Lions win against Muswell Hill

Tuesday 25 November, 2014
Hendon 1 Muswell Hill 1
1
Hawkins, Jonathan
246 ½ - ½
Roberson, Peter T
229
2
Tamás Fodor
- 1 - 0
Villiers, Thomas
196
3
D'Costa, Lorin AR
225 1 - 0
Ethelontis, Alexandros N
189
4
Mures, Cristian
215 0 - 1
Makepeace, Philip J
189
5
Eden, Tomer
209 1 - 0
Taylor, William J
170
6
Burbidge, Duncan R
191 1 - 0
Carter, KF John (formerly Kerrington FJ)
152
7
Ellis, Daniel
179 0 - 1
Messam-Sparks, Lateefah
-
8
Raoof, Adam N
183 1 - 0
Brougham, Simon B
-
5½ - 2½

Match report by Michael Bennett

Last night the Lions overcame a challenge from visitors Muswell Hill, coming out 5.5.-2.5 winners.

Despite large grade differences, the visitors’ hastily-recruited team put up a great fight in a tough match:

  • A smooth win from GM Tamás Fodor on his Hendon debut offset an uncharacteristic early defeat for Cristian (1-1).
  • The match seemed level for a long time after that, but then attacking wins from Adam and Lorin took us to 3-1, and Duncan’s opponent went wrong under time pressure (4-1).
  • Victory was sealed when Tomer Eden neatly converted an opposite-coloured bishops ending and Jonathan Hawkins agreed a draw on top board (5.5-1.5).
  • Last to finish was Board 7, where Dan’s opponent played really well to finish the match with the visitors’ second win.

Congratulations to the whole team for a hard-fought victory!

This victory means the Lions close the gap on the Tigers at the top of the Division 1 table, with 3 matches in hand.

Division 1 Standings:

  1. Hendon 2 – 3.5/6 (25.5)
  2. Hendon 1 – 3/3 (18.5)
  3. Hackney 1 – 2/3 (18)
  4. Athenaeum 1 – 2/4 (15)
  5. Imperial 1 – 1.5/3 (11.5)
  6. Kings Head 1 -1/3 (12.5)
  7. Muswell Hill 1 – 0/4 (8)
  8. Hammersmith 1 – 0/2 (3)