemel's 178. With four games going to the wire any result was possible with 5 minutes to go, but ultimately Royston were victorious.

Congratulations to the third team for promotion with 4 games to go, and to Charles Phillips for report of the season in defeat against Allenbury's!

1. L D'Costa                1 - 0     G Kenworthy
2. M Walker                 ½ - ½     J Sharp
3. K Clark                  ½ - ½     A Gilfillan
4. P Kemp                   1 - 0     M Dignam
5. J Denton                 0 - 1     K Ellis
6. R Mycroft                1 - 0     S Law
                            -----
                            2 - 4

HH5 vs Letchworth 5 (A) - 14th April 2003

Philip Gregory reports:

Unfortunately we have not been able to raise a team for this and have had to inform Letchworth that we are defaulting the match.


HH5 vs Allenbury's 1 (A) - 10th April 2003

Charles Phillips reports:

The two lowest teams in the lowest division clashed head to head in the tight race for the county booby prize. Hemel got off to an excellent start, defaulting board 5 due to shortage of players. Board 3 soon followed due to a no-show.

So it was left to the Magnificent Three to hold the fort. Unfortunately, Michael Turner was up against a strong opponent and never resolved his bad bishop in the French Defence and was ground down. Charles Phillips played a game of quite stunning brilliance, showing tactical daring, subtle positional awareness and a ruthless finishing touch. Well done, me. Selina played a very solid end game to win her match. So as we are about to default our last match for lack of a team, it is good to know that Hemel's glorious fifth team finish their season as the lowest of the low, the outcasts of the Hertfordshire Chess community. But we care not, for we played with flair, we played with panache and we played without players, indeed without the whole team on occasions.

And it isn't the winning, it's the almost taking part that counts.

1. Harrison          1 - 0        M Turner
2. Harris            0 - 1        S Kanji
3. Upson             1 - 0        Default
4. Ramirez           0 - 1        C Phillips
5. Eva               1 - 0        Default
                     -----
                     3 - 2

HH2 - Letchworth 1 (A) - 31st March 2003

Kevin Ellis reports:

Matthew escaped with a draw from a hopelessly lost position. Steve W got into a position where only half of his pieces were active and eventually paid the price. Steve L trapped his opponent'd knight in a minor piece middlegame and Hector drew (that's all I saw of it!) I am the exchange up so have at least a draw.

1. A Burrows         ½ - ½     M Dignam
2. T Thurstan        0 - 1     K Ellis
3. J Barnes          0 - 1     S Law
4. P Gardner         ½ - ½     H Steen
5. I Mutton          1 - 0     S Weston
                     -----
                     2 - 3

HH4 vs WHCF 4 (H) - 31st March 2003

Rob Johnson reports:

Hemel black on boards 1 and 3.

1. P Castledine      1 - 0     M Read
2. B Forst           0 - 1     R Price
3. A Walker          ½ - ½     G Ruddick
4. R Johnson         0 - 1     N Cornish
5. Default           0 - 1     R Saunders
                     -----
                     1½-3½

HH2 - Hoddesdon 2 (H) - 24th March 2003

Kevin Ellis reports:

Hector rang me the previous evening and after frantically ringing round the 3rd team and after 7 phone calls I got Nigel to stand in. I thought I had a full team at that point, but it soon after the match started it became apparant that there had been a breakdown in communication with Matthew (double booked with Berkhamstead I think) and we defaulted board 1.

To add insult to injury I got accused of cheating by the Hoddeston captain by defaulting board 1 rather than 5. Such are the joys of captaincy. Steve "the draw machine" Weston agreed a quick draw and after after my opponent went astray the match was equal again.

We went behind again after Nigel's game, where the advantage had been swinging in both directions, finally went against him. Steve L agreed a draw at the time control when he was probably lost which gave the win to Hoddeston and ended our hopes (or fears) of promotion.

1. Default           0 - 1     P Woodfinden
2. K Ellis           1 - 0     D Young
3. S Law             ½ - ½     R Hughes
4. S Weston          ½ - ½     T Allen
5. N Hoddinott       0 - 1     R Joyce
                     -----
                     2 - 3

HH2 - Hertford 2 (H) - 17th March 2003

Kevin Ellis reports:

As Steve W's game is a dead draw the match should be won which leaves us and Hertford 2 joint top of the league. They have a slight advantage in game points but we have played Stevenage and St Albans 2 (3rd and 4th) but they have not.

1. M Dignam          1 - 0     P Borman
2. K Ellis           ½ - ½     P Paxton-Doggett
3. S Law             ½ - ½     G Davies
4. H Steen           ½ - ½     A Du Boulay
5. S Weston          ½ - ½     J Angus
                     -----
                     3 - 2

HH5 - Letchworth 4 (H) - 17th March 2003

Charles Phillips reports:

The fifth team welcomed two new players to its fold who both helped to save the day in the first outings. The captain continued his fine run of consistency with a solid loss, this time in record speed, to start the match off with a cheery defeat.

Michael Turner, a junior debutant, dispatched his opponent with tremendous confidence - a fine talent for the future. Selina was unable to break through her opponent's defences and settled for a draw. Next Marcus Chidwick pulled off an excellent endgame win to put us into the lead, a fine first game for the club.

In the end, young Alex Kennedy lost the battle of the blunders but still played his best game yet for the club. The match was tied.

1. S Kanji           ½ - ½     T Walsh
2. M Turner          1 - 0     G Williams
3. C Phillips        0 - 1     C Robson
4. M Chidwick        1 - 0     H Patterson
5. A Kennedy         0 - 1     P Smith
                     -----
                     2½-2½

HH4 vs Hoddesdon 4 (A) - 13th March 2003

Paul Sargent reports:

We travelled over to Hoddesdon one board short but this did not matter as Hoddesdon were two players short. In the 3 matches played we remained unbeaten with Paul Sargent & Bob Forst on boards 1& 2 agreeing draws with plenty of play still left after Andy Walker had a good win on board 3 to give us a 2-0 lead.

1. A Patmore (102)   ½ - ½     P Sargent (97)
2. A Elston (72)     ½ - ½     B Forst (90)
3. A Lillie          0 - 1     A Walker
4. Default           0 - 1     M Hickman
5. Default           0 - 0     Default
                     -----
                     1 - 3

HH5 - Watford 5 (A) - 11th March 2002

Philip Gregory reports:

We defaulted this match, entirely.

