New year – 2 trips to Hemel

Extremely belated Happy new year. January fixtures comprised to away matches to Hemel – or more accurately Apsley. .Apsley was a 19th-century mill village, but these days it is the part between the interminable roundabouts of Hemel and the A41.

Herts CA : Herts League – Division 2B       Monday 10-January-2022                           
                                                                                   

           Hemel Hempstead 2                               Borehamwood
Board  1 : Law, Stephen                        2058   1/2   Simmons, Matthew         2163
Board  2 : Valentine, Brian J                1908   0-1   Choudhury, Shakeel        1803
Board  3 : Matthews, Adrian MS         1878   1/2   Kent, Anthony R              1750
Board  4 : Dunford, Anthony D            1810   1/2   Sear, Kevin                        1653
Board  5 : Simpson, Derek                      1713   1-0   O’Sullivan, Terry             1510
  Match Score :                                   2.5 – 2.5

On paper, we did well to draw this match, though we were never in trouble.

Tight position on board 1
Shakeel’s winning attack on Board 2

H&D : Herts & District League – South        Monday 24-January-2022                                           

           Hemel Hempstead                                 Borehamwood
Board  1 : Dunford, Anthony D         1810   0-1   Choudhury, Shakeel             1803
Board  2 : Rollinson, David                1608   0-1   Kent, Anthony R                    1750
Board  3 : Hall, Ian JL                        1495   0-1   Sear, Kevin                        1653
Board  4 : Hicks, Simon                      1473   1/2   O’Sullivan, Terry J                1510
Board  5 : Shergill, Ranjit                    1038   0-1   Devan, Matthew                     1495
  Match Score :                                   0.5 – 4.5

Our 2nd match against Hemel resulted in a plasing win. Kevin won against the French, and Terry draw playing the French Winawer. Matthrew’s Spanish opening won comfortably, and to complete the European tour, Anthony’s Dutch Leningrad broke through with a strong kingside attack. Shakeel mated his oponnet in the time scrample.