Having beaten Royston a few weeks ago at home, this trek up the A1 was always going to be tougher without our top 2 graded squad players. The weather was benign, and we arrived in good time. On paper, the teams looked very even.
Herts League – Division 3 Monday 17-December-2018
Royston 2 v Borehamwood
Board 1 : Walton, Paul 161 0-1 Marcos, Dan 158 Board 2 : Strehl, Arek 147 1/2 Kent, Anthony 151 Board 3 : Jackson, Simon C 142 0-1 Gesthuysen, Malcolm 139 Board 4 : Hurricks, Dave 138 1/2 Sear, Kevin 111 Board 5 : Judkins, Brian D 138 1-0 O’Sullivan, Terry J 107 Match Score : 2 – 3
First, Anthony drew after a an exchange of pieces in the Sicilian. Then Malcolm’s opponent played the Slav, and surprisingly castled queen-side. He then lost a piece when his queen could no longer cover it after a tactic. Dan had a nice win – see below. After he played 18 Bxg6, black replied Nxd, then 19. cxN BxRh8 follwed by the excellent 20. Be8!, with white threatening mate from N on g5 and the queen. Material was won, and white soon finished the job. Terry’s pieces where too busy defending and his position was breached. Kevin’s opponent was very short of time, living on the 10 second increments. A draw was agreed in a queen and rooks ending which was the a fair result. So we squeezed a 2-3 victory.
Dan, above, contemplating his next move
Kevin and Terry in deep thought
Have a great Christmas and New year. Back for more in 2019!
Last year we were caught in some nasty roadworks, so this year google maps was duly consulted. We were stronger on paper, and so it proved over the board
Herts League – Division 3 Monday 12-November-2018 Away team white on odd boards
Watford 3 Borehamwood Board 1 : Pigott, Darrell N 155 0-1 Raoof, Adam N 173 Board 2 : Papathanasopoulos, N 153 1-0 Rubeck, Jonathan 168 Board 3 : Littlefair, Paul 143 0-1 Marcos, Dan 158 Board 4 : Shaw, David K 134 0-1 Kent, Anthony R 151 Board 5 : Charles, Simon 129 0-1 Gesthuysen, Malcolm 139 Match Score : 1 – 4
Adam won playing the Nimzowitch Larsen. Anthony’s opponet played an aggressive line against the Dutch which was eventually repelled. Malcolm won comfortably. Jonathan had extra pawns in a Queen and rook ending, but his king was out in the open and his position became lost. Dan’s game was adjourned with a clearly winning pawn endgame, and his opponent resigned a few days later.
Three league matches in October, and three wins. No complaints.
Herts League – Division 3 Tuesday 30-October-2018
Boards 1 to 4: 70 minutes + 10 seconds a move. Board 5: 35 moves in 75 minutes the 7 every 15 minutes. Borehamwood black on odd boards. Borehamwood Hertford 2
Board 1 : Raoof, Adam N 173 1/2 Wooster, Nick 144
Board 2 : Marcos, Dan 158 1-0 Buswell, A Mark 146
Board 3 : Kent, Anthony R 151 1-0 Du Boulay, Andrew 141
Board 4 : Gesthuysen, Malcolm 139 1-0 Morris, Simon P 135
Board 5 : O’Sullivan, Terry J 107 0-1 Rudd, David R 133 Match Score : 3.5 – 1.5
Not as straightforward as the score might suggest, but not quite a pre-halloween fright night either. Nick Wooster got a very creditable draw against Adam. Malcolm built up a strong attack on Simon Morris’s black king, forcing him to give up his queen for a knight and rook. Dan’s game was very open but he held his nerve. Terry got his knight pinned to his king, creating too much weakness. Anthony got a decent Sicilian defence as black, but then went a bit astray reaching the first diagram below after 22…gxf. White should have played something like 23. Qh4 with advantage, but instead played 23. f4, allowing 23….e4 in reply, blunting the white bishops. White then allowed the Black queen to get to d4 (Andrew Du Boulay was getting short of time) and the a pawn was heading all the way to be queened (2nd diagram after 37…a2).