1. Default           0 - 1
2. Default           0 - 1
3. Default           0 - 1
4. Default           0 - 1
5. Default           0 - 1
                     -----
                     0 - 5

HH3 vs St Albans 6 (H) - 10th March 2003

Paul Sargent reports:

A win against a team we easily outgraded and the only opponents to have taken a point off the 3rd team so far this season. Adrian Matthews on top board won on his 13th move with his opponent in total disarray and this was followed by wins for Rod & Tom to give us a 3-0 lead but Nigel Hoddinott lost his 2 year unbeaten run when running out of time in the end game against his young opponent, this was a pity as Nigel had the game won but the clock beat him. Ian Hall agreed a draw on 5th board but the match was already won.

1. A Matthews        1 - 0     J Palmer
2. R Gibb            1 - 0     P Hayward
3. N Hoddinott       0 - 1     P Fitzgerald
4. T Rixon           1 - 0     H Butowsky
5. I Hall            ½ - ½     W Hamm
                     -----
                     3½-1½

HH1 - St Albans 1 (H) - 10th March 2003

Phil Gregory and John Sharp report:

A good win with two unfinished games. Gary returned and put in a very smooth performance with his opponent never getting into the game at all. Both the Philip's from my perspective (JS) seemed not to be winning but both prevailed in the end. John's adjournment is not looking too good (and duly lost) but the match is already won which is the main thing.

1. G Kenworthy       1 - 0     S Roe
2. J Sharp           0 - 1     G Hollis
3. A Gilfillan       0 - 1     M Willmott
4. P Bonafont        1 - 0     I Goodring
5. P Gregory         1 - 0     J Fraser-Mitchell
                     -----
                     3 - 2

HH1 vs Hertford 1 (A) - 4th March 2003

John Sharp reports:

A good performance by the team but it may not be enough to hold the match. The adjournments are better for Hertford but there is some hope for a result.

1. S Knott                   ADJ      J Sharp
2. S Swanson                1 - 0     A Gilfillan
3. P Byway                  1 - 0     K Ellis
4. B Cheal                  ½ - ½     P Bonafont
5. I Capes                  0 - 1     T Rixon
                            -----
                            2½-1½

HH4 vs Hertford 5 (H) - 3rd March 2003

Rob Johnson reports:

1. B Forst           ½ - ½     T Austin (96)
2. R Johnson         0 - 1     D Marshall (73)
3. A Walker          1 - 0     A Brewis (77)
4. M Hickman         1 - 0     D Luke (45)
5. C Phillips        1 - 0     B Kirby (44)
                     -----
                     3½-1½

HH2 - Stevenage 1 (A) - 3rd March 2003

Kevin Ellis reports:

The second team got the full side out for the first time this season, which gave us high hopes of repeating the 4-1 win of the home leg. Things started well with Steve L winning a piece for a couple of pawns, although Steve W lost a piece on move 9. Steve L then had a rush of blood to the head, went for glory with a rook sacrifice, and it was 1-0 Stevenage. My game then started going down hill and I had to sacrifice a couple of pawns to get some counter play. This proved enough to bluff my opponent into forcing me to take perpetual check when he had a completely won position.

The match then started swinging our way as Steve W was now a piece up, although his opponent had a dangerous passed pawn, and Matthew and Hector both had slight pulls. However visions of a fight back were crushed just before the adjournment when Hector got his queen trapped. This leaves us needing two wins on adjournment.

1. P Maguire          ADJ      M Dignam
2. S Rawlings        ½ - ½     K Ellis
3. C Lean            1 - 0     S Law
4. A Batson          1 - 0     H Steen
5. D Robinson        ½ - ½     S Weston
                     -----
                     3 - 1

HH4 vs Letchworth 3 (A) - 24th February 2003

Rob Johnson reports:

A poor turnout by Hemel players didn't help the cause on Monday. Paul Castledine had an interesting game on board one as white. Despite being materially down, he caught his opponents king exposed in the middle and had by far the more active pieces. Unfortunately he ran into time trouble and his opponent managed to force swaps to ease the pressure, eventually forcing resignation with the material advantage.

Andy Walker ran into Letchworth's star junior who employed the Italian game and managed to embark on a mission of pawn snatching. Trying to generate counterplay, Andy's Knight was pinned by doubled rooks threatening a back rank mate and so resigned.

Rob and his English opening scrapped a draw despite having a shattered pawn structure, his opponent missing several opportunities to snatch key pawns and progress.

1. I Jenkins (105)   1 - 0     P Castledine (95)
2. D Cox (102)       1 - 0     A Walker (-)
3. D Batey (103)     ½ - ½     R Johnson (88)
4. S Johnson (96)    1 - 0     Default
5. A Patterson (84)  1 - 0     Default
                     -----
                     4½- ½

HH vs Watford (A) - Sharp Trophy Semi-Final - 25th February 2003

Kevin Ellis reports:

The combined forces of the first and second teams gave Watford a sound beating in the semi final of the Russell cup. Steve and Andrew competed to finish first, Philip concentrated on seeing how far up on material he could get before his opponent resigned and I enjoyed the experience of the bad French bishop being my best piece. Hector had a dead draw which his opponent desperately tried to win while Watford still had hope and John had a complex but balanced draw.

1. J Rudge                  ½ - ½     J Sharp
2. M Boyce                  0 - 1     A Gilfillan
3. B Morris                 0 - 1     K Ellis
4. H Syed                   0 - 1     S Law
5. J Taffel                 0 - 1     P Bonafont
6. I Khandaker              ½ - ½     H Steen
                            -----
                            1 - 5

HH3 vs Barnet Elzs 2 (A) - 17th February 2003

Paul Sargent reports:

The 3rd team kept up their winning run with an important victory at BarnetElizabethans 2.

Not even a power cut could stop the 3rd team, playing with a backup generator providing just enough light to see the board & pieces the team won by 3-2, with Adrian Matthews on top board gaining a win and 2 other boards drawn and the backup generator about to shut down in ten minutes, the remaining 2 games were agreed as draws (although Ian Hall on board 5 was in a good position being two pawns up), this was enough to give the 3rd team a win.

With 2 teams going up and this victory giving us a 5 point gap between ourselves and Barnet Elizabethans 2 in 3rd place this win could be very important come the end of the season.

