Ilford win the London League Season 2 Knight Division!

13 May 2021

After the loss last week against London Business School, Ilford had dropped to second place in the Knights Division and in this weeks final match Ilford needed to win against Battersea Gambiteers and see the results go against Hackney Hungry to win the league. Ilford won, the London Business School did us a favour to beat Hackney Hungry so Ilford are Knights Division champions! Well played to the team of: Dlawar Hameed; Neville Twitchell; Anthony Kent; Jef Page and Tom Barton.

Neville had a sharp game in a Sicilian with opposite sides castling. His opponent’s attack had pieces pointing towards Neville’s king but they were ineffectual whereas Neville’s attack was conclusive. Anthony played Black in a Sicilian and his opponent gave up a piece on move 10 after which it was straightforward. Jef also had a pretty easy game. In a Pirc, he blocked off the centre and attacked on the queenside. With an already clear advantage his opponent dropped a rook. Tom’s game was last to finish and compared to the others this was a tense struggle. In a Sicilian his opponent blunted his offer of a Najdorf by trading off white squared bishops and going for a Maroczy bind type setup. After trading off in the centre Tom had a centre passed pawn but dropped a pawn to a neat tactic by his opponent. A tricky endgame saw a drawn position arise only for Tom’s opponent to inexplicably fail to move and lose on time.

Neville’s game from last week got star billing as the featured game in this week’s JoRoSaR broadcast on twitch.tv! See about 17 mins in: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/1020180824

Neville’s game from this week is here: Farahmandpour v Twitchell

Full details of the final standings are on the LL website: https://www.londonchess.org.uk/main.php

Battersea Gambiteers                               Ilford A

  1. Dieter McDougall     [W]       0 – 1     Tom Barton
  2. Ehsan Farahmandpour [B]   0 – 1      Neville Twitchell
  3. Marc Harvey             [W]        0 – 1     Anthony Kent
  4. Gareth Hilton          [B]           0 – 1    Jef Page

Ilford will enter a team for the LL Online Season 3. The new season starts on Wednesday 2 June

Another Knight Division win in the London League

Another win on Wednesday keeps Ilford top of the Knights division a half point ahead of the Hungry Hackney with two weeks to go in Online Season 2.

Tom didn’t play his opening terribly well but as his opponent pushed pawns at him it got to a position where a knight was won as he missed a tactical mate. However, he then blundered to gift a rook back and lost the game – maybe time for someone else’s turn for board 1!  Dlawar played a very smooth attack and won in style. Neville also won after gradually outplaying his opponent. Jef really went for it with a King’s Gambit and was wining before a mouse slip gifted a rook, however, he came back again against a weak opponent for his game and the match win.

Football Radar                                 Ilford A 

  1. Adam Cranston    [W]    1 – 0                    Tom Barton         
  2. Michael Davis       [B]      0 – 1                 Dlawar Hameed  
  3. David Foster         [W]     0 – 1                Neville Twitchell 
  4. Annie Hawes        [B]      0 – 1                Jef Page 

Play through Dlawar’s game on this link

Ilford Top of London League Knights Division

21 April 2021 – Ilford 3 – 1 MetroGnomes

              Ilford A                                             MetroGnomes

  1. Tom Barton          [W]  ½ – ½                     Henry A Jennings
  2. Dlawar Hameed   [B]    1 – 0                   Peter Szabo
  3. Neville Twitchell  [W]   1 – 0                  Nicholas Nardecchia
  4. Anthony Kent       [B]     ½ – ½                 Mark Nevison 

A win in the top of the table match against MetroGnomes puts Ilford clear at the top of the London League Knights division by a half point with three weeks matches to go in the Online Season 2.

Dlawar’s game was pretty even until the endgame when he outplayed his opponent to win a couple of pawns and provide the win. His opponent missed an interesting tactic to try and keep the game alive – see attachments for the details. Anthony’s game was very even and went into a drawn opposite coloured bishop endgame. Neville and my games were much livelier. Neville’s opponent played an unusual line in the centre counter which gave Neville great development and what looked like a winning advantage, however, it got a little trickier but Neville went into a winning endgame an down on time. I had a pretty even game although I didn’t play the opening at all well and then the tactics got pretty complicated. I managed to get to a won endgame only to miss the right move under time pressure.

Tom Barton

Neville’s game is here

Covid-19 – Club closed and all chess leagues suspended

Ilford Chess Club over the board chess and the venue it uses closed on 16th March. The London, Essex and North Circular Leagues are all suspended for the time being.

