Our run of excellent results finally came to an end when we were comprehensively beaten by Athenaeum, although we were, on paper, slightly the stronger team. These things happen: we’ll just have to beat Battersea in our last real match of the season.
Congratulations to Iain, our only winner on the night: there was also a quick draw from Mike Healey and solid halves on the bottom four boards: congratulations to them as well. Apart from that, not much joy. Thanks to all who played – and well done Athenaeum!
|1||Mark Gray 200||0:1||Iain Gourlay 225|
|2||Dimitar Mogilarov 202||1:0||Gavin Wall 223|
|3||Daniel Lindner 204||½:½||Mike Healey 212|
|4||Emmanuel Voyiakis 188||1:0||Caspar Bates 200|
|5||Colin Menzies 206||1:0||Julien Shepley 174|
|6||Olivia Smith 188||1:0||John Burke 181|
|7||Carl Hetherington 166||½:½||Martin Benjamin 176|
|8||John Walton 175||½:½||Mike Smart 171|
|9||Charles McAleenan 156||½:½||Chris Baker 165|
|10||Steve Madden 156||½:½||John Bass 168|
43 years on, John Walton was again playing for Athenaeum against Richmond. Just as in 1976, he drew his game, but this time his teammates were more successful.