Jaguars off the mark against Albany

Thursday 9 October, 2014

The Jaguars got off the mark in Division 2 with a solid team performance, edging visitors Albany in a tight match. Wins from Duncan Burbidge, Joseph Levene and Chris Rogal plus draws from Adam Raoof, Daniel Ellis & Jonathan Landau provided the game points.

Hendon 3 Albany 1
1
Warman, Simon M
198 0 - 1
Okosieme, Iozeph
177
2
Burbidge, Duncan R
191 1 - 0
Todd, Chris J
172
3
Raoof, Adam N
183 ½ - ½
Cutmore, David A
172
4
Landau, Jonathan
181 ½ - ½
Sagues, Vincent
168
5
Ellis, Daniel
179 ½ - ½
Stern, Robert C
156
6
Du Buf, Paul
177 0 - 1
Openshaw, David K
155
7
Levene, Joseph
172 1 - 0
Sonnis, Steve
133
8
Rogal, Chris S
147 1 - 0
Evans, I.
-
4½ - 3½

Match report from captain Paul du Buf

The Jaguars were victorious (4.5 – 3.5) against the newly promoted Albany 1 team in a fierce battle.

After relatively quick draws from Dan, Jonathan and Adam in equal positions, I played one of my worst games ever, so we were 1 point behind.

Joseph was able to exchange a knight for a rook, and with 2 passed pawns secured the win.

Chris on board 8 had the initiative from the beginning with a time advantage, but drama hit when he executed an illegal move – not seeing that he was in check! This gave the opponent a 2 minute advantage but this wasn’t enough to win the game.

Duncan solidly build up pressure with his rooks and won with a victorious d5 pawn move.

Simon – board 1 – masterly managed to make the 30 move mark with a few seconds left on the clock and in a strong position, but unfortunately lost on time.

The chess environment unfortunately was more noisy then usual, and this did affect players.