1. M Jones           0 - 1        A Matthews
2. F Anderson        ½ - ½        R Gibb
3. B David           ½ - ½        N Hoddinott
4. S Williams        ½ - ½        T Rixon
5. J Appoh           ½ - ½        I Hall
                     -----
                     2 - 3

HH5 - Royston 3 (H) - 17th February 2003

Robert Johnson reports:

1. R Johnson         0 - 1     K Woodhouse
2. A Walker          ½ - ½     S Cage
3. S Kanji           1 - 0     D Brown
4. M Hickman         0 - 1     R Wright
5. C Phillips        1 - 0     Default
                     -----
                     2½-2½

HH1 vs Royston 1 (A) - 10th February 2003

John Sharp reports:

Tough match ... Andrew had a good position and John had a reasonable position but time pressure proved our undoing.

1. L D'Costa                1 - 0     J Sharp
2. M Walker                 1 - 0     A Gilfillan
3. K Clark                  1 - 0     P Gregory
4. J Denton                 ½ - ½     P Bonafont
5. R Mycroft                1 - 0     H Steen
                            -----
                            4½- ½

HH2 - St Albans 2 (H) - 3rd February 2003

Steve Law reports:

In spite of the fact that the Captain Kevin was off swanning around in Sri Lanka (I hope it wasn't too hot for you) and Hector "working" (oh sure) in Dusseldorf, it still looked like a close match. But at 7.25 Adrian called in - train stuck at Cheddington with no sign of movement - so Ian stepped in, still all looked ok as the St.Albans board 3 was "coming by train", so I thought we one up, as by about 8.15 he was still absent.

On board one Matthew's opponent was trying to bore him to death, but he got careless and we were in the lead. Board two was one way traffic, a knight on the edge at move four dropped off at sixteen, two up. In the mean time Nigel (Capa) Hoddinott was making easy work of the grading difference to secure at least a drawn match.

So far so good, on three the opposition arrived half an hour behind on the clock, but 15 moves or so were rattle off in a few minutes, with Steve W's position looking dodgy, Steve tried the sticky coffee gambit, but his opponent side stepped it, now dormy one. Ian had a decent position, a gambit pawn down but still ok, but then blundered a rook for bishop, leaving the match drawn and us still coasting at the top of the division.

1. M Dignam          1 - 0     M Lexton (172)
2. S Law             1 - 0     D Bower (162)
3. S Weston          0 - 1     I Gooding (160)
4. N Hoddinott       ½ - ½     J Simmons (155)
5. I Hall            0 - 1     L Isella (130)
                     -----
                     2½-2½

HH3 vs Stevenage 3 (A) - 27th January 2003

Paul Sargent reports:

1. A Simm            0 - 1        A Matthews
2. D Skidmore        ½ - ½        R Gibb
3. L Sutherland      0 - 1        N Hoddinott
4. N Rashbrook       1 - 0        T Rixon
5. T Tadros          0 - 1        I Hall
                     -----
                     1½-3½

HH1 - Watford 1 (H) - 27th January 2003

Phil Gregory reports:

The first team match was a key return fixture against our rivals for relegation, Watford. Our two top boards returned solid performances, our star junior, Matthew Dignam returned as did Steve Law against weaker opposition. However your captain lost well against a junior, thus leaving the match to depend on Andy Gilfillian's adjourned game. He should draw and the match is then won ... he lost however.

1. J Sharp           ½ - ½     J Rudge
2. A Gilfillan       0 - 1     M Boyce
3. M Dignam          1 - 0     B Morris
4. P Gregory         0 - 1     H Syed
5. S Law             1 - 0     I Khandkev
                     -----
                     2½-2½

HH5 - St Albans 8 (H) - 27th January 2003

Phil Gregory reports:

The fifth team, for once, fielded a full side and won comfortably against St Albans 8.

1. R Johnson         ½ - ½     H Butosky
2. A Walker          1 - 0     P Baker
3. M Hickman         1 - 0     A Varsey
4. S Kanji           1 - 0     C Bird
5. C Phillips        0 - 1     B Boothy
                     -----
                     3½-1½

HH2 - Hoddesdon 2 (A) - 23rd January 2003

Kevin Ellis reports:

1. D Allen           0 - 1     K Ellis
2. D Young           ½ - ½     S Law
3. R Hughes          ½ - ½     H Steen
4. A Gore            ½ - ½     S Weston
5. M Beadle          ½ - ½     T Rixon
                     -----
                     2 - 3

HH4 vs Letchworth 3 (H) - 20th January 2003

Rob Johnson reports:

Owing to congested roads Letchworth 3 gave Hemel a head start on Monday. The clocks had been going for about twenty minutes before battle finally commenced. Selina notched up the first point for the home side with a quick and impressive win on board 5, her opponent resigning on move 19 after she systematically took apart his French defence. Bob's game was the next to finish when he finally succumbed to a stronger opponent, his king and queen forked by a knight. Rob's Sicilian defence ultimately prevailed and another point went to Hemel, the bishop pair strafing his opponents queenside castled position. The remaining two games have to be settled another time. Paul Castledine is involved in a rook and pawn endgame. Although a pawn down it's not clear whether his young opponent can generate enough chances to claim the point. Paul Sargent has parity and possibilities on board one in an endgame involving Queen, rook and same coloured bishop.

1. P Sargent         ½ - ½     I Jenkins (105)
2. P Castledine       ADJ      D Cox (102)
3. B Forst           0 - 1     D Batey (103)
4. R Johnson         1 - 0     I Brookes (92)
5. S Kanji           1 - 0     T Walsh (91)
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                     2½-1½

HH5 vs Barnet Elzs 4 (A) - 13th January 2003

Charles Phillips reports:

The fifth team travelled to Barnet already a point down as Selina was unwell. We wish her a speedy recovery! Mark Hickman, the club's latest asset, unfortunately blundered in the middle game and Charles Phillips, last year's outstanding captain, lost, but does not have a clue how. Robert Johnson and Andy Walker took a draw once the result was beyond doubt. G. Nunn 0.5 - 0.5 A Walker B. Osland 0.5 - 0.5 R Johnson C. Robson 0 - 1 M Hickman D Wilder 1 - 0 C Phillips J Szabo 1-0 default 4 - 1

1. G Nunn            ½ - ½        A Walker
2. B Osland          ½ - ½        R Johnson
3. C Robson          1 - 0        M Hickman
4. D Wilder          1 - 0        C Phillips
5. J Szabo           1 - 0        Default
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                     2 - 2

