London League – another defeat against Streatham & Brixton

BoardStreatham & Brixton 2Ilford
Wednesday04/03/2020difference (Δ)
oneLiam M Hylands s184A (W)1-0Paolo Casaschi es170 (B)14
twoMartin G Smith s170B1-0Dee Fault
threeJagdip Patel s168C1-0Gary Thurston s152C16
fourKostyantyn Titorenko s167B1/2-1/2Anthony R Kent s158A9
fiveAndrew Ponting s164D1-0Andrew Medworth s146A18
sixAntony C Hall s163A1-0Jason W Klimach s145C18
sevenJames Fox s151A0-1Venkatesh Subramanian es1501
eightDavid A Varley s147A1-0Aidan T Corish s146A1
nineJohn McKenna s131A0-1Gideon Vecht s142B-11
tenStuart McCormack s97C0-1Jeffrey Page s128B-31
Mean gradingHome team: 154.2Away team: 148.6Δ = 5.6
NotesIlford Board 2 did not show up.

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.

       

Under pressure on board 3. Draw agreed on board 4.
Boards 5 to 9

North Circular League Division A – Double wins against Wanstead II

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 There is no relegation this year as Barnet have withdrawn, but we don’t want to win the wooden spoon.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 BANCROFT0-1NEVILLE H TWITCHELL w
167 IAN HUNNABLE1/2SID M KALINSKY b
165 P STANILAND0-1VENKATESH SUBRAMANIAN
152 PAUL BARCLAY1/2JASON KLIMACH
141 BEN HARTE1-0JEF PAGE
120 I Singh0-1TAHA UNDRE
Redbridge Social Centre, Monday 24th February
ILFORD 3½ – 2½ WANSTEAD II
NEVILLE TWITCHELL1-0167 IAN HUNNABLE w
HASSAN MUGALU1-01-0 A CHIREA FLORICA b 171
ANTHONY KENT1-0CARLTON SIDDO 143
VENKATESH SUBRAMANIAN0-1KEITH JONES 142
SID KALINSKY0-1BEN HARTE 141
JEF PAGE1/2PAUL NICKALS 132

Away match:

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.

Home match:

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.

The action on board 4
Boards 5 and 6

London League – defeat against British Bangla CC

Division 2
19 February 2020
BoardIlfordGradingBritish Bangla CCdifference (Δ)
onePaolo Casaschi es170 (W)1/2-1/2FM Jovica Radovanovic s223B-53
twoAnthony R Kent s158A0-1Nasir Rizvi s185A-27
threeGary Thurston s152C0-1Swadesh Malik s184E-32
fourVenkatesh Subramanian es1500-1Christopher Dunne s176D-26
fiveAidan T Corish s146A0-1Andrew McGettigan s164D-18
sixJason W Klimach s145C0-1Tariq Khan s153D-8
sevenGideon Vecht s142B 1-0Oliver Finnegan s160A-18
eightMalcolm Gesthuysen s139B1/2-1/2M Mohammed Hossain s149D-10
nineJeffrey Page s128B0-1Mohammed Alahi s150F-22
tenTaha Undre es1000-1Mostaque Choudhury s143D-43
Mean gradingHome team: 143Away team: 168.7Δ = -25.7
2 — 8

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.

Jeff Page had perpetual check with Queen to Qc5 and back to g1.

The battle on boards 4 and 5

London League – Another Win against Kings Head

Date: 29-01-2020, Division 2 at Citadines Hotel. Ilford White on odd boards

BoardHome PlayerResultHome PlayerDifference
onePaolo Casaschi es1700-1Andrew Gilfillan s187A-17
twoAnthony R Kent s158A0-1Simon Randall s180C-22
threeGary Thurston s152C1/2-1/2Conor O’Shaughnessy s175D-23
fourVenkatesh Subramanian es1501-0Alex Bourke s155B-5
fiveGideon Vecht s142B1/2-1/2Peter Grant-Ross s138A4
sixJason W Klimach s145C1/2-1/2WK (Bill) Osborne s135C10
sevenJeffrey Page s128B1/2-1/2Richard A Balatoni s122A6
eightTaha Undre es1001/2-1/2Faye Ainscow s113A-13
nineWalk Over1-0For Feit
tenWalk Over1-0For Feit
Mean gradingHome team: 143.1Away team: 150.6Δ = 7.5

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.

Miracle on Middlesex Street (or nearby)

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

Result                 4.5-5.5
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.
Malcolm on board 6 as Black, about to deliver checkmate
Our boards 3 and 4 deep in thought

Essex League: Honours shared with Loughton

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).

Neville’s losing battle on board 1
Draw on Board 3

Jef deep in thought on Board 6

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!