2017-18 results.

Archived results for the 2017-18 season.

Congratulations to Gavin Wall and the London League team for finishing second to the invincible Wood Green, and to Adrian Waldock and the Thames Valley B team for winning Division 3 of the league and gaining promotion back to Division 2.

London League:
Wed 11 Oct 2017 Richmond 6½-3½ Hackney 1
Thu 16 Nov 2017 Cavendish 2 2½-7½ Richmond
Wed 10 Jan 2018 Richmond 3½-6½ Wood Green
Wed 31 Jan 2018 Richmond 5-5 Streatham 1
Tue 13 Feb 2018 Richmond 4½-5½ King’s Head 1
Wed 28 Feb 2018 Wimbledon 1 3½-5½ Richmond (played over 9 boards)
Wed 14 Mar 2018 Battersea 1 2½-7½ Richmond
Thu 26 Apr 2018 Cavendish 1 3½-6½ Richmond
Wed 30 May 2018 Wanstead 1 1-8 Richmond (one game declared void)
Wed 6 Jun 2018 Athenaeum 1 6½-3½ Richmond
Wed 11 Jun 2018 Drunken Knights 1 5-5 Richmond

Eastman Cup (London League KO):
Tue 19 Dec 2017 Battersea 2-8 Richmond
Wed 7 Mar 2018 Richmond 5-5 Cavendish (Cavendish won on board count)

Thames Valley A:
Thu 12 Oct 2017 Richmond A 4-4 Surbiton B 4
Thu 9 Nov 2017 Richmond A 8d-0d Kingston A
Mon 13 Nov 2017 Wimbledon A 6½-1½ Richmond A
Mon 18 Dec 2017 Ealing A 4-4 Richmond A
Thu 18 Jan 2018 Richmond A 5-3 Hammersmith A
Thu 25 Jan 2018 Richmond A 5½-2½ Ealing A
Thu 1 Mar 2018 Richmond A 4½-3½ Surbiton A
Wed 7 Mar 2018 Surbiton B 4-4 Richmond A
Mon 26 Mar 2018 Kingston A 2-6 Richmond A
Thu 29 Mar 2018 Richmond A 5-3 Wimbledon A
Mon 16 Apr 2018 Hammersmith A 4½-3½ Richmond A
Wed 2 May 2018 Surbiton A 5½-2½ Richmond A

Thames Valley KO:
Thu 7 Dec 2017 Richmond 4-2 Surbiton
Mon 9 Apr 2018 Hammersmith 3½-2½ Richmond

Thames Valley B:
Thu 19 Oct 2017 Richmond B 4-2 Uxbridge
Thu 26 Oct 2017 Richmond B 4½-1½ Ealing B
Mon 27 Nov 2017 Maidenhead B 1½-4½ Richmond B
Thu 7 Dec 2017 Richmond B 1½-4½ Hounslow B
Mon 11 Dec 2017 Wimbledon D 0-6 Richmond B
Wed 24 Jan 2018 Uxbridge A 3½-2½ Richmond B
Thu 15 Feb 2018 Richmond B 6d-0d Maidenhead B
Mon 19 Feb 2018 Hounslow B 1-5 Richmond B
Mon 19 Mar 2018 Ealing B 1-5 Richmond B
Thu 3 May 2018 Richmond B 4½-1½ Wimbledon D

Thames Valley C:
Tue 24 Oct 2017 Richmond C 2-4 Richmond D
Thu 26 Oct 2017 Richmond D 3½-2½ Richmond C
Tue 31 Oct 2017 Richmond C ½-5½ Surbiton C
Tue 14 Nov 2017 Richmond C 1½-4½ Kingston B
Thu 4 Jan 2018 Harrow B 2-4 Richmond C
Wed 10 Jan 2018 Surbiton C 4½-1½ Richmond C
Mon 22 Jan 2018 Ealing C 2½-3½ Richmond C
Mon 5 Feb 2018 Kingston B 5½-½ Richmond C
Tue 13 Feb 2018 Richmond C 2½-3½ Harrow B
Tue 10 Apr 2018 Richmond C 2½-3½ Ealing C

Thames Valley D:
Tue 24 Oct 2017 Richmond C 2-4 Richmond D
Thu 26 Oct 2017 Richmond D 3½-2½ Richmond C
Mon 6 Nov 2017 Ealing C 2-4 Richmond D
Thu 16 Nov 2017 Richmond D 4-2 Surbiton C
Thu 30 Nov 2017 Richmond D 2-4 Kingston B
Thu 11 Jan 2018 Richmond D 3-3 Ealing C
Wed 28 Feb 2018 Surbiton C 4½-1½ Richmond D
Thu 8 Mar 2018 Richmond D 3½-2½ Harrow B
Thu 22 Mar 2018 Harrow B 6d-0d Richmond D
Mon 16 Apr 2018 Kingston B 3½-2½ Richmond D

