January 2015, Woodpushers Gazette, Part 1

2 Hertfordshire league matches to kick off the year.

The first was a rusty new year hangover…..

Herts CA : Herts League – Division 4    Tuesday 06-January-2015
Borehamwood                                     St Albans 3
Board  1 : Simmons, Matthew          197   1/2   Cross, Ian K                        147
Board  2 : Kent, Anthony R              153   1/2   Lawrence, Paul                   144
Board  3 : Marcos, Dan                      142   0-1   Palmer, James C                144
Board  4 : Gesthuysen, Malcolm      141   0-1    Hebblethwaite, Dominic 143
Board  5 : Glouzman, Leon               119   1/2   Narbeth, Simon                  137
Match Score :                                           1.5 – 3.5

Matthew dropped his first ever points for Borehamwood with a draw in which he never really got going against queens pawn opening.  Credit to Ian Cross, his opponent. Anthony’s attack ground to a halt, and Dan lost on time.  Congratulations to St Albans for being sharper than us.

So on to the following Monday in wet and windy Apsley:

Herts CA : Herts League – Division 4     Monday 12-January-2015
Hemel Hempstead 3                                 Borehamwood
Board  1 : Rixon, Tom J                  142   0-1   Kent, Anthony R                  153
Board  2 : Simpson, Derek              130   0-1   Marcos, Dan                        142
Board  3 : Saunders, Barrie            127    1/2   Gesthuysen, Malcolm        141
Board  4 : Hall, Ian JL                      123   0-1   O’Sullivan, Terry J             115
Board  5 : Sargent, Paul                   120   0-1   Glouzman, Leon                 119
Match Score :                                        0.5 – 4.5

 

No Matthew on board 1, but we coped! Leon’s french won first. Anthony made a sow’s ear of a tame Colorado Gambit Declined, losing a pawn for a bit of compensation. His opponent, however,  unsoundly gave up a rook for 3 pawns and eventually got check mated. Dan got a winning attack against the French. Malcolm was 2 pawns down in the Urusoff gambit, but pulled back well for a draw. Terry’s queen’s pawn opening gave him a strong king side attack. In the end, a fine victory.
Borehamwood now have 6 points from 10. Top are St Albans 3 with 9 from 12. However, Royston 3 with 6 from possible 6 are team to beat.
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