Mind The (Watford) Gap

Most teams in lower leagues dream of getting promoted, whatever the sport or level of play. Greater challenge, mixing it with the ‘big boys. Most team

OK, we got promoted from Herts Division 4 to Division 3. Not exactly Champions league with ‘Zadok the Priest’ blaring out and mascots with flags. Anyway, we did not get of to the best of starts…..

Anthony won a piece in 8 moves (i.e. early doors) his opponent resigned, having misplayed a grand prix attack (see diagram below – after 8.d3?? …Qa5ch won a piece)

Kevin had a tough time against his opponent’s Grunfield defence and could never develop his queen-side. Leon had a feisty exchange French Defence, He defended a strong king side attack well, but his opponent eventually swapped down to a won queen and pawn endgame.
Terry’s opponent,got a good opening from the Queens Indian. Terry lost material under time pressure at the end.
Matthew built up a steady attack with a closed Sicilian. He obtained an advanced passed queens pawn, and had some potential strong lines. His opponent found a resource to get a draw. So we lost 3.5 – 1.5

Herts League – Division 3 Tuesday 13-October-2015
Watford 3 v Borehamwood 1
Board 1 :  Charles, Simon (B) 138  1/2         Simmons, Matthew (W) 194
Board 2 : Sloan, Cecil 138              0-1           Kent, Anthony R 145
Board 3 : Littlefair, Paul 134         1-0          Sear, Kevin 167
Board 4 : Yassir, Samir 140           1-0          Glouzman, Leon 118
Board 5 : David, Barry AH 134      1-0          O’Sullivan, Terry 114
Match Score :                                3.5 – 1.5



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