Position 1 after 22 …..gxf Position 2 after 37…a2
2 more Herts League matches We have a match against Watford in November, then the return against Royston in December.
Our first home Herts League match of the season, and a comfortable win against Royston 2, who traveled 35 miles from the far corner of Hertfordshire/Cambridgeshire border. 2 wins out of 2 so far in the Herts League.
Away team white on odds.
1 Raoof, Adam N 173 1-0 Walton, Paul 161
2 Rubeck, Jonathan 168 1-0 Strehl, Arek 147
3 Marcos, Dan 158 1-0 Judkins, Brian D 138
4 Kent, Anthony R 151 1/2 Pride, Stephen C 138
5 Gesthuysen, Malcolm 139 1/2 Andrews, Arthur 91 Result : 4-1
Jonathan Rubeck played his first match for the club, and won against a feisty Petroff Defence. On Board 1, Adam’s game was a complicated French Winawer, where white took the Poisoned Pawn and paid the price. Dan’s closed Sicilian got complicated, but his King Side attack eventually prevailed. Draws for Anthony and Malcolm completed the picture.
Borehamwood St Albans
Board 1 : Marcos, Dan (black) 158 1-0 Laskier, Paul (white) 135
Board 2 : Gesthuysen, Malcolm 139 1-0 Douse, Terry 118
Board 3 : Devan, Matthew 122 1/2 Claret, Ray R 115
Board 4 : Sear, Kevin 111 1/2 Ball, Matthew P 130
Board 5 : O’Sullivan, Terry J 107 1-0 Hill, M E100
Match Score : 4 – 1
Borehamwood put on a good team performance on returning to the Herts and District league. A team was entered this season to ensure all club members (graded under 160) get a reasonable number of games.
Dan Marcos faced a Closed Sicilian, where white attacked too early and then grabbed a pawn which lost the exchange. Kevin Sear was under pressure against the Black Lion, which gave his opponent a strong initiative. Kevin succeeded in swapping down to an opposite colour bishops ending, and a draw was agreed. On his debut for the club, Matthew won the exchange but then gave it back (and more), and was probably fortunate his opponent offered a draw. Terry’s opponent over-pressed in a very even position, which cost him a couple of King side pawns and a lost endgame. Malcolm was last to finish, seeing home his extra pawn in a won endgame. Back to move below cannot hold up whites attack.
Herts Chess Association : Herts League – Division 3
Wednesday 10-October-2018 Borehamwood white on odd boards
Little Heath 2 Borehamwood
Board 1 : Topham, Mark 164 0-1 Raoof, Adam N 173
Board 2 : Likeman, Martin 162 1/2 Marcos, Dan 158
Board 3 : Cook, Chris RD 149 0-1 Kent, Anthony R 151
Board 4 : Cheetham, Mark M 130 1/2 Gesthuysen, Malcolm 139
Board 5 : Joelson, Adam 128 1/2 O’Sullivan, Terry J 107
Match Score : 1.5 – 3.5
Borehamwood have not made the short trip to Potters Bar to play Little Heath for a number of years. The teams were evenly matched, so to come away with no defeats on all boards is very encouraging.
Adam played a sort of Zukertort and picked up a good win on top board (Picture 2 below). Dan played a highly combative line against the London System, giving 2 exposed kings and lots of traps, but somehow he managed to draw (picture 1). The position below shows white’s Queen on b7 while Dan’s Queen was under attack. The Caro-Kan and Queens gambit declined were also drawn on boards 4 and 5 for Malcolm and Terry. Anthony got some good pressure in the Sicilian Grand Prix Attack and secured a pawn advantage with black failing to castle. A won pawn ending eventually emerged, giving us the points.
The M25 exit was closed on the way home (same happened at last match in Bishops Stortford). No idea what we did to upset the chess gods, or maybe we should look up road work schedules before the next match.
Our chess event, which was part of the Elstree and Borehamwood Town Council Civic week, was a success. Delighted that the Town Mayor, Victor Eni, and his wife, Justine, were able to open proceedings for us. We had a 10 minute rapidplay mini-tournament, and it was particularly pleasing to see some new faces.
We are now closed for the summer, returning in September/October for the new season.