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.