Central London League 2023-24

This Season we are again entering Divisions 3 and 4.

The first team came close to promotion last season, so will be looking to go one better this time.

In the tabbed display below, select the team tab along the top, then the individual matches for that team down the left.

Team Captains:

1st Team – Matthias Lataille

2nd Team – Krishna Raikundalia

CLL website

Match Programme navigation London | Central London | Essex | North Circular | Sundry Fixtures | Aggregate stats

 Date Home Score Away Result
Thu 21-Sep-23 Wanstead 1 2½–2½ West London Drew
Thu 12-Oct-23 Wanstead 1 2½–2½ Hammersmith 2 Drew
Thu 02-Nov-23 Hackney 1 1–4 Wanstead 1 Won
Thu 16-Nov-23 Battersea 3 3½–1½ Wanstead 1 Lost
Thu 14-Dec-23 Lewisham 1½–3½ Wanstead 1 Won
Thu 11-Jan-24 Hammersmith 2 4–1 Wanstead 1 Lost
Thu 25-Jan-24 Wanstead 1 3½–1½ Lewisham Won
Thu 07-Mar-24 West London Wanstead 1  
Thu 21-Mar-24 Wanstead 1 Hackney 1  
Thu 25-Apr-24 Wanstead 1 Battersea 3  
CL1
 Central London Lge D3 at 14 Dec 2023 P W D L Pts %
Peter Nickals 1705 3 3 0 0 3 100.00
Ian Hunnable 1889 5 2 1 2 50.00
Matthias Lataille 1794 4 2 0 2 2 50.00
Colin Li 1604 2 1 1 0 75.00
Ryan Colclough 1784 3 1 1 1 50.00
Paul Barclay 1796 3 0 3 0 50.00
Krishna Raikundalia 1600 1 1 0 0 1 100.00
Mark Murrell 1809 2 1 0 1 1 50.00
Davide Segat 1531 1 0 0 1 0 0.00
Davi Diniz Afonso 1746 1 0 0 1 0 0.00
             
 10 Players 25 11 6 8 14 56.00

 

CL1
Played Thu 21 September 2023
  W&W 1
v West London
1 Hunnable, Ian D (1889A) (B) 0-1 Jezierski, Colum (1998K) (W)
2 Lataille, Matthias (1801A)  0-1 Burke, John (1945K – March 2023) 
3 Colclough, Ryan (1799A)  ½-½ Hayler, Andy (1964K) 
4 Nickals, Peter (1698A)  1-0 Default
5 Raikundalia, Krishna (1600A)  1-0 Default
    2½-2½  

A tough opening fixture, in more ways than one. Players arriving at the venue were greeted with torrential rain accompanied by thunder and lightning. (Anyone for Lightning Chess?) Then Peter and Krishna found that their journeys were wasted as the opposition were defaulting two boards. Apparently they had notified the Controller by email at 18:15; woefully short of courtesy for a match starting at 18:30. Representation has been made to the Controller who is looking at what action can be taken as we understand this is not West London’s first offence.

West London called correctly to give us Black in two of the three contested games, with all three of their players rated well over 1900. Fortunately, Ryan was able to hold Andy Hayler to a draw, to square the match.

CL1
Played Thu 12 October 2023
  W&W 1
v Hammersmith 2
1 Hunnable, Ian D (1887A) (B) 1-0 Billenness, Greg (1862A) (W)
2 Barclay, paul (1800A)  ½-½ Sarfas, Robin (1803A) 
3 Lataille, Matthias (1786A)  0-1 Cuff, Andrew (1716A) 
4 Colclough, Ryan (1769A)  1-0 Chandrasekaran, Rahulan (1613K) 
5 Segat, Davide (1531K)  0-1 Lambert, David (1599K) 
  Average: 1755 2½-2½ Average: 1719

For the second match we lost the toss, so had the majority of Blacks, but secured another draw. We might have done better as Paul had won a bishop for two pawns. Black defended well, however, and Paul was unable to force the win. Both our wins are given below. Ryan produced another smooth performance from a Ruy Lopez, picking off Black’s a-pawn then converting the win in a K & P ending. Ian’s game was last to finish, yet had only lasted 18 moves, White having lost material with an unsound attack, eventually exceeding the time limit.

Games

TIPS – To flip the board, click on square e7 (with White at the bottom) or with Black at the bottom click d2 (it’s the same square – one row down from the top, five squares from the left).
Play through variations on screen by clicking on moves within square brackets [ ] then return to the game moves by clicking the previous game move (in bold).

