Maidenhead A v Richmond B 29-04-19

Richmond B’s last match of the season required a trip down the M4 to Maidenhead, where we faced some strong and experienced opposition.

The result was an outstanding performance, our best of the season, and a stunning 5-2 victory.  Bertie and Ian both drew against much higher graded opponents, while Sampson and Russell (good to see him playing again) also shared the points. Our lower order were remorseless, making a clean sweep of boards 5-7.

The team included four former RJCC members from several decades ago, on boards 1, 3, 4 and 7. Great days, and great that they remember them so fondly and are still involved with Richmond chess.

Maidenhead A Richmond B
1 John Wager 188 ½:½ Bertie Barlow 162
2 Majid Mashayekh 172 ½:½ Ian McLeod 159
3 Charles Bullock 160 ½:½ Sampson Low 160
4 Nigel Dennis 153 ½:½ Russell Manning –
5 Paul Janota 145 0:1 Maks Gajowniczek –
6 William Castaneda 128 0:1 Adrian Waldock 138
7 Paul Fisher 122 0:1 Eamon Rashid-Farokhi 143
2:5

Adrian’s team finish with a score of 4½/12 in a tough division, helped by Harrow and Maidenhead failing to fulfil their matches against us. This should be enough for us to remain in Division 2 next season.