HH3 vs Barnet Elzs 2 (H) - 13th January 2003

Paul Sargent reports:

With Barnet defaulting on top board we started with a clear advantage and a draw by Nigel Hoddinott on board 3 who bravely swapped his rook for a bishop and two pawns in the end game kept us in front, Ian Hall was well beaten on board 5 when he had to sacrifice his rook to save his queen and with his opponent also a couple of pawns to the good and threatening to queen Ian resigned, Tom Rixon had an exciting draw on board 4, from a couple of pawns down and with his opponent in time trouble Tom won a bishop to give himself the advantage but being short of time himself Tom offered the draw which was quickly accepted, such is the problem of playing to a quick play finish, this leaves only Board 2 to be decided with Rod Gibb and his opponent in an end game of a rook and 3 pawns each, it looks drawn to me but the experts in our 1st Team think Rod could have a win depending on what his opponent has sealed.

So it ends 2-2 with ourselves confident of getting at least a draw.

The missing result is a win for Rod Gibb against I. Varecka.

1. A Matthews        1 - 0     Default
2. R Gibb            1 - 0     I Varecka
3. N Hoddinott       ½ - ½
4. T Rixon           ½ - ½
5. I Hall            0 - 1
                     -----
                     3 - 2

HH1 vs WHCF 1 (H) - 13th January 2003

Philip Gregory reports:

1. J Sharp           0 - 1     B Savage
2. A Gilfillan       0 - 1     J Coleman
3. K Ellis           ½ - ½     A Mironanovic
4. P Bonafont        0 - 1     D Faulkner
5. P Gregory         1 - 0     R Gordon-Smith
                     -----
                     1½-3½

HH4 vs Rothamsted 1 (A) - 7th January 2003

Paul Sargent reports:

The 4th team were well beaten 4-1 at Rothamsted who have therefore done the double over us this season and makes it unlikely that the 4th team will get one of the 2 promotion places in our division.

Patrick Dottridge made a mistake in his opening and went down fairly quickly on board 4, Bob Forst playing his normal careful game agreed a draw on board 3, Paul Castledine lost on time on board 2 although his position looked to be lost anyway, in a close game on board 1 Paul Sargent lost in the end game in a pawn race to queen when his opponent managed to block Paul's pawn and pushed his own pawn down the board to within 1 move of queening, Paul resigned and Mark Hickman although being a pawn up could not see a way to win and agreed a draw on board 5 but by then the match was lost anyway.

1. C Dyer (119)      1 - 0     P Sargent (97)
2. E Hackford (115)  1 - 0     P Castledine (95)
3. T Conquest (104)  ½ - ½     B Forst (90)
4. P Tuck (87)       1 - 0     P Dottridge (-)
5. S Harding (66)    ½ - ½     M Hickman (-)
                     -----
                     4 - 1

HH3 vs Barnet Elzs 3 (A) - 6th January 2003

Paul Sargent reports:

The adjourned game of Adrian's was resigned: "My opponent resigned his game ! I was a comfortable pawn up with a better position."

1. S Williams        0 - 1        A Matthews
2. R Raymond         0 - 1        R Gibb
3. M Harding         ½ - ½        N Hoddinott
4. I Leighton        ½ - ½        T Rixon
5. H Blank           0 - 1        I Hall
                     -----
                     1 - 4

HH5 - Royston 3 (A) - 6th January 2003

Rob Johnson reports:

Hemel white on boards one and three.

A poor turnout by the fifth team didn't help the Hemel cause, boards four and five defaulting owing to absent players.

Mark Hickman on board one was forced to swap a bishop for two pawns during the middle game. His opponent slowly took control of the game on an open board with the bishop pair, ultimately gaining a decisive material advantage. Rob Johnson had an interesting game as black against the King's Gambit Accepted, missing a draw in the end game his King was finally cornered with checkmate imminent. Andy Walker played an excellent game against the Scandanavian defence, culminating with a fine combination involving a Rook for pawn sacrifice.

1. K Woodhouse (116) 1 - 0     R Hickman (-)
2. R Putman (102)    1 - 0     R Johnson (88)
3. S Cage (90)       0 - 1     A Walker (-)
4. D Brown (72)      1 - 0     Default
5. R Wright (64)     1 - 0     Default
                     -----
                     1 - 4

HH1 vs Hoddesdon 1 (A) - League and Cup Match - 9th January 2003

John Sharp reports:

A good win against a strong club and a double whammy since it was League and Cup!

Steve L had a business like win after securing the two bishops and then winning the exchange, with the rooks penetrating to the seventh rank it was curtains. Steve Weston came in as a late reserve and managed to stop his drawing run but unfortunately the wrong result. Andrew's game was a real ding-dong with but the final position looks drawn. Two further wins were from Philip who won a pawn in the opening and the result never really looked in doubt, while John had a good win against a strong opponent.

Not only did we win the League match but also the Cup match since the bottom board was agreed a draw prior to playing. Andrew's game was agreed a draw.

The organiser of the Russell has decided that the result against Hoddeston will not count as we played it to the wrong time control. All Russell games are to be played to the 80 minute for the whole game time limit. The game has however been awarded to Hemel as we tried to organise it and Hoddeston did not and Hoddeston's contact details were incorrect (Howard Tebbs was shown as their captain but is not playing for them.) The next round is against Watford.

1. D Coleman (209)          0 - 1     J Sharp
2. W Stirling               ½ - ½     A Gilfillan
3. C Turner                 0 - 1     P Gregory
4. D Allen                  0 - 1     S Law
5. T Savanhu                1 - 0     S Weston
6.                          ½ - ½
                            -----
                            2 - 4

HH4 vs WHCF 4 (A) - 17th December 2002

Paul Sargent reports:

The 4th team have gained at least a draw in a tight match against WelwynHatfieldCF4.

Playing with 2 nominated 5th team players on the bottom boards we took the lead with a win for Andy Walker on bottom board, new member Mark Hickman gained a draw on 4th board on his debut for the 4th team which was followed by another draw on board 2 for Bob Forst. The other two games went the full length and Paul Sargent on top board who was a knight for a pawn down early on in the game has agreed a draw, Paul in the rush to seal his move however missed a move that would have given him a clear win if he had swapped off the queens. Patrick Dottridge on 3rd board needs just to draw from the remaining game and with both players even on material with a knight, rook and 3 pawns should gain the draw to win the match for us.

