3 matches on the Road in January, but at least the near 50 mile round trip to Letchworth brought back the spoils – 2 more valuable points.
Boards 1 and 5 both saw the Dutch defence from Black. Terry built up a nice centre, but agreed a draw in the middle game. Adam on top board faced a Classical Dutch. He gained more space and eventually won the exchange (see earlyish position on a historic club prize board below). Kevin had decent Queen side counterplay playing the Kings Indian, and a draw was agreed in the endgame.Adjudication on Board 4, with Malcolm gaining a pawn from a nice combination, and reaching position below as white. Anthony debuted the Black Lion, which purred rather than roared. Black took a chance opening up the kingside while delaying castling. A small plus built up in position shown below, but time was pressing for both players, and White went 23. Na4? which lost out to b5 forking Knight and Queen. So, black eventually won.
Herts CA : Herts League – Division 3 Monday 23-January-2017
Letchworth & Hitchin 2 Borehamwood
Board 1 : Ball, Anthony J 164 0-1 Raoof, Adam N 192
Board 2 : Mutton, Ian 155 0-1 Kent, Anthony R 153
Board 3 : Burrows, Anthony G 153 A-A Gesthuysen, Malcolm 132
Board 4 : Coates, Tom 123 1/2 Sear, Kevin 132
Board 5 : Collis, Leon 66 1/2 O’Sullivan, Terry J 121
Match Score : 1 – 3
4 wins, 3 draws and 1 defeat last week see us with 11 points after 8 matches. Enough to sit top of the league, but played more matches than everyone else.
The promised pictures: Dutch on board 1, Board 4 close of play, Board 2 before Na4