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.

Essex League: Another defeat against Wanstead

Essex Division 2
Date: Thursday 1 March 2018
Venue: Wanstead House

Board Wanstead II             6-2   Ilford
1 167   Whitton, Terry D ½-½   Barton, Tom A 165 (black)
2 162   Bancroft, Paul        0-1   Kent, Anthony R 151 (white)
3 160   Murrell, Mark R A 1-0   Klimach, Jason W 143
4 151   Jones, Keith S         1-0   Page, Jeffrey 146
5 134   Bui, Kyan               ½-½  Chauhan, Anurag Singh 126
6 140   Nickals, Peter         1-0   Tutu, Marshall 93
7 133   Smith, David          1-d    default
8 130   Siddo, Charlton     1-d    default

(Edited from Jef’s Notes).  Another grim night for Ilford among a bad run of grim nights. The Beast From The East was bringing more snow, but the match rightly went ahead as roads and public transport were all clear.

Jason found Mark Murrell’s Stonewall attack too clever for him and quickly got mated.  Marshall  had a material plus, got into a tangle as Nickal’s Q,N & B mounted strong attack. Anurag has started well for Ilford and his 2 long-range Bishops on an open board were a continual menace to Bui and a draw was soon agreed. Only on the top boards did we shine a wee bit. Tom’s Dutch Leningrad/Reversed Grand Prix defence held Terry Whitton. Anthony got out of some early difficulties and the position below was reached after, 38 Qc2 x g6  Qb7 x b2. White won quickly after that.

AK win v Wanstead.JPG

2 more matches to play.

Tom V Wanstead.JPGAnurag v Wanstead.JPG



Essex League: Defeat To Upminster and Points Deduction

Essex Chess League  Division 2

Redbridge Social Centre 26th February 2018

Board        Ilford                                           Upminster II
1          165 Barton, Tom A                   0-1   Khoda, Noor 175C
2          151 Kent, Anthony R               0-1    Iannetta, Robert 151C
3          149 Kalinsky, Syd M               ½-½   Abbott, Stephen J 145C
4          143 Klimach, Jason W            ½-½   Rahaman, Mustapha 137C
5          146 Page, Jeffrey                      0-1    Rosenfeld, Paul 133C
6          126 Chauhan, Anurag Singh 1-0     Biggs, Peter 132A
7          093 Tutu, Marshall                  0-1    Hannaford, Jamie 129C
8                  default                               d-1    Wicks, Stephen 116F

                                                ILFORD  2-6 UPMINSTER II

(Based on Jef’s notes) A tough night for Ilford.  We defaulted board 8 and Tutu, who was working late (but still good of him to come along and play), arrived with nearly 40 minutes down on his clock. He played into an endgame where he was pawns down against Hannaford, and the time pressure told against Marshall.

Jef forced the attack in my game but lost control and worse, overlooked the loss of a Bishop, but winning pawns he could probably have drawn. But likewise short of time, also misplayed the ending and couldn’t stop his h-pawn, which was covered by his Bishop, from queening.

On the top boards we got no joy as Khoda played well to beat Tom. Anthony got a good opening, but greedily took material offered and paid the price. Both Syd and Jason got equitable draws against Abbott and Rahaman. Our only bright spot of the night was Chauhan’s win over Biggs. It’s always satisfying when a new team member and debutant gets a win. Anurag completely outplayed Biggs’ Sicilian opening, cleverly won a pawn from which he never recovered and an easy endgame win was never in doubt.

8 cumulative defaults means a 2 point deduction. So with just 2 mins, we now only have 2 points. 3 Matches to Save Our Season. SOS – we need more players! 

Essex League: More Woe Against Wanstead.

Now is the winter of our discontent……

Division 2

Date: Monday 5 February 2018

Venue: Redbridge Social Centre           Ilford 2-6 Wanstead II

Bd Ilford 2-6 Wanstead II
1 165A Barton, Tom A 1-0 Mulay, Partha 171A
2 151A Kent, Anthony R 0-1 Whitton, Terry D 167A
3 149A Kalinsky, Syd M 0-1 Staniland, Philip 160A
4 143C Klimach, Jason W 0-1 Murrell, Mark R A 160A
5 146C Page, Jeffrey ½-½ Barclay, Paul R 150A
6 132E Gericke, Grant 0-1 Bui, Kyan 134A
7 131B Ainkaran, Lavanan 0-1 Nickals, Peter A 140A
8 093F Tutu, Marshall ½-½ Smith, David 133B

(from Jef’s notes). Another bad night for Ilford, though we rather threw this one away as we had chances to do a lot better.

Bhui won pawns against Gericke, but he in turn opened up black’s defence, and had the chance to win a Knight as he pushed a pawn to d7. But failing to protect the lone soldier he allowed Bhui to guard his King . Then, fatally, Grant overlooked that his Queen which was left en pris. Lavanan could never hold the centre and he too got his Queen trapped after having already lost a Knight. Syd couldn’t advance his pieces against Phil Staniland and when he tried to break out it cost him pawns and a Knight. Jason, in a good position, went in for a Bishop sac’ on h7,  but was unable to follow it up adequately and quickly lost.

Jef got a quick grandmaster draw against Barclay;  he was more worried about his car which had broken down and wanted to get home. Tutu did very well, the best result on the night. Over 30 grading points down, he calmly drew against Dave Smith, particularly as Marshall having worked late, arrived 30 minutes late. Anthony Kent got a decent position from a transposed closed Sicilian. But, after too hasty king-side advances, Terry Witton won pawns and broke up white’s pawn attack. Tom managed to neatly free his minor pieces to force Mulay into resigning.

After a whole bunch of games we now have a few weeks relief. Next match:

Monday 26th February: Ilford v Upminster II.

Tutu vWW.JPG

Syd v WW.JPG