Lions roar past finish line at Athenaeum

Monday 16 April, 2012

Our 1st team became champions of the Middlesex League for the second time in three seasons, with this emphatic away victory at Athenaeum. Congratulations to all the 1st team players this season for a very successful campaign!

The Lions of 2011-2012 are: Lorin D’Costa, John Richardson, David Moskovic, Dan Bisby, Cristian Mures, Tomer Eden, Mark Levene, Robert Willmoth, Gayan Peiris, Simon Warman, Gary Senior, Tim Rogers, Adam Raoof, Daniel Ellis, Paul du Buf, Ionica Dragomir, Joseph Levene & non-playing captain Michael Bennett.

Athenaeum 1 Hendon 1
1
Akhanov, Dauren
206 0 - 1
Moskovic, David M
217
2
Spreeuw, Jaap
199 0 - 1
Bisby, Daniel L
202
3
Thorarinsson, Paul A
193 1 - 0
Mures, Cristian
204
4
Farkas, Daniel
200 0 - 1
Eden, Tomer
200
5
Gray, Mark S
188 ½ - ½
Peiris, T Gayan M
194
6
Millward, Kevin P
183 0 - 1
Warman, Simon M
190
7
Hetherington, Carl J
177 0 - 1
Rogers, Tim L
181
8
Menzies, Colin
- 0 - 1
Raoof, Adam N
183
1½ - 6½

Match Report by Adam Raoof

If this match were a game of chess, you could sum it up as follows – a good opening (1-0: a 21 move win for me on bottom board after my opponent suffered a self-induced catastrophe in a reasonable position), followed by a cautious early middlegame advantage (Dan looked like he had a great attack, and Tomer sacced piece in the middle of the board which his opponent couldn’t capture), a breakthrough in the late middlegame (3-0: Tim’s opponent went astray in what to the onlookers may have been a much better position) and a successful transition to an overwhelming ending (4.5-0.5: David won us the match in a fantastically complicated game, which he preferred to win in the traditional style despite his opponent’s mobile phone going off at a critical juncture).

And on this performance the Hendon Lions would all be graded about 220!

Division 1 Standings

  1. Hendon 1 – 11/13 (67.5)
  2. Hackney 1 – 9.5/13 (64)
  3. Kings Head 1 – 7.5/11 (48.5)
  4. Imperial 1 – 7/14 (54)
  5. Muswell Hill 1 – 6.5/12 (53.5)
  6. Athenaeum 1 – 4/11 (36)
  7. Ealing 1 – 2/12 (38.5)
  8. Willesden & Brent – 1/12 (30)