We start this week in the London League's top division, where our First Team beat Mushrooms 1 on Thursday last week 7-3, with two adjourned. That scoreline looks more convincing than apparently the match actually was, with all three of the top boards being lost for us at one point - yet we recorded two wins and a draw from them. Lower down the board order our new player Nick Fordham also recorded his first victory for the team, a fine dynamical game in the Modern Benoni that featured an unusual material imbalance - three minor pieces versus a Queen:
Well played, Nick.
Elsewhere in the London League the news is also pretty good. On March 2nd our Second Team squeezed past East Ham by the narrowest of margins (5½ to 4½) to put them mathematically safe and beyond the threat of demotion. Meanwhile the Third Team has won one and lost one, losing against a very strong Albany team on March 9th 5½ to 1½, plus one adjourned, but back in February beating Metropolitan 4-3 in a violent match that featured no draws.
Finally, Captain Angus French writes that we find ourselves unexpectedly atop the Surrey League, and indeed we do thanks to a 5-3 victory against Guildford back in February. That match was also notable for the following victory for Martin Smith, where an apparently quiet system soon erupts into a wild position with both sides attacking. Enjoy:
PS. Those curious as to why this is the last in this series will find out tomorrow!