1. R Price           ½ - ½     P Sargent
2. N Cornish         ½ - ½     B Forst
3. D Carr            1 - 0     P Dottridge
4. T Sampson         ½ - ½     M Hickman
5. R Saunders        0 - 1     A Walker
                     -----
                     2½-2½

HH2 - Hertford 3 (H) - 16th December 2002

Kevin Ellis reports:

We got off to a good start with Matthew winning by default, although it was quite some time before Steve L and I got our wins that secured the victory. Before that Hector has a quick draw. Steve W has another adjournment, a pawn up with winning chances.

1. M Dignam          1 - 0     Default
2. K Ellis           1 - 0     B Judkins
3. S Law             1 - 0     M Thomas
4. H Steen           ½ - ½     D Rudd
5. S Weston          0 - 1     S Zsibrita
                     -----
                     3½-1½

HH5 - Allenbury's 1 (H) - 16th December 2002

Philip Gregory reports:

We were not able to field a full team and so started one point down. Mark Hickman, a welcome returnee to the club after a few years' absence, won quickly. Robert Johnson sacrificed a piece and got into an ending with several pawns for it: he ground out a win, out playing an opponent who substantially outgraded him. Thomas Braggins played very well and got a won position but then blundered. The match result then depended on Andy Walker but he got into an awful position from the opening from which he could not recover.

1. R Johnson         1 - 0     L Harrison
2. A Walker          0 - 1     J Harris
3. M Hickman         1 - 0     P Upson
4. T Braggins        0 - 1     C Ramirez
5. Default           0 - 1     H Eva
                     -----
                     2 - 3

HH3 - WHCF 3 (H) - 9th December 2002

Paul Sargent reports:

The 3rd team had a good win against WelwynHatfield 3.

Despite out grading our opponents by a large margin on the top 3 boards it was a hard battle with only Rob Gibb on board 2 winning quickly in 17 moves. Paul Sargent on 5th board, after being under a lot of pressure managed to win a Knight for the loss of a pawn when his opponent over committed himself in an attack and went on to win, Tom Rixon on 3rd board was in awful trouble but his opponent failed to push his pawn, Tom managed to swap of queens and pushed his own pawn to queen to win the match, with a 3-0 lead both Adrian Matthews on top board who had at one point been a couple of pawns down and Ian Hall on 4th board who looked to have an advantage were happy to agree draws to make the result a 4-1 win to Hemel.

1. A Matthews        ½ - ½     D Owen
2. R Gibb            1 - 0     G Arthur
3. T Rixon           1 - 0     R Harrison
4. I Hall            ½ - ½     P Wilkes
5. P Sargent         1 - 0     G Ruddick
                     -----
                     4 - 1

HH5 - Letchworth 5 (H) - 9th December 2002

Philip Gregory reports:

We lost to Letchworth 5 after beating Letchworth 4 away last month. Andy lost on time in a lost position. A great pity as up until then he had scored 2½ points out of 3 games. Selina totally unpicked her opponent. Charles Philips won a fraught game thanks, he tells me, 'to inspiration and general magnificence'. Of the two juniors on the bottom boards, Thomas was doing well but lost in the end. The first game where the number of our juniors exceeded the seniors in our side.

1. A Walker          0 - 1     T Mansford
2. S Kanji           1 - 0     J Pepper
3. C Phillips        1 - 0     J Mackenzie
4. T Braggins        0 - 1     G Singh
5. A Kennedy         0 - 1     J White
                     -----
                     2 - 3

U-140 - Sharp - Stevenage (H) - 2nd December 2002

Paul Sargent reports:

Hemel Hempstead U140 team were well beaten in this Sharp Trophy match by 4.5 to 1.5 with none of our team managing to win.

Although well matched on the top boards we were well out-graded by around 20 points on the middle and bottom boards.

Paul Sargent on 4th board agreed a draw after 20 moves but Patrick Dottridge on bottom board was well beaten, Patrick who lost over half an hour of his time when turning up late (not a good idea in a cup match with a quick play finish) had to rush his moves and was a large number of pieces down when his time ran out. Nigel Hoddinott agreed a draw on top board but Tom Rixon was beaten on 2nd board, Tom tried a trap by offering his rook to be captured which would have given a draw by stalemate but his opponent was not to be fooled and mated next move. Ian Hall got a good draw on 3rd board with both players down to 4 pawns and a Knight each and Paul Castledine lost a hard tussle on 5th board when short of time he gave his opponent a back rank mate.

1. N Hoddinott (137) ½ - ½     C Lean (134)
2. T Rixon (131)     0 - 1     A Batson (131)
3. I Hall (106)      ½ - ½     L Jones (126)
4. P Sargent (97)    ½ - ½     M Price (120)
5. P Castledine (95) 0 - 1     D Robinson (-)
6. P Dottridge (-)   0 - 1     H Uddin (-)
                     -----
                     1½-4½

U-100 - Barnet (H) - 2nd December 2002

Rob Johnson reports:

Hemel white on boards one and three.

Hemel were beaten by a stronger Barnet team last night. Charles lost on board 4 first, Rob was a pawn down and struggling to maintain order when his opponent blundered and allowed a checkmate. Bob found himself a knight down in the early middle game, he defended valiantly but eventually had to resign. Attention then turned to board one with Andy needing a point to win the match for Hemel by virtue of a lower board count. In a tense, entertaining and open game Andy wrenched the initiative away from his young opponent, but falling behind on the clock he left a rook en prise and eventually lost. The best team won on the night.

1. A Walker (-)      0 - 1     R Raymond (-)
2. B Forst (90)      0 - 1     M Harding (99)
3. R Johnson (88)    1 - 0     I Leighton (97)
4. C Phillips (88)   0 - 1     G Nunn(89)
                     -----
                     1 - 3

HH1 vs Hertford 1 (A) - 25th November 2002

Steve Law reports:

We lost.

1. A Gilfillan       0 - 1     S Knott
2. P Bonafont        0 - 1     S Swanson
3. S Law             0 - 1     P Byway
4. K Ellis           ½ - ½     B Cheal
5. S Weston          ½ - ½     P Borman
                     -----
                     1 - 4

HH4 vs B Stortford 1 (A) - 21st November 2002

Paul Sargent reports:

The 4th team were well beaten against a very strong Bishop Stortford team who out graded us by a large margin. Despite this we had a couple of good results on the bottom boards with Patrick Dottridge on 5th board winning his game fairly comfortably to give us the lead but the match was evened up when Paul Sargent on top board who was always struggling after going an early pawn down resigned being 3 pawns behind and with the queens swapped off little chance of getting back into the game.

