Ilford scrape ahead of Upminster II in tight match

Essex League  Division 2  – 16.11.21
Jef Page, Captain

UPMINSTER II   2½  – 3½  ILFORD

1855                  LES CRANE ½ –  ½   NEVILLE TWITCHELL  1923
1780           AIDAN CORISH  1 – 0    ADRIAN JOSEPH  1888
1690              PETER BIGGS  ½ –  ½  CHARUKGAN MUHUNTHAN  1840
1578 JAMIE HANNAFORD   ½ – ½  ANURAG CHAUHAN  1773
1600     MATT GARWOOD  0 – 1  JEF PAGE  1630
1200 ALEX PERESLAVTSEV  0 -1  TAHA UNDRE  1540 

Full league details on the ECF LMS website here

A very close match where Ilford only just scraped by even though we outgraded our opponents. But it’s always good to welcome a new Ilford member- Charukgan- making his club debut. He did well always having the better of Biggs and even though Muhunthan won a pawn, in a long, opposite colour Bishop ending, it was never enough to secure the full point.

Twitchell by comparison arrived late, played an Alekhine opening and soon agreed a quick grandmaster draw against Les Crane & Neville was soon on his way home.

I didn’t get a chance to see much of the other games as I was too busy trying to get out of my own mess. Nobody seemed to be doing badly but we went a point down when Joseph lost to Corish but this was levelled by Taha who developed strongly on the Kingside to restrict junior Alex’s development and overwhelm his opening.

The match hinged on my horror-show nightmare of a Caro-Kann opening. Going for broke, I nicked a pawn and as Garwood lost his way I won a Rook for 2 Knights. But with the supported d-pawn I pushed it for home & got both my R’s on the 7th rank to win not just 1, but both N’s, to seal the match win.

This was a win in the olde Ilford style- just about holding the top boards but cleaning up at the bottom. Top of the table 2 wins out of 2, and unbeaten. So far so good.  Next match: 2nd December at Barking. 

Inauspicious start to Ilford’s London League Campaign

9 Nov 2021 – DHSS 1 v Ilford 1

Ilford are in Division 3 East of the reconstituted London League and this was the first match back as over the board chess gets restarted. Unfortunately we were short of two players and had a late Covid withdrawal which made it a 7 board match by agreement with the opposition.

Taha got into trouble in the opening leaving his King stranded in the centre of the board and that eventually proved terminal. Jef came out of the opening OK but then lost the initiative and ended up taking a draw. Venkatesh played the smoothest game of the evening with good control of his game winning a pawn and with positional control converting to a win. Neville went well ahead on the clock in his game, entered an endgame that was about level but then pushed a little too hard. My game was a Kan Sicilian and finished last, it was an interesting encounter where I missed a winning move and with time very short for both me and my opponent we agreed a draw as it was difficult to calculate the best way to take the game forward. See my game here.

With the two defaults we lost the match but over the five boards played we gave a good performance despite being outgraded.

DHSS 1Ilford 1
1Simon Lunn s2007CSimon Lunn had the white pieces1-0Neville H Twitchell s1927BNeville H Twitchell had the black pieces
2Gary Cook s2000C Gary Cook had the black pieces1/2-1/2Tom A Barton s1916D Tom A Barton had the white pieces
3Greg Edwards s1872C Greg Edwards had the white pieces0-1Venkatesh Subramanian s1818DVenkatesh Subramanian had the black pieces
4Brendan O’Gorman s1864ABrendan O'Gorman had the black pieces1/2-1/2Jeffrey Page s1625C Jeffrey Page had the white pieces
5Robert Parsons s1750BRobert Parsons had the white pieces1-0Taha Undre s1554DTaha Undre had the black pieces

With two defaults the match score was 5 – 2 to DHSS

DHSS provided excellent playing conditions for the five games played. Many thanks to their captain David Gilbert.

Tom Barton, LL Captain

Ilford win opening match of the Essex Division 2 Season

25 October 2021

Over the board chess returned to Ilford chess club with a visit from Southend 2.

A good start for Ilford with only one blemish spoiling the final score and clean sweep. It got a bit tense with our players arriving late due to road works in Beehive Lane sending us in all directions to find a way around them but once we settled down Ilford began to make progress though most games were close lasting over two hours.

Dlawar led off when he invaded Saunders’ back rank with his Queen and began to pick off loose pawns.  One late arrival was Adrian- one of our players making a welcome return- who soon got Chris Wray tangled up with no development from which he could ever break out and when Adrian trapped Wray’s Bishop the result was never in doubt. Chauhan likewise arrived 20 minutes late but made up for it in what looked like a level game also winning a Q, B & pawn ending.  Neville dropped a pawn to Fred Whitefield but Neville’s active Q and Knight won the pawn back and he too got the better endgame. I spent so long trying to find a good attack I ran out of time- almost a cardinal sin. The last game to finish almost going the full 3 hours was Tom’s who forced his c and d pawns up the board to win after Chris Newton let slip a good opening.

                                        ILFORD  5-1  SOUTHEND II

1. (e.1940) DLAWAR HAMEED    1-0   MICHAEL SAUNDERS (1769)
2. (1910) TOM BARTON        1-0  COLIN NEWTON (1756)
3. (1923) NEVILLE TWITCHELL  1-0   FRED  WHITEHEAD (1685)
4. (e.1888) ADRIAN JOSEPH         1-0   CHRIS  WRAY  (1357)
5. (1773) ANURAG CHAUHAN  1-0   JOHN CHAPMAN  (1240)
6. (1636) JEF PAGE                     0-1   DAVID  KING (1699)      

Jef Page, Captain.

Full match details on the ECF League Management System: Ilford v Southend 2

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.