LL Divs 1 and 6 – Firsts hit hard, Gorki bar none!
In what was an evening of mixed fortunes for HCC, Hackney 1 were sent packing by Wood Green who fielded eight GMs. Kevin Bowmer got half a point against GM Alexander Chernayev while everyone else was beaten.
At the other end of the chess spectrum our Hackney Gorki team remain top of Division Six after a comprehensive 3.5-0.5 win over Metropolitan. Your correspondent watched all four matches with junior Joe Thorne winning a technically perfect end-game and Chris Thorne and George Perkins winning by a distance. Top board Chris Garman kept his nerve to force a draw in what looked like a potentially losing position.