Ilford Chess Club Founded 1900 One of London's oldest chess clubs welcomes new members! Monday evenings from 7.30 p.m. Redbridge Social Centre rear of 188/190 Beehive Lane Ilford, Essex IG4 5EE. Approach up the Private Road off Beehive Lane almost opposite Somersby Gdns. Sign-post to "Redbridge Social Centre". The Centre has secure free parking, is on the left behind the chain link fence.
We have known better evenings. The board order reflected the January 2020 ECF gradings for the first time to alter the board order a little. We only managed to pick up up half a point on the top 6 boards where we were outgraded (An Italian 4 knights draw on board 4 got the half). On board 3, Gary Thurston got tied down to his back rank in a locked position with a bishop stuck on a8. Andrew Medworth could not recover from a pawn down. Jason Klimach bravely castled queen-side against a modern defence and got heavily attacked on the queen-side.
We were relatively stronger on the bottom 4 boards. Board 7 saw a fine combination win for Venkatesh Subramanian. Jef Page put strong pressure on his opponent’s back 2 ranks, and a slip up gave him a back rank mate. Aidan was material down in a queen and pawn ending and lost. Gideon Vecht was last to finish with some advantage in a king and minor pieces ending. Eventually, he was left with just an unstoppable solitary pawn to win.
We have not had much joy in this league, so 2 wins is very welcome. There is no relegation this year as Barnet have withdrawn, but we don’t want to win the wooden spoon.
Tuesday 11th February. Wanstead House
WANSTEAD II 2-4 ILFORD
169 PAUL BANCROFT
NEVILLE H TWITCHELL w
167 IAN HUNNABLE
SID M KALINSKY b
165 P STANILAND
152 PAUL BARCLAY
141 BEN HARTE
120 I Singh
Redbridge Social Centre, Monday 24th February
ILFORD 3½ – 2½ WANSTEAD II
167 IAN HUNNABLE w
1-0 A CHIREA FLORICA b 171
CARLTON SIDDO 143
KEITH JONES 142
BEN HARTE 141
PAUL NICKALS 132
The match started well for us when Taha caught Singh with a knight check that forked a Rook. But other Ilford players were under considerably more pressure. Kalinsky held off Hunnable’s strong Q&B attack and Phillip Staniland sent his pieces swarming into the attack against Venkatesh’s King but came unstuck. Jef got the advantage over Harte in the opening & middle game but trying to press for a win, blundered in a time scramble rather than asking for a draw earlier in the game. On top board, Neville played a very open attacking game. He sent his a-pawn into the attack up to the 6th rank and with Bancroft’s B pinned in front of his King on the open g-file by Neville’s Queen, Bancroft’s defences on both sides of the board was impossible.
Doing the ‘double’ over any club or team is always pleasing so after beating Wanstead II at Wanstead 4-2, we managed to repeat the trick at home & beat them again, this time by a narrower margin. They arrived at Ilford with a stronger team all the way down but it was on the top boards that we won and held the match.
Hassan quickly got the better of Chirea-Florica and won a R to give Mugalu 2 B’s against a lone Knight which was hopelessly overworked. Neville beat off Hunnable’s good opening and his counter attack paid dividends. Anthony Kent took took control of the centre to slowly but surely ground down SIddo’s game. But, on the lower boards it all changed where Venkatesh lost to Keith Jones (again) and Sid, although playing well, his 2 B’s against 2 N’s seemingly had a draw in hand at least, until he blundered at the end. So it came down to Jef’s game where his development was good held Nickal’s King in the centre. But as black unravelled his pieces, it then came down to an endgame where with only had seconds left, Jef did enough so that his extra pawn advantage was squandered in the time scramble and they ended the game with just 2 Kings on the board.
This result takes us off the division’s bottom, one place above Wanstead II and both clubs have 1 match each to play. We finish against Chingford (23/3/2020) whilst they will face Barking. The race for the wooden spoon is still open.
Not our best night against the likely Division 2 champions. Gideon Vecht gained our only win. Good draw on top board for Paolo Casaschi who lost the exchange but managed to gain a passed pawn to tie down his opponent. Also a draw for Malcolm Gesthuysen. Jef Page won material and had perpetual check for the taking which he did not take trying to win for the team.
Although we were 2 up to start with, Kings Head were stronger than us on top 3 boards and teams broadly level below that. Paolo’s Queens gambit accepted gave him some initiative but he lost material. Anthony’s hedgehog was going well but he missed a tactic for his opponent.
Gary Thurston, Jason Klimach and Jef Page agreed draws in even fairly positions and things looked in the balance. Gideon Vecht had a Knight for 2 pawns in a rook ending but had to settle for a draw as his opponents pawn reached the 7th rank. Venkatesh won material and saw through our only win on the night in a tense open board. Now 5-4 to us. Taha Undre and Faye Ainscow had 7 pawns each in a fairly locked position. Taha lost his a pawn but got active play with his knight as both players started running out of time. An honorable draw was agreed to give us the match. We now have 2 wins from our last 2 matches, after suffering 4 defeats since the season started.
