A Win at Wanstead

North Circular Chess League  Division B

Wanstead House, 8th December 2016

Result:   WANSTEAD 3     2-3    ILFORD

146   KEITH JONES            ½   NEVILLE TWITCHELL 173 w

134   CHARTON SIDDO    0-1   ANTHONY KENT 153  b

130   JOHN  KEEHNER      1-0   SYD KALINSKY 148

105   JOHN JESTICO           ½    JEF PAGE  130

95   NIGEL WHITE           0-1   HOWARD BERLIN 127

Not our greatest victory, given our grading advantage on all boards.  However, this pleasing win against our local rivals puts us into 2nd place chasing the leaders, Chingford, whom we face in a week’s time. We have done the ‘double’ over Wanstead having beaten them by the same score just a month ago. Admittedly, on this occasion they were playing another match on the same night, which probably ruled out one or two of their stronger eligible players.

Howard Berlin outplayed Nigel White in the opening. He quickly won a knight and easily cleaned up the endgame. This gave us an early advantage which we never let go, but from here on it was much harder. Keith Jones defended really well to stay level in the endgame and secure his half against Neville’s favourite sharp opening (too secret to reveal here). Jef set up an attack against John Jestico’s kingside, but did not follow it up sufficiently and Jestico levelled. Syd Kalinsky got little joy against John Keehner’s Sicilian,  so the match result hinged on Anthony Kent’s game. We may be heading out of Europe through ‘Brexit’, but a multi Euro-wide opening was featured as he translated a Polish opening into a Leningrad Dutch defence. He aggressively established a strong, advanced pawn chain (See seasonal Christmas Tree formation below), picked off an under-protected Bishop, with a Queen checkmate to eventually follow.

Last match before Christmas, 19th December: Chingford v Ilford. This match effectively determines who will lead the division at the end of the year.


Fruitful journey up the A12

First, the match details

November 29 2016, Essex Chess League Division 2 at Brentwood Baptist church

Board  BRENTWOOD I                 2½-5½  ILFORD
1            169 TREVOR COOTE             0-1        NEVILLE TWITCHELL 173 w
2            162 MALCOLM KINGSLEY   ½         TOM BARTON 167 b
3            162 GAVIN STRACHAN   ½         ANTHONY KENT 153
4            158 RONALD ADAMS            1-0       SYD KALINSKY 148
5             128 ROB DAVIES                    ½         JEF PAGE 130
6             119 RUSSELL FISHER           0-1        GRANT GERICKE 128
7             103 CHRIS PHILLIPS            0-1        UMAR YUNIS 118
8             Default                                      0-1        LEONARDO STEFANONI

A good win for Ilford considering the night started with a mix up before setting of from Gants Hill. So, a few us arrived late, but Brentwood’s top board could not make it. So, they moved all of their players up one board and without a substitute defaulted the bottom board so starting the match 0-1 down. Unfortunately, Leonardo meanwhile had to sit out the evening with no opponent to play.Unfortunately it didn’t have a happy ending for Syd as in a minor piece Rooks and Knights ending, Syd blundered away a knight whilst defending a difficult position.

We won in the classic Ilford style: holding the top boards and mopping up points at the bottom. Umar won a neat endgame against Phillips who erred badly. Grant got his queen and rook in behind Fisher’s Kingside, who never really developed his pieces properly. Jef’s Morra Gambit Accepted was well defended by Rob Davies, and he never got anything out of the opening, so a draw was agreed.

On the top boards,  Anthony Kent had a decent opening but took a half with all 16 pawns still on the board. Tom Barton seemed to have the better position against Kingsley but also shared the spoils. In a tough encounter was played out on board 1, Neville Twitchell’s favourite d4 line led to Trevor Coote sacrificing a Bishop for pawns,  but in the end Neville’s extra piece paid dividends.

This win puts us on top for the moment but Southend, who beat us, have games in hand, and are the divisional favourites.

Finally, pictures from Anthony’s journey to and from the match.



9 man Ilford Hold Metropolitan

One of the hardest parts of the night for some was just finding the venue…

Ilford squeezed a good result out of this match holding Metropolitan to a draw when we only had 9 players, starting the match 1 down. All our players were outgraded, by an average 11 points a board, and Jef’s opponent Fraser Lees was above him by 31 points! Jef wriggled out of a poor Queen’s Gambit middle game to run an unstoppable c-pawn aggressively up the board supported by his Queen to force a draw.

