The day before the match, the much anticipated St Jude’s storm was due to pass through leafy Hertfordshire. Fortunately, by the close of the day, the strong winds had left our sceptered isle for European pastures. No major damage had occurred in Borehamwood, though other people and places were less fortunate.
On paper, Borehamwood had a grading advantage over the St Albans Team, and this was a further opportunity to display our promotion credentials.
Matthew Simmons won comfortably on top board against the English opening. Unfortunately, defeats on boards 4 and 5 meant we playing catch up. A draw in the English on Board 3, left only the opposite coloured Bishops ending on board 2, White was 2 pawns up, but needed to open two fronts of attack to win this type of ending. As the time pressure mounted, this was at last achieved, and the match was drawn.
2 away matches in coming up November before the holiday break.
Herts League – Division 4 Tuesday 29-October-2013
Borehamwood St Albans 4
Board 1 : Simmons, Matthew 193 1-0 Douse, Terry 133
Board 2 : Kent, Anthony R 148 1-0 Narbeth, Simon 128
Board 3 : Gesthuysen, Malcolm 146 1/2 Hebblethwaite, Dominic 124
Board 4 : Marcos, Dan 143 0-1 Magee, Edward 120
Board 5 : Glouzman, Leon 120 0-1 McMahon, Austin 121
Match Score : 2.5 – 2.5