We Were the Champions (4)

This day in 1975 saw one of the most remarkable performances in the history of Richmond & Twickenham Chess Club. Our London League 1st team were facing Hendon, who fielded what was by no means a weak team. No doubt helped by my absence, we ran out winners by the massive score of 11½:½! After our first four matches we were well placed in the league on three points.

18 November 1975 St Bride’s Institute
Richmond & Twickenham 1 Hendon
1 MF Stean 233 1:0 BM Rothbart 198
2 AP Law 225 1:0 S Berry 210
3 DSC Goodman 200 1:0 DP Lynch –
4 GH James 211 1:0 PR Fawcett (Reserve) 147
5 MJ Franklin 192 1:0 RDW Marsh 168
6 KI Norman 191 1:0 IC McAllan 180
7 MJ Lightfoot 183 1:0 AL Natt 169
8 AR Bracher – ½:½ TJ Turner 174
9 PJ Stubbs 179 1:0 JF Lobley 172
10 DM Andrew 182 1:0 B Beavis 163
11 CD Carr 178 1:0 G Lacome 163
12 JM Hodgson 166 1:0 P Kelen 169
11½:½

You will note that Steve Berry is still playing against Richmond, although he migrated south of the river some years ago. Back in 1975 he was graded 210: 43 years on, impressively, his grade is 211.

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