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I

Division

3

HERTFORDSHIRE

CHESS

ASSOCIATION

Date

3/2/2004

Home Team

Watford 3

Away Team

Barnet Elizabethans 1

Colour on Bd1: White

Brd

Players

Grade

Result

Players

Grade

1

Antony Hall

145

-

T. Gavriel

180

2

Jeremy Taffel

143

1 0

B. Bowie

147

3

Bill Broome

144

1 0

N. Wright

130

4

Simon Charles

125

-

N. Wright

129

5

Paul Littlefair

127

-

M. Jones

129

Hard copy

Signed by: Antony Hall

3-1

Hard copy

Dennis Wright signed by:

Having been informed that Barnet's (and the division's) strongest player (T.Gavriel, 180) did not play in their away matches, it was rather disconcerting to see him turn up in what was his first away match of the season! Fortunately they were still missing a couple of their normal first team, so things were evened up slightly.

Paul Littlefair kindly stepped up from the 4ths to help us, He gained a large advantage in space, with both king side and queen side pawns well advanced, but could not open the position to convert the advantage. He was the first to finish with a draw in blocked position.

Jeremy had a crazy game on Bd2, in which he accidentally played 2... b5. Having  secured a comfortable position early on, he was thrown out of his stride when Brian Bowie gambitted his own b pawn. One loose move, and Jeremy's position looked very difficult. Brian who was well behind on the clocks throughout, tried to force a quick win. Amid the complications where there seemed to be several pieces en prise at any given moment, Jeremy managed to emerge with a winning material advantage before winning on time after only 24 moves.

Bill  had the edge in a nice position and had B for Kn in an open endgame which suited his bishop. He also won on time materially  up and easily winning.

This made the match 2.5 - 0.5, so Antony offered a draw against Gavriel. He had nurtured an advantage for most of the game, having tied Gavriel up on the Q side, but having to defend against an attempted King side attack which never really looked like achieving anything. The advantage had slipped a bit, by the end, 

Simon's game against Dennis Wright also finished in a draw. Final score 3.5 - 1.5 and revenge for the defeat at the start of the season!