Tough Challenge in the London League

Monday 9 April 2018
Drunken Knights 2 v Ilford 1

Division 2 table topping Drunken Knights 2 were going to be a challenge. As expected we were heavily out-graded but it went as far as our top board matching their lowest graded player! Having defaulted two boards before starting it was clear that a team result was very unlikely so it was an opportunity for those playing to throw caution to the winds and play for a win against higher rated opponents. In this vein David had an excellent win, Paolo threw everything into attack to obtain a draw and Aidan also gained an excellent draw. Everyone else played well and had opportunities in their games – an entertaining evening for all. Julian initially adjourned his game but after overnight deliberation gave it up as lost.

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Julian discusses his game

 

  Drunken Knights 2 GRADE SCORE Ilford 1 GRADE
           
1 Carsten Pedersen 202 ½ – ½ Paolo Casaschi        (w) 174
2 Rhys Cumming 199 1 – 0 Gary Thurston         (b) 173
3 Tomer Eden 198 0 – 1 David Millward 167
4 Chris Russell 196 1 – 0 Julian Hudson 169
5 Richard Black 195 1 – 0 Les Crane 164
6 Anthony Fulton 189 1 – 0 Tom Barton 168
7 Doug Bennett 174 ½ – ½ Aidan Corish 148
8 Michael Green 177 1 – 0 Anthony Kent 150
9 Walkover   1 – 0 Default  
10 Walkover      1 – 0 Default  
           
  Total   8 – 2  

 

 

 

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Hurrah – finally a win in the NCCL Div A!

Ilford v Wanstead 2 – North Circular Chess League, Div A
Mon 26 March 2018

This match was probably the relegation decider between Ilford and Wanstead 2. It didn’t start too well as Jason’s king was under attack early, Anthony had to defend carefully against Larry who’d given up a pawn for an initiative and Syd was playing a sharp game against Philip. Malcolm and Jason lost, but many thanks to Malcolm for playing tonight and giving us a full team! Anurag was always in control of his game and won and Philip got his pieces in a bit of a tangle allowing Syd to also convert. At 2-2 the match depended on boards 1 and 2. Having held his position together despite Larry’s probing Anthony got the opportunity to exchange down into an opposite coloured bishop endgame and held for a draw. Tom’s game was a Leningrad Dutch, to his advantage as Partha hadn’t seen this before and he got well ahead on the clock. After some tactics he managed to pick up a pawn and desperate for counter-play and running short of time Partha blitzed out some moves that ended with his queen getting trapped.

 With the win and earlier draw against Wanstead 2 the league position is Ilford above them. Assuming neither team win any more matches Ilford will presumably stay in Div A.

  Ilford GRADE SCORE Wanstead 2 GRADE
1 Tom Barton             (b) 165 1 – 0 Partha Mulay 171
2 Anthony Kent          (w) 151 ½ – ½ Larry Marden 177
3 Syd Kalinsky 149 1 – 0 Philp Staniland 160
4 Jason Klimach 143 0 – 1 Mark Murrell 160
5 Malcolm Gesthuysen 132 0 – 1 Alin Chirea-Florica 150e
6 Anurag Chauhan 126 1 – 0 Jay Sharman 121
  Total   3½ – 2½  

 

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The match underway!

 

No joy against Hackney 2 in the London League

Wednesday 14 March

Hackney 2 and Ilford had an average grade of 159 across their ten boards so a tight match was to be expected. There were familiar faces in the opposition and Les agreed an early draw with Gavin and invitation to head to the pub for a pint. David won in fine style with some nice finishing moves to take the point and at that stage the boards were looking promising, however, there were no more wins and we lost the match 4-6.

Hackney 2 GRADE SCORE Ilford 1 GRADE
         
Charles Hughes 180 1 – 0 Paolo Casaschi        (w) 174
John Tennyson 181 ½ – ½ Gary Thurston         (b) 173
Jonathan Benyunes 177 0 – 1 David Millward 167
Francis Chin 173 ½ – ½ Julian Hudson 169
Gavin Hughes 171 ½ – ½ Les Crane 164
Tobias Baumann 150e 1 – 0 Tom Barton 168
Salim Kriman 145e ½ – ½ Aidan Corish 148
Emyr Jones 153 1 – 0 Jason Klimach 146
Mark Rivlin 138 ½ – ½ Jeffrey Page 144
Ramon Jose 122    ½ – ½ Stephen Abbott 141

London League win against the division table toppers Imperial

Tuesday 20 Feb

Ilford had a great result in winning against table topping Imperial. Imperial were missing a couple of top board players and Ilford were strong, but this is the first time Imperial have lost over the board this season, their only other loss was a defaulted match. Jason,  Julian and Kevin gave early points but from there on it was a slow grind to the win with David taking the team over the line with a draw after a marathon 98 moves, mainly in a queen, pawn and king versus queen and king endgame that he tried very hard to win.

