Kingston B match at Hounslow ends in farce

Thames Valley division 2 match played at the Royal British Legion, Hounslow on 22 January 2024

This Thames Valley division 2 meeting between Kingston B and Hounslow A ended in farce because Hounslow insisted on using clocks without incremental time controls. That meant players in winning positions could be flagged – as happened to two Kingston players – and one of our other players was so anxious about his time running out that he also let slip a good position.

We managed to escape with a creditable 3-3 draw with Hounslow’s A team thanks to a very quick win by Julian Way against the 2000-rated Seshagiri Vaddadi’s Sicilian. Julian went the exchange up early on, consolidated his advantage and Seshagiri resigned, realising that against a player of Julian’s class he faced a painful evening.

Alan Scrimgour on board 2 drew with the veteran Leon Fincher; I drew with Thames Valley chair David White on 3; Kingston captain Gregor Smith overcame a rating disadvantage to drew with Frank Zurstiege on board 4; new recruit Jameel Jameel had an excellent draw with Eugene Gregorio on 6; and Dieter McDougall lost to JJ Padam on 5. An unsatisfactory and testy evening, but at least we managed not to lose the match, and as a result remain well placed in the division.

Stephen Moss