|Board||Streatham & Brixton 2||Ilford|
|one||Liam M Hylands s184A||1-0||Paolo Casaschi es170 (B)||14|
|two||Martin G Smith s170B||1-0||Dee Fault||–|
|three||Jagdip Patel s168C||1-0||Gary Thurston s152C||16|
|four||Kostyantyn Titorenko s167B||1/2-1/2||Anthony R Kent s158A||9|
|five||Andrew Ponting s164D||1-0||Andrew Medworth s146A||18|
|six||Antony C Hall s163A||1-0||Jason W Klimach s145C||18|
|seven||James Fox s151A||0-1||Venkatesh Subramanian es150||1|
|eight||David A Varley s147A||1-0||Aidan T Corish s146A||1|
|nine||John McKenna s131A||0-1||Gideon Vecht s142B||-11|
|ten||Stuart McCormack s97C||0-1||Jeffrey Page s128B||-31|
|Mean grading||Home team: 154.2||Away team: 148.6||Δ = 5.6|
|Notes||Ilford Board 2 did not show up.|
We have known better evenings. The board order reflected the January 2020 ECF gradings for the first time to alter the board order a little. We only managed to pick up up half a point on the top 6 boards where we were outgraded (An Italian 4 knights draw on board 4 got the half). On board 3, Gary Thurston got tied down to his back rank in a locked position with a bishop stuck on a8. Andrew Medworth could not recover from a pawn down. Jason Klimach bravely castled queen-side against a modern defence and got heavily attacked on the queen-side.
We were relatively stronger on the bottom 4 boards. Board 7 saw a fine combination win for Venkatesh Subramanian. Jef Page put strong pressure on his opponent’s back 2 ranks, and a slip up gave him a back rank mate. Aidan was material down in a queen and pawn ending and lost. Gideon Vecht was last to finish with some advantage in a king and minor pieces ending. Eventually, he was left with just an unstoppable solitary pawn to win.