A Tough Match to Start the London League Season for Hammer 1, by Captain John White
Hammersmith went down 3.5 to 6.5 away to Cavendish in our opening match for the newly-promoted team.
We really missed the experience of Paul Kennelly and Jeremy Hodgson owing to holiday and other commitments. However, new members Jay Hinolan and Matteo Bezzini stepped up to the plate.
Jay suffered a loss in his first LL match – due to a heavy cold he was not in the best of form. He’ll be back stronger – having seen him beat Sue Maroroa in the simul during the Summer, I know he was well below his best here.
Matteo playing black got a draw – a solid start to his London League odyssey.
Both of these guys will be great assets for Hammersmith in the London and other Leagues this season. Welcome aboard!
To the rest of the games – the highlight was John Woolley’s return to form with an excellent win. Fighting draws from Brian Dodgeon, Bajrush, John Goodacre (great to see him back!) and yours truly.
Sheikh, Safi and Alex all had tough losses – early season blues I think.
A disappointing result but we were out graded by 15 points or more from boards 2 to 6.
We’ll be back, and stronger next time!
Full scorecard on LL site here.