January 2015, Woodpushers Gazette, Part 1

2 Hertfordshire league matches to kick off the year.

The first was a rusty new year hangover…..

Herts CA : Herts League – Division 4    Tuesday 06-January-2015
Borehamwood                                     St Albans 3
Board  1 : Simmons, Matthew          197   1/2   Cross, Ian K                        147
Board  2 : Kent, Anthony R              153   1/2   Lawrence, Paul                   144
Board  3 : Marcos, Dan                      142   0-1   Palmer, James C                144
Board  4 : Gesthuysen, Malcolm      141   0-1    Hebblethwaite, Dominic 143
Board  5 : Glouzman, Leon               119   1/2   Narbeth, Simon                  137
Match Score :                                           1.5 – 3.5

Matthew dropped his first ever points for Borehamwood with a draw in which he never really got going against queens pawn opening.  Credit to Ian Cross, his opponent. Anthony’s attack ground to a halt, and Dan lost on time.  Congratulations to St Albans for being sharper than us.

So on to the following Monday in wet and windy Apsley:

Herts CA : Herts League – Division 4     Monday 12-January-2015
Hemel Hempstead 3                                 Borehamwood
Board  1 : Rixon, Tom J                  142   0-1   Kent, Anthony R                  153
Board  2 : Simpson, Derek              130   0-1   Marcos, Dan                        142
Board  3 : Saunders, Barrie            127    1/2   Gesthuysen, Malcolm        141
Board  4 : Hall, Ian JL                      123   0-1   O’Sullivan, Terry J             115
Board  5 : Sargent, Paul                   120   0-1   Glouzman, Leon                 119
Match Score :                                        0.5 – 4.5

 

No Matthew on board 1, but we coped! Leon’s french won first. Anthony made a sow’s ear of a tame Colorado Gambit Declined, losing a pawn for a bit of compensation. His opponent, however,  unsoundly gave up a rook for 3 pawns and eventually got check mated. Dan got a winning attack against the French. Malcolm was 2 pawns down in the Urusoff gambit, but pulled back well for a draw. Terry’s queen’s pawn opening gave him a strong king side attack. In the end, a fine victory.
Borehamwood now have 6 points from 10. Top are St Albans 3 with 9 from 12. However, Royston 3 with 6 from possible 6 are team to beat.

February 7 2012: Lost to League leaders (again)

Herts Division 4:      Borehamwood v Barnet Elizabethans 2
Board 1 :     Kent, Anthony R 160               0-1      Sahan, Kurtulus 166
Board 2 :     Gesthuysen, Malcolm 149       0-1     Myers, Philip 162
Board 3 :     Sear, Kevin 148                       1/2    Bowie, Brian S 162
Board 4 :    Glouzman, Leon 141                 1/2    Wright, Nigel 160
Board 5 :    O’Sullivan, Terry J 129               1/2    Jones, Michael N 138
Match Score :                                      1.5 – 3.5

Does not make pretty reading. Mea culpa on board 1. Just about emerged OK from one opening cock-up against the modern defence, then make a howler. Somewhat overrun on the King Side on Board 2, but decent draws on the remaining boards. No promotion, and surely no relegation. And no banana.

We need to expand our playing squad (is my needle stuck?). Any interested new players please get in touch. I may even sort out this website one day….