The club is playing online chess, mainly on LICHESS.ORG, where the club takes part in the League of Mayhem. Contact me there using my handle “gandto

Tom Barton

New Year starts with London League loss to Hackney 2

Wednesday 8 January 2020
Report by Tom Barton
London League D2

Ilford 1 3 – 7 Hackney 2

The new year has started with a match loss which was no surprise given the team were out graded on all boards. The bright spots were good wins for Gary and Andrew and the return of Paolo to the team.

1Paolo Casaschi       e1750 – 1Zoltan Kovacs181
2Tom Barton1620 – 1Piro Balloglu176
3Gary Thurston1521 – 0John Tennyson175
4Venkatesh Subramaniane1500 – 1Adam Robinson170
5Chris Rogal1480 – 1Tobias Baumann175
6Andrew Medworth1461 – 0Frances Chin179
7Aidan Corish1460 – 1Paul Conway166
8Jason W Klimach1450 – 1Jeff Leung173
9Jef Page128½ – ½Peter Burgoyne149
10Taha Undree130½ – ½Paul Rosario143

Hurrah! A win for Ilford

Essex Chess League    Division 2
Monday 2nd December 2019
ILFORD  I 4½ – 3½  UPMINSTER II
Report by Jef Page

1.         TOM BARTON   ½   STEVE KELSEY    164
2. NEVILLE TWITCHELL 1-0  LES CRANE         159
3.        ANTHONY KENT   ½   ROB IANNETTA 151
4.       VENKATESH  SUBRAMANIAN 1-0  AIDAN CORISH  146
5.         SYD KALINSKY  ½    STEVE ABBOTT 143
6.     JASON KLIMACH   ½   M RAHAMAN  136
7.         JEF PAGE   ½   NICK PELLING  134
8.         TAHA UNDRE 0-1  PETER BIGGS   121

(From Jef Page’s notes). In a galaxy far, far away Ilford used to win bucket loads of chess matches. Hurraahh! At last a match win for Ilford- our first this season and for ages. We did just enough to beat Upminster 2 who we get on well with as many of their players have played for us (or still do: Crane, Corish, Abbott, Rahaman, Pelling) in the London & Essex leagues.

Drawn games dominated the match. One of the best moves I played was to win the toss and give us White on odd boards so Tom on board 1 played well opposing Kelsey’s Sicilian Defence. But, with no clear advantage, both agreed a draw. Syd had a good attack against Upminster captain Steve Abbott who defended well and Jason also stopped Rahaman developing his pieces but both accepted draws. I attacked Nick Pelling’s Alekhine’s Defence but as it went down to a level endgame with just a minute left I also had to take a half. Taha (who came from a hospital appointment) attacked Biggs’ King with Q&N but when forced back he lost control of an open board. Anthony managed to hang on under attack and a draw was agreed as time was short.

The match was levelled when Neville neatly beat Les Crane but the result hinged on Venkatesh who having won Rook for Knight against Aidan Corish, in a tense endgame with only minutes left, Venkatesh raced both g & h pawns for home supported by his King to clinch the match win for Ilford. Our biggest danger now is defaults in future matches, more players are needed!

They key game on board 4.

Disappointing London League Loss

Dulwich 1 v Ilford 1, London League Div 2
6 – 4
27 November 2019
Report by Tom Barton

1Ryan
Randall             (w)
2051 – 0Julian
Hudson
168
2Andrew
Pridding      (b)
1981 – 0Tom
Barton
162
3Haran
Rasalingam
1771 – 0Anthony
Kent
157
4Peter
Andrews
1771 – 0Venkatesh
Subramanian
e150
5Slobodan
Svircevic
1561 – 0Aidan
Corish
146
6Gary
Peebles-Brown
152½ – ½Andrew
Medworth
146
7Marlon
Seton
142½ – ½Jason W
Klimach
145
8Norman
Watson
  800 – 1Gideon
Vecht
142
9Default 0 – 1Malcolm
Gesthuysen
139
10Default 0 – 1Jef
Page
128

We started the evening two points up after defaults from Dulwich but lost the match over the top five boards where we were out graded on average 183 to 157. I fell early in the sharp Mieses variation of the Scotch where I’d considered and discarded the correct move for a decent game. Anthony was slowly strangled for space and play, Venkatesh had his king stranded in the centre of the board but although he got through the pressure to a rook and pawn endgame he was pawns down and couldn’t hold. Aidan’s opponent had a slight edge but it looked drawish until Aidan dropped a pawn. Andrew worked hard for his draw , Jason drew and Gideon found a mating attack.

