Our last away game of the 2016/2017 season was at Bishops Stortford, so we agreed to meet and set out early from Borehamwood. Unfortunately, there was a serious accident at Sterling Corner roundabout, and the A1 going North was closed. This delayed our departure, and meant travelling via Shenley. Fortunately, the M25 gods were in a benign mood, and texting ahead, our opponents kindly agreed to a 15 minute delayed start from 8.00pm. The spoils were shared.
Herts League – Division 3 Thursday 30-March-2017
Bishops Stortford 2 v Borehamwood
Board 1 : Lara Osiyemi 156 0-1 Adam Raoof 192 (White)
Board 2 : Laurie Mercer 140 0-1 Anthony Kent 153 (Black)
Board 3 : Tim Acton 144 1-0 Malcolm Gesthuysen 132
Board 4 : Mark Heffer 138 1-0 Kevin Sear 132
Board 5 : Judith Hefffer 132 1/2 Terry O’Sullivan 121
Match Score : 2.5 – 2.5
Terry drew a rather locked Kings Indian defense with all the pawns still on the board. Kevin lost a Pirc defence. Malcolm emerged worse off from the Queen’s Gambit, facing the Hennig-Schara (counter) gambit (1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 c5 4. cd cd). He castled queenside into a spot of bother.
On top board, a Trompowsky Stonewall gave Adam an initiative leading to a vital win. Board 2 saw the interestingly named Anti-Philidor Lion’s cave (1. e4 d6 2. d4 Nf6 3. Nc3 Nbd7 4. f4 e5 5. Nf3 exd4 6. Qxd4). Black managed to build up an advantage to the diagram below, and a few of moves later white lost on time. Honours even overall.
Mercer v Kent – Black to move (….27 Bxa2)