After being stuffed 5 1/2 – 1/2 when we went to their place last month, a 3-3 tie in the return match was a good result, particularly as our average grade was 133 versus 146.
North Circular Chess League Division A Redbridge Social Centre, 16th April 2018
|1||Anthony Kent||151||½ – ½||Gavin Hughes||164|
|2||Syd Kalinsky||149||½ – ½||Peter Rose||154|
|3||Jef Page||146||½ – ½||David Brady||149|
|4||Malcolm Gesthuysen||132||1 – 0||Robin Oakley||149|
|5||Anurag Chauhan||126||½ – ½||Brian Spear||143|
|6||Marshall Tutu||93||0 – 1||John Stevens||117|
(Edited from Jef’s notes) A good way to finish our final match of the season which should ensure our safety from relegation and the drop back to Division B. There were some very good results for our players against Chingford (who outgraded us on every board).
Syd Kalinsky played into a Vienna opening and set up a blockade which Rose couldn’t break down. Anthony Kent and Gavin Hughes settled for a draw in an even middegame (final position below, black to move)
Brian Spear won pawns against Anurag down the c-file, but with a Knight and Rooks potentially causing trouble for Brian, a draw was soon agreed. Jef somehow held off Brady’s queenside attack against his weak opening, but came up with a tactic to trap his Queen which he could only save by giving up both of his Bishops. On an open board a draw was agreed.
Malcolm was our winner when Oakley misjudged his position in a sharp line of the Steinitz Variation against the French Defence. Things went badly and he lost his Queen for a Knight (see picture below) whilst our only loser was Marshall who, forfeiting too much time on the clock, couldn’t make it up.
Considering we were a promoted club and hanging on a bit, a good end to the season which has been tough against some very strong teams. All being well we will continue in this top division next season.
Malcolm’s position a few moves before white resigned.