|Hendon 2||Hendon 2||Hackney 1||Hackney 1|
|1||Meszaros, Gyula||247||½ - ½||Ansell, Simon T||226|
|2||Lalic, Peter D||206||½ - ½||Eames, Robert S||207|
|3||Ellis, Daniel||181||0 - 1||Adelaja, Abimbola||205|
|4||Rogers, Tim L||168||1 - 0||Tasker, Michael W||180|
|5||Levene, Joseph||172||1 - 0||Jones, Emyr||176|
|6||Bennett, Michael K||177||½ - ½||Vives, Pepe||168|
|7||Dragomir, Ionica O||177||1 - 0||Donnelly, Terence M||157|
|8||Du Buf, Paul||173||½ - ½||Tennyson, John||152|
|5 - 3|
Match report by Michael Bennett
The Tigers managed a superb 5-3 win over visitors Hackney 1 tonight, to consolidate their position in Division 1 of the Middlesex League. With 8.5/13 match points, the Tigers have now secured a 3rd place finish!
On top board, Julian had a solid draw against IM Simon Anselll. Tim Rogers outplayed Mike Tasker on board 4 to offset a rare loss by Daniel Ellis against his 200+ opponent, and Paul du Buf had a solid draw on bottom board (2-2).
The Tigers then went ahead as Ionica Dragomir won with his usual positional squeeze (3-2). On board 2, Peter Lalić – coming up against FM Bob Eames on his debut for Hendon – also drew, although very short of time at the finish, when his opponent sportingly agreed a draw. (3.5.-2.5)
By then I had managed to wriggle out of an awful position and even seemed to be better at the end, but agreed a draw as I was short of time. (4-3)
Last to finish was on-form Joseph Levene, who had sped to a 2-pawn advantage early on, but missed something and was a piece down (R,N&2 pawns v R&pawn). However, his opponent’s flag fell while trying to win the ending to level the match! (5-3)
Congratulations to the whole team on an excellent performance!
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