Thames Valley E:
Tue 7 Nov 2017 Richmond E ½-3½ Hounslow C
Wed 31 Jan 2018 Surbiton D 2½-1½ Richmond E
Mon 26 Feb 2018 Hounslow C 2-1 Richmond E (one mutual default)
Tue 20 Mar 2018 Richmond E ½-3½ Staines B
Tue 27 Mar 2018 Richmond E 0-4 Surbiton D
Mon 16 Apr 2018 Staines B 2-2 Richmond E

Results Update 08-05-18

Starting with the good news, it’s great to report an excellent win for our London League team against Cavendish 1. Wins for Gavin Wall, Mike Healey, Blair Connell and John Burke, together with draws for Caspar Bates, Martin Benjamin, Julien Shepley, John Bass and Richard Thursby added up to a 6½-3½ win against evenly matched opposition. With three matches to go we have a good chance of finishing second in the league.

The Thames Valley A team’s season finished rather anticlimactically. Two visits to Hammersmith both resulted in narrow defeats. Our cup team lost 2½-3½ with wins from Gavin and Raghu along with a draw from Bertie. The following week we lost 3½-4½ in the league. Gavin again won, as did Martin, while Julien, Richard T and Stuart shared the points. Our final match pitted us against Surbiton again. Just as in our previous league and cup encounters we were heavily outgraded, but this time there was no miracle. A win from Mike, along with draws from Julien, Bertie and Eamon, the last two against opponents graded 28 points above them, left us trailing 2½-5½.

Our B team needed at least a draw in their last match at home to Wimbledon B to win Division 3, a return to Division 2 having already been secured. This proved no problem: wins from Seb, Stuart, in his last game for Richmond before moving to Cambridge, Sampson and Omar, along with a draw from Ian, added up to a 4½-1½ victory.

Our C and D teams both met with narrow defeats in their last matches. The C team lost to Ealing C by the odd point, Alex and Barry winning their games and Dan scoring a draw. Richmond D lost to Kingston B by the same score. There were wins for Sampson and Huw, and a draw from Adrian.

Richmond E finally got on the scoresheet in their last match of the season. A win from Barry and a win by default on board 4 gave us a 2-2 draw.

TVL results 1 April 2018

No – not an April Fool, but there was more good news for the Thames Valley A team. We finally, at the third attempt, managed to play a match against our Kingston neighbours, where we were flattered by the 6-2 scoreline in our favour. There were wins for Gavin, Mike, Raghu and Eamon, while Julien, Chris, Masoud and I were all content to draw.

The following Thursday we faced a Wimbledon team who were slightly short of full strength, and were off to a good start when Raghu’s opponent failed to turn up. Excellent wins for Mike, Julien, Seb and John Burke added up to a 5-3 victory, leaving us back on top of the table with two matches to play.

Meanwhile, the E team were up against a strong Surbiton C team. Given the grading differences it was no disgrace that, on this occasion, they failed to trouble the scorer.

Results Update 22-03-18

March 7 saw an unfortunate clash of dates, with an Eastman Cup match on the same evening as a Thames Valley A Team match, which adversely affected both teams.

The Eastman Cup match against Cavendish resulted in a 5-5 draw, but I believe Cavendish will progress on board count. There were wins for Bob Eames, Caspar Bates and John Burke, while Iain Gourlay, Gavin, Jonathan Somekh and Mike Smart drew their games.

There was better news when Gavin’s team scored an excellent win against the up and coming team from Battersea. Wins from Ameet Ghasi, Gavin, Mike Healey, Martin Benjamin and Caspar Bates, along with draws from Iain Gourlay, Callum Kilpatrick and Chris Baker, left us 6½-2½ ahead, with John Burke’s game adjourned.

On the same day as the Eastman Cup match, our TVA team travelled to Surbiton to take on their B team. While we failed to repeat our heroics of the previous week we still managed a creditable draw against very evenly matched opposition. Chris W and Raghu both won excellent attacking games while Julien, Seb, Bertie and I all shared the point. The result ensured that we will remain in Division 1 next season.

Our B team, though, will be in a different division next season. Their win against Ealing B guaranteed them promotion, with Bertie, Eamon and Sampson (all former RJCC members) winning their games, Ian and Adrian drawing, leaving Stuart a pawn up in an adjournment. A draw in their final match, against Wimbledon D in May, will make Adrian’s team champions: congratulations to all concerned.

Richmond D won a closely contested match against Harrow B 3½-2½. Henry, Sampson and Nette all scored the full point, with a half point for Omar. Sadly, we had to concede the return fixture as we were unable to raise more than two players. Distant away matches at the end of the season are always a problem. We’ll need to recruit some more players next season.

