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Watford 2 v Hemel 2

A pretty solid performance against one of the likely promotion candidates to div 1.

Martin did well to keep his game against Steve Law uninteresting and boring (sorry Martin!) for a good draw; Barry forced his opponent to repeat moves for a draw; Hamza had the better of his game on top board against Phil Gregory and conceded the draw at the time control for the sake of a simpler life, seeing that we were winning the match.

We adjourned 1-1, with Iman a pawn up in a simple R+P ending, though maybe not winning, and Mike 3 pawns up and expecting his opponent to resign.

On resumption, Iman managed to get the win. Final result 3.5-1.5


Letchworth V Watford 2


Mikes car battery failed. Barry had come from Basingstoke, Iman from Swindon and Antony from Norfolk late the previous night - Barry drew the short straw and drove.

We arrived to find a 20-board junior match in progress in the Letchworth clubroom, with no furniture or sets for us. Nevertheless they conjured it all up, the juniors were nudged the other side of the partition, and we started only 10 mins late. The effort of securing equipment was obviously too much for Anthony Burrows and he gave Iman a half hour start on the clock on board 2, preferring to watch the juniors! Mike's opponent at 3, Ian Mutton fell into a fatal book trap inside 20 minutes to set us on the way, the third time he'd played that game! Mr.Burrows had now appeared, and after all my advice on the journey up that it normally takes him two hours to get a piece past the fourth rank, startled everyone by playing Bg5 on move 4; Iman was not fazed by this, and retaining his huge lead on the clock, won on time at move 31. He had seen the flag fall, but preferred to play on (sadist), leaving his captain to wonder whether he had in fact noticed! So 2-0. Barry on 4 was involved in a highly enjoyable game against Jon Barnes, bordering on the wild, with mate threats and pieces and flags hanging all over the place. Both were happy to bail out into a draw, but whether captain Thurstan was at 0-2 down is another matter. In that situation I know that all Watford players would have played on for a win, risking a loss, given the match score at that point. Right?! Antony on board 5, the only one of us playing game in 80, against our deaf friend Philip Gardner, spent most of the match playing down the g-file, a chain of pawns blocking the rest of the board. Although rather passive Antony was holding the ending but was behind on the clock, and as they entered the last few minutes that lack of time unfortunately told. And so at 2.5-1.5, we had cause to be pleased that Hamza noticed that Tim's bishops were smaller than his central pawns, and even the queen had growth challenges, so we were pleased when the confusion was exchanged away, and Hamza could get his bits to the k-side quicker than Tim could to defend. The win was fairly automatic on resumption.

Final result, Letchworth 1.5, Watford2 3.5

Hoddesdon 1 V Watford 2


 

Division

2

HERTFORDSHIRE

CHESS

ASSOCIATION

Date

11 Dec 03

Home Team

HODDESDON 1

Away Team

WATFORD 2

Colour on Bd1:

black

Brd

Players

Grade

Result

Players

Grade

1

Bill STIRLING

181

1 - 0

Martin ROBERTSON

e160

2

Caius TURNER

168

1/2 1/2

Iman KHANDAKER

157

3

Terry TURNER

157

1/2 1/2

Mike BOYCE

155

4

Tarisai SAVANHU

157

1 - 0

Barry MORRIS

152

5

Alan GORE

122

0 - 1

Antony HALL

145

Hard copy

signed by: T.Savanhu

3 - 2

 

Hard copy

signed by: M.Boyce

 

This was an unusual evening. A major incident on the M25 had millions of cars looking for detours all over the place, so our circuitous route to Hoddesdon via Hertford found the A414 stationary too. Four of us arrived at 8:30pm, to find the Hoddesdon team very understanding (they'd already heard about the 17-mile tailback) and offering to share the time penalty. Iman had not yet arrived, and we expected he wouldn't - Hoddesdon offered to call that board a draw rather than claim a default. I take back all the nasty things I've ever said about Hoddesdon!! We agreed to play 35 in 65 and adjourn at 11pm, by which time a puffing Iman had arrived having spent three and a half hours on the road. So it was just like a normal evening, except that the early play from Barry and me suggested our minds were still on the road.

Martin had a promising attack against 181-rated Bill Stirling, but found it collapse when his opponents' defensive pieces were better corrdinated than Martin's attacking pieces. Mike went wrong in the opening against Terry Turner's Modern by playing automatic moves, and had spent a lot of time extricating himself and actually getting a good plus, but with 10 minutes on my clock and 7 minutes on Terry's for the last 18 moves, he played far better and far quicker, and at the adjournment Mike was in bad shape. Meanwhile Mike looked admiringly at Iman's demolition of Caius Turner's king-side, but then noticed that Iman's king's rook was not on the board. This rook sac netted a piece and two pawns eventually and the adjounment position looked fairly even. Barry also went wrong in the early stages of his Najdorf, omitting a move, and succumbed before the time control. Antony, brought into the team as Hamza stood down to concentrate on his exam the next day - just as well, as we didn't get back till midnight, played to a finish on the night and always had the advantage in a rook and pawn ending and on the clock when it mattered.

. We were 1-2 down on the night. I bit my opponent's hand off when offered a draw as we were about to adjuducate, leaving Iman to eke out a win against Caius and certainly his position gave him chances. Barry had done a lot of work on it, and Iman was primed.

When Iman emerged at Hoddesdon at 8.30 from the M25's latest round of difficulties, he found that the gentlemen of Hoddesdon had started his clock at 7.45pm, as per the rules, and he had 3 minutes for 24 moves.

A draw was agreed.
Hoddesdon win 3-2.

Royston 2 V Watford 2

Division

2

HERTFORDSHIRE

CHESS

ASSOCIATION

Date

5 Jan 04

Home Team

ROYSTON 2

Away Team

WATFORD 2

Colour on Bd1:

white

Brd

Players

Grade

Result

Players

Grade

1

Richard MYCROFT

167

0 - 1

Hamza SYED

161

2

Martin PINNER

156

1 - 0

Mike BOYCE

155

3

Alan MYCROFT

130

0 - 1

Barry MORRIS

152

4

Neal THOMPSON

115

0 - 1

Jeremy TAFFEL

143

5

D. WASIK

86

-

Bill BROOME

144

Hard copy

signed by: M.Pinner

1 - 3

 

Hard copy

signed by: M.Boyce

 

We left in good time, picking Jeremy up in Stevenage, and arrived 5-10 minutes early to find the building locked. A far cry from Hoddesdon. We were missing Martin (something to do with a girlfriend's birthday) and Iman (something to do with just being back from an 11 hour flight yesterday). Jeremy and Bill stepped into the breach and secured the win for us after your captain's poor performance.

Hamza seemed to outplay young Mycroft from start to end and won at a canter. Barry converted a good position exploiting his grade advantage.

Jeremy won with a good attack, but that was after a lacklustre opening and slack middlegame play, which should have seen him a pawn down entering an inferior endgame.

Bill had an overwhelming positional advantage against an opponent who had no ambition to make a forward move or to consume any time, with eleven men behind the ball holding out for a draw. However, when Bill finally gave up trying to press the advantage, and offered the draw in a knight and pawn ending, his opponent suddenly moved up several gears, and was, perhaps, a little unlucky not to win.

Mike was outplayed in an opening straight out of the books, but with everyone else getting points on the board, it was a straightforward win overall.

The opponents' grades on the attached match card are the published grades on the latest lists, not what they claimed. Sorry to Barry, Jeremy and Bill - they were weaker than they claimed!!

 

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