Over the board chess came to a halt in March 2020 with lockdown. With restrictions, and understandable trepidation, games could only realistically be played outdoors till this summer. Elstree & Borehamwood Town Council again kindly offered us a spot in their annual civic festival at Fairway Hall, Borehamwood.
6 sets and clocks were set up, the mayor was present, and the doors opened. 14 people turned up, which was brilliant. 3 Chess club members, strong juniors, families, and the curious. We were asked if we could do this every week. Sadly not! Volunteers are needed, and rooms have to be to be hired and paid for.
Hopefully league chess will return in the coming months. Enjoy the summer!
Covid-19 stopped all UK over the board chess back in March 2020. Borehamwood Chess Club could not complete its fixtures in the Hertfordshire League and things went quiet for many weeks. Over the Summer, more and more tournaments went on line as existing and new leagues started online versions.
Online team chess is not the same as face to face. It lacks camaraderie, though zoom chats going through games can help restore this to some extent. Borehamwood were invited to join the Herts online league which runs every other Tuesday evening. Only two of us signed-up because online chess is not to everybody’s taste, and there are other Tuesday chess (or non-chess) alternatives. We have joined up with Stevenage to form a Lonely Herts team.
Dan has had some good games. Here is his win against Andrew du Boulay (Dubzwang) of Hertford Chess Club. https://lichess.org/kVJZslkI/black Dan is worse off worse off with black, and has just played 19..Qb6?! leaving has Knight unprotected on Q7. White sees the ‘free’ knight and takes it….
But 20 QxN check is met with 20…Rf7. The white queen must retreat (back to Q2 in the game), but black has Qg1 check winning the h2 rook. With hindsight, 20. 0-0-0 was strong for white. Dan went on to win.
Anthony’s most recent game on Tuesday 10th November was against Terry Douse (Roysturdee) of St Albans Chess Club. https://lichess.org/wmLWhRryfMfv As Black, Anthony was a bit worse off after playing 23….. Ng6-d5?? which allows 24 Bxb5! However white chose to play 24. Nd4 ??
which allowed 24…NxN 25. exN e3! and now white has problems, He cannot take the e pawn, and f4 and Bf5 are threatened. Black went on to win comfortably.
More games and news to follow. New online members welcome.
Our record now reads played 6: Won 3 , lost 3. Mid-table is a good place to be in our debut season in Division 2
Herts CA : Herts League – Division 2 Tuesday 14-January-2020
Welwyn Hatfield 1 Borehamwood 1 Board 1 : Robinson, Adam 170 0-1 Simmons, Matthew 202 Board 2 : Brennan, D Ross 177 1/2 Raoof, Adam N 185 Board 3 : White, David 154 0-1 Marcos, Dan 172 Board 4 : Faulkner, David J 155 1/2 Rubeck, Jonathan 171 Board 5 : Gordonsmith, Roger H 153 1/2 Kent, Anthony R 158 Match Score : 1.5 – 3.5
Herts CA : Herts League – Division 2 Tuesday 21-January-2020
Borehamwood St Albans 2 Board 1 : Simmons, Matthew 202 1-0 Willmott, Neil D 169 Board 2 : Marcos, Dan 172 1-0 Gemmell, John 167 Board 3 : Rubeck, Jonathan 171 1/2 Lawrence, Paul 165 Board 4 : Kent, Anthony R 158 1/2 Freeman, Jon A 166 Board 5 : Gesthuysen, Malcolm 139 0-1 Sommerbauer, Ben 150 Match Score : 3 – 2
Herts League – Division 2 Tuesday 19-November-2019
Borehamwood Hemel Hempstead 2 Board 1 : Simmons, Matthew 202 1-0 Clarke, Peter C 183 Board 2 : Marcos, Dan 172 1-0 Williamson, Kevin J 168 Board 3 : Kent, Anthony R 158 0-1 Valentine, Brian J 167 Board 4 : Gesthuysen, Malcolm 139 0-1 Matthews, Adrian MS 158 Board 5 : O’Sullivan, Terry J 112 1-d default Match Score : 3 – 2
At Last. We finally won a Division 2 league match with thanks to Matthew, and Dan on the top 2 boards and a default on board 5. Dan got his trademark attacking win. Matthew trapped his opponent piece. Anthony essayed a hedgehog which started well but was too spiky without proper support. Malcolm’s faced a Benko and got overpowered by his opponents rooks.
