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 off Beehive Lane almost opposite Somersby Gdns. Sign-post to "Redbridge Social Centre". The Centre has secure free parking, is on the left behind the chain link fence.
Cavendish 2 v Ilford 1
London League – 18 Oct 2018
A good performance from the team but a disappointing result as Ilford missed out on getting the first London League match point of the season, losing 5.5 – 4.5.
Cavendish had strength right down to the bottom board with an average grade of 174 compared Ilford’s 163. There were early results with Neville and Tom winning and Les and David losing. The bottom three boards, who were most out-graded, all played solidly and held for draws with Anthony having the best chances for something more. Those results left the match all square with three games to go. Chris was slowly out-manoeuvred by Kanwal in a tricky game (no doubt Chris, as the ECF Director of Women’s Chess, was delighted to be playing female opposition…) but Ilford had hopes for both Julian and Gary’s games. Gary had an edge in his game and as player’s often do, spent time looking for a way to break through but unfortunately at the cost of putting himself under time pressure and losing coming up to the time control. So despite Julian converting his advantage with a win Ilford lost the match.
An inauspicious start to the season as we have lost the opening match 2.5 – 5.5 with two games adjourned. Having conceded two boards from the start a result for us was unlikely, I lost early on which didn’t help and on the boards played we were a point down with two adjourned both of which favour the opposition. See the adjourned positions below.
The only positive from the evening was Neville’s first game for us in a while which he won in style.
Kings Head 2
0 – 1
½ – ½
1 – 0
0 – 1
½ – ½
½ – ½
0 – 1
0 – 1
Adjourned position Hudson – Mackenzie. Black has sealed.
Adjourned position Page – Tomkin. Black has sealed.
At Wanstead House, 13.9.18. Report by Jef Page.
2 games as b&w, 30 minutes each. Wanstead won the toss, white on odds Round 1.
WANSTEAD I 7½-2½ ILFORD
John H HODGSON
Both the main competition, won by Barking beating Writtle, and our match took, place in the same room in Wanstead House. We were never in with a chance against Wanstead as they were too strong for us on the top boards. I couldn’t even win the coin toss for white on board 1 in round 1.
The match was effectively lost in Round 1. Barclay offered a quick grandmaster draw in a blocked Stonewall type of position and Anthony accepted. Kalinsky put in a strong attack but ignored his defence and allowed his Queen to be pinned against his King whilst Mugalu, pressing forward with a pawn advance, blundered it away and lost the R&P ending.
Round 2 was tighter but we were never close to overturning a 4-1 deficit. Tony wouldn’t risk opening up the position against Barclay and so again took a draw. Hassan lost control of his h- file and Rix’s Rooks invaded to win the R&P ending and Neville found John Hodgson too strong and whilst Nev’s opening development was good, as John levelled in the middle game Neville ran out of time. Our real star of the evening was Tom who in both games calmly stopped Spearman’s probing attacks with excellent defence.
A very disappointing night for Ilford with no winners of games amongst us. Reinforcements needed!
Essex Rapidplay Plate semi-final
Monday 23 July 2018
This match looked easy on paper and I was supposed to have the rare luxury of being non-playing captain, but it got very scary, particularly in round 1, as even though I had picked a strong team, Hassan failed to arrive and I subb’ed for him. So we started late, and of course he arrived minutes after we’d started the clocks.
Tom lost a pawn in the opening and never really recovered and with Syd also losing it looked like we we’re going to do poorly in round one. But as last to finish, I won leveling the match when I held off Wysocki’s attack, and in the mad time scramble he made a terrible mistake and I picked off his Queen. So breathing a sigh of relief, we reached the interval at 2½-2½.
After a short break for tea we restarted and this time our quality showed through as Hassan Mugalu took my place. On top board our only winner of both his games was Neville as he outplayed Woodward in the opening and with his better R,N & B won the ending- forcing a pawn home to queen. Syd likewise made it difficult for Malcolm Crane to develop his pieces & Syd won his Queen for a R&B. This time around normal service was resumed as Tom caught Derrett’s King in the centre of the board as Derrett went for an all-out, but futile attack, and Tom also won his opponent’s errant Queen. This win sealed the match for us but it was followed up by both Tony and Hassan winning. In one of his usual ‘creeping’ positional attacks which saw white’s development stifled, when Kent won control of the h-file with his Queen, Butterworth-Parr’s cramped kingside collapsed. And finally Mugalu won a cheap pawn for nothing and with Wysocki also unable to develop his pieces properly, the win was never in doubt- a rare 5-nil rout in round 2.
We now go into the final which wil probably be in mid-September. Our opponents as yet unknown, either: Wanstead A or Upminster B.
Thanks to everyone who played. It shows what we can achieve with a strong team playing.
For the second match in a row Ilford were never at the races. We started with a default and registered another to make it hard to get anything from the match but some of the games went away from us early. Steve Abbott registered the only win. Both Julian and Anthony had chances but both over-pressed.
Ilford are safe to return to the fray in Division 2 next season.
Ilford 1 v Dulwich 1
London League – Wednesday 25 April 2018
Ilford weren’t at the races for this match suffering a heavy defeat against the division’s bottom team 1.5 – 8.5. Dulwich had turned out a strong team but even so this was an evening that didn’t go right from the moment the toss was lost. Anthony Kents’s game was probably the only one where we had winning chances but in the end we only scored through three draws.
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.