Essex D2 win

THURROCK I  2½ – 3½  ILFORD I 16 March 2022
Result on the ECF LMS here

1608 ANDREW OFFORD  0-1 DLAWAR HAMEED 1940    w
 1608 MIKE BRADFORD    ½   NEVILLE TWITCHELL 1923  b
1548 DEREK REYNOLDS  0-1  TOM BARTON 1908
1300 DREW LAWRENCE 1-0  JEF PAGE 1630
  930 FARHAN ABEDIN  0-1  DANIEL LOWE 1500
                       M CRANE 1-0     default

It’s never good to have a default but a late Covid withdrawal meant it couldn’t be avoided. In compensation, Ilford welcomed new member Daniel to the Club and team and it’s always good when a newcomer can get a win on their debut.

Dan’s opponent Abedin played a Benko/Volga gambit and put pressure down the a-file but made a mistake which Dan capitalised on to win a Knight and despite conceding some of the play moved to a won position. Game here.

On board 1 Dlawar made a welcome return to Ilford’s team. His game was an unusual Ruy Lopez line, things were fairly equal up to move 22 but then his opponent unsoundly sacrificed for the attack and calm defence saw him claim the win. Game.

Neville found Mike Bradford not so accommodating as his Alekhine opening led to a level minor piece & pawns ending which neither could win.

Tom is in a good run of form at the moment and he soon gained control of the centre constricting Reynolds development, he then failed to find the best continuation, a couple of good tactics escaped him, but he still entered a winning endgame when his opponent blundered. Game

Jef was last to finish. He had a clear advantage which he frustratingly messed up, chess is cruel when you make a mistake!

Team at play, Dan in the foreground

Although we heavily outgraded Thurrock they put up resistance and it was a good win when carrying a default.
We remain 2nd to Wanstead: played 6, won 5, drawn 1: 11 points; 1 match to play- home to Southend. Ilford played 5 won 4: 8 points, 2 matches to play; at Brentwood 26/4 & Loughton home, date tbc

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