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


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






Wanstead C


Neville Twitchell 162D r (B, W)



Kyan Bui 139A r (W, B)


Tom Barton 154E r



Peter Nickals 137B r


Anthony Kent 144E r



Keith Jones 137C r


Syd Kalinsky 147E r



Ben Harte 135D r


Jef Page 138F r (146B s)



Paul Haddock 129A r









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.





Essex Knockout: Ilford K.O’d and into Plate

2018 Essex Rapidplay Knockout








Martin McCall 171E r (B, W)



Neville Twitchell 162D r (W, B)


Les Crane 177D r



Anthony Kent 144E r


Paul Rosenfeld 169D r



Syd Kalinsky 147E r


Robert Gill 167Er



Jef Page 138F r (146B s)


John Davenport 166D r



Anurag Singh Chauhan 116D r







30 minutes each on the clock, 2 games as black and white.

Not an unexpected result in a  tough 1st round draw against a strong Upminster Rapidplay A team. No disgrace in losing, though we should have run them a bit closer.  Neville returning to play a match for us on board 1, and Syd’s double wins over Rosenfeld were the highlights. Syd always had control in stopping Rosenfeld developing his pieces and he won a piece in both games leading to secure endgame wins. Jef had good play in both of his games. He could not quite work it out in the first game, but made no mistake in the 2nd.

Traffic problems on the A12 (bad accident closed 1 lane- police in attendance) meant that we arrived late but at least Upminster delayed the start.  we will now go into the 1st round Plate Competition with a home draw against Wanstead C on Monday 2nd July.

upminster KO1


upminster KO2.JPG


Essex League – Loss Against Loughton

Another defeat in the Essex league (starting to sound like an old vinyl record with a jumping needle) to finish off the season.  Loughton have become a bit of a bogey team for Ilford, even in our good seasons, and we have not taken points off them in quite a while.

Essex Chess League 2017/2018   Division 2
Date: Monday 30 April 2018  Venue: Redbridge Social Centre

Board   Ilford   Loughton
1 154 Mugalu, Hassan ½-½ Bowmer, Kevin 180
2 151 Kent, Anthony R 0-1 Stirling, William J 177
3 149 Kalinsky, Syd d-1 Faulkner, David J 156
4 143 Klimach, Jason W 1–0 Kershaw, Graham J 140
5 146 Page, Jeffrey ½-½ Van Tol, Martin 137
6 132 Gericke, Grant 0-1 Moth, Simon C 131
7 126 Chauhan, Anurag Singh 0-1 Groce, Ken 121
8 93 Tutu, Marshall 1–0 Newby, Jonathan 114

(From Jef’s notes) Bill Stirling got the better of Anthony Kent with pressure down the h-file and central control. Bill was a pawn up and the Rook and Pawn endgame win for him was never in doubt. Grant got Simon Moth in an early tangle but slowly Moth managed to free and develop his pieces, force Grant back and he too couldn’t hold the ending being pawns down. Chauhan found Groce too tough and with his control of the open board, Anurag’s queenside defences became overloaded and he lost a Bishop.

The other games were more pleasant to watch. Mugalu had a tough time on board 1 controlling Bowmer’s attack ,but Hassan calmly held a level Rooks, N & pawns endgame.

Klimach had his pieces pinned down close to his back rank and seemed to be having difficulty developing them properly but Kershaw was in a similar problem. When Jason finally won control of the c-file and the white squares around Kershaw’s uncastled King the win was assured.


Our final winner, long overdue after many defeats, was Marshall. Even though he arrived 30 minutes late,  did well to beat Newby by crippling his kingside and winning pawns to secure a won endgame.


A disappointing end to a dismal season in the Essex League where our cumulative defaults have been highly damaging, and this match was no better. We can only hope for better things next season, particularly with some new players on board.

Essex League – Defeat to Wanstead

This season, we have performed creditably in London League Division 2 and North Circular ‘A’ division. But, no escaping the fact that this is probably our worst ever season in the Essex League, as we head towards relegation to the third tier. In the world of football, the likes of Manchester City and Wolves have recovered from double relegation and prospered, as we will again. We are attracting new players, and squad availability, depth and strength should improve going forward. New members are very welcome to join us in this journey.

