On Wednesday, Hendon 2 and Hendon Barnet Knights played teams from Hammersmith in the Middlesex League. I’m pleased to report that we won both matches!
Hendon 2 defeated Hammersmith 2 by 3½–2½, and Hendon Barnet Knights defeated Division 3 leaders Hammersmith 4 by a 6–0 clean sweep!
This was a rare occasion where we had to have a club night on a day other than Thursday; our venue was not available on the normal day this week.
|Hendon 2||Hendon 2||Hammersmith 2||Hammersmith 2|
|1||Hutchinson, Mark||1802||0 - 1||Franco, Gaston||2108|
|2||Gelin, Philippe||~1800||0 - 1||Bryant, Harry||1798|
|3||Bolchover, Anthony||1794||1 - 0||Cuff, Andrew M||1704|
|4||Medworth, Andrew||1786||½ - ½||Steyn, David||1669|
|5||Page, Thomas||1764||1 - 0||Chandrasekaran, Rahulan||1615|
|6||Rogal, Chris||1745||1 - 0||Mazzaracchio, Gianmaria||1589|
|3½ - 2½|
Hammersmith 2 fielded a somewhat lopsided lineup, with a 2100 player on Board 1 but everyone else 1800 or below. We duly lost on top board, but Thomas and Chris both won on the bottom two. Since Anthony’s position looked good, I gambled and took a draw from a position of strength, and it paid off when Anthony’s opponent fell for a knight fork in the ending, enabling us to squeak home!
|Hendon Barnet Knights||Hendon Barnet Knights||Hammersmith 4||Hammersmith 4|
|1||Hung, Jake||1838||1 - 0||Croasdale, Mark||1662|
|2||Pang, Ethan||1704||1 - 0||Lotfi, Bijan||1551|
|3||Sarkar, Rian||1646||1 - 0||Perchard, Matthew||1496|
|4||Priampolsky, Yitzchok||1589||1 - 0||Koncar, Ljubomir||1439|
|5||Sezer, Steve||1598||1 - 0||Selden, David||1323|
|6||Wen, Liana||1078||1 - 0||Rogers, Jordan||1467|
|6 - 0|
Meanwhile, the Knights outrated their opponents on all but one board, but that’s never a guarantee of anything; no Hendon team had been on either end of a 6–0 whitewash so far this season! Everyone did terrifically well to bring the full point home; special congratulations to Liana, who defeated a much higher-rated opponent on Board 6!
Many thanks to everyone who played! Special thanks also to everyone who helped set up the match beforehand and clear away afterwards.