Essex Chess League Division 2 At Loughton, 20th December 2017
LOUGHTON I 6-2 ILFORD
174 KEVIN BOWMER 1-0 NEVILLE TWITCHELL (b) 168
172 BILL STIRLING 1-0 TOM BARTON 168
158 DAVID FAULKNER 1-0 ANTHONY KENT 150
142 BRIAN SPEAR 0-1 SYD KALINSKY 148
137 GRAHAM KERSHAW 1/2 JEF PAGE 144
134 MARTIN VAN TOL 1-0 LAVANAN AINKARAN 134
130 SIMON MOTH 1/2 MALCOLM GESTHUYSEN 131
K GROCE 1-0 default
Another poor night for Ilford at Loughton, one of our bogey clubs, with another default not helping.
With a new player making his debut for us it’s always good when they do well and Malcolm Gesthuysen, driving from Borehamwood, easily held for a draw as Moth couldn’t make any headway as the game drifted into a level Rook and Pawn endgame. Jef wriggled out of a doomed and cramped Caro-Kann opening to sac’ his Queen for a R&B and force counter play by getting both my Rooks to the 7th rank to restrain Kershaw.
On the top boards we could do little as Bowmer beat Neville, Tom couldn’t defeat Stirling’s Sicilian. Anthony Kent set up set up a nice looking pawn wedge in the centre but it didn’t hold. Van Tol broke into Lavanan’s kingside defence with Queen and Knight. Our only bright spot was Syd Kalinsky demolishing Brian Spear’s kingside, never allowing him to develop his pieces properly. Syd is having a very good season for Ilford.
We are just one place off bottom spot in division 2. One win and 2 defeats. Pretty grim.
More players needed- anymore out there?
(From Jef’s notes)