Chess night was a success

Our chess event, which was part of the Elstree and Borehamwood Town Council Civic week, was a success. Delighted that the Town Mayor,  Victor Eni, and his wife, Justine, were able to open proceedings for us. We had a 10 minute rapidplay mini-tournament, and it was particularly pleasing to see some new faces.

We are now closed for the summer, returning in September/October for the new season.


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Season finale with win against Hertford

Comfortable win to end the season as runner-up (again)

Herts League – Division 3            Tuesday 15-May-2018
Borehamwood                                       Hertford 2
Board  1 : Raoof, Adam N                    176   1/2   Wooster, Nick                      141
Board  2 : Marcos, Dan                        151   1-0   Du Boulay, Andrew             137
Board  3 : Kent, Anthony R                 151   1-0   Morris, Simon P                   147
Board  4 : Gesthuysen, Malcolm        132   1-0   Rudd, David R                      138
Board  5 : O’Sullivan, Terry J              118   0-1   Hutton, Allan                       129
Match Score :                                             3.5 – 1.5

In board order: Adam agreed a draw in top board with little on offer. Dan’s Ruy Lopez on board 2 eventually led to a won rook and pawn ending after all the pieces swapped off .



Board 3 saw Anthony’s modern defence under pressure as white gave up 2 pawns and charged up his g-pawn and Harry the h-pawn. Black managed to swap off to a won endgame;  the a-pawn is unstoppable on its destiny to become a queen.

AK v MorrisMay18

Nice win for Malcolm on 4 as he pinned black’s queen to the back rank.

Malcolm May 18

Terry had a decent position with a draw available, but time pressure took its toll.

Thanks to everyone who played. See you at the Elstree Town Council Civic Festival chess on Tuesday 19 June @ Fairway Hall. Enjoy the summer break. Club reopens September/October.







Draw Away to Bishops Stortford

A bit of a late post, as Board 4 was adjourned and only just agreed as a draw. Malcolm was a rook for Bishop down, but his pawns formed a fortress around his king.

Herts League – Division 3     Thursday 26-April-2018
Bishops Stortford 2                             Borehamwood
Board  1 : Osiyemi, Lara                     149   0-1   Raoof, Adam N                      176
Board  2 : Acton, Tim                          146   1-0   Kent, Anthony R                    151
Board  3 : Heffer, Judith                     144   1/2   Choudhury, Shakeel             147
Board  4 : Heffer, Mark                      128   1/2   Gesthuysen, Malcolm           132
Board  5 : Hirst, Adam                        126   1/2   O’Sullivan, Terry J                118

Match Score :                                            2.5 – 2.5

Away Blues at Welling Hatfied

Herts League – Division 3     Tuesday 10-April-2018

Welwyn Hatfield 2                               Borehamwood
Board  1 : Fisher, Jim (black)                  157   1/2   Kent, Anthony (white)         151
Board  2 : Stefanovski, Miro                   152   0-1   Choudhury, Shakeel             147
Board  3 : Willsher, David                       146   1-0   Gesthuysen, Malcolm          132
Board  4 : Read, Matthew                        135   1-0   Sear, Kevin                             124
Board  5 : Aldred, James H                     135   P-P   O’Sullivan, Terry J                 118
Match Score :                                                  2.5 – 1.5


Always more pleasant to play away games on lighter evenings in British Summer Time. New member Shakeel had a good win as black with the Sicilian. We were doing OK on board 3 but Malcolm missed his opponent’s threat. Kevin fought well, but could not overcome a material deficit. On top board, Anthony won material through Bd3xa6, but despite behind 2 rooks and a pawn v rook at the end, disappointingly ran out of time to win.


Terry’s game is adjourned with even material.


The action on boards 3 and 4



Win over Watford Puts The Wood Top of the Table

5 home matches in 2017/2018 Season, each won 3-2. 3 points out of 8 from 4 away matches.

Herts League – Division 3 Tuesday 20-March-2018

Watford White on odds
Borehamwood                            Watford 3
Board 1 : Raoof, Adam N            176 1/2    Lancaster, Roger 173
Board 2 : Marcos, Dan                 151 1/2    Pigott, Darrell N 160
Board 3 : Kent, Anthony R          151 1/2    Charles, Simon 138
Board 4 : Gesthuysen, Malcolm 132 1/2    Sloan, Cecil 138
Board 5 : O’Sullivan, Terry J       118 1-0    David, Barry AH 127
Match Score :                                       3 – 2

The decisive result was on board 5 where Terry’s opponent over looked that a piece could be captured due to a pin. Malcolm faced the centre counter. A draw was agreed in position below

Malcolm March 18

Anthony faced the Grand Prix Attack, and agreed a draw below (though should have played on…Bf6…Bh4)

AK March 18

Dan’s game finished last, his draw giving us the win.

Dan March 18.JPG


French, Danish, Polish, and a Polar Bear

Hertfordshire Chess League – Division 3
Tuesday 27th February 2018 . Hatfield White on odd boards

Borehamwood                           v                   Welwyn Hatfield 2
Board 1 : Raoof, Adam N 176              1-0    Fisher, Jim R 157
Board 2 : Kent, Anthony R 151           1-0    White, David 147
Board 3 : Gesthuysen, Malcolm 132 1/2     Read, Matthew 135
Board 4 : Sear, Kevin 124                    1/2     Aldred, James H 135
Board 5 : O’Sullivan, Terry J 118       0-1      Wali, Mir M 129
Match Score :                                       3 – 2

A bitterly cold evening, the so-called Beast-From-The-East had graced Borehamwood.

This was the first occasion we had used our new digital clocks, and they were all set to Fisher mode: 70 minutes each plus 10 seconds a move. Adam gained the advantage in the French defence and won against Jim Fisher.


On Board 2, Anthony went along with the weather and played the Polar Bear system (aka Reversed Leningrad). A less than smart piece sacrifice led to a difficult position, but in time pressure, Black played 30…Ne5 to d7 which turned his big advantage into a loss after white replied with 31. e5 . Black followed up with 31…kc7 ,and 32. BxN QxB 33. Ra7 check meant the Black Queen got sucked into the polar vortex on b7. A very fortunate win.

AKvWGCF feb 2018

Malcolm draw against the Polish Opening. Kevin’s Danish Gambit was declined, and after a long struggle, a drawn king and pawn ending was reached.


Terry had a level pawn ending, with a bishop to his opponent’s knight. He overpressed (as board 2 had appeared lost) and unfortunately lost. A 3-2 victory was unexpetidly achieved, which had not looked likely earlier in the evening.