Richmond E were beaten by Staines B, just managing a draw from Barry, while Dan’s game is adjourned.

London & Thames Valley League Update 03-03-18

It’s been a long time since the last post.

The London League team have been very busy, with three recent matches, all against evenly matched opposition, who, like us, will expect to finish mid-division. Our match against Streatham resulted in a draw, helped by our opponents being a player short. Gavin Wall was the only winner, with draws for Iain Gourlay, Mike Healey, Caspar Bates, Julien Shepley, Martin Benjamin and Chris Baker. Our next match, against King’s Head, ended up with our opponents winning by one point. Our winners were Ashley Stewart, Blair Connell and John Burke, while Gavin Wall, Martin Benjamin and Chris White all shared the spoils. Finally, we managed to beat local rivals Wimbledon in a match played over 9 boards. Ameet Ghasi, Gavin Wall, Ashley Stewart and John Burke were the victors, with half points for Jonathan Somekh, Chris Baker and Chris White.

Our TVA match against Kingston on 12 February was postponed at about three hours notice due to a power cut at their venue. It will be rearranged for later in the season. Our next match was against the mighty Surbiton, who outgraded us by over 30 points a board. Remarkably, we managed to win the match, with Julien, Ian, Eamon and myself winning their games, along with a draw from John Burke.

The TVB team should have played two matches since my last report, but Maidenhead B failed to turn up at Richmond. I’m assuming at the moment we’re going to claim a 6-0 win. We then visited Hounslow B where we gained revenge for our earlier defeat with a comprehensive 5-1 victory. Ian, Stuart, Sampson and Omar won their games, while Bertie and Eamon drew.

Our C team lost both their February matches. They suffered a heavy defeat against a strong Kingston B team, with just a draw from Alex on top board. Our match against Harrow B was closer, helped by a win by default on bottom board. A win for Dan and a draw for Laurie saw us losing by the odd point.

The TVD team’s only February match was against strong opposition from Surbiton C. We went down 4-2,with wins from Henry Shard (Alex’s son) and Sampson.

Richmond E played two matches in February, losing 2½-1½ against Surbiton D, with a win for Barry and a draw for Dan. The match against Hounslow C was also a narrow defeat. Both teams defaulted board 2, while Dan this time scored the full point.

TVL results 29-01-18

Our most recent Thames Valley League matches have provided good news for the A and C teams.

Up to this point the TVA team had won one match by default, along with two draws and a loss. Our fifth match saw us facing Hammersmith, a much improved club who are very active both on social media and in the local community, and have recruited a lot of strong new members, including two RJCC coaches.

We were relieved to see that they weren’t at full strength against us, and, with three games still to finish we had a 5-0 lead thanks to wins from Gavin, Mike, Raghu, Richard T and myself. Although we lost the other three games we had finally won a match over the board. As it happens there’s some doubt about the eligibility of one of the victorius Hammersmith players, who is not on their list of registrations on the league website. If that result is overturned that will make the score 6-2 in our favour.

The following week we had another home match, this time the return fixture against Ealing A. You may recall that when we visited Ealing we were very fortunate to come away with a draw, despite outgrading our opponents on every board. This time we made no mistake, managing to avoid defeat in every game. There were wins for Chris W (in 10 moves), Raghu and Richard T, while Mike, Julien, John Burke, Ian and myself (in 5 minutes) all shared the point. So, two convincing wins in two weeks leave us sitting proudly, if only temporarily, on top of the league.

Meanwhile, our B team, weakened by renominations, travelled to the north western wilds of Uxbridge, where they suffered a narrow defeat, losing the only decisive game of the match. The draws were scored by Seb, Bertie, Ian, Stuart and Masoud.

Finally, there was some good news from the C team who finally managed to get on the scoreboard for the season with an away win against Ealing C, courtesy of draws from Dan, Barry and Laurie and wins from George and Ken.




Results Update 16-01-18

The first London League match of the year witnessed Gavin’s team facing perennial league champions, the mighty Wood Green. Only losing 3½-6½ was a highly creditable performance. Blair Connell won his game, while there were draws for Ameet Ghasi, Iain Gourlay, Gavin Wall, Mike Healey and Jonathan Somekh.

Our Thames Valley C Team continue to find life hard in Division 4. They’ve already played two away matches this year, losing 4-2 to Harrow B (a win for Alex Shard, draws for Barry Sutton and George Dokic) and 4½-1½ to Surbiton C (draws for Alex Shard, Dan Donohoe and Jim Anandajeyarajah).

Richmond D, also in Division 4, drew with Ealing C, Masoud Molazadeh, Huw Willilams and Richmond Junior Club member Lewis Low, making his first appearance for RTCC, scored the wins.