Essex Chess League 2017/2018

Division 2 Date: Thursday 19 April 2018 Venue: Wanstead House

Wanstead White on odds

Board Wanstead III 5½-2½ Ilford
1 Chirea-Florica, Tedor-Alin 1 – 0 Barton, Tom 165A
2 134A Bui, Kyan ½-½ Mugalu, Hassan 154A
3 138A Collyer, Alex ½-½ Kent, Anthony 151A
4 130A Siddo, Charlton 1 – 0 Kalinsky, Syd 149A
5 142C Lu, Andy W H 0-1 Page, Jeffrey 146B
6 130A Haddock, Paul ½-½ Chauhan, Anurag Singh 126E
7 120B Sharman, Jay 1 – 0 Tutu, Marshall 093F
8 126B Sweeney, Kevin M 1-d (default)

(Edited from Jef’s notes) Tom Barton was always under pressure on top board, as 2 central pawns came his way. Marshall, although he nicked a pawn, never had good development against Sharman. Syd lost early control against Siddo, and the decision to castle queen side did not go well, as black’s supported a and b pawns led the victory charge to an unstoppable checkmate.

Jef was our only winner taking advantage of Lu’s weak opening. When he couldn’t make progress on the king-side, Jef switched wings, and won the c-pawn backed up by two deadly raking Bishops and centered Rooks.


Our remaining bright spots included Anurag holding his position against Haddock’s Sicilian opening. Anthony Kent had some initiative in a closed Sicilian opening, but did not follow it up. Newcomer Hassan Mugalu forced a draw by repeating rook moves against Bui,  who is clearly a rising star. Black’s has 2 extra pawns, but his queen needs to remain on the d file (final position below).


One more match to go in the Essex League: Monday 30th April, 7.30pm: Ilford v Loughton

Good Draw Against Chingford in NCCL A

After being stuffed 5 1/2 – 1/2 when we went to their place last month, a 3-3 tie in the return match was a good result, particularly as our average grade was 133 versus 146.

North Circular Chess League Division A    Redbridge Social Centre, 16th April 2018

Ilford GRADE SCORE Chingford 1 GRADE
1 Anthony Kent (W) 151 ½ – ½ Gavin Hughes 164
2 Syd Kalinsky 149 ½ – ½ Peter Rose 154
3 Jef Page 146 ½ – ½ David Brady 149
4 Malcolm Gesthuysen 132 1 – 0 Robin Oakley 149
5 Anurag Chauhan 126 ½ – ½ Brian Spear 143
6 Marshall Tutu 93 0 – 1 John Stevens 117
Total 3– 3

(Edited from Jef’s notes) A good way to finish our final match of the season which should ensure our safety from relegation and the drop back to Division B. There were some very good results for our players against Chingford (who outgraded us on every board).

Syd Kalinsky played into a Vienna opening and set up a blockade which Rose couldn’t break down. Anthony Kent and Gavin Hughes settled for a draw in an even middegame (final position below, black to move)


Brian Spear won pawns against Anurag down the c-file, but with a Knight and Rooks potentially causing trouble for Brian, a draw was soon agreed.  Jef somehow held off Brady’s queenside attack against his weak opening, but came up with a tactic to trap his Queen which he could only save by giving up both of his Bishops. On an open board a draw was agreed.

Malcolm was our winner when Oakley misjudged his position in a sharp line of the Steinitz Variation against the French Defence. Things went badly and he lost his Queen for a Knight (see picture below) whilst our only loser was Marshall who, forfeiting too much time on the clock, couldn’t make it up.

Considering we were a promoted club and hanging on a bit, a good end to the season which has been tough against some very strong teams. All being well we will continue in this top division next season.

Malcolm’s position a few moves before white resigned.



North Circular League: Grim night in Chingford

North Circular Chess League,   Division A    5.3.18

British Legion, Chingford

          CHINGFORD  5½-½  ILFORD

199 ROBERT EAMES            1-0  TOM BARTON (W)

154 PETER ROSE                    ½   SYD KALINSKY

14 9 DAVID BRADY               1-0  JASON KLIMACH


       ROBIN OAKLEY              1-0   default

       BRIAN SPEAR                  1-0   default

(From Jef’s notes) Another tough night in a run of … A bit of a broken record really.

Jason, unable to make any headway found Brady’s French Defence too tough a nut to crack. Jef sacc’ed a Bishop to destroy Morrell’s kingside defence, quickly won it back, and sent his  King scurrying for cover from g1 right the way over to b3. But, unfortunately, he couldn’t land the killer blow.

Syd did well to hold off Rose’s King’s Indian attack and Tom went close but couldn’t quite hold his endgame together as Eames won a Bishop and then launched an unstoppable a-pawn up the board. Hard times with defaults and match losses and relegation looms large.