Lions fend off Tigers' challenge

Thursday 23 October, 2014
Hendon 2 Hendon 1
1
Burbidge, Duncan R
191 0 - 1
Buchicchio, Giampaolo
210
2
Du Buf, Paul
177 0 - 1
Mures, Cristian
215
3
Pein, Jonathan
167 0 - 1
Willmoth, Robert F
203
4
Levene, Joseph
172 0 - 1
Warman, Simon M
198
5
Rocco, Federico
145 0 - 1
Raoof, Adam N
183
6
Pollack, Oscar
132 0 - 1
Landau, Jonathan
181
7
Klingher, Dominic
137 1 - 0
Ellis, Daniel
179
8
Levene, Oren
126 1 - 0
Pepe, Salvatore
146
2 - 6

Match report by Michael Bennett

In the first of our two annual Hendon 1 v Hendon 2 matches, the Lions overcame stiff resistance and a couple of surprise results from a youthful Tigers team, to eventually come out 6-2 winners.

In order of finishing:

  • 12-year-old Oren made short work of Salvatore on bottom board, with a nice attack against a weakened kingside, to give the Tigers an early lead (0-1)
  • In a Morra gambit, Cristian coolly and calmly fended off Paul’s attack and converted his extra material (1-1)
  • Simon also defused a dangerous-looking attack from Joseph, eventually winning material (2-1).
  • Oscar’s pieces seemed to be roaming at will around the holes in Jonathan’s queenside and centre, but experience eventually told and Jonathan netted a rook to win (3-1)
  • Duncan’s efforts to complicate the game in Giampaolo’s time trouble rebounded (4-1)
  • Adam outplayed Federico in quiet but strong Raoofian ways, eventually winning the exchange and promoting a pawn (5-1)
  • Rob defused counterplay from Jonathan – on his Hendon debut – and eventually steered the game into a won ending (6-1)
  • In a long game, Dominic eventually capitalised on a couple of errors from Dan to finish the match (6-2)

All in all an entertaining match, and we look forward to more of the same next Thursday!