Our next match is against British Bangla Chess Association on Wednesday 19 February.
London League Division 2 . Metropolitan v Ilford. Ilford White on odd boards.
Thursday 23 January 6.30pm start
Home player Result Away player Grading difference (Δ)
Tanguy Deflesselle s202C 0-1 Paolo Casaschi es170 +32
D Ian Calvert s179A 1-0 Anthony R Kent s158A +21
Trevor Coote s182A 1-0 Venkatesh Subramanian es150 +32
Fraser A Lees s174A 1/2-1/2 Aidan T Corish s146A +28
Jeremy Law s169A 0-1 Gideon Vecht s142B +27
Jan Lepetun s167B 0-1 Malcolm Gesthuysen s139B +28
Petr Vachtfeidl s164A 0-1 Jeffrey Page s128B +36
Toby Rolls s141C 0-1 Taha Undre es100 +41
Walk Over 1-0 Forfeit
Walk Over 1-0 Forfeit
Average grade 172.3 141.6 Δ = 30.7
Something strange happended in this match. A 6.30pm start on a Thursday in January was proving difficult to raise a full 10 person team. We turned up with only 8 players, and were missing 3 of our regular high boards due to holiday and clashing fixtures. Outgraded on every board by an average of over 30 on the ECF scale. But,there was a minor miracle on Middlesex Street and we won the match! Our first points of the season after 4 defeats.
We got off to a good start as Boards 5 and 8 (Gideon Vecht and Taha Undre) won to bring us on level terms. Then Malcolm Gesthuysen won after his opponent misjudged a combination, and Malcolm's advanced 8th rank Queen and Rook set up an unstoppable checkmate. Jef Page was under a bit of pressure on the board and the clock, but played some bold moves to grab the initiative and checkmate his opponent. Paolo Casaschi was last to win on top board in a tense opposite colour bishop and rook ending. Paolo's King walked up the board and helped shepherd his extra pawn to victory. Aidan Corish was a pawn up with opposite colored Bishops so a draw was agreed. Venkatesh won a piece for a pawn and looked more likely to win than many others, but lost out in the time scramble as black's extra pawn advanced. Hopefully we can build on this victory and get some more points on the board.
Essex Chess League 2019/2020 Division 2 Date: Monday 20 January 2020 Venue: Redbridge Social Centre Board Ilford 4-4 Loughton I
1 166P Twitchell, Neville H 0-1 Bowmer, Kevin 188P 2 158P Kent, Anthony R ½-½ Stirling, William J 182P 3 141P Kalinsky, Syd M ½-½ Faulkner, David J 155P 4 135~ Subramanian, Venkatesh 1-0 Van Tol, Martin 147P 5 145P Klimach, Jason W ½-½ Moth, Simon C 142P 6 128P Page, Jeffrey 0-1 Groce, Ken 135P 7 125P Ainkaran, Lavanan 1-0 Kershaw, Graham J 130P 8 100~ Undre, Taha ½-½ Stiffell, Lyn 129P
Given Loughton walloped us 7-1 at there place last October, a 4-4 draw was a better far return on our effort. Kershaw sacrificed a N for the attack but Lavanan’s careful defence won him the endgame, and Venkatesh nicely got the better of Van Tol. Stirling had a good position against Anthony Kent but lost his way to give the opportunity to stay level. Taha could make no headway against Stiffell and also took a half. Bowmer put Neville under attack sending a pawn up to the 7th rank and although it was the last game to finish Kevin won the endgame. Jef was put under pressure on the q-side and lost a N in a time scramble.
The shared points pleasingly takes us, at least temporarily, off the bottom of the league table, but we need at least to win more matches to stay up in division Thanks to everyone who played (from Jef’s notes).
Ilford were missing a couple of regulars on top boards, and well outgraded on the first 9 boards. Well, at least that has got the excuses out of the way. The match stated badly for Ilford when Taha Undre rashly sacrificed a Bishop in the opening against Ward-Riggs, and was doomed. I got ground down by Wells in the endgame in a cramped position never being able to develop my bits forcefully. However, Subramanian played well and won a Rook and Andrew Medworth won ably yet again.Board 1 saw a Colorado gambit (not the marijuana variety). Black fought hard, but white seemed to always have an edge. Board 2 saw a feisty Birds opening, with White gaining strong material advantage, but going into a drawn bishop ending as the clock ran down. So nil points in London after 2 games. Plenty to play for.
Next London League match: Ilford v Dulwich, 27 November. New players very welcome!