A Match of Two Halves as Hampshire Draw

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On Saturday in the Chiltern League Under 160 competition, Buckinghamshire hosted the match against Hampshire at the Prestwood Village Hall. The hall was warm, quiet and spacious; good playing conditions. A quick glance at the pairings list before the start suggested that Buckinghamshire should win the match as they out-graded their Hampshire opponents on almost every board.

By the end of the match it turned out to be a match of two halves, the top 9 boards and the bottom 9 boards. In the top 9 Hampshire were leading by 7.5-1.5 points (+6, =3, -0). In the bottom 9 boards
Buckinghamshire had the better score of 7.5-1.5 (+7, =1, -1), so the match was drawn.

Well done to the Hampshire team for drawing the match against the odds!

The latest Chiltern 2017-18 Chiltern League U160 table and future fixtures may be viewed here.

Buckinghamshire B Hampshire B
1 Nataraj, Nakul (157) 0 1 Piecha, Lukasz (150)
2 Basham, Edward P (153) 0.5 0.5 Chapman, Timothy J (148)
3 Forrest, Peter (145) 0 1 Chilton, James I (145)
4 Watson, Darrell A (145) 0 1 Moore, Gillian A (141)
5 Barnes, Stephen (143) 0.5 0.5 Steele, Kevin (138)
6 Driscoll, William (143) 0 1 Wiseman, John M (137)
7 Melsom, Jonathan T (143) 0.5 0.5 Agostinelli, David (136)
8 Ferris, Herby (141) 0 1 White, Michael J (127)
9 Brown, A Graham (139) 0 1 Priest, Christopher PA (124)
10 Saeed, Yaqub (139) 1 0 Barnett, James (120)
11 Hawkins, Kevin F (137) 0 1 Bonsey, Frank A (118)
12 Turner, David J (137) 1 0 Chandar, Manoj (118)
13 Pomerenke, Richard (134) 1 0 Young, Jonathan G (110)
14 Driscoll, John (129) 1 0 Willis, Alan S (106)
15 Bolduc, Eugene (117) 1 0 Chandar, Maha (96)
16 Frost, Paul (115) 1 0 Lamb, Keven A (95)
17 Brown, David (113) 0.5 0.5 Cochran, Brian V (94)
18  Hill, Andrew W (113) 1 0 Chandar, Mansa (70)
19 _default (-) _default (-)
20 _default (-) _default (-)
(ave grade 136) 9 9 (ave grade 121)

Match report kindly provided by Chris Priest

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