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David Millward reaching the end of his marathon 98 move game
1 Adam A Taylor 206 1 – 0 Chris Fegan 176
2 Sam J Porter 192 1 – 0 Paolo Casaschi 174
3 Thomas Donaldson 178 0 – 1 Kevin D White 175
4 Luke J Barron 160 1 – 0 Gary Thurston 173
5 Maximilian Eggl 157 ½ – ½ David Millward 167
6 Benjamin Nevett-Farman 157 0 – 1 Julian Hudson 169
7 Juan Manuel Arteaga 144 ½ – ½ Les Crane 164
8 Raphael Seidenberg e135 0 – 1 Tom Barton 168
9 Alexander Nielsen 117 ½ – ½ Anthony Kent 150
10 Ziyang Zhou e110 0 – 1 Jason Klimach 146

A poor London League performance against Mushrooms 1

Wednesday 7 February

On paper Ilford had a chance of a result against Mushrooms 1 who were only a little stronger than the Mushrooms 2 team played last week, however, nothing went Ilford’s way. Board 10 was defaulted and no one managed a win with the final score a 7.5 – 2.5 loss. The evening was partly summed up by Anthony’s draw. He had a winning position having queened a pawn but with his time almost spent, and his opponent not having mating material, a draw was agreed. Apart from Jef, all the drawing players had white!

Mushrooms 1 GRADE SCORE Ilford 1 GRADE
         
T. Oozeerally 182 1 – 0 Paolo Casaschi        (b) 174
R. O’Kelly 178 ½ – ½ Julian Hudson         (w) 169
L. Sanchez 170 1 – 0 Kevin D White 175
N. Faulks 167 ½ – ½ Tom Barton 168
D. Sedgwick 166 1 – 0 David Millward 167
R. Nash 158 ½ – ½ Anthony Kent 150
J. Rydahl 156 1 – 0 Aidan Corish 148
G. Alcock 149 ½ – ½ Jason Klimach 146
W. Faulks 140e ½ – ½ Jeffrey Page 144
C. Bardsley 140e    1 – 0 Default

 

Back to winning in the London League

Wednesday 31 January

Ilford got back to winning ways with a 6-3 win against Mushrooms 2 with one game adjourned. Chris Fegan didn’t manage to get to the venue so we defaulted a board but from then on no-one lost and Ilford steadily accumulated the points to win. Taking Ilford over the line was Julian who with queen against two bishops and a rook kept play very active to find a win.

Ilford now have 4.5 points from 6 matches which should be enough for safety but the rest of the season has matches against clubs from the top half of the table so points will be much harder to come by.

Tivillier v Kent – adjournment position, black (Kent) has sealed.

A tricky position, the black king is going to be exposed but white has to guard against back rank mating threats.

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Jef Page surprised his opponent with a rather unusual bishop and knight checkmate.

Jef checkmate

 

 

  Mushrooms 2 GRADE SCORE Ilford 1 GRADE
1 Bill Linton 174 1 – 0 Default                    (w) 176
2 Luis Sanchez 170 ½ – ½ Gary Thurston         (b) 173
3 Tim Joshin 173 0 – 1 Paolo Casaschi 174
4 David Sedgewick 167 0 – 1 Julian Hudson 169
5 Jonathan Rubeck 163 ½ – ½ David Millward 167
6 Neil Davies 160 ½ – ½ Tom Barton 168
7 Graham Alcock 149 ½ – ½ Les Crane 164
8 Jacques Tivillier 147 Adj Anthony Kent 150
9 Igor Nepomniashchiy 144 0 – 1 Aidan Corish 148
10 Carl Bardsley 140e 0 – 1 Jeffrey Page 144
Total 3 – 6

London League unbeaten run shudders to a halt.

17 Jan 2018 – Streatham & Brixton 2    (7 – 3)   Ilford 1

Ilford’s unbeaten London League record this season came to a juddering halt with a 3-7 loss to Streatham. Their captain had got out the strongest team he could to endeavour to break Streatham’s run of losses and they out-graded Ilford but not by a great deal, however, it was one of those evenings where not much went for Ilford with only Julian winning. Paolo drew against Ilford’s past long-serving captain John and we welcomed Kevin back with his first team appearance this season.

  Streatham & Brixton 2 GRADE SCORE Ilford 1 GRADE
           
1 Robin Haldane            (w) 192 1 – 0 Kevin D White 175
2 Graham Keane            (b) 191 1 – 0 Gary Thurston 173
3 John Hodgson 187 ½ – ½ Paolo Casaschi 174
4 Nello Attianese 167 0 – 1 Julian Hudson 169
5 Liam Hylands 168 1 – 0 Les Crane 164
6 Martin Smith 166 1 – 0 Tom Barton 168
7 Gabriel Barr 166 ½ – ½ Aidan Corish 148
8 Antony Hall 163 ½ – ½ Anthony Kent 150
9 Jagdip Patel 158 1 – 0 Jeffrey Page 144
10 David Varley 133 ½ – ½ Grant Gericke 139
           
  Total   7 – 3