Tuesday, 17 June 2014

5th Annual Harrow vs St Albans Chess Match

The Annual Friendly match between St Albans Chess Club and Harrow Chess Club took place last night...

The match takes place at the splendid County Club in St Albans. Harrow's win has reduced their deficit to 3-2 in the match series. The win was by the narrowest of margins, 20½ - 19½ just one point out of 40 games. 

Each player plays the same opponent twice, once as black and once as white. They score a point for their team if they win, half for a draw and nothing for a loss. Each player has 30 minutes to play all their moves so games last a maximum of 1 hour. Each player's time is recorded on a special chess clock and if a player exceeds the maximum thinking time then they lose the game "on time". 

After the first game there is a short break so that players can enjoy the buffet and excellent bar facilities.

The match is referred to jokingly as "Double Cross" because Ian Cross (board 7) plays for both clubs and has turned out in previous years for both Harrow and St Albans.


5th DOUBLE CROSS CHALLENGE MATCH

16th June 2014


Board
Harrow
R1
R2
St Albans
1
Colin Crouch
202
0 – 1
1 - 0
Jeremy Fraser-Mitchell
175
2
Steven Coles
186
½ - ½
0 – 1
Neil Willmott
176
3
Nevil Chan
179
½ - ½
0 – 1
Chris Majer
171
4
Charlie Nettleton
179
0 – 1
0 – 1
Aidan Ellis
165
5
Bill Phillips
156
1 - 0
½ - ½
David Bower
163
6
Atreya Mandnikar
152
½ - ½
1 - 0
John Gemmell
u/g
7
Greg Breed
150
0 – 1
1 - 0
Ian Cross
146
8
Jagdeep Dhemrait
138
½ - ½
1 - 0
Michael Flatt
132
9
John Harvey
137
1 - 0
0 – 1
Simon Narbeth
132
10
John Marston
128
½ - ½
1 – 0
Dominic Hebblethwaite
129
11
David Powell
127
1 – 0
0 – 1
Paul Laskier
124
12
Surjit Dhemrait
123
0 – 1
0 – 1
Austin McMahon
125
13
David Wray
122
1 – 0
0 – 1
Chris Pines
115
14
Faye Ainscow
120
0 – 1
1 – 0
John Peate
113
15
Miguel Halpern
110
1 – 0
1 – 0
Keith Feldman
106
16
Jenny Goldsmith
106
½ - ½
1 – 0
Stuart James
95
17
Robin Nettleton
95
1 – 0
1 – 0
Peter Baker
89
18
David Walker
93
0 – 1
½ - ½
Rosemary Phillips
u/g
19
Seamus Cody
69
1 – 0
½ - ½
Sam Dicker
u/g
20
Barry Raynaud
47
0 – 1
0 – 1
Sangeetha Gourd
u/g

Half-Time


10-10
10½-9½



Final

20½ - 19½



A couple of photos (click to expand)

The match is about to start

I arrive too late to photograph the buffet


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