The match remained even with Andy Walker on board 4 gaining a very good draw against an opponent graded at 120. The match went Bishops Stortford way after Paul Castledine on board 2 who was in time trouble after being held up on the M25 on the way to the match pushed his kingside pawns too far forward and got his queen pinned by his opponents rook. Only Bob Forst on 3rd board made it to Adjudication time but already being a piece down and about to lose his bishop Bob resigned to make it a 3.5-1.5 to Bishop Stortford.

1. G Panarello       1 - 0     P Sargent
2. L Mercer          1 - 0     P Castledine
3. K Castle          1 - 0     B Forst
4. N Courtman        ½ - ½     A Walker
5. P Miller          0 - 1     P Dottridge
                     -----
                     3½-1½

HH2 - Hertford 2 (A) - 18th November 2002

Kevin Ellis reports:

Steve Law's game was short but unfortunatey not sweet. Steve Weston and I both agreed draws before the adjournment after pressure fizzled out. Hector resigned at the time control, the exchange down for no counterplay. Rod agreed a draw getting into a minor piece and 38 pawn endgame for the third game running.

1. P Borman          ½ - ½     K Ellis
2. P Paxton-Doggett  1 - 0     S Law
3. G Davies          1 - 0     H Steen
4. A Du Boulay       ½ - ½     S Weston
5. J Angus           ½ - ½     R Gibb
                     -----
                     3½-1½

HH5 - Letchworth 4 (A) - 18th November 2002

Philip Gregory reports:

1. T Walsh           0 - 1     R Johnson
2. P Smith           0 - 1     A Walker
3. G Williams        1 - 0     C Phillips
4. H A Patterson     0 - 1     S Kanji
5. B Cheah           0 - 1     T Braggins
                     -----
                     1 - 4

HH2 - Letchworth 1 (H) - 11th November 2002

Kevin Ellis reports:

A fairly inept performance by the 2nd team considering we outgraded our opponents by an average of 20 grading points per board and has a 15 minute headstart on the clocks. Having said that Steve Law is winning (after blunders by both sides) so the overall result will hang on Steve Weston's game. Personally I think it will be drawn but any result is possible in a complicated end game.

1. K Ellis           0 - 1     T Thurstan
2. S Law             1 - 0     J Barnes
3. H Steen           1 - 0     I Mutton
4. S Weston          ½ - ½     P Craft
5. R Gibb            0 - 1     S Turner
                     -----
                     2½-2½

HH4 vs Hoddesdon 4 (H) - 11th November 2002

Paul Sargent reports:

Charles Phillips got us off to a good start with a quick win on board 5 but Hoddesdon drew level when Paul Sargent on board 1 resigned after being a pawn down and losing a piece in a failed attack. Paul Castledine on board 2 put us ahead again after his opponent who was already in trouble resigned after he gave away a Rook for nothing. Bob Forst agreed a draw on board 3 in a defensive game with neither Bob or his opponent seeing a way through the other's defence. This left it up to Andy Walker on board 4 who despite being 3 pawns up found his young opponent dig his heals and win a pawn back and with Andy in time trouble a draw was agreed which was disappointing for Andy but good enough for the team as it gave us a 3-2 win.

1. P Sargent         0 - 1
2. P Castledine      1 - 0
3. B Forst           ½ - ½
4. A Walker          ½ - ½
5. C Phillips        1 - 0
                     -----
                     3 - 2

HH3 - St Albans 6 (H) - 4th November 2002

Paul Sargent reports:

1. D Green (115)     0 - 1     A Matthews
2. J Palmer (110)    1 - 0     R Gibb
3. J Leake (103)     ½ - ½     N Hoddinott
4. G Wilson (98)     0 - 1     T Rixon
5. P Fitzgerald (96) 1 - 0     I Hall
                     -----
                     2½-2½

HH1 vs St Albans 1 (A) - 4th November 2002

Philip Gregory reports:

We have lost the match due to losses by the three middle boards. Philip Gregory had a miserable but happily short loss, while Matthew Dignam uncharacteristically blundered. However our boards 1 and 5 have very good winning chances, so honour may be saved if the match is lost.

Both adjournments were duly converted.

1. G Hollis (181)           0 - 1     J Sharp
2. N Willmott (178)         1 - 0     P Bonafont
3. M Lexton (172)           1 - 0     M Dignam
4. J Fraser-Mitchell (170)  1 - 0     P Gregory
5. D Bower (162)            0 - 1     S Law
                            -----
                            3 - 2

HH5 - St Albans 8 (A) - 4th November 2002

Philip Gregory reports:

I've had to default on this match as I could only get out two players. I rely heavily on juniors and away matches are a problem.

1. Default           0 - 1
2. Default           0 - 1
3. Default           0 - 1
4. Default           0 - 1
5. Default           0 - 1
                     -----
                     0 - 5

HH2 - St Albans 2 (A) - 28th October 2002

Kevin Ellis reports:

A slightly lucky victory over one of the strongest teams in the division was set up by Hector winning in a time scramble from a seemingly lost position. Before that Steve Law's emphatic victory looked to be of no avail as I was also losing, Steve Weston had a quick draw and it had been up to Rod to push for victory in a fairly drawn position. Now Rod can take a secure draw knowing it leads to win rather than a loss. My position is better than it was but is still difficult so a 3-2 win is the likely outcome.

Rod and Kevin drew their adjournments to win the match.

1. M Lexton          ½ - ½     K Ellis
2. D Bower           0 - 1     S Law
3. I Gooding         0 - 1     H Steen
4. J Simmons         ½ - ½     S Weston
5. D Green           ½ - ½     R Gibb
                     -----
                     1½-3½

HH4 vs Hertford 5 (A) - 29th October 2002

Rob Johnson reports:

Bob Forst displayed a barnstorming performance to come away with the only clear win of the evening, carving his opponent up with some incisive queen moves. The consensus clearly favoured Paul Sargent (2 passed pawns) and Paul Castledine (1 passed pawn) for the two adjudicated games, so at the risk of tempting fate, there is a good chance of Hemel 4 notching up its first victory in division 6 (despite only having 4 players). Rob's contribution to the evening consisted of game administration and driving his victorious team mates to the venue.

