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
  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
  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


          TOM BARTON    ½   PAUL BARCLAY 149 w


               TONY KENT   ½   KEITH JONES 150


          SYD KALINSKY   ½   DAVE RAWLINGS  145

                  JEF PAGE  1-0  PETER McCARRON  135


                    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


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.