Last night, a Hendon team made its way to Muswell Hill to play a start-of-season friendly match for players rated 2000 or below. The match was closely contested and ended in a tie. Many thanks to Muswell Hill for hosting, and to everyone who played!
|Muswell Hill||Muswell Hill||Hendon||Hendon|
|1||Alper Dilek||1960||0 - 1||Daniel Duma||1952|
|2||Dominic Norcliffe-Brown||1803||0 - 1||David Amior||1900|
|3||Laurens Stegink||1 - 0||Onur Ayan||~1800|
|4||Niall Guinness||1608||0 - 1||Faye Ainscow||1608|
|5||Sadik Bugraisler||1 - 0||Stanley Jacobs||1390|
|6||Fred Ceder||1 - 0||Matty Berenblut||1309|
|7||Robert Sharrock||0 - 1||Marcel Berenblut||1300|
|8||Tom Butler||1 - 0||Tony Artman||~1200|
|4 - 4|
This match was suggested by Muswell Hill, to get the season started, since the Middlesex League is getting underway a bit later than normal this year. It was a great opportunity to offer over-the-board playing opportunities to some of our members who have only played online until now!
There was a very good atmosphere at the Clissold Arms, with more experienced players helping newcomers get used to playing over the board. Everyone seemed to have a good time, and we hope to see everyone again over the course of the season!
One thing that really struck me, as I sat outside the match room reading a book, was just how many people have got into chess during the past year and are now looking to take their interest further. A couple of Muswell Hill members came up to me and offered me a casual game, having been playing chess for less than a year.
This is really encouraging, and it seems clear we have all the necessary ingredients for a chess boom in this country, if we can take advantage of it!
You can find a list of all stories about friendly matches here.