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!

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