Sharks beat Hackney

Wednesday 15 July, 2009

In a match of fluctuating fortunes, our rapidplay team came out 5½-2½ winners against a strong Hackney team, in round 7 of the City of London Rapidplay League.

Hackney Hendon
1
Rose, C Nigel J
179s 0 - 1
Eden, Tomer
173
2
Shaw, Dashiell L
143 0 - 1
Ellis, Daniel
148
3
Vives, Pepe
107 0 - 1
Bennett, Michael K
-
4
Tracey, Shaun
98s ½ - ½
Limonov, Petr
-
½ - 3½
Hackney Hendon
1
Rose, C Nigel J
179s ½ - ½
Eden, Tomer
173
2
Shaw, Dashiell L
143 ½ - ½
Ellis, Daniel
148
3
Vives, Pepe
107 0 - 1
Bennett, Michael K
-
4
Tracey, Shaun
98s 1 - 0
Limonov, Petr
-
2 - 2

Report by Michael Bennett

In a match of fluctuating fortunes, the Sharks stretched their unbeaten run to 6 out of 6 on Wednesday evening.

In the first mini-match, board 3’s result came in first: my opponent allowed his king to stumble into a mating net after I had sacrificed the exchange for the initiative and some play on the dark squares.

Meanwhile, Tomer Eden put in a very smooth performance on board 1, outplaying his strong opponent despite being behind on time.

Hendon gained another game point when Daniel Ellis’s youthful opponent lost on time in a won position, after Daniel had skillfully maximised his chances by keeping things going in his opponent’s time trouble.

Petr Limonov was ahead on both material and time on board 4 – but his opponent managed to swap off the last pawns and claimed a draw under the 2-minute rule.

So, after the first mini-match we were leading 3½-½. After the break and some fresh air, it was time for the return match.

On board 3, I won two pieces for a rook early on, but failed to consolidate and even blundered to allow my opponent to win a rook back. Luckily this opportunity was missed, so I escaped into an ending an exchange down, which I eventually won after my opponent ran short of time and hung a rook. (Phew!)

Meanwhile Petr had built up a clear advantage on board 4. However, somehow fortunes became reversed, and he ended up very short of time and eventually lost.

On board 2, Daniel outplayed his opponent, but accepted a draw in the ending as it wasn’t clear it could be won. Tomer also halved the point when his opponent found a neat drawing tactic in extreme time trouble.

So, the drawn return match gave the Sharks an overall win by 5½- -2½, to stay at the top of the league. Elsewhere at Golden Lane, our closest rivals Athenaeum and Kings Head 2 both won, to remain just half a match point behind us!

Standings after six matches

  • Hendon: 6/6 (36)
  • Athenaeum: 5.5/6 (33.5)
  • Kings Head 2: 5.5/6 (31)
  • Cavendish: 4/6 (30)
  • Hackney: 3.5/6 (24.5)
  • Mushrooms: 3/6 (27.5)
  • Kings Head 1: 2.5/6 (23)
  • Battersea: 2/6 (17.5)
  • Albany: 1.5/6 (19)
  • Dulwich: 1.5/6 (19)
  • Hammersmith: 1/6 (14)
  • Metropolitan: 0/6 (11)