Neville Twitchell offered his opponent an early draw, which was declined. A level endgame of R+N v R+B with pawns on both sides looked like being a long drawn out affair when he suddenly blundered horribly allowing his to penetrate and deliver mate. Anthony Kent jumped on a careless move by S Roy to pick off a knight, and Julian Hudson also won well. Aidan Corish couldn’t make much progress but his bishop and pawns held Sommer’s knight and pawns in a level endgame.

In captain Tom Barton’s absence, thanks to Kevin White for being an able deputy.

We need more players: anyone fancy a London League match?


Board Home player                   Result    Away player

one  Tanguy Deflesselle 197        1-0       Paolo Casaschi  175
two Petr Vachtfeidl 182               0-1        Neville H Twitchell 173
three Marek Vlcek 177                 1/2       Kevin D White 172
four D Ian Calvert 177                  1/2       Gary Thurston 165
five George Dickson 169              1-0       Leslie J Crane 165
six Aditya Turakhia 170               0-1      Julian Hudson 154
seven Martin C Sommer 159       1/2      Aidan T Corish 159
eight Soumen Roy 155                   0-1     Anthony R Kent 153
nine Fraser A Lees 161                  1/2       Jeffrey Page 130
ten    Walk Over                              1-0      Forfeit
match result:                                    5 — 5
Mean grading Home team: 171.9 Away team: 160.7 Δ = 11.2

Win Against Upminster

A decent win for Ilford in Essex Division 2,  though the score line rather flattered us.

Jason got lucky against Rob Iannetta who threw his game away when, a pawn up thinking he was winning a knight, left a rook en pris. We were also fortunate on Board 8  when Johal, who with a  pawn one move from promotion, made a disastrous Rook move overlooking a simple Queen check which forked King & Rook, and Umar had the win. Our only loser was new recruit Julian Hudson who had a tough evening with his King stuck in the centre, Khoda’s strong attack won him the game.

Jef had an easy win as Bigg’s queenside castling was dismantled with a Q&R checkmating attack, and Syd won the exchange and swapped pieces into a won endgame. Tom was inferior, but his strong Bishop and queenside pawns paid dividends as he raced a pawn home to win. Neville had a tsrong attack against Aidan Corish’s King but overlooked the winning of a knight in the endgame and it cost him a half. Anthony Kent’s Kings Gambit petered out and the offer of a draw from Black was accepted.

Played 3 in Essex League : won 1, drawn 1, lost 1.

ILFORD  6-2  UPMINSTER II   Monday 21st December 2016

  2. TOM BARTON                1-0  J HANNIFORD 168
  3.  JULIAN HUDSON        0-1  N KHODA  144
  4. JASON KLIMACH          1-0  ROBERT IANNETTA 144
  5. ANTHONY KENT            ½   M RAHAMAN 139
  6. SID KALINSKY             1-0  P ROSENFELD 123
  7. JEF  PAGE                      1-0  PETER BIGGS  131
  8. UMAR YUNIS               1-0  S JOHAL  126


Equal in Enfield


Tuesday 15.11.16       ENFIELD 2  2½-2½  ILFORD

O OLULODE 1-0  default  w





Unfortunately for Ilford, board 1 arrived too late to play and was defaulted so we started a game down. But this was soon countered by a good win for Jef on board 2 against David McNish as his Morra Gambit Accepted took the honours. Then, Leonardo won a pawn and he swiftly won the R&P endgame against Gilberg. Marshall on board 5 had a harder time as he also lost a vital pawn against Kyriacou and couldn’t hold the same colour bishop ending.

This left the match score 2-2 with just Kalinsky to finish. He had had a hard time all evening defending a Kings Gambit Declined with his King left stranded in the centre of the board under all sorts of attack from Q, R’s & N. But, he wriggled around so well to earn the draw.

So far so good for us: 2 match wins for Ilford, and one drawn- unbeaten!



Honours Even v Beckenham & Charlton


Thursday – 10 November 2016

A terrific draw given Ilford were outgraded on most boards. Big welcome to Perry with a win on his first appearance for Ilford. A win, a draw and a defeat so far this season in London Division 2.

Toss won by Beckenham.

  Beckenham & Charlton GRADE SCORE Ilford GRADE
1 A. Hanreck 197 ½ – ½ Paolo Casachi           (b) 175
2 A. Stebbings 208 1 – 0 Neville H Twitchell(w) 173
3 J. Quinn 188 1 – 0 Kevin D White 172
4 B. Plumhoff 176 0 – 1 Perry Siriyatorn 170
5 D. Morris 175 0 – 1 David Millward 166
6 J. Lewin 169 0 – 1 Tom A Barton 167
7 J. Gibb 157 ½ – ½ Julian Hudson 154
8 A. Heard 149 1 – 0 Anthony R Kent 153
9 J. Everson 148 ½ – ½ Jeffrey Page 130
10 J. Griffiths 147 ½ – ½ Nick Pelling 118
Total 5 – 5

At least we won the toss….

