Essex League Win!

Ilford 1 …. 5-3 ….. Upminster 2
Essex Div 2, 4 March 2019
Report by Jef Page

GradeIlford 1ScoreUpminster 2Grade
166Tom
BARTON
½ – ½Les
CRANE
157
168Neville
TWITCHELL
0 – 1Steve
KELSEY
174
166Hassan
MUGALU
½ – ½Aidan
CORISH
151
153Anthony
KENT
½ – ½Robert
IANNETTA
156
137Jason
KLIMACH
1 – 0 Steve
ABBOTT
141
138Syd
KALINSKY
1 – 0 Mustapha
RAHAMAN
140
132Jef
PAGE
1 – 0 Peter
BIGGS
124
96Marshall
TUTU
½ – ½Nick
PELLING
120

A good win for Ilford which lifts us off the bottom of Essex division 2 and up the table (for the moment). This was a rare win in the old Ilford style: holding the top boards but scoring 3½ out of 4 on the lower ones. From not being sure if I had a full team on Sunday to even having a reserve available on Monday.

Upminster’s top board Les Crane plays for Ilford in the London League (LL). Tom was put under pressure by his Schliemann defence but played nicely to win R for B but well down on the clock he was content enough to take a draw. Similarly on board 3 Aidan also plays for us in the LL and he calmly held his game together against Hassan. Iannetta forced Tony Kent to defend with his pieces unable to break-out and advance, but Robert was unable to break in as Tony defended accurately.

Marshall arrived late giving away 30 minutes on this clock but easily held old member Nick Pelling. Biggs’s opening was poor and I should have won a piece with all my bits developed nicely. But I allowed him to wriggle on and as the board cleared I made no mistake a 2nd time and won a Bishop. Kalinsky always had the better development against Rahaman and similarly Jason won well, but on board 2 Neville can’t buy a win at the moment with Steve Kelsey mopping up the ending with Rook and winning pawns versus Knight plus pawns.

Ilford next face division 2 leaders Brentwood on March 25th.

Current league positions: Brentwood, Upminster II, Ilford, Loughton, Barking II, Wanstead III.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s