ILFORD 2-4 WANSTEAD & WOODFORD I
NEVILLE TWITCHELL ½ D SPEARMAN 190 w
TOM BARTON 1-0 M PEREZ-CABALLO 187 b
TONY KENT 0-1 LARRY MARDEN 173
SID KALINSKY ½ IAN HUNNABLE 173
JEF PAGE 0-1 STEVE RIX 171
LAVANAN AINKARAN 0-1 PHIL STANILAND 160
A strong Wanstead 1st team turned up outgrading us on every board, but games were played out to a tough finish.
Syd Kalinsky easily held Hunnable’s French Defence but Neville on top board had to work hard to draw with Spearman. I misplayed the opening in a cramped position and in spite of seeking counter-play, it was too difficult to hold off Steve Rix, whilst Wanstead captain Staniland proved too strong for Lavanan. Similarly Tony Kent couldn’t prevent Marden gaining control of the centre and opening up his defence. Our only winner was Tom, who is having a good season, who broke out of the middle game to win the ending.