The game of the evening was by Julian on board one. He played really well and his opponent and Dulwich captain, Ryan Randall, struggled to find a way to break down Julian’s defence. An exciting endgame saw passed pawns created on both sides of the board and with the game being played on incremental time Julian found the right moves to keep up the tension until he gave up the exchange. In the final position Ryan decided to repeat a few moves and waited for time to be called at 10pm. Initial analysis on the night suggested a white win. In Ryan’s word the following day:

“As we suspected, Stockfish confirms it’s winning for white by 1 tempo. I should’ve found and played this at the time, but I was too exhausted to calculate. Tough game!”

And Julian duly resigned.

Adjournment position
Ryan Randall v Julian Hudson – white to play
White can move to capture e6, trading rook for bishop and then winning the pawn race
Ryan and Julian still playing a few moments before time was called.

Grim Night for Ilford

ILFORD 0-6 WANSTEAD I

North Circular Chess League , Division A
Monday 18th November
Report: Jef Page

1.          TOM BARTON  0-1  K BUI  177 w
2. NEVILLE TWITCHELL 0-1  DAVE SPEARMAN 176 b
3.   HASSAN MUGALU 0-1  STEVE RIX  175
4.              TONY KENT  0-1  A CHIREA-FLORICA 171
5.         SYD KALINSKY  0-1  PHIL STANILAND 171
6.                  JEF PAGE  0-1  LARRY MARDEN 170

Wanstead won the toss, White on odd boards.

A grim night for Ilford, can we get any lower, erm…

I had an awful opening, Larry Marden never left me off the hook and I got wiped out- but the pain was over quickly. Tom had a bad Bishop in Q, B & R against Kyan Bui’s Q, R & active N whilst Neville seemed to have good chances a pawn down, but unable to find the right line to break up  Black’s defence, lost the ending as Dave Spearman’s pawns began to roll forward. Tony Kent had an equally bad Bishop that never got into the game and when Alin Chirea-Florica’s passed a-pawn became a threat it was all over. Steve Rix won a pawn and it proved decisive against Hassan, whilst Sid sacrificed a R for a B against Philip Standiland but it proved futile and he fell into a N fork on his K&Q.

News has just reached me that the little known Kalinsky Gambit (players try to Decline it but it’s very difficult) is back in play and very dangerous. Played by Sid Kalinsky it involves making a move whilst knocking a cup of coffee over the board. A bit like Venice in flood over the chess board with you trying to mop it up as Sid just carries on regardless.  Happy days.

Dropped match in Essex League Opener

Essex Chess League  – Division 2
Redbridge Social Centre,  28 October 2019
Report by Jef Page

ILFORD  3½ – 4½  THURROCK

Tom BARTON   ½  Ian WOODWARD 150
Neville TWITCHELL  ½  B SHEPPARD           155
Syd KALINSKY 0-1 Mike BRADFORD  119
Venkatesh SUBRAMANIIAN 0-1  Andy OFFORD      119
Jef PAGE  ½   Malcolm CRANE 105
Lavanan AINKARAN 1-0  D REYNOLDS         102
Taha UNDRE 1-0  Les GROOMBRIDGE  97
default  0-1 B AKINOSOYE

Thurrock won the toss, White on odd boards.

A welcome return to the easier, lower pastures of the Essex League division 2 as it’s clear we’re not going to scale the heights of the North Circular Chess League, division A, however, problems of lack of players and defaults are raising their head early. This turned into a dismal evening as we threw away the chance to win or draw the match,  snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. The worst culprit was me.

We did OK on the top boards as Neville lost a pawn against Sheppard’s French Defence opening and could never make progress but held for a draw, whilst Tom did enough to hold his favourite Leningrad Dutch Defence together also for a draw. But the middle boards were grim for us as Syd and Venkatesh made errors in good positions which allowed Bradford and Offord to pick up wins.

For once we cleaned up the lower boards. Lavanan played well, won a pawn and nursed it home with a strong, active King & Knight against Reynold’s King and weak Bishop. Taha developed out of a cramped opening and congested board to beat Groombridge. So the match hinged on my result and as usual I broke out of a poor Dutch Defence opening, finally freeing my pieces but at the cost of Crane having 2 advanced g and h pawns. But as my 2 Bishops & Knight began to work together I chased Crane’s almost trapped Queen around and then won a Rook- which should have been that. But.. I left my Q ‘en prise’ and Crane generously offered a draw- so they could win the match- which I had no choice but to accept. It felt like a loss.