No Christmas presents at Chingford!

CHINGFORD  5½ – ½ ILFORD
North Circular Chess League – 17 December 2018
Based on report by Jef Page

GradeChingfordResultIlfordGrade
203Robert
Eames
1/2Neville
Twitchell
174
157Gavin
Hughes
1 – 0Syd Kalinsky141
156David Brady1 – 0Jason
Klimach
137
158Peter Rose1 – 0Jef Page139
145Robin
Oakley
1 – 0default
146Brian Spear1 – 0default

Another grim night for Ilford with no Christmas gifts from Chingford as they turned out their top player. Unfortunately, although I had a full team in the morning, by match time one player failed to arrive and Tom Barton was ill so everyone moved up a board.

Kalinsky got a good position out of the opening against Gavin Hughes- they only played each other last week – but lost a  Bishop, and then Jason lost a pawn to Brady and Klimach’s knight sacrifice to threaten mate got nowhere.

Only I and Neville really put our opponents under pressure. Burgoyne put me in glue in the opening but when I finally broke out to counter-attack with Queen &Bishop I chased his King out to g6, however, with no time left and no defence left around my own King, a slight inaccuracy allowed him to checkmate me. Twitchell playing really well got the better of Eames and as both raced to queen a pawn and win a Rook & pawn endgame, Neville had more than enough to secure his half.

A tough end to 2018.

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