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








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.

Ilford hammered by Basildon in Summer Rapidplay K.O.

Rapidplay: Ilford 1½-8½ Basildon

The score says it all really. Ilford’s top board, Neville, got stuck in a motorway traffic jam and hence missed the first round but Ilford were never in contention in this match faring little better in round 2. So Ilford depart this year’s Essex summer K.O.tournament.

Round 1

TOM BARTON         0-1   D KRASZESWKI    179R
TONY KENT              ½    S CLARKE              165R
SYD KALINSKY       0-1   R BARA                   163S
JEF PAGE                  0-1    D FLYNN               158S
½ – 4½

Round 2

TOM BARTON                   ½      S CLARKE
TONY KENT                     0-1     S BARA
SYD KALINSKY               0-1     P LAUNDY
JASON KLIMACH             ½      D FLYNN
1 – 4

Final score                    1½-8½

Ilford won the toss, white on odd boards Round 1.
R= Rapidplay grade, S= Standard

Tony Kent (Black, to move) draw from round 1. Was running out of time, but computer likes  a4 then a3 for Black,



Ilford won the toss, white on odd boards Round 1.
R= Rapidplay grade, S= Standard

London League: Ilford finish 6th

With Gary Thurston agreeing a draw in his adjourned game Ilford has drawn it’s final match against Wanstead & Woodford.

With all matches in Divison 2 now complete Ilford’s final position at the end of the season is 6th with 6 from 11 match points which is a good return. The team has generally out-performed on grading and played tenaciously as evidenced by the four drawn matches achieved, including draws against the two top teams, Cavendish and Wanstead & Woodford. Ilford will be in Division 2 again next season and Tom Barton intends to continue as captain.  See the London League web-site for full details:

Ilford level in season’s final London League match


Wanstead arrived at the match yesterday with promotion to D1 secure but wanting a win to finish top of division 2. Another good performance by the out-graded Ilford team sees the match all square with Gary’s position adjourned.

  Wanstead & Woodford 1 GRADE SCORE Ilford 1 GRADE
1 D. Spearman 194 ½ – ½ Paolo Casachi         (b) 175
2 J. Boardman 187 1 – 0 Neville Twitchell    (w) 173
3 P. Bancroft 175 0 – 1 Kevin D White 172
4 D. I. Reynolds 175 0 – 1 Tom Barton 167
5 S. Rix 174 1 – 0 David Millward 166
6 I. D. Hunnable 174 Adj Gary Thurston e164
7 T. Whitton 166 ½ – ½ Aidan Corish 159
8 L. Marden 173 ½ – ½ Julian Hudson 154
9 P. Staniland 166 ½ – ½ Anthony Kent 153
10 P. Barclay 162 ½ – ½ Jason W Klimach 148
Total 4½ – 4½

The last game in the last match of the season goes to adjournment. Ian Hunnable (Wanstead, on the left) considers his sealed move against Gary.


The adjourned position, Ian Hunnable (Wanstead) has sealed his next move as black.


Excellent London League Performance

Although out-graded across the boards the London side had a very good performance this evening to lead 5-4 against D2 second placed Cavendish 2. Neville’s adjourned game has him a pawn down but with opposite coloured bishops there are drawing chances.

1            J. T. Farrand        175        ½ – ½     Paolo Casaschi        (b)         175
2            P. J. Gregory       178        Adj        Neville Twitchell    (w)        173
3            B. N. Green         181        0 – 1      Kevin D White              172
4            A. Scrimgour      181        1 – 0      Tom Barton              167
5            C. C. Sherwood   173        0 – 1      David Millward              166
6            S. Reuben           170        0 – 1      Gary Thurston              E164
7            M. St. J. Brown   177        ½ – ½     Les Crane              165
8            H. J. Waterman   173        ½ – ½     Julian Hudson               154
9            D. Wright            170        1 – 0      Aidan Corish              159
10          A.C.P. Milnes     167        ½ – ½     Anthony Kent              153        

Neville’s adjournment position. Black to move – Gregory has sealed.


Neville considers his adjournment position


Kevin closing in on his win


David also heading for victory




Ilford win again in the North Circular Chess League

This week it was Barnet Elizabethans who succumbed to Ilford in the NCCL. We out-graded them on all boards and with their board 5 failing to turn up we had a point in the bag early.  Jason struggled out of the opening and lost and Julian was under pressure later in his game with a monster pawn on the seventh eventually proving decisive. With Syd comfortably ahead by an exchange and positionally, Tom was in an endgame with knight and six pawns against bishop and six pawns and offered his opponent a draw. His opponent played on and went awry to allow a passed pawn and with his clock running down resigned, however, on review with a computer it was drawn! Syd wrapped up his game and we came away with a slightly fortunate match win.

Philip Myers   (157)   0 – 1  Tom Barton    (170)
Brian Bowie    (144)  1 – 0 Julian Hudson  (166)
Michael Jones (125)  0 – 1 Syd Kalinsky    (148)
Amit Dodhia (UG)    1 – 0 Jason Klimach  (147)
default                            0 – 1 Leonardo Stefanoni

Result                         2 – 3

Syd cogitates in the opening!


Ilford trailing Drunken Knights 3 in London League match

Last night the Ilford team performed well, with Steve Abbott winning on his first outing for the club, but are a point behind with two games adjourned. Julian Hudson is better in his but Neville Twitchell worse. Fingers crossed for when they resume!

Full details will be on the London League web-site

Image: Neville writing up the adjournment details.


Ilford ahead in tight London League match against Lewisham

In a tight match last night Ilford pulled ahead in the final few minutes of quickplay finishes when David Millward won with only a minute (or less!) on his clock and Tom Barton managed to scrape a draw in a game that he was losing. Ilford stand 5-4 up with one game adjourned; this is Julian Hudson’s game where he has good drawing chances. Given Ilford have the top two teams to play in the second half of the season, at least a half, and possibly a point from this match, is very useful.
Full details on the London League web-site:

Ilford lose Finchley Cup semi-final on tie-break

Ilford lost a tight match last night to Loughton in the North Circular League Finchley Cup. The format was a four board match with two rounds of games of 30 minutes each. After round one Syd was our only player to score a win and we were down by a point, however, in round two Syd repeated his win. With Neville and Anthony both drawing Jason needed a win but was well behind on the clock and also a pawn down. Jason held his nerve but with his opponent’s clock also running down the game was agreed a draw, this brought the overall match score level at 4-4. Sadly for us the tie-break eliminates results from the bottom and so Ilford are out of this year’s Finchley Cup.