NCCL – An Ilford score of two halves

North Circular Chess League   DIVISION A
Ilford 1½ – 4½  Chingford I
29 October 2018

An Ilford score of two halves: the top half good, the bottom half bad.

Neville has had some good wins over Gavin Hughes but this time Gavin found a better defence and held. Tony played well to gain a half and Tom almost won a R&P endgame against Brady. Tom played well, until he was a pawn up, then it got shaky as Brady’s play sharpened up and he clawed the pawn back and secured a draw.

Syd won a pawn but couldn’t hold on, I blundered in the endgame when running out of time also a pawn up with a good position, and Brian Spear made short work of Marshall. We let this match slip away too easily as we should have made the score much closer.

Jef Page.

Ilford 1 Grade Result Chingford 1 Grade
Neville TWITCHELL 174 ½-½ Gavin HUGHES 157
Tom BARTON 166 ½-½ David BRADY 156
Anthony KENT 151 ½-½ Peter ROSE 158
Syd KALINSKY 141 0-1 Peter BURGOYNE 152
Jef PAGE 139 0-1 Robin OAKLEY 145
Marshall TUTU 94 0-1 Brian SPEAR 146

Third loss in a row in the London League

Metropolitan 1    7.5 – 1.5    Ilford 1        with 1 Adjourned
London League D2 – 25 October 2018

Lacking three boards for a full team it was no surprise that Ilford lost this match. Good draws for Les, Anthony and Aidan. Julian’s adjourned position doesn’t look too good – see below.

A full team is required for the next match!

Tom Barton

  Metropolitan 1 GRADE SCORE Ilford 1 GRADE
1 David Norton 198 1 – 0 Tom Barton             (b) 166
2 Tanguy Defleselle 198 Adj Julian Hudson         (w) 176
3 Ian Calvert 177 ½ – ½ Les Crane 156
4 Adam Bedi 166 ½ – ½ Anthony Kent 151
5 Adam Squibbs 174 ½ – ½ Aidan Corish 156
6 Soumen Roy 172 1 – 0 Jef Page 139
7 Fraser Lees 164 1 – 0 Jason Klimach 137
8 Walkover   1 – 0 Forfeit  
9 Walkover   1 – 0 Forfeit  
10 Walkover   1 – 0 Forfeit  
  Total   7½ – 1½    

Adjournment   Hudson – Defleselle – white to play


Julian considers his next move


Ilford wiped out of Lawrance Cup by Barnet

NCCL Lawrance Cup:  Ilford 1-7 Barnet
Two game rapidplay match as b&w, 30 minutes each per game.
Monday 22 October 2018

Short and not very sweet. Barnet arrived at Ilford with a very strong team and wiped us out of the Cup. It may not be our top priority this season but still disappointing.

The only Ilford player to ruin a consistent nil score for all of us was Tom who won well in round 1.

We now settle back to league matches.

Jef Page.

Ilford Grade Rnd 1 Rnd 2 Barnet Grade
Neville Twitchell 174 0 – 1 0 – 1 Roy Sagall 195
Tom Barton 166 1 – 0 0 – 1 Alex Ethelontis 197
Anthony Kent 151 0 – 1 0 – 1 Jon Rubeck 168
Jef Page 139 0 – 1 0 – 1 Philip Myers 158
1 – 3 0 – 4

Close match against Cavendish

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.

  Cavendish 2 GRADE SCORE Ilford 1 GRADE
1 Kanwal K. Bhatia         (w) 187 1 – 0 Chris Fegan 187
2 David Friedgood           (b) 186 0 – 1 Julian Hudson 176
3 Michael Crichton 173 0 – 1 Tom Barton 166
4 Anthony C.P. Milnes 177 0 – 1 Neville Twitchell 174
5 Barry N. Green 168 1 – 0 David Millward 164
6 Philip J. Gregory 175 1 – 0 Gary Thurston 163
7 Michael St J. Brown 165 1 – 0 Les Crane 156
8 Stewart Reuben 174 ½ – ½ Anthony Kent 151
9 Chris C. Sherwood 164 ½ – ½ Aidan Corish 156
10 Howard J. Waterman 168 ½ – ½ Jef Page 139
  Total   5½ – 4½    

London League Opens with a Loss

Ilford 1 v Kings Head 2
Wednesday 3 October 2018

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.

Tom Barton

Ilford 1 GRADE SCORE Kings Head 2 GRADE
Tom Barton 166 0 – 1 Jim Falzarano 175
Julian Hudson 176 Adj Colin Mackenzie 184
David Millward 164 ½ – ½ Joel Bird 177
Neville Twitchell 174 1 – 0 David Whitehead 173
Aidan Corish 156 0 – 1 Alex Bourke 155
Anthony Kent 151 ½ – ½ Richard Dunn 141
Jason Klimach 137 ½ – ½ Richard Balatoni 122
Jef Page 139 Adj Neil Tomkin 135
Forfeit 0 – 1 Walkover
Forfeit 0 – 1 Walkover

Adjourned position Hudson – Mackenzie. Black has sealed.


Adjourned position Page – Tomkin. Black has sealed.



Essex Summer Rapidplay Knockout – Plate Final

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.


    Rnd 1 Rnd 2    
189 John H HODGSON 1-0 1-0 Neville TWITCHELL 156 (r)
185 DaveSPEARMAN ½ ½ Tom BARTON 161 (r)
179 Steve RIX 1-0 1-0 Hassan MUGALU 151 (r)
154 Paul BARCLAY ½ ½ Anthony KENT 145 (r)
138 David SMITH 1-0 ½ Syd KALINSKY 158 (r)

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!

Jef Page.


Essex Summer Knock-out: Ilford into the Plate final.







Neville Twitchell 162 r (B, W)



Ian Woodward 154r (W,B)


Tom Barton 154 r



Joe Derrett      160 s


Jef Page 138 r (146B s)

Hassan Mugalu 161 r



Miroslaw Wysocki UG


Anthony Kent 144E r



F Butterworth-Parr 142r


Syd Kalinsky 147E r



Malcolm Crane 112r








7½ – 2½


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.

Jef Page.