Ocelots captain Andrew Medworth reports:
“Last night Hendon 4 played Harrow 1 at home in the Middlesex League.
Harrow often struggles to raise a strong team for away matches, and I had high hopes of picking up a win here. My hopes rose further when Harrow announced they were defaulting Board 8 and that we outgraded them on all other boards.
Unfortunately, despite these advantages, we were not able to win the match. Harrow won on Boards 2, 4 and 5, and managed to establish a fortress in a king-and-pawn ending a pawn down on Board 3. Even on Board 7, we were somewhat fortunate to get a draw.”
Unusually, we do not yet know the final result of this match. This is because Jason Covey’s Board 1 game finished in unusual circumstances.
Jason was a pawn up in an opposite-coloured bishop ending. The position was a draw with best play, but his opponent was in very severe time pressure. The game ended just after this position:
The Harrow player played 62. Ke3 with just 4 seconds remaining on his clock, stopped the clocks, and claimed a draw under Article III.5 of the FIDE Laws of Chess, on the grounds that the position could not be won by normal means. (Jason had over 14 minutes remaining.)”
[After discussing the issue of Jason Covey’s game extensively with various knowledgeable parties, we reluctantly concluded that Jason’s opponent’s draw claim should be upheld. Harrow therefore wins the match 4.5-3.5.]
“All in all, not a great evening for us, but hopefully we can recover with a victory next week against Muswell Hill 2.
Many thanks to the team for playing! Thanks also to Oren Levene for turning up on Board 8. (In the end he played a graded friendly against me, which was a draw – having a non-playing captain means that we don’t have to send players home without a game in these situations!)”
|Hendon 4||Harrow 1|
|1||Covey, Jason||185||½ - ½||Walkusz, Miroslaw||181|
|2||Hudson, Julian||176||0 - 1||Dhemrait, Jagdeep||167|
|3||Cavendish, Joshua Z||173||½ - ½||Jensen, Soren||145|
|4||Vecht, Gideon||160||0 - 1||Patel, Rishi||144|
|5||Amior, David||160||0 - 1||Verma, Pradeep||0|
|6||Stembridge, Ed||159||1 - 0||Deans, Mary Helen||139|
|7||Kent, Anthony R||151||½ - ½||Dhemrait, Surjit S||122|
|8||WALKOVER||1 - 0||DEFAULT|
|3½ - 4½|