In a tough away fixture at Hackney, the Hendon Lions consolidated their position at the top of Division 1 of the Middlesex League. After this 4.5-3.5 victory, the Lions now have 10.5/11 match points going into the biggest match of the season, against Kings Head 1 on Monday.
|Hackney 1||Hackney 1||Hendon 1||Hendon 1|
|1||Ansell, Simon T||226||½ - ½||Meszaros, Gyula||247|
|2||Walker, Nicholas P||207||0 - 1||Moskovic, David M||225|
|3||Adelaja, Abimbola||205||1 - 0||Poobalasingam, Peter S||201|
|4||Chin, Francis CW||192||0 - 1||Mures, Cristian||206|
|5||Shaw, Dashiell L||181||½ - ½||Eden, Tomer||204|
|6||Jones, Emyr||176||1 - 0||Willmoth, Robert F||194|
|7||Peschiera, Jaime||170||0 - 1||Ellis, Daniel||181|
|8||Hughes, Charles||168||½ - ½||Du Buf, Paul||173|
|3½ - 4½|
Match Report by Michael Bennett
On Tuesday, the Hendon Lions journeyed to Stoke Newington for a big match against Hackney 1, hoping to consolidate our position at the top of Division 1.
Hendon got off to a poor start with a rare loss by Peter, when his queen got trapped early in the game (0-1). However, Daniel Ellis equalized the score about 30 mins later, with a typically belligerent attacking game against the dangerous Jaime Peschiera (1-1).
All the other games lasted the distance.
Tomer Eden outplayed his young opponent in fine positional style and reached a good knight v bad bishop ending, but was unable to break through (1.5-1.5) Next Cristian brought his score to an unbeaten 13/15 (!) for the season by patient defence including a brave king march, followed by a counter-attack as his opponent ran short of time (2.5-1.5). Then Rob (who had suffered a neck injury earlier in the day and was in some pain, but to his credit decided to play anyway) unfortunately missed a win in mutual time-trouble, and eventually lost too much material (2.5-2.5). Tense.
Going into the last 5 minutes of the match, Paul’s game on bottom board had now reached a drawish rook ending, but he was behind on time in the QP finish, with his opponent pressing. On top board Julian was 2 pawns down in a rook ending and clearly losing. So David on board 2 knew he had to press for a win to draw the match, despite the associated risks.
And then – out of the blue – Julian’s opponent fell into a classic mid-board stalemate trap! Very easy to miss in time trouble. (3-3)
To seal the victory David then won his game, and Paul showed great tenacity to hold the draw. (4.5-3.5)
Congratulations to the whole team on a very gritty performance!
The Lions now have 10.5/11 match points, going into the biggest match of the season, against Kings Head 1 on Monday.