Last night’s London League match pitted us against one of London’s strongest clubs, Hackney.
Although we were outgraded, in some cases heavily, on almost every board we managed a narrow win. Plaudits to Mike, Mark, Caspar and Martin for their wins, and to Gavin, John Bass and Chris for their draws.
We’re now in a very good position to repeat last season’s second place in the league, with only Athenaeum (next week) and Battersea (as well as a win by default against Drunken Knights 2) to come. Battersea are still on 100%, but have only played 5 of their 11 games, and still have to meet Hackney and Cavendish, as well as Wood Green and ourselves.
|1||Gavin Wall 223||½:½||Richard Bates 225|
|2||Mike Healey 212||1:0||Richard Britton 210|
|3||Mark Josse 204||1:0||Dave Ledger 208|
|4||Caspar Bates 200||1:0||Bob Eames 206|
|5||Jonathan Somekh 174||0:1||Nicholas Walker 202|
|6||John Burke 181||0:1||John Reid 202|
|7||Martin Benjamin 176||1:0||Tobias Baumann 181|
|8||John Bass 168||½:½||Kevin Bowmer 189|
|9||Chris White 177||½:½||Piro Balloglu 171|
|10||Andrew Waters 168||0:1||John Tennyson 173|
Our top 5 players are all former members of Richmond Junior Club, as, of course, is the Hackney Board 1 (and, before you ask, Richard and Caspar are not related). Furthermore, our next three players are all part of the ‘B-Squad’ who joined Richmond as teenagers or young adults in the late 70s, but were too old for RJCC. The legacy of what happened in the 1970s still lives on.