"Those who say they understand chess, understand nothing" -- Robert HUBNER

Match Result

Season 18/19
Date Mon 11 Mar 2019
Competition:Thames Valley League Division 1
Fixture Wimbledon '2' v Ealing 'A'
Result W: 7.5-0.5


BoardGradeWimbledon '2'
Ealing 'A'Grade
1178Haridas, Girinath
Philip Makepeace
2178Gregory, Philip J
Alan Perkins
3173Cannon, Neil
Tony Wells
4159Tello, Yasser
Joao Santos
5157Rennie, Gordon
Hristo Colov
6149Rutkowski, Adrian R
Simon Healeas
7149Hernandez, Federico
Jason Obihara
8142Ingle, Sean M
Alastair Johnstone

Captains Comment

Although I had hoped for a match win, this result exceeded all expectations making a nonsense of a supposed 4-point average grading gap.

Immersed in my own challenges, I saw little of the early-finishing games but Tony was first to finish, rapidly dispatching his opponent with the Black pieces. Further wins followed from Hristo and Jason who continued his fine run of form with another win from the Black side of a French and

Joao then agreed the solitary draw of the evening.  After a quiet, positional start Joao rejected the option of a double-edged continuation in favour of retaining control and although Joao’s initial offer of a draw was rejected, his opponent made the offer himself a couple of moves later and (seeking to avoid an adjournment at all costs) Joao accepted.

I was extremely lucky to win after a brainstorm in the opening left me a pawn down and clearly worse bit a few inaccuracies allowed me to survive and immediately after I had finally equalised, my opponent blundered to hand me a rook and the game.

Phil’s game was typically sharp. In his own words: I outplayed my opponent on the black side of a very dry QGD but erred in a rook ending, stumbling into a pawn race where I queened by a single tempo. The resulting queen vs rook + f + g pawns ending was theoretically drawn but my opponent had run himself down to 25 seconds on the clock, which proved decisive.

Simon also delivered the full point.  His opponent sacrificed the exchange for piece activity in the early middle game, but the intended counterplay failed to materialise and Simon was able to build up pressure along the c-file which eventually translated into a relatively straightforward rook versus bishop winning ending.

Alan’s game was adjourned at the time control with Alan the exchange for a weak pawn to the good and his opponent conceded without resumption.

Even though we now have 4/8 and a solid 7 game point advantage we are far from safe from the drop but a repeat of a performance like this would surely see us safe.