CL1
Played Thu 2 November 2023
  Hackney 1
v W&W 1
1 Jones, Zebedee 1608A – sub (B) 0-1 Hunnable, Ian D 1883A (W)
2 Cullen, Ben 1903K 0-1 Murrell, Mark RA 1820A
3 Conway, Paul 1872K 0-1 Lataille, Matthias 1780A
4 Levy, Chris 1810A 1-0 Diniz Afonso, Davi 1729A
5 Burgoyne, Peter 1665K 0-1 Li, Colin 1582K
  Average: 1772 1-4 Average: 1759

Our first toss won and full value for our three Whites! Yet the fortunes wavered, particularly for Mark and Matthias, so Davi might not have been the only casualty. Games given below.

Thank you Colin for stepping in for Peter at the last minute. Having shared the points with Hackney in both matches last season, 4-1 is a convincing win.

Games

I had a much less challenging opponent than originally declared when Zebedee stepped in for the absent Emyr (1883), but nonetheless an interesting game – Ian
And my wild one – an unusual queenside advance for Black in an offbeat Dutch. The ending was very hairy……but fun – Mark
Not the best game – I blundered and then my opponent blundered back. – Colin

CL1
Played Thu 16 November 2023, at Pimlico
  Battersea 3
v W&W 1
1 Jason Robinson 2095 (B) 1-0 Ian D Hunnable 1883 (W)
2 Alan H Palmer 1754 1-0 Mark R A Murrell 1820
3 Michael Gilyatt 1570 ½-½ Paul R Barclay 1800
4 Chris J Watt 1493 1-0 Ryan Colclough 1757
5 Zoya Boozorginia 1273 0-1 Peter A Nickals 1692
    3½-1½  
CL1
Played Thu 14 December 2023, at Pimlico
  Lewisham v W&W 1
1 Wood, Peter (1903K)  ½-½ Hunnable, Ian D (1902A) 
2 Smith, Kenroy (1788A)  ½-½ Barclay, paul (1798A) 
3 Alvares, Owen (1767K)  0-1 Lataille, Matthias (1784A) 
4 Kizilay, H Gokhan (1717K)  0-1 Nickals, Peter (1713A) 
5 Makhanasa, Shreyansh (1728P)  ½-½ Li, Colin (1605K) 
  Average: 1781 1½-3½ Average: 1760

Coming off the back of defeat in the previous match by the same score, this was the team’s second win and a good way to end the year. Outrated by an average 21 points a board, a solid performance undefeated was led by the skipper’s 14 move win! Yes, you heard: 14 moves – game given below.

The Game

CL1
Played Thu 11 January 2024
  Hammersmith 2
v W&W 1
1 Brixel, Christof (1992A) (B) 1-0 Hunnable, Ian D (1902A) (W)
2 Kennelly, Paul (1820A)  1-0 Lataille, Matthias (1790A) 
3 Morgan, Richard (1802K)  ½-½ Colclough, Ryan (1751A) 
4 Kahane, Erasmus (1746K)  ½-½ Nickals, Peter (1738A) 
5 Cuff, Andrew (1727A)  1-0 Li, Colin (1615K) 
  Average: 1817 4-1 Average: 1759

 

CL1
Played Thu 25 January 2024
  W&W 1
Score Lewisham
1 Hunnable, Ian D (1902A) (B) 1-0 Wigbout, Rod (1892K) (W)
2 Lataille, Matthias (1790A)  1-0 Malet, Arnaud (1865K) 
3 Barclay, paul (1785A)  ½-½ Craig, Andrew (1775K) 
4 Singh, Inder-Veer (1758K)  0-1 Smith, Kenroy (1797A) 
5 Colclough, Ryan (1751A)  1-0 Alvares, Owen (1744K) 
  Average: 1797 3½-1½ Average: 1815
CL1
To be Played Thu 7 March 2024
  West London
Score W&W 1
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CL1
To be Played Thu 21 March 2024
  W&W 1
Score Hackney 1
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CL1
To be Played Thu 25 April 2024
  W&W 1
Score Battersea 3
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CL2
Date Home Score Away Result
Thu 14-Sep-23 Streatham 2 2–2 Wanstead 2 Drew
Thu 28-Sep-23 Wanstead 2 3–1 Hackney 2 Won
Thu 19-Oct-23 Pimlico 4 1½–2½ Wanstead 2 Won
Thu 09-Nov-23 Hackney 2 ½–3½ Wanstead 2 Won
Thu 07-Dec-23 Wanstead 2 3–1 Kings Head 2 Won
Thu 15-Feb-24 Kings Head 2 Wanstead 2  
Thu 04-Apr-24 Hammersmith 3 Wanstead 2  
Thu 11-Apr-24 Wanstead 2 Pimlico 4  
Thu 02-May-24 Wanstead 2 Hammersmith 3  
Thu 09-May-24 Wanstead 2 Streatham 2  
CL2
 Central London Lge D4 at 07 Dec 2023 P W D L Pts %
Davi Diniz Afonso 1746 5 2 2 1 3 60.00
Paramaguru Gurusamy 1491 3 2 1 0 83.33
Almas Dohon 1535 2 2 0 0 2 100.00
Ben Harte 1732 2 1 1 0 75.00
Finbar McLoughlin 1843 1 1 0 0 1 100.00
Michael Buckingham 1588 1 1 0 0 1 100.00
Nigel White 1413 1 1 0 0 1 100.00
Zain Qureshi 1482 1 1 0 0 1 100.00
David Smith 1592 1 0 1 0 ½ 50.00
Colin Li 1604 3 0 1 2 ½ 16.67
             