Essex Chess League  Division 2.  Monday 7th November

Redbridge Social Club


  1. NEVILLE TWITCHELL            0-1   H GRIST  181
  2. TONY KENT                              0-1   M SHAW  173
  3. JASON KLIMACH                     0-1   N SUTHERLAND 171
  4. SYD KALINSKY                          ½   C WESTRAP  170
  5. JEF PAGE                                    0-1   S WEDLOCK 159
  6. UMAR YUNIS                            0-1  D DARTNELL  147

Ilford won the toss, white on odds. We should probably have got a few more points, but well beaten by the league favourites.

On Board 2, play went 12. Bxfch Kxf 13.Qd5ch to reach position below.
Black interceded 13…Be6 which is OK, but the computer says 13…e6! which is very strong in all lines. Hard to find over the board in a match.



London League – off the mark against Imperial College

With Imperial fielding a fairly weak team we won this match 7-3 . A good draw for Kevin on board 1.

1  Constantin Mueller 210(b)        1/2-1/2 Kevin D White 172 (b)
2  Adam A Taylor 212                           1-0    Neville H Twitchell 173
3  Isabel Steimbach es170                 1-0     David Millward 166
4  Mark Cox-Smith 145                     0-1     Tom A Barton 167
5  Juan Manuel Arteaga 142             0-1      Leslie J Crane 165
6 Ching Yung 131                                  0-1      Julian Hudson 154
7 Ian Leko 102                                        0-1      Anthony R Kent 153
8 Omar Haque                                1/2-1/2      Jason W Klimach 148
9 Apurva Deshpande 116               0-1         Jeffrey Page 130
10 Thivan Gunawardana es100     0-1        Grant Gericke 128

Result                                                  3   7

Essex League: Honours Even Away to Barking

Essex Chess League Division 2 Thursday 20th October, at Barking

BARKING II 4-4 ILFORD     Venue: St Ethelburga Club, Barking

Unfortunately Ilford couldn’t find a last minute reserve to make a full team, but in the end, it was probably Barking who escaped with the draw.

Neville made short work of Colin Ramage who left a piece en prise. Kalinsky made a welcome return to the team after his recent operation but couldn’t end his recuperation with a win. On the bottom boards Umar Yunis created a terrific attack but went astray and lost a knight, whilst Leonardo although a pawn down, calmly held his game together so well he secured a draw.

Tom Barton clogged up Ken Clow’s queenside but couldn’t quite find the win, but Anthony Kent’s Dutch defence held off Bennett’s aggressive early e4 line creating a strong pawn chain leading to victory.

The drawn match was clinched when Jef put in an attack with two knights which won the exchange, and with his rooks controlling the centre, allowed a win in the endgame with just seconds remaining – the extra 10 seconds per move proving crucial.


Board    Barking II                            4-4       Ilford
1      161  Colin Ramage                    0-1      Neville Twitchell  173
2     153  Kenneth Clow                  ½-½    Tom Barton  167
3      142  Christopher  Bennett 0-1        Anthony Kent 153
4      135  Gholamreza Ansari     1-0        Syd Kalinsky 148
5      129  George Monk               0-1        Jeffrey Page 130
6      126  Vladimir Chtym          1-0        Umar Yunis 118
7       90   Alexander Bowhill    ½-½      Leonardo Stefanoni 109
8       132 John Figgins                  1-0       Default


Life in London Division 2

Not the best start to the season after relegation to London League Division 2…….


To miquote Lady Bracknall, one late withdrawal is unfortunate, but two late withdrawals left us with needing wins to get anything. Our points came from draws on the night, and Julian’s passed rook’s pawn won post adjournment. The only way is up.

Streatham & Brixton 2 GRADE SCORE ILFORD GRADE

1 Robin Haldane 188         ½ – ½    Paolo Casaschi (w)175
2 Andrew Ponting 171      ½ – ½    Neville H Twitchell (b)173
3 James McDonnell 169   ½ – ½    Tom A Barton 167
4 Martin Smith 173           ½ – ½     Gary Thurston est 164
5 Alan Hayward 168           1 – 0     Aidan Corish159
6 Antony Hall 165                0 -1      Julian Hudson 154
7 Jagdip Patel 155            ½ – ½     Anthony Kent 153
8 Nello Attianese 165       1 – 0     Jeffrey Page 130
9 Walkover                           1 – 0      Forfeited
10 Walkover                         1 – 0      Forfeited
Total                                      6½ – 3½