Mat’s finish is the gloss as Hackney 2 lose last game of season

We had avoided relegation before the final game against Ilford in London League division¬† two and we were heavily outgraded so the 8.5-1.5 defeat was disappointing if not totally surprising. But amid the defeat was a fantastic performance from one of our promising juniors, 8-year-old Mateo de Miguel who overcame a 77 grading disadvantage to pull off a superb draw (we’ll get the game up as a PGN asap). Coming into the end game a Knight for two pawns down Mateo played accurately and with great tenacity to force the draw. Bravo to him! Chris Gribben and Zeynel Polat also got good draws.

It’s been a tough campaign in Div 2 but I have been greatly impressed with the fighting spirit that has kept us in the division when all looked lost so thanks to everyone who has played.

Quick on the draw: Mateo in action against Ilford