Paul Castledine and Paul Sargent both duly converted their wins.

Hertford white on board one.

1. T Austin (96)     0 - 1     P Sargent
2. A Brewis (77)     0 - 1     P Castledine
3. D Luscher (75)    0 - 1     B Forst
4. D Lowe (61)       1 - 0     R Johnson
5. D Luke (45)       1 - 0     P Dottridge - Default
                     -----
                     2 - 3

HH5 - Watford 5 (H) - 21st October 2002

Philip Gregory reports:

Charles Phillips had a very good win but both Robert and Selina lost. So did Alex Kennedy on a creditable first appearance in the Herts League.

1. R Johnson         0 - 1     S Morris
2. A Walker          1 - 0     D Healey
3. S Kanji           0 - 1     R Asudi
4. C Phillips        1 - 0     J Thomas
5. A Kennedy         0 - 1     I White
                     -----
                     2 - 3

HH2 - Stevenage 1 (H) - 21st October 2002

Kevin Ellis reports:

1. M Dignam          ½ - ½     P McGuire
2. S Law             1 - 0     S Rawlings
3. A Matthews        1 - 0     A Batson
4. R Gibb            1 - 0     L Jones
5. T Rixon           ½ - ½     P Bunce
                     -----
                     4 - 1

HH3 - Stevenage 3 (H) - 7th October 2002

Paul Sargent reports:

The 3rd team got their season to a flying start with a 4.5-0.5 win over a weak Stevenage 3rd team. Out grading our opponents by a large margin on all the boards the result was to be expected but it was a strong tussle on the top four boards. Only on 5th board where captain Paul Sargent mated his opponent in 14 moves after a knight sacrifice broke open his opponents defence was an easy result achieved.

Tom Rixon on board 4 was too strong for his opponent who resigned being a rook down, Nigel Hoddinott on board 3 who at one stage looked to be in trouble turned the table on his opponent pushing a pawn onto the 6th rank and threatening to queen it, Adrian Matthews on top board won as his opponent declined to play on at another date being an exchange and two pawns down and only Rod Gibb on 2nd board failing to win as he agreed a draw despite being a pawn to the good in a complicated bishop and pawn end game.

1. A Matthews        1 - 0     D Skidmore
2. R Gibb            ½ - ½     L Sutherland
3. N Hoddinott       1 - 0     D Caincross
4. T Rixon           1 - 0     N Rashbrook
5. P Sargent         1 - 0     A Foster
                     -----
                     4½- ½

HH5 - Barnet Elzs 4 (H) - 7th October 2002

Philip Gregory reports:

The fifth team were ground down by a Barnet Eliz side whose grading was just under 90 right down their side. Selina won and Andy drew but we had three losses including Luke Addlington's first appearance and the first by a junior nights attendee. I suspect his ungraded opponent was strong.

1. R Johnston        0 - 1     G Nunn
2. A Walker          ½ - ½     B Osland
3. C Phillips        0 - 1     C Robson
4. S Kanji           1 - 0     D Wilders
5. L Adlington       0 - 1     J Szabo
                     -----
                     1½-3½

HH1 vs Royston 1 (H) - 7th October 2002

John Sharp reports:

What do you do against a team as strong as Royston? the answer I got is not fit to be repeated on a family chess website (but if you want to know then please ask Kevin Ellis), as it turned out we have had a great result which hopefully will end with a win aganist the current champions - a real shock which will also please Hertford.

Things started pretty well with Steve 'solid as a rock' Weston taking a draw against a higher rated opponent in his debut match for Hemel. However, Matthew had gifted his opponent a pawn for what looked like some rather nebulous pressure - unbeknown to his opponent though this is a classic Matthew ploy to lull him into a false sense of security and before I knew it the tables had been turned and a point was in the bag. Philip had also had a difficult position and looked to be escaping but a loss could not be avoided. John had a good solid game where two knights in the Ruy Lopez were superior to two bishops, while Kevin is adjourned effectively two pawns up with at least a draw in hand.

We can't celebrate a win just yet but things look good and this is a great start to the season! well done everyone.

We can celebrate now ... Denton resigned!!

1. J Sharp           1 - 0     M Walker
2. P Bonafont        0 - 1     K Clark
3. M Dignam          1 - 0     P Kemp
4. K Ellis           1 - 0     J Denton
5. S Weston          ½ - ½     S Tovey
                     -----
                     2½-1½

HH1 vs Watford 1 (A) - 1st October 2002

Andrew Gilfillan reports:

Gary slightly worse agreed a draw. Andrew slightly better agreed a draw. Phil declined a draw while ahead and lost on time in a complicated position/time scramble. Matthew had a solid start - had the initiative early on but let it slip and did well to draw by playing actively. Adrian rescued the team with a solid performance.

1. J Rudge           ½ - ½     G Kenworthy
2. M Boyce           ½ - ½     A Gilfillan
3. B Morris          1 - 0     P Bonafont
4. H Syed            ½ - ½     M Dignam
5. J Taffel          0 - 1     A Matthews
                     -----
                     2½-2½

HH4 vs Rothamsted 1 (H) - 30th September 2002

Rob Johnson reports:

A rude introduction to Division 6 for the newly promoted 4th team with a defeat in their first game against Rothamsted at home. Andy Walker was winning on board one against a significantly higher rated opponent, but ran into time trouble and eventually lost. Rob Johnson scraped a draw on board two despite being a knight up in the middle game, both players missing match winning moves. Patrick Dottridge and Charles (irregular opening) Philllips both lost on boards three and four respectively. Girl power was in evidence with Selina notching up the only win for the home side

Hemel white on boards 2 and 4.

