Essex Chess League Division 2 31.10.17
UPMINSTER II 5½ – 2½ ILFORD
Board 1 169 NOOR KHODA 0-1 NEVILLE H TWITCHELL 168 w
Board 2 148 AIDAN CORISH ½ TOM BARTON 168 b
Board 3 147 ROB IANNETTA ½ ANTHONY KENT 150
Board 4 137 J HANNAFORD ½ SYD M KALINSKY 148
Board 5 131 P ROSENFELD 1-0 JEF PAGE 144
Board 6 122 SATNAM JOHAL 1-0 LAVANAN AINKARAN 134
Board 7 S ABBOTT 1-0 default
Board 8 M RAHAMAN 1-0 default
(Fom Jef’s notes) Not the best way to start the Essex League season. Decent results on the first 4 boards, but with 2 defaults we were badly hampered. Train problems did not help either.
On top board Neville was our only winner as Khoda went for a win in an advantageous rook ,knight and pawn endgame. However, he over-pressed, which allowed Nev to queen a pawn and the game then quickly ended. Both Tom and Anthony, who were affected by the train delays to Upminster, both drew in long endgames, as did Syd.
Lavanan pushed a pawn up the board supported by a Bishop but unable to force it home. Johal was able to line up his Q, B and R to break into his defence. Jef was 2 pieces up (!), with his very exposed king sitting behind his opponents pawn on h2. He was winning comfortably, but fell into a Halloween horror checkmate.