Hampshire “A” v Oxfordshire “A”

Question – Where would you find 80 Bishops and 41 Kings on a Saturday afternoon?

Not these Bishops!

Not these Bishops!

Answer – Scattered across 20 boards at The Bridge and Chess center in Basingstoke, where Hampshire took on Oxfordshire in the final Chiltern League match of the Season.

It was a close match but Oxfordshire won 10.5-9.5!

On the nine upper boards (1-9), the grading averages were Oxon 164.7 and Hants 178.8 — and we lost 3.5-5.5, the two wins by Will Burt and Clifford Marcus saving the day.

On the lower nine boards (11-19), the averages were Oxon 142.2 and Hants 144.6 — a trivial deficit, but a deficit nonetheless — yet here we won by the tremendous margin of 7-2, so many congratulations to the winners on
these boards.

Hampshire v Oxford

My game was a very interesting match, I played Gillian only two weeks ago when I had a bit of a lucky victory. She plays an unusual Queens opening which I did look up and found a couple of improvements.

P.S the 41st King was of course Simon King who played on board 18!

Liam has been coming to Cumnor Chess Club since he was wearing short trousers and now captains the first team. His interests include Chess, Oxford United, Chess and Chess. He shows you can be handsome and good at Chess.

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