 10 Players 20 11 6 3 14 70.00

 

CL2
Played Thu 14 September 2023
  Streatham 2 Score W&W 2
1 Isaacs, Ruairi (1784A) (W) 0-1 McLoughlin, Finbar (1843P) (B)
2 Evans-Young, Matthew C (1725P)  1-0 Diniz Afonso, Davi (1746K) 
3 Hills, Elliot ()  1-0 Li, Colin (1604K) 
4 Hanney, Matt (1619P)  0-1 Gurusamy, Paramaguru (1491P) 
  Ave rating 1709 2-2 Ave rating 1671
CL2
Played Thu 28 September 2023
  W&W 2 v Hackney 2
1 Diniz Afonso, Davi (1740A)  1-0 Landman, Aharon (1651K) 
2 Li, Colin (1604K)  0-1 Jones, Zebedee (1597A) 
3 Buckingham, Michael (1588K)  1-0 Davidson, Calum (1403P) 
4 Gurusamy, Paramaguru (1491P)  1-0 Saunois, Anthony (1186A) 
  Average: 1606 3-1 Average: 1459
CL2
Played Thu 19 October 2023
  Pimlico 4 v W&W 2
1 Schmidt, Stefan () (B) ½-½ Diniz Afonso, Davi (1737A) (W)
2 Gunawardana, Thivan (1687A)  ½-½ Harte, Ben (1728K) 
3 Dunmore, Keith (1631K)  ½-½ Smith, David (1586A) 
4 Simon, Steve (1211K)  0-1 Dohon, A () 
    1½-2½  
CL2
Played Thu 9 November 2023
  Hackney 2
v W&W 2
1 Wouters, Oliver (1632P)  (B) 0-1 Harte, Ben (1733K)  (W)
2 Kirk, Jack (1560K)  ½-½ Diniz Afonso, Davi (1729A) 
3 Hassine, David (1479K)  0-1 Dohon, Almas (1626P) 
4 Saunois, Anthony (1180A)  0-1 White, Nigel (1442A) 
  Average: 1463 ½-3½ Average: 1633

 

CL2
Played Thu 7 December 2023, at Pimlico
  W&W 2
v Kings Head 2
1 Diniz Afonso, Davi (1719A) (W) 1-0 Jerram, Richard (1761K) 
2 Li, Colin (1605K)  ½-½ Balatoni, Richard (1649K) 
3 Gurusamy, Paramaguru (1491)  ½-½ Bonn, Doug (1537K) 
4 Qureshi, Zain (1535K)  1-0 McGann, John M (1302K) 
  Average 1587 3-1 Average 1562

Excellent result, fourth win on the bounce and a great way to end the year. Top of the table on 9 points, with a three point lead. The next three teams each have a match in hand, but respectively with point scores of 6, 5, 4, Wanstead 2 will still be top even when those teams (Hammersmith 3, Streatham 2, Kings Head 2) catch up their game in hand (2 points for  win).

CL2
To be played Thu 15 February 2024
  Kings Head 2
Score W&W 2
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CL2
To be played Thu 4 April 2024
  Hammersmith 3
Score W&W 2
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CL2
To be played Thu 11 April 2023
  W&W 2
Score Pimlico 4
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CL2
To be played Thu 2 May 2024
  W&W 2
Score Hammersmith 3
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CL2
To be played Thu 9 May 2024
  W&W 2
Score Streatham 2
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