Ilford Chess Club Founded 1900 One of London's oldest chess clubs welcomes new members! Monday evenings from 7.30 p.m. Redbridge Social Centre rear of 188/190 Beehive Lane Ilford, Essex IG4 5EE.Approach up the Private Road (no name) off Beehive Lane almost opposite Somersby Gdns. The Centre has secure free parking, is on the left behind the chain link fence.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Jef Page surprised his opponent with a rather unusual bishop and knight checkmate.
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.