1. A Walker          0 - 1     C J Dyer(119)
2. R Johnson         ½ - ½     M Brozicevic(102)
3. P Dottridge       0 - 1     T Conquest(104)
4. C Phillips        0 - 1     P Tuck (86)
5. S Kanji           1 - 0     S Harding (66)
                     -----
                     1½-3½

Individual Results

Hemel Hempstead 1

  Watford 1 (A) Royston 1 (H) St Albans 1 (A) Hertford 1 (H) Hoddesdon 1 (A) WHCF 1 (H) Watford 1 (H) Royston 1 (A) Hertford 1 (A) St Albans 1 (H) Hoddesdon 1 (H) WHCF 1 (A)
Gary Kenworthy ½                 1 ½  
John Sharp   1 1   1 0 ½ 0 ADJ 0 ½  
Andrew Gilfillan ½     0 ½ 0 0 0 0 0    
Kevin Ellis   1   ½   ½     0     ½
Philip Bonafont 0 0 0 0   0   ½ ½ 1 1 1
Matthew Dignam ½ 1 0       1       1 0
Philip Gregory     0   1 1 0 0   1    
Steve Law     1 0 1   1       1 0
Adrian Matthews 1                      
Steve Weston   ½   ½ 0              
Hector Steen               0        
Tom Rixon                 1      
                        1 Default
  2½-2½ 3½-1½ 2-3 1-4 3½-1½ 1½-3½ 2½-2½ ½-4½ 1½-2½ 3-2 4-1 1½-3½

Hemel Hempstead 2

  Stevenage 1 (H) St Alb 2 (A) Letchwth 1 (H) Hertfd 2 (A) Hertfd 3 (H) Hoddesdon 2 (A) St Alb 2 (H) Stevenage 1 (A) Hertfd 2 (H) Hoddesdon 2 (H) Letchwth 1 (A) Hertfd 3 (A)
Kevin Ellis   ½ 0 ½ 1 1   ½ ½ 1 1 1
Matthew Dignam ½       1D   1 ADJ 1   ½ ½
Steve Law 1 1 1 0 1 ½ 1 0 ½ ½ 1  
Adrian Matthews 1                     ½
Hector Steen   1 1 0 ½ ½   0 ½   ½  
Steve Weston   ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½
Rod Gibb 1 ½ 0 ½                
Tom Rixon ½         ½           1
Nigel Hoddinott             ½     0    
Ian Hall             0     1 Default    
  4-1 3½-1½ 2½-2½ 1½-3½ 3½-1½ 3-2 2½-2½ 1-3 3-2 2-3 3-2 3½-1½

Hemel Hempstead 3

  Stevenage 3 (H) St Albans 6 (A) WHCF 3 (H) Barnet Elzs 3 (A) Barnet Elzs 2 (H) Stevenage 3 (A) Barnet Elzs 2 (A) St Albans 6 (H) Barnet Elzs 3 (H) WHCF 3 (A) Little Heath (H) Little Heath (A)
Adrian Matthews 1 1 ½ 1 1D 1 1 1 1 1 ½  
Rod Gibb ½ 0 1 1 1 ½ ½ 1 1 1 ½ 0
Nigel Hoddinott 1 ½   ½ ½ 1 ½ 0 1 ½ 0  
Tom Rixon 1 1 1 ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 1 1 ½ 1
Paul Sargent 1   1                  
Ian Hall   0 ½ 1 0 1 ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 0
Paul Sargent                       0
Paul Castledine                       1
  4½-½ 2½-2½ 4-1 4-1 3-2 3½-1½ 3-2 3½-1½ 4-1 4-1 2½-2½ 2-3

Hemel Hempstead 4

  Rothamsd 1 (H) Hertfd 5 (A) H'don 4 (H) B Stortford 1 (A) WHCF 4 (A) Rothamsd 1 (A) Letchwth 3 (H) Letchwth 3 (A) Hertfd 5 (H) H'don 4 (A) WHCF 4 (H) B Stortford 1 (H)
Paul Sargent   1 0 0 ½ 0 ½     ½    
Paul Castledine   1 1 0   0 ADJ 0     1  
Bob Forst   1 ½ 0 ½ ½ 0   ½ ½ 0 0
Andy Walker 0   ½ ½ 1     0 1 1 ½ 0
Robert Johnson ½ 0         1 ½ 0   0 0
Patrick Dottridge 0 0D   1 0 0            
Charles Phillips 0   1           1     ½
Selina Kanji 1           1          
Mark Hickman         ½ ½     1 1D    
Marcus Chidwick                       ½
                2 Defaults   1 Double Default 1 Default  
  1½-3½ 3-2 3-2 1½-3½ 2½-2½ 1-4 2½-1½ ½-4½ 3½-1½ 3-1 1½-3½ 1-4

Hemel Hempstead 5

  Barnt Elzs 4 (H) Watfd 5 (H) St Alb 8 (A) L'wth 4 (A) L'wth 5 (H) Allenb'ys 1 (H) Roystn 3 (A) Barnt Elzs 4 (A) St Alb 8 (H) Roystn 3 (H) Watfd 5 (A) L'wth 4 (H) Allenb'ys 1 (H) L'wth 5 (H)
Rob Johnson 0 0   1   1 0 ½ ½ 0        
 Andy Walker  ½ 1   1 0 0 1 ½ 1 ½        
Charles Phillips 0 1   0 1     0 0 1D   0 1  
Selina Kanji 1 0   1 1       1 1   ½ 1  
Luke Adlington 0                          
Alex Kennedy   0     0             0    
Thomas Braggins       1 0 0                
Mark Hickman           1 0 0 1 0        
Michael Turner                       1 0  
Marcus Chidwick                       1    
      5 Defaults     1 Default 2 Defaults 1 Default     5 Defaults   2 Defaults 5 Defaults
  1½-3½ 2-3 0-5 4-1 2-3 2-3 1-4 1-4 3½-1½ 2½-2½ 0-5 2½-2½ 2-3 0-5

Cup Matches

  U-100
Barnet (H)
U-140 Sharp
Stevenage (H)
Sharp Trophy QF
Hoddesdon (A)
Sharp Trophy SF
Watford (A)
Sharp Trophy Final
Royston (A)
Gary Kenworthy         0
John Sharp     1 ½ ½
Andrew Gilfillan     ½ 1 ½
Kevin Ellis       1 1
Matthew Dignam         0
Philip Gregory     1    
Steve Law     1 1 0
Philip Bonafont       1  
Steve Weston     0    
Hector Steen       ½  
Nigel Hoddinott   ½      
Tom Rixon   0      
Ian Hall   ½      
Paul Sargent   ½      
Paul Castledine   0      
Patrick Dottridge   0      
Andy Walker 0        
Bob Forst 0        
Rob Johnson 1        
Charles Phillips 0        
      Pre-agreed draw on board 6    
  1-3 1½-4½ 4-2 5-1 2-4

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