Herts CA : Herts League – Division 2D Monday 11-April-2022
Borehamwood White on odds boards
Stevenage 1 Borehamwood
Board 1 : Amato, Giampiero 2110 0-1 Simmons, Matthew 2163
Board 2 : Fewell, Ewan 1900 1/2 Raoof, Adam 2103
Board 3 : Rawlings, Stephen 1795 1/2 Kent, Anthony 1750
Board 4 : Anigbo, Afamefuna 1775 1-0 O’Sullivan, Terry 1510
Board 5 : Fitzgerald, Patrick 1788 1-0 Williams, Stephen 1500
Match Score : 3 – 2
Another tight match, but still winless this season in Herts Division 2. We were evenly matched over the top 3 boards, but their strength on the bottom 2 boards proved the difference.
Anthony finished first on board 3, accepting a draw against the French Defence, Terry’s Queens Gambit declined went awry, and he found himself unable to castle ,and under attack. White won comfortably in the end. Adam played a lively line of the French defence on board 2, and a draw was agreed after many pieces got exchanged.
On Board 5, Steve had some pressure with his 2 rooks and queens lined up, despite being a pawn down. Unfortunately, black managed to swap all the pieces of and comfortably won the pawn endgame. Board 1 saw a 4 knights opening where black had double pawns on the c file and a Bishop for Knight. White played a long term game to swap off the other pieces and use his mobile knight to create queenside threats and win the endgame.
We play Stevenage again at home in a couple of weeks.