London League 2023-24 – Division 2

This season we have withdrawn the Club’s team in the Minor division, due to a combination of lack of a captain and the likelihood that we would have a significant number of fixtures at LL Mindsports in Hammersmith, which has changed from Thursdays to Tuesdays; the number of probable Tuesday fixtures would conflict with Tuesdays needed for our Essex League and North Circular League fixtures.

The League responded to our overtures to have no fixtures at Mindsports for our remaining (1st) team. The Club’s “Home” venue will be St. Margaret’s House, Bethnal Green (SMH), with other fixtures being played at opponents’ home venues; matches are split between five at SMH and five at opponents’ home venues. There are, however, two fixtures on Tuesdays (Imperial College and GLCC).

In the tabbed display below, select the the individual match cards for that team down the left.

Team Captain

Keith Jones

Venues with start times

19:00 ALB Albany. The Wheatsheaf Public House, 25 Rathbone Place, London W1T1JB
18:45 CAV Cavendish. Millman Street Community Centre, 50, Millman Street, Holborn, London WC1N 3EW
18:30 GLCC Greater London. Upper Vestry House, St George’s Church, 6-7 Little Russell Street, London WC1A2HS
18:45 ICU Imperial College Union. Imperial College London South Kensington Campus, Prince Consort Road, London SW72BB
18:30 MET Metropolitan. The Artizan Community Centre, Gravel Lane (off Middlesex Street), London E17AW
18:45 SMH St. Margaret’s House, 21 Old Ford Rd, London E2 9PL (3-4 mins walk from Bethnal Green tube station, Central Line)

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Fixtures
 Date Opponents Venue Score Wanstead Result
Tue 17 October 2023 Imperial College 1 ICU 3–5 Won
Thu 26 October 2023 Cavendish 2 CAV 4–4 Drew
Mon 13 November 2023 Albany 1 ALB 4½–2½ Lost
Wed 6 December 2023 Wimbledon 1 SMH 6–2 Won
Wed 10 January 2024 Dulwich 1 SMH 4–4 Drew
Tue 13 February 2024 Greater London 1 GLCC  
Wed 6 March 2024 Bbca 1 SMH  
Wed 20 March 2024 Kings Head 1 SMH  
Thu 4 April 2024 Metropolitan 1 MET  
Wed 11 October 2023
Streatham 2 SMH Postponed – new date TBA
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 London League Division 2 at 06 Dec 2023 P W D L Pts %
Keith Jones 1740 3 2 1 0 83.33
Terry Whitton 1897 4 2 1 1 62.50
John Cawdery 2089 4 2 1 1 62.50
David Spearman 2103 4 1 2 1 2 50.00
Philip Staniland 1867 2 1 1 0 75.00
Ian Hunnable 1889 3 1 1 1 50.00
Partha Mulay 2065 1 1 0 0 1 100.00
Paul Barclay 1796 1 1 0 0 1 100.00
Mark Murrell 1809 2 1 0 1 1 50.00
Steve Rix 1988 3 1 0 2 1 33.33
Krishna Raikundalia 1600 1 0 1 0 ½ 50.00
Ryan Colclough 1784 2 0 1 1 ½ 25.00
Pete Meadows 1749 1 0 0 1 0 0.00
             
 13 Players 31 13 9 9 17½ 56.45
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Played Tue 17 October 2023, at ICU
  Imperial College 1
v W&W
1 Jain, Gautam R 2095 (2095) (W) ½ -½ Spearman, David 2096 (2103) (B)
2 Adriel, Au 2022 (2022) 0 -1 Cawdery, John 2089 (2089)
3 Muhunthan, Charukgan 1922 (1922) 0 -1 Rix, Steven JL 1998 (1988)
4 Lam, Kai 1688 (1688) 0 -1 Whitton, Terry D 1903 (1897)
5 Ye, David 0000 () 1 -0 Hunnable, Ian D 1885 (1889)
6 Kousouris, Georgios 1533 (1533) ½ -½ Colclough, Ryan 1771 (1784)
7 Goverse, Vincent 1447 (1447) 0 -1 Jones, Keith S 1745 (1740)
8 Mjeku, Endri 0000 () 1 -0 Meadows, Pete 1749 (1734)
  Average: 1785 (six ratings) 3-5 Average: 1905

Keith Jones had assembled the strongest team he has put out as LL captain, only to have Boards 4 and 5 – Ashley (1945) and Vladimir (1983) – withdraw at short notice, both unwell. Some proactive work by Mark Murrell – co-ordinating three matches on the evening, requiring 24 boards – resulted in substitutes Ryan and Pete attending ready to play. Fortunately, Imperial College were also missing some of their best players.

The start of the match was quite chaotic as IC’s normal room at ICU, Room 4, was not available, i.e. locked, so an alternative had to be found. This was Room 5 which was two floors down, but only had one table in it. As several of the Wanstead players had not arrived, arrangements to intercept them were needed. Meanwhile, the home players were busy finding tables and chairs from other rooms, delaying the start by 25 minutes, but by then everyone had arrived and whatsmore, found the room.

The early results seem to be part of this disorder: the two Wanstead losses, each against players without published ratings. But these were the only defeats for the visitors as the other games provided four wins and two draws for a Wanstead victory by 5-3. A great start.

