Lions fight off Tigers

Thursday 17 October, 2013
Hendon 1 Hendon 2
1
Richardson, John R
220 0 - 1
Balogh, Laszlo
-
2
Mures, Cristian
213 1 - 0
Levene, Joseph
184
3
Poobalasingam, Peter S
209 1 - 0
Rogers, Tim L
179
4
Eden, Tomer
207 1 - 0
Landau, Jonathan
175
5
Willmoth, Robert F
198 ½ - ½
Bennett, Michael K
177
6
Raoof, Adam N
181 ½ - ½
Brozel, Sacha
141
7
Pepe, Salvatore
157 1 - 0
Levene, Oren
135
8
Iwi, David
146 ½ - ½
Pattni, Kishan
136
5½ - 2½

Match report by Michael Bennett

The first of our two annual Lions v Tigers matches took place last night. A hard-fought struggle with stiff resistance put up by all the Tigers eventually ended in a 5.5-2.5 victory for the Lions.

Games in brief:

  • John was pressing for a win in the ending against new recruit Laszlo, but somehow lost a pawn followed by the exchange, after which Laszlo converted with the exemplary technique one would expect from Julian Mészáros’ students!
  • Cristian gradually outplayed Joseph in a classic Ruy Lopez structure
  • Tim – who beat IM Richard Bates at the weekend! – blundered in time trouble after standing very well against Peter.
  • Tomer eventually overcame Jon’s resistance in a rook and minor piece ending.
  • After an improvised opening, I ran short of time and agreed a draw in a position with opposite sides castling that was dynamically even.
  • Adam reported he was happy to draw against Sacha considering how the game went.
  • Oren’s sacrifices gave him some pressure, but were eventually defused by Salvatore.
  • David and Kish were last to finish, as Kish calmly defended a minor piece ending 2 pawns down to split the point.

Many thanks to all who turned out, and we look forward to more of the same next week!