Andrii Boiechko (Richmond) v David Rowson (Kingston)

Kingston v Richmond, friendly ‘Megamatch’, Willoughby Arms, Kingston, 5 September 2022

This game was played in a pre-season 16-board curtain-raiser between traditional local rivals Kingston and Richmond. Rowson was much the more experienced of the two players and in the end prevailed with an overwhelming attack, but he was struck by the quality of the play of an opponent who was just getting used to the rigours of over-the-board chess at long time controls. “Although his early move choices gave me the opportunity to launch my attack, I think he showed remarkable potential,” said Rowson with characteristic generosity.