Herts CA : Herts League – Division 2 Tuesday 05-November-2019
Borehamwood 1 Stevenage 1 Board 1 : Simmons, Matthew 202 0-1 Amato, Giampiero 177 Board 2 : Raoof, Adam N 185 1/2 Scarwell, Seb 172 Board 3 : Rubeck, Jonathan 171 0-1 Robinson, Dominic 157 Board 4 : Marcos, Dan 172 1-0 Rawlings, Stephen L 149 Board 5 : Kent, Anthony R 158 0-1 Price, Michael K 136 Match Score : 1.5 – 3.5
On paper, Borehamwood were stronger on every board. But paper does not win matches. Only Dan (pictured below) managed a win. 2 defeats out of 2 so far is a disappointing to our maiden season in Division 2. Things can only get better.
Herts & District League – South (Grades under 160 ECF / 1900 ELO) Tuesday 15-October-2019
Borehamwood Welwyn Hatfield Board 1 : Kent, Anthony R (B) 158 1-0 Fisher, Jim R 140 Board 2 : Gesthuysen, Malcolm 139 1/2 Smith, Andrew PE 126 Board 3 : Sear, Kevin 117 1-0 Read, Matthew 135 Board 4 : O’Sullivan, Terry J 112 1/2 Wali, Mir M 120 Board 5 : Devan, Matthew 109 0-1 Sims, Tony J 110 Match Score : 3 – 2
Borehamwood Chess club are again fielding 2 teams this season: First team plays in Division 2 of the Hertfordshire league for the first time; Second team plays in the Herts and District League. Last night’s match got off to a good start with Kevin Sear winning against his opponents Polish Opening. Malcolm Gesthuysen handled a Ruy Lopez Schliemann Defense well and got a comfortable draw. Anthony Kent walked into an opening trap and lost the exchange early on. Fighting back to a Bishop and 2 pawns for a Rook, black’s bishop pair were strong. White spurned a draw offer, overstretched, and payed the price. On board 4, Terry draw with Wali on a very locked position that neither side could progress. Board 5 was hard fought, but in the end black could not recover from being 2 pawns down.
We managed to beat Bishops Stortford 3.5 – 1.5 at home last week. This week, we drove up the M11 for the return match, and managed to win again by the same margin. Also means we have won Division 3 of the Herts League!
Herts CA : Herts League – Division 3 Thursday 04-April-2019 Away Team white on Odd Boards
Bishops Stortford 2 Borehamwood Board 1 : White, Kevin D 176 0-1 Marcos, Dan 171 Board 2 : Acton, Tim 142 0-1 Kent, Anthony R 153 Board 3 : Osiyemi, Lara 139 1-0 Gesthuysen, Malcolm 142 Board 4 : Heffer, Judith 140 1/2 Sear, Kevin 119 Board 5 : Cowlin, Andrew 120 0-1 O’Sullivan, Terry J 105 Match Score : 1.5 – 3.5
Dan Defeated Kevin White on Board 1 with a strong attack in the Londom System. An excellent result. Anthony won a reversed scicilan in an open tactical game, his opponent running out of time in lost position. Kevin obtained a solid draw in even position. Terry mated his opponent. Malcolm unfortunately played the moved he should have played next (O-O) first, and prompltly lost a piece. Nobody can catch us now in the league – we are champions with 2 matches to go.
Herts CA : Herts League – Division 3 Tuesday 26-March-2019
Borehamwood 1 Bishops Stortford 2
Board 1 : Raoof, Adam N 179 1-0 Acton, Tim 142 Board 2 : Rubeck, Jonathan 167 1-0 Osiyemi, Lara 139 Board 3 : Marcos, Dan 171 0-1 Heffer, Judith 140 Board 4 : Kent, Anthony R 153 1-0 Heffer, Mark 120 Board 5 : Gesthuysen, Malcolm 142 1/2 Cowlin, Andrew 120 Match Score : 3.5 – 1.5
First – apologies to our legion of fans for not posting for a while. Too busy playing chess. This win gives us 7 wins, a draw and a defeat from 9 matches so far this season. We outgraded Bishops Stortford on all boards, but it wasn’t all plain sailing. Anthony’s opponent played a dubious line of the Pirc Defence which was duly exploited. Dan castled queenside to attack opponents king-side , but lost to a strong attack on f7 which gave his opponent the exchange and control of the 7th rank, leading to a forced mate. His first defeat of this season. Adam won convicingly with the French, and Jonathan also expoited material advantage. Malcolm’s game went to the wire on time until a draw was agreed in a rook and pawn ending. The return away match is next week
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.