Outfought in the London League

London Chess League Division 2

6.11.19 Citadines Hotel, Holborn

           BATTERSEA II  7½-2 ½   ILFORD
  1. 196 T KENNA 1-0 JULIAN HUDSON 168
  2. 193 AC ASHBY ½ ANTHONY KENT 157
  3. e173 O MARCIANO 1-0 GARY THURSTON 152
  4. e175 P EVEN 0-1 VENKATESH SUBRAMANIAN e150
  5. 170j T JONES 1-0 AIDAN CORISH 146
  6. 165 O WEISS 0-1 ANDREW MEDWORTH 146
  7. 161 E TODOROW 1-0 JASON W KLIMACH 145
  8. 149 DK DUPIUS 1-0 MALCOLM GESTHUYSEN 139
  9. 147 T WELLS 1-0 JEF PAGE 128
  10. 126 S WARD-RIGGS 1-0 TAHA UNDRE e130

Toss won by Battersea, White on odd boards.

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!

Essex League Win – Off Bottom of the Table

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).

Jason (foreground) and Neville behind on their way to wins


Jef facing a tough position short of time

Essex League: Battered in Brentwood

Division 2
Date: Tuesday 11 December 2018
Venue: Brentwood Baptist Church

Board    Brentwood                       6½-1½ Ilford
1              235 Haydon, David          1-0        Twitchell, Neville 174
2              165 Adams, Ronald F     ½-½    Barton, Tom  166
3              159 Kingsley, Malcolm P 1-0      Kent, Anthony R 151
4              157 Hughes, Gavin J        ½-½    Kalinsky, Syd M 141
5               128 Davies, Robert J V      1-0      Page, Jeffrey 139
6               115 McGee, Aidan            ½-½    Tutu, Marshall 094
7               106 Fisher, Russell            1-0       Pakovlevas, Aleksandras
8               89 D’Cruz, David                1-d      Default

“Been beat up and battered ’round, Been sent up, and I’ve been shot down (Travelling Willburys, ‘Handle With Care’)    

(from Jef’s notes) A poor night for Ilford, and not so surprising a win for Brentwood- with only a slight discrepency in the grades of the players on board 1! Another default to contend with- again… Neville had a tough time against Haydon which went into the endgame with Haydon 2 Bishops & 4 pawns up against Twitchell’s lone, overworked Rook and a single pawn. Anthony lost control of the opening leading to a quick win for Kingsley, and likewise Fisher rounded up many of Pakovlevas’s pieces for a rapid victory. After a good opening, Jef blundered and allowed ex-Ilford member Rob Davies to trap and win his Bishop leading to a forced win for Rob.

Tom seemed to have Adams on the ropes but he defended adroitly to hold, whilst Syd attacked Gavin Hughes really hard and forced him, in a very sharp attack, to give up his Queen for 2 Rooks but again good defence held. Our most improved player Marshall arrived straight from work 30 minute late, but he played calmly as McGee could find no gaps to exploit and Tutu easily held for a deserved draw.

It’s a credit and compliment to us that Brentwood felt compelled to pull in a 230+ player to beat us (some sort of consolation?). But we need to find some match wins soon. Thanks to everyone who played- especially Marshall.

So, 1 win from 4 away matches. Now, 5 of the 6 remaining Essex matches in the new year are at home. Hopefully we can get full 8 man teams for all the home games and things will look up! 

London League: First Win of the season!

(Edited from Tom’s notes) Against Hackney 2, we won the match on the evening 6-3, with one game adjourned. A welcome game point at the fifth attempt this season with a big welcome to our new players Gideon and Andrew! Ilford White on odds.


1         Zoltan Kovacs 178  0-1  Kevin D White 174  
2         Piro Balluglo 174  adj   Julian Hudson 176
3         Paul Conway 168 1/2 Tom A Barton 166
4        John Tennyson 166  1-0   Neville H Twitchell 174
5        Jeff Leung 165        1/2 Gideon Vecht 160
6         Salim Kriman 158    1-0 Gary Thurston 163
7         Emyr Jones 149  0-1 Leslie J Crane 156
8       Ramon J Jose 151   0-1 Anthony R Kent 151
9       James Corrigan 14  0-1 Aidan T Corish 156
10     Geoff Gunby 132    0-1 Andrew Medworth 146
Mean grading Home team: 159   Away team: 162.2 Δ = -3.2
match result: 3 — 6
with 1 game adjourned on board two

The teams were pretty evenly matched and the board positions see-sawed during the evening. Early results were wins for Les (in 11 moves against the French Defence!) and Aidan , and a loss for Neville. Gideon had an interesting Scotch Gambit and in a tricky position accepted a half. Tom also halved in a gummed up position. Gary has an unfortunate habit of getting himself into time-trouble and did it again tonight. Anthony won with a checkmate, and with Andrew winning a long endgame with knight and 2 pawns v knight, giving us five points. The final result depended on the top two boards and with Julian struggling it all depended on Kevin’s game which went back and forth. In the time scramble at the end, his position went from worse to winning thus securing the points. A welcome return to the team by Kevin!n the meantime I wish you all a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Season’s Greetings and best wishes for a Happy New Year,

boards 3, 4 and 5

Complications on top board
Key win in the endgame for Andrew on board 10

Essex League: Disappointing loss to Barking

Division 2      Time: 90 minutes each
Date: Thursday 29 November 2018
Venue: St Margaret’s Church Centre, Barking

