Another NCCL loss

Ilford 1 v Barnet Elizabethans 1
North Circular Chess League, Division A
Monday 26/02/2019
Report by Jef Page

Ilford ___ 2 – 4 ____ Barnet

GradeIlford 1ScoreBarnet ElizabethansGrade
166Tom
BARTON
½ – ½Tom
VILLIERS
206
168Neville
TWITCHELL
0 – 1Roy
SAGALL
194
153Anthony
KENT
1 – 0Alexandros
ETHELONTIS
198
138Syd
KALINSKY
0 – 1Jon
RUBECK
167
132Jef
PAGE
0 – 1Phil
MYERS
165
96Marshall
TUTU
½ – ½Mike
JONES
121

Ilford always struggled in this match but the score was almost respectable- a big improvement on the away match at Barnet when they easily beat us 5½-½.

I blundered in the opening and Myers easily picked off a Bishop & although I threw everything into a K-side pawn attack it was never enough. Similarly Kalinsky got nothing out of his opening against Rubeck & struggled.

Neville’s Queen went on a fruitless queenside foray and got itself trapped which eventually led to loss of material, but in the other games we did well with good personal results. Marshall easily held off Mike Jones when the pieces were swapped off, ViIliers was forced to defend doubled c-pawns to save his ending against Tom, and Anthony Kent went one better when Ethelontis rashly sac’d a rook and Tony (calmly/quickly?) won the end game with a double-rook & bishop checkmate.

With 2 matches left to play in this league – both against Wanstead, we now take a break away from the NCCL to play Essex League matches. But if we want to avoid relegation from the A division we need to win at least 1 of them.

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