21 April 2021 – Ilford 3 – 1 MetroGnomes
Ilford A MetroGnomes
- Tom Barton [W] ½ – ½ Henry A Jennings
- Dlawar Hameed [B] 1 – 0 Peter Szabo
- Neville Twitchell [W] 1 – 0 Nicholas Nardecchia
- Anthony Kent [B] ½ – ½ Mark Nevison
A win in the top of the table match against MetroGnomes puts Ilford clear at the top of the London League Knights division by a half point with three weeks matches to go in the Online Season 2.
Dlawar’s game was pretty even until the endgame when he outplayed his opponent to win a couple of pawns and provide the win. His opponent missed an interesting tactic to try and keep the game alive – see attachments for the details. Anthony’s game was very even and went into a drawn opposite coloured bishop endgame. Neville and my games were much livelier. Neville’s opponent played an unusual line in the centre counter which gave Neville great development and what looked like a winning advantage, however, it got a little trickier but Neville went into a winning endgame an down on time. I had a pretty even game although I didn’t play the opening at all well and then the tactics got pretty complicated. I managed to get to a won endgame only to miss the right move under time pressure.
Neville’s game is here