Away against a strong Enfield first team, the Hendon Tigers managed to hold a 4-4 draw in Division 3 of the Middlesex League. In a match which went right down to the wire, Salvatore Pepe and new member Tim Rogers provided the wins for Hendon.
|Enfield 1||Enfield 1||Hendon 2||Hendon 2|
|1||Thethi, Pritpal S||180||½ - ½||Bennett, Michael K||170|
|2||Rughwani, Neil R||164||0 - 1||Rogers, Tim E||157|
|3||Capes, Ian||158||1 - 0||Iwi, David||162|
|4||Gore, Alan D||156||0 - 1||Pepe, Salvatore||159|
|5||Capes, John S||146||½ - ½||Limonov, Petr||144|
|6||Kyriacou, Kyriacos||145||1 - 0||Rogal, Chris||143|
|7||Porter, William S||140||½ - ½||Pattni, Kishan||139|
|8||McNish, David||136||½ - ½||Lennard, Graeme||120|
|4 - 4|
Mini-report by Adam Raoof
Enfield’s line-up looked pretty strong, and some concerns were expressed at the outset as to whether we could get the full point from this fixture. As non-playing captain I looked at all the boards and reckoned we had an advantage on several. Solid draws on a couple of well-matched boards soon followed.
The match was in the balance when Chris Rogal had the win all but written up on the scoresheet. Then he inexplicably blundered a rook, with check, and went down soon after.
Tim Rogers was the new star of the second team – he made his own way to the venue, arrived 15 minutes late, played into an endgame with about five minutes on the clock and squeezed a win out of a complex pawn advantage to draw the match. Go Tiger Tim!