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Match Result

Season 18/19
Date Mon 15 Apr 2019
Competition:Thames Valley League Division 1
Fixture Hammersmith '1' v Ealing 'A'
Result L: 2.5-5.5


BoardGradeHammersmith '1'
Ealing 'A'Grade
1212Maciol, Ryszard
Philip Makepeace
2199Bonn, Thomas
Alan Perkins
3186Kelmendi, Bajrush
Tony Wells
4196Pedersen, Carsten
Michael Lamb
5194Niccoli, Tony
David Ebbett
6195Eche, Sylvain
Simon Healeas
7192Skulte, Christopher
Jason Obihara
8182Stevenson, James AB
Alastair Johnstone

Captains Comment

Congratulations go to Hammersmith, who were crowned as the 2019 champions of the Thames Valley League after this convincing win, their first ever in this League.

They took no chances getting there, like Richmond last time out, fielding their strongest possible team, with a 195 board average.

Ealing's blushes were saved by two splendid wins from Tony and Mike at the death, after all others had perished save Simon whose stood firm in defence to notch a fine draw.

I fell first, when my cunning plan of trapping my opponent's queen was soundly rebuffed. Although I did win the queen the Rook, Bishop and two pawns needed to achieve this was too big a bill to pay.

1-0 soon became 2-0 when Phil uncharacteristically blundered on top board.

At this point of the match it looked as though we were still alive in all the other games.  Alan was involved in a particularly sharp and complex tactical struggle but, as both players blitzed out their moves, it was Alan's opponent's attack that bit first.

Jason had established what is becoming a characteristic kingside attack from his Birds Opening and seemed to have a promising looking attack brewing but something went wrong and next time I looked he had dropped material and was in a losing endgame.

David was typically solid with the white pieces but as time got short Black found ways to pick holes in his position and this ultimately led to a decisive breakthrough.

At 5½-½ down it looked like we were in for a whipping but happily we won both the remaining games. Mike had defended accurately in a major piece endgame against Hammersmith's erstwhile Board One (only gets a gig at 4 these days, such is their new-found strength) and pounced on a fatal blunder in the time scramble to take home the full point.

Game of the night however was Tony's evisceration of the Hammersmith captain. When Tony gets his tactics right he is a formidable attacker and, here, his pieces co-ordinated beautifully to set unanswerable questions. One for the magazine for sure.

As to the team, with our Juniors thrashing the hapless Wimbledon B, our loss confirmed us in 7th place in the table.  Division Two awaits unless the league decides to reinstate an eight-team first division.