Last night, we hosted a friendly match between a Hendon team and a “Rest of the Middlesex League” team at our new venue, The Holly Bush. This was something of a “relaunch event” for the Middlesex League, since Hendon were the last winners of Division 1 in 2019/20.
It was a closely contested match, but our guests ran out narrow winners. Nonetheless, it’s great to see the return of over-the-board matches, and we look forward to a full season of them!
|Hendon||Hendon||Rest of Middlesex||Rest of Middlesex|
|1||John Richardson||2365||0 - 1||Dominic Foord||2365|
|2||Rob Willmoth||2220||½ - ½||Bob Eames||2268|
|3||Gary Senior||2215||0 - 1||Marco Gallana||2223|
|4||Savas Marin Stoica||2120||½ - ½||Francis Chin||2077|
|5||Gautam Jain||2020||½ - ½||D. Ian Calvert||1993|
|6||David Levy||2013||½ - ½||Leon Fincham||1900|
|7||David Amior||1900||½ - ½||Paul Conway||1855|
|8||Jean-Claude Sartenaer||1810||1 - 0||Julie Oh||1580|
|3½ - 4½|
We started with a bit of a damp squib, as Rob Willmoth agreed a quick draw with Hackney’s Bob Eames and ran off to keep an eye on his junior 4NCL players. The other games, however, lasted at least two hours.
At 9:30pm or so, it looked like it was going to be a very friendly match indeed, as the first four games to finish ended in draws. The first decisive results came in at around 9:45pm though, with wins for the visitors on boards 1 and 3, with only Gautam and JC still playing, meaning the best we could hope for was a tie.
The match was decided in the visitors' favour when Gautam agreed a draw with almost no time left on his clock. JC managed to defeat his young opponent, but it was only a consolation victory.
Many thanks to all who played – see you in the League!
You can find a list of news stories about friendly matches and events here.