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Played Thu 26 October 2023, at CAV
  Cavendish 2
v W&W
1 FM Lewis, Andrew P 2322 (2328) 1-0 Spearman, David 2096 (2103)
2 Goldberg, Jeff A 2111 (2133) ½-½ Cawdery, John 2096 (2089)
3 Harari, Zaki 2084 (2081) 1-0 Rix, Steven JL 2006 (1988)
4 Scrimgour, Alan 1993 (1999) ½-½ Whitton, Terry D 1908 (1897)
5 Sherwood, Chris C 1937 (1940) ½-½ Hunnable, Ian D 1877 (1889)
6 Dsilva, Prajval 1950 () 0-1 Murrell, Mark R A 1814 (1809)
7 Green, Barry N 1924 (1924) 0-1 Jones, Keith S 1752 (1740)
8 Waterman, Howard J 1913 (1919) ½-½ Raikundalia, Krishna 1585 (1600)
  Average: 2030 4-4 Average: 1892

An excellent result. Outrated on every board, against a Cavendish squad all rated above 1900 and led by FM Andrew Lewis, the team did well to share the points. The tail wagged to good effect to level the scores with the two wins and Krishna – drafted in at short notice to cover a late a withdrawal – holding Howard Waterman.

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Played Mon 13 November 2023, at ALB
  Albany 1
v W&W
1 Senior, Gary 2133 (2128) 1-0 Cawdery, John 2094 (2089)
2 Sagues, Vincent 2080 (2085) ½-½ Spearman, David 2089 (2103)
3 Dunn, Maxim W 2068 (2042) 1-0 Rix, Steven JL 1990 (1988)
4 Stern, Robert C 1968 (1968) 0-1 Whitton, Terry D 1921 (1897)
5 Todd, Chris J 1914 (1909) ½-½ Staniland, Philip 1876 (1867)
6 Groves, Howard 1886 (1892) ½-½ Jones, Keith S 1749 (1740)
7 Okosieme, Iozeph 1876 (1880) 1-0 Colclough, Ryan 1761 (1784)
8 Default 0000 () 0-0 Default 0000 ()
    4½-2½  
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Played Wed 6 December 2023, at SMH
  W&W v Wimbledon 1
1 Mulay, Partha 2099 (2065) (B) 1-0 Dubey, Mark J 2019 (2014) (W)
2 Spearman, David 2093 (2103) 1-0 Cannon, Neil 1973 (1970)
3 Cawdery, John 2080 (2089) 1-0 Hughes, Anthony 1903 (1910)
4 Whitton, Terry D 1917 (1897) 0-1 Rennie, Gordon 1834 (1791)
5 Hunnable, Ian D 1902 (1889) 1-0 Carpenter, Stephen CD 1776 (1822)
6 Staniland, Philip 1899 (1867) 1-0 Slonczuk, Pawel 1671 (1672)
7 Murrell, Mark R A 1808 (1809) 0-1 Fonseka, Anik 1556 ()
8 Barclay, Paul R 1798 (1796) 1-0 Selim, Omar 1473 (1435)
  Average: 1950 6-2 Average: 1776

A bloodthirsty match; no draws. Ashley Freeman and Steve Rix were two withdrawals from the original line-up, or we might have done even better. Mark and Paul were the substitutes, while skip Keith Jones still had himself in reserve.

Wimbledon, however, were markedly weaker than when we faced them last season WW v Wimbledon 2022-23 with the top three from that match missing, plus Ian Heppell.

Mark found himself faced with a returning player who was clearly of a class or two higher than his curent ‘P’ rating. Terry made an error in move selection turning a promising position into a losing one. The six winning games are given below; you can write your own match report on those!

Partha’s notes to his game are illuminating: it’s a remarkable position. In an open, fluid, position, the top 4-5 variations are all evaluated by the engine as equal (not approximately equal, but 0.00) for a long time. It is quite understandable how, encountering this position for the first time OTB, this equality, where the seeming imbalance should apparently give one side the advantage, was a source of uncertainty for Partha. In fact, it seems it was difficult to go wrong! We believe that Mark Dubey’s choice to press for a win when he had a forced draw by repetition is explained by the match situation where WW were winning and draws were then no good for Wimbledon.

The winning games

User notes for the game board: the squares of the board are also active “buttons”: click on e7 to flip the board, then d2 (the same square) to flip it back. (The player names don’t flip, which is why we give “White” and “Black” to save confusion over who’s who when the board has been flipped.) In game notes, variations given between square brackets [ ] can be played through on screen, with sub variations in the analysis given between parenthases ( ); just click on the move you want to play from, then click on the game move before the analysis to carry on where you left off. (Moves given in narrative are not live so are only for reading.)

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Played Wed 10 January 2024, at SMH
  W&W Score Dulwich 1
1 Mulay, Partha 2107 (2065) 0-1 Randall, Ryan 2205 (2210)
2 Spearman, David 2100 (2103) ½-½ Pridding, Andrew M 2182 (2183)
3 Cawdery, John 2092 (2089) ½-½ Andrews, B Peter A 2042 (2070)
4 Rix, Steven JL 1995 (1988) 1-0 Rasalingam, Haran 2017 (2025)
5 Whitton, Terry D 1912 (1897) 1-0 Simpson, Benjamin K 2017 (1977)
6 Hunnable, Ian D 1902 (1889) 0-1 Morley, Oliver 1801 (1786)
7 Staniland, Philip 1884 (1867) 0-1 McKenna, John R 1656 (1622)
8 Murrell, Mark R A 1796 (1809) 1-0 McKenna, James F 1597 (1593)
    4-4  
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To be Played Tue 13 February 2024, at GLCC
  Greater London 1
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To be Played Wed 6 March 2024, at SMH
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To be Played Wed 20 March 2024, at SMH
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To be Played Thu 4 April 2024, at MET
  Metropolitan 1
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To be Played Wed 11 October 2023, at SMH

Match postponed due to unavailability of the venue. New date to be announced.

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