London League win against the dvision 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
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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.

Kent

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  

Ilford keep on in the London League

In the Metropolitan 1 away match Ilford are 5-4 up with Steve Abbott’s game adjourned which looks difficult to hold – see position below. The teams were evenly matched and it was close fought.

Tom Barton’s game was the last to finish. A ding dong affair he was worse but managed to mix it up and with both his opponent and he queening he had an opportunity to win the game in the final time scramble – then he went and put his queen en pris! Aaaagh!

Still, Ilford will at least halve the match and continue to add to the points tally.

Steve Abbott’s adjourned position. He is black and has sealed:

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  Metropolitan 1 GRADE SCORE Ilford 1 GRADE
1 Tanguay Deflesselle 202 0 – 1 Paolo Casaschi 174
2 Ian Calvert 171 ½ – ½ Gary Thurston 173
3 Adam Bedi 170 1 – 0 Tom Barton 168
4 Petr Vachtfeidl 170 0 – 1 Julian Hudson 169
5 Brian Sharkey 166 ½ – ½ Les Crane 164
6 Fraser Lees 160 1 – 0 Anthony Kent 150
7 Jeremy Law 152 0 – 1 Aidan Corish 148
8 Soumen Roy 160 Adj Stephen J Abbott 141
9 Noel Stewart 139 0 – 1 Jef Page 144
10 Jan Lepetun 144 1 – 0 Grant Gericke 139
Total 4 – 5

Another good night in the London League

Ilford continued winning ways against Beckenham & Charlton and have an excellent start of three wins from three matches.

  Beckenham & Charlton 1 GRADE SCORE Ilford 1 GRADE
1 Phili J Morris (IM) 219 1 – 0 Chris Fegan 176
2 Alan E Hanreck 209 1 – 0 Gary Thurston 173
3 John Lewin 164 ½ – ½ Paolo Casaschi 174
4 Jim Everson 147 ½ – ½ Julian Hudson 169
5 Andrew Heard 145 ½ – ½ David Millward 167
6 Andrew Dovey 141 0 – 1 Tom Barton 168
7 Shreyas Royal 150 0 – 1 Les Crane 164
8 Robert Stebbings 121 0 – 1 Anthony Kent 150
9 James Jackson 119 0 – 1 Aidan Corish 148
10 Ian Mills 114 0 – 1 Stephen J Abbott 141
  Total   3½ – 6½  

Les got the evening off to a good start catching his young opponent in an opening trap and our strength in depth saw a clean sweep of the bottom half of the boards the foundation of the win.

Thanks to Chris and Gary for taking on the top boards against high rated opponents.

Ilford v Wanstead – North Circular Chess League Div A – 6 Nov

ILFORD  2-4  WANSTEAD & WOODFORD I

NEVILLE TWITCHELL  ½  D SPEARMAN 190  w

TOM BARTON 1-0 M PEREZ-CABALLO 187 b

TONY KENT 0-1 LARRY MARDEN  173

SID KALINSKY   ½  IAN HUNNABLE 173

JEF PAGE  0-1 STEVE RIX 171

LAVANAN AINKARAN  0-1  PHIL STANILAND 160

A strong Wanstead 1st team turned up outgrading us on every board, but games were played out to a tough finish.

Syd Kalinsky easily held Hunnable’s French Defence but Neville on top board had to work hard to draw with Spearman. I misplayed the opening in a cramped position and in spite of seeking counter-play, it was too difficult to hold off Steve Rix, whilst Wanstead captain Staniland proved too strong for Lavanan. Similarly Tony Kent couldn’t prevent Marden gaining control of the centre and opening up his defence. Our only winner was Tom, who is having a good season, who broke out of the middle game to win the ending.

Jef Page.