Essex Chess League Division 2
Redbridge Social Centre, Monday 15th April
ILFORD 4½-3½ WANSTEAD III
TOM BARTON ½ PAUL BARCLAY 149 w
NEVILLE TWITCHELL 1-0 ALEX COLLYER 141 b
TONY KENT ½ KEITH JONES 150
JASON KLIMACH 1-0 CHARLTON SIDDO 145
SYD KALINSKY ½ DAVE RAWLINGS 145
JEF PAGE 1-0 PETER McCARRON 135
MARSHALL TUTU 0-1 DAVE SMITH 132
default 0-1 M Wilson
Toss won by Wanstead- White on odd boards. 80 minutes + 10 seconds per move each
(Edited from Jef’s notes) From a man down, and 2-0 down, Ilford fought back to win the last 3 games being played and win the match.
Early draws from Tom and Anthony kept Wanstead in the lead. It was good to see Syd back and on form after his recent operation. Marshall had a tough time against Smith. As Dave pressed with a kingside attack, Black misplaced – and lost – a knight. Neville had a victory leading with a kight and Bishhop plus 2 pawns for a rook against Collyer- never allowing Alex’s Rooks to get into the game and a passed centre pawn proved to be a useful thorn in Collyer’s’s side. Jef came under severe pressure from McCarron who also attacked with a passed pawn. But black blundered when jef only had around 30 seconds left and was survinving in 10 second increments. First McCarron lost his advantageous pawn, and then worse, lost a Bishop and the endgame. The final and winning game to finish was Jason’s. His kingside attack had Siddo tied up for the whole game- hardly a piece of his passed the 4th rank. After refusing repeated offers of a draw, Jason cleaned up the endgame to win us the match.
A good win for Ilford which takes us off the bottom of division 2. Our main problem now is avoiding defaults- 5, the greatest in the division (after 8 defaulted games we will lose match points).
Jef facing a tough position short of time