A welcome win in the Essex League

Essex Chess League Division 2
Monday 21st January
Report by Jef Page

ILFORD I    6 – 2   BARKING II

166 Tom
BARTON
½ Colin
RAMAGE
172 (w)
174 Neville
TWITCHELL
1-0 Ken
CLOW
145  (b)
164 Hassan
MUGALU
1-0 K.
POLAK
UG
151 Anthony
KENT
½ Gholamreza
ANSARI 
134
141 Syd
KALINSKY
1-0 John
FIGGINS
134
137 Jason
KLIMACH
1-0 George
MONK
125
127 Lavanan
AINKARAN
1-0 Vladimir
CHTYM
112
094 Marshall
TUTU
0-1 M.
BLAGIANUI
UG

Ilford made some slight improvements for this return home match against Barking II, like putting out a stronger team, tweaking the board order and not having a default this time. If we can solve these little problems consistently we can do far better. And again the luxury of being non-playing captain- for 2 matches in a row. Amazing!

The match stated well for us as Neville’s good development allowed him to sac’ a pawn to pressurize Clow’s position and when Ken overlooked an undefended knight the game didn’t last much longer. Kent & Ansari agreed a quick grandmaster draw but Ramage began to put pressure on Barton’s centre and queenside. Taking the top spot for a change to give Neville a rest, Tom held his concentration and calmly did enough to hold his position together.

On the lower boards we overwhelmed Barking winning 3 of the bottom 4. Kalinsky always had the better of Figgins and a strong K-side attack won Syd a bishop. Lavanan likewise set up a strong pawn-centre and after he won a knight, with queen, rook and extra knight he mated Chtym. Klimach won an errant pawn and so dominated the opening and after wiping out George’s queen-side pawns raced one of his own home to victory although George rather gave it away tamely allowing his extra king-side pawn to be easily captured. Mugalu finally won a game for Ilford but Polak also rather gave it away as well wasting his strong queen-side pawn attack sacrificing rook for knight and then losing on time. Our only loser was Tutu who whilst he won a knight had opened up files against his castled K-side position and as he was well down on the clock found it too difficult to avoid losing.

Brentwood lead division 2 followed by Upminster II and Loughton. This result takes us off the bottom in our efforts to avoid relegation – for the moment at least.

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