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Watford 1 V Hemel 1
 

Colour on Bd1: white

Brd

Players

Grade

Result

Players

Grade

1

Robert GWAZE (w)

223

1 - 0

Matthew DIGNAM

178

2

Andrew STONE

196

-

Andrew GILFILLAN

174

3

Jerry RUDGE

180

-

Howard TEBBS

180

4

Ray SAYERS

175

A

Philip BONAFONT

173

5

Charles CHAKANYUKA

173

A

Philip GREGORY

171

 

2 - 1

+ 2 unf

 
We stand 2-1 up against the division 1 club who are joint top with us, and ought easily to get the single point to confirm the match win from the two unfinished games. Jerry, on board 3 (for the first time ever?) met Howard Tebbs, late of Hoddesdon and they were first to finish. Jerry's opening bore no fruit after an encouraging early middle game and a draw was agreed. Robert, playing junior Matthew Dignam on 1 in the absence of 206-rated Gary Kenworthy, did not have things all his own way , but was quick to pounce when young Dignam strayed in the ending. Our draw specialist Andrew, playing on 2 and wearing 89 on his chest, not the number of consecutive draws he has played he assured me, then drew by repetition when under some French pressure. Ray's stodgy defensive position was pretty equal but his draw offer to Philip Bonafont on 4 was declined on Hemel captain's orders, given the score-to-date; Mr Bonafont was not best pleased to see his position then collapse, and at adjournment Ray has strong winning chances with his raking bishops and doubled rooks on the only open file. Charles on 5 shed a pawn early on to Phil Gregory, but then created good pressure and back rank threats and when he broke through just before the time control with a temporary piece sac, it looked curtains for Gregory, but with the dust settled it may be rather drawish at adjournment. So a win looks assured against the team who have twice beaten last year's champions Hertford this season, once in the league and once in the cup.
 
Hertford 2 V Watford 1
 

Division

1

HERTFORDSHIRE

CHESS

ASSOCIATION

Date

25/11/03

Home Team

Hertford 2

Away Team

Watford 1

Colour on Bd1:

 

Brd

Players

Grade

Result

Players

Grade

1

P J Borman

166

U

Andrew Stone

196

2

P Lane

165

-

Jerry Rudge

180

3

G Davies

153

0 1

Ray Sayers

175

4

A Du Bourlay

153

0 1

Charles Chakanyuka

173

5

S Morris

140

0 - 1

Barry Morris

151

     
 

- 3

 

Barry soon had a crushing position against his namesake after playing an unusual early move as White in a centre counter, and eventually made this tell. Charles's position was all over the place after winning (?!) a piece for 3 pawns but was the first to finish after his opponent ran out of time with a few moves still to make. This allowed me to take a draw in a slightly inferior endgame after being under pressure in a g3 Kings Indian.

Meanwhile Ray seemed always to have a slight edge, won a pawn and eventually a piece on the time control. I expect Andrew knew what he was doing but the rest of us certainly didn't!. It looked like a book line where White wins a piece for 3 pawns but Black's position seemed very solid in the endgame until Andrew's more accurate play forced a breakthrough leaving him with R,B+4 vs R,N+3.

No doubt it will be rather more difficult when we play Hertford 1 in 2 weeks time

 

Hertford 1 V Watford 1

Division

1

HERTFORDSHIRE

CHESS

ASSOCIATION

Date

16/12/03

 

Home Team

Hertford 1

Away Team

Watford 1

Colour on Bd1:

Black

Brd

Players

Grade

Result

Players

Grade

1

S Knott

214

1 0

R Gwaze

223

2

S Swanson

206

U

A Stone

196

3

B Cheal

166

0 1

J Rudge

180

4

P Borman

166

1 0

R Sayers

175

5

G Davies

153

U

C Chakanyuka

173

     
 

2 1

 

So near and yet so far....

We outgraded them on 4 of the 5 boards and could/should have won 4.5 - 0.5, but as it is, the best we can hope for is probably a drawn match.

Robert outplayed Simon Knott in a complex French advance. He could have won a piece but played two moves in the wrong order allowing Simon to indirectly threaten his Queen. Even this would have left Robert with a won game but disappointed at misplaying the position he moved quickly to avoid the Queen loss only to have a lost game anyway.

Jerry managed to get a nice King side attack going against Barry Cheal's Caro Kann culminating in a temporary Knight sac which forced resignation.

Ray was outplaying Phil Borman and won a good central pawn with a strong attack. We think he could have won a piece quite easily towards the end but running very short of time the central pawn dropped and the position fell apart.

Charles was playing most uncharacteristicly... using all of his time!! He got a positional crush and won a pawn. At the adjourned position he is winning another pawn with an overwhelming position. Gordon Davies was implying that he would play on...... he must like travelling to Watford.

Meanwhile Steve and Andrew were involved in some heavy manoeuvring and most of the pieces are still on the board. Steve has a space advantage and some possibilties of King-side play but it's quite unclear, at least to me. Steve seemed quite happy to play on in March and Andrew provisionally offerred March 9th.

Barry Cheal mentioned that they are struggling against Welwyn but could get a draw. Welwyn had Ben Savage on board 3 and Dave Faulkner on 5, with new players on 1 and 4. Looks like being an interesting season.