Promotion to Herts Division 3 – How we did it!

No posting for a couple of months. Too busy playing chess and various other things life throws at you.

7th April 2015.  A 2.5-2.5 draw. Leon draw against the Pirc. Anthony played a very ring-rusty Dutch Stonewall and was fortunate to draw. Dan had an extra pawn, but his opponents active knight led to a repetition of moves. Matthew won a rook & pawn ending from the Sicilian as black. Terry had a reasonable Queens Gambit declined, got into bad time trouble and could not deal with his opponents passed pawn. This meant we cannot catch Royston unless they lose a match. Fortunately, Royston did lose a match. Game on.

Borehamwood 1                                   Hoddesdon 1
Board  1 : Simmons, Matthew  (B)         195   1-0   Beadle, Mark  146              Board  2 : Marcos, Dan                          154   1/2   Gore, Alan D  133

Board  3 : Kent, Anthony R                    150   1/2   Young, Dane P                     124
Board  4 : Glouzman, Leon                    117   1/2   Joyce, Richard P                  115
Board  5 : O’Sullivan, Terry J                 117   0-1   Patmore, Alan                    113
Match Score :                                         2.5 – 2.5

Next up, we played Barnet away at our place. They play at the Barnet Conservative club, so the proximity of the election left them roomless. As it turned out, they were 2 men short on the day.  On board 3, Anthony got into a pickle in the Dutch Stonewall, eventually swapping down and offering a draw when maybe there was a small edge. Dan overran his opponent in the time scramble. Matthew’s game evolved into a Maroczy bind with black playing h5! After complications, it swapped down to a king and pawn ending where Black’s tempo and King opposition did the trick.

Herts CA : Herts League – Division 4        Monday 27-April-2015

          Barnet Elizabethans 2                           Borehamwood 1
Board  1 : Bowie, Brian S (Wh)            150   0-1   Simmons, Matthew          195

Board  2 : Jones, Michael N             136   0-1   Marcos, Dan                         154

Board  3 : Morley, Howard               131   1/2   Kent, Anthony R                    150
Board  4 : default                                   –   d-1   Gesthuysen, Malcolm           133
Board  5 : default                                   –   d-1   Glouzman, Leon                   117
Match Score :                                       0.5 – 4.5
So it came down to beating Royston 3 in the last match, and we duly won the match! Thanks to Kevin for turning up to give us the default win on board 5. Mattthew had a comfortable win. Dan was a pawn up, but no way through. Malcolm had a safe draw. Royston have the same record as us (8 wins 2 draws, 2 defeats), but we go up having won more games over the board.  Not excactly champagne and cigars, just sheer relief after more than a decade in division 4.
Herts CA : Herts League – Division 4           Tuesday 19-May-2015
Borehamwood 1                                   Royston 3
Board  1 : Simmons, Matthew                195   1-0   Johnson, Martin R                  134
Board  2 : Marcos, Dan                         154   1/2   Woodhouse, Keith                   135
Board  3 : Kent, Anthony R                    150   1/2   Cage, Simon M                      130
Board  4 : Gesthuysen, Malcolm           133   1/2   Jackson, Simon C                   105
Board  5 : Sear, Kevin                           143   1-d   default                              –
Match Score :                                       3.5 – 1.5

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