North Circular Chess League, Division A Redbridge Social Centre, 15.January.2018
ILFORD 2½-3½ BARKING I
NEVILLE TWITCHELL 168 0-1 JEFF GOLDBERG 188 w
TOM BARTON 168 ½ E FIGUEROA 168 b
ANTHONY KENT 150 ½ JOHN WHITE 169
JASON KLIMACH 147 0-1 COLIN RAMAGE 159
SYD KALINSKY 148 ½ KEN CLOW 156
JEF PAGE 144 1-0 VLADIMIR CHTYM 125
(Edited from Jef’s notes) Ramage played a Latvian gambit and Jason went into a very sharp line. Unfortunately, he misjuded his Queen attack and lost a piece to Colin. From here on we were always playing catch-up and although we came close to leveling, it was never enough. Jef outplayed Chtym, crippling his Sicilian opening and then trapping his misplaced Queen.
Kalinsky & Clow played into a level, minor piece & pawn draw.
Anthony Kent and John White had another closed Sicilian contest, probing for an opening against each other, and both settled for a half (computer agreed).
Tom had a tough game against Figueroa. He held off Edison’s Rooks and Queen, and was able to launch a counter-attack that looked good enough to queen a pawn first down the a-file and square the match. But likewise Figueroa ran his pawn down the h-file and it still remained level. On board 1 Goldberg’s strong central attack with Q,R&N proved decisive.
So yet again Ilford went down to a narrow defeat and we have yet to score our first match win in this league and top division. Tough times, we must beat someone!