Board  Barking II                               5-3     Ilford
1           172 Ramage, Colin R             ½   Twitchell, Neville H 174
2          153 Barr, Steven G                0-1   Barton, Tom A 166
3         149 Wickham, Michael       1-0   Kent, Anthony R 151
4         145 Clow, Kenneth W          1-d   Kalinsky, Syd M 141
5         134 Ansari, Gholamreza    ½     Page, Jeffrey 139
6         134 Figgins, John A             0-1    Ainkaran, Lavanan 127
7         112 Chtym, Vladimir            1-0    Tutu, Marshall 094
8               Blagianu, Mihaita          1-0    Pakovlevas, Aleksandras

(edited from Jef’s notes). This was a match which, despite the default,  we should not have lost.
Pakovlevas had his King driven out into the centre of the board and the game didn’t last long too long. Marshall found it tough to develop his pieces against Chtym, and after having arriving late lost on time. My defensive Caro-Kann did just enough to worry Ansari who took the draw even though, if he’d gambled, he might have won a useful pawn. Lavanan was winning well when Figgins blundered and lost a N to save his Queen. Then, when both raced to queen a pawn, Ainkaran got his up the board first to victory. Tom played nicely to open up the queenside a and b files against Barr’s queenside-castled K, and as the pressure grew and Barr defended adroitly, Barton finally won a key pawn enabling him to advance and queen his own pawn. On top board Ramage did well to go a pawn up but as the pieces were swapped off Neville forced the ending down to Bishops of opposite colours and draw was quickly agreed. The result hinged on Anthony Kent’s game. After a game where the advantage keep changing, he had the advantage until Wickham got his Q&R down to the back rank. Suddenly, Tony’s King was forced out into the open and in the mad time scramble, got mated. Very disappointing after our good performance and win at Loughton.

Thanks to everyone who played

Tom’s winning attack for white

Disappointing Defeat to Wanstead

ESSEX CHESS LEAGUE  DIVISION

Wanstead won the toss- White on odd boards.

Wanstead House, Tuesday 9 October, 7.30pm

Board Wanstead III 4½-3½ Ilford
1 151A Jones, Keith 1-0 Twitchell, Neville H 174B
2 147B Burtt, Laurie 1-d Mugalu, Hassan 164A
3 144A Siddo, Charlton ½-½ Kent, Anthony R 151A
4 143A Collyer, Alex 0-1 Klimach, Jason W 137C
5 140D Lu, Andy W H 1-0 Kalinsky, Syd M 141A
6 131A Smith, David ½-½ Page, Jeffrey 139B
7 131A Haddock, Paul 0-1 Ainkaran, Lavanan 127C
8 108d Barman, Devdoot ½-½ Tutu, Marshall 094D

Wanstead won the toss and were White on odd boards.

(Edited from Jef’s notes)

A poor start to the season for Ilford,though there were some very good personal results.

Anthony Kent set up a good position with an advanced passed pawn but fearing it might fall took a draw. However, this quick draw was immediately followed up as we levelled the match score when Haddock sacrificed a Bishop to try to drive Lavanan’s King out into the open. But when Ainkaran offered to swap Queen’s, Haddock naturally declined- fatally overlooking a simple Q back-rank mate in just 17 moves! Jef did well to hold off Dave Smith’s control of the a-file, but then counter-attacked against his K with Q, R & B which he only just managed to stave off as jef sought for the mate.

Neville Twitchell got into a tangle losing doubled c-pawns from which he never recovered as Jones followed up with a Q, Rook & Knight attack, whilst Kalinsky pushed Lu hard and won a piece but as time ran out, Syd unfortunately blundered in a flurry of moves. Jason did well to defeat Collyer, but probably the best result of the night for us was Marshall who, after working late & rushing to Wanstead, had to give up over 40 minutes on the clock. He still managed to play calmly enough to secure a Rook and pawn endgame draw.

Thanks to everyone who played, and a welcome and timely return to matches from Neville, Lavanan & Marshall.

 

 

Essex Knockout: Into the Semis of the Plate

PLAYED 2 JULY 2018, AT ILFORD

 

Ilford

R1

R2

Wanstead C

1

Neville Twitchell 162D r (B, W)

0-1

½-½

Kyan Bui 139A r (W, B)

2

Tom Barton 154E r

1-0

1-0

Peter Nickals 137B r

3

Anthony Kent 144E r

½-½

1-0

Keith Jones 137C r

4

Syd Kalinsky 147E r

1-0

1-0

Ben Harte 135D r

5

Jef Page 138F r (146B s)

1-0

0-1

Paul Haddock 129A r

 

 

3½-1½

3½-1½

 

 

Ilford

7-3

Wanstead C

A solid win for Ilford with 2 of our players, Tom and Syd, convincingly winning both games. In the first round top junior prospect Bui gave Neville a hard time on board 1, going 2 pawns up and thwarting every tactic Neville tried.  But fortunately, by then, Ilford had taken a 2.5-0.5 lead.

At 2.5 -1.5 up, Jef was struggling to win his first game. He went from a comfortable pawn up to losing pawns in the endgame. However, the clock saved him, and he won on time with just 14 seconds left! That gave a vital 3.5-1.5 lead at the turn round.

Anthony and Syd then won their second games in under half an hour, and the match was effectively over with 5.5 points in the bag.

We play Thurrock at home in the Semi-Final.

WansteadCKO1WansteadCKO2