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.
Essex Chess League Division 2 Monday 21st January Report by Jef Page
ILFORD I 6 – 2 BARKING II
Ilford made some slight improvements for this return home match against Barking II, like putting out a stronger team, tweaking the board order and not having a default this time. If we can solve these little problems consistently we can do far better. And again the luxury of being non-playing captain- for 2 matches in a row. Amazing!
The match stated well for us as Neville’s good development allowed him to sac’ a pawn to pressurize Clow’s position and when Ken overlooked an undefended knight the game didn’t last much longer. Kent & Ansari agreed a quick grandmaster draw but Ramage began to put pressure on Barton’s centre and queenside. Taking the top spot for a change to give Neville a rest, Tom held his concentration and calmly did enough to hold his position together.
On the lower boards we overwhelmed Barking winning 3 of the bottom 4. Kalinsky always had the better of Figgins and a strong K-side attack won Syd a bishop. Lavanan likewise set up a strong pawn-centre and after he won a knight, with queen, rook and extra knight he mated Chtym. Klimach won an errant pawn and so dominated the opening and after wiping out George’s queen-side pawns raced one of his own home to victory although George rather gave it away tamely allowing his extra king-side pawn to be easily captured. Mugalu finally won a game for Ilford but Polak also rather gave it away as well wasting his strong queen-side pawn attack sacrificing rook for knight and then losing on time. Our only loser was Tutu who whilst he won a knight had opened up files against his castled K-side position and as he was well down on the clock found it too difficult to avoid losing.
Brentwood lead division 2 followed by Upminster II and Loughton. This result takes us off the bottom in our efforts to avoid relegation – for the moment at least.
North Circular Chess League, Division A, 16 January 2019 Barnet 5½-½ Ilford Report by Jef Page
Grade BARNET 5½ – ½ ILFORD Grade 209 T GAVRIEL 1-0 JULIAN HUDSON 176 197 A ETHELONTIS 1-0 NEVILLE TWITCHELL 174 (b) 195 R SAGALL 1-0 TOM BARTON 168 168 J RUBECK ½ TONY KENT 151 158 P MYERS 1-0 SYD KALINSKY 141 125 M JONES 1-0 MALCOLM GESTHUYSEN 139
The rare luxury of being non-playing captain wasn’t worth anything as Ilford suffered a grim night against a very strong team.
The match started badly for us as Malcolm Gesthuysen played into a poor opening but worse, suffered a quick defeat in barely 13 moves as Mike Jones checkmated him with just rook and knight. This was followed by Julian Hudson allowing Gavriel to swiftly bring his queen into the attack and then Julian erred badly missing a check that cost him a rook and the game. Ethelontis and Sagall both had good positions and wore down their opponents. Neville could never break out of his cramped position and Tom held on into the endgame as well but a final passed pawn left Sagall a clear winner.
Only 2 of our players had plus positions. Kalinsky’s delayed King’s Gambit type opening and development was fine but he lost control and a knight. Rubeck sac’ed a bishop for a rook which gained him no advantage but Tony Kent had to take care and with time running short on both clocks they agreed draw.
We are still seeking our first match win in the North Circular League this season.
North Circular Chess League Division A Monday 7th January Report by Jef Page
At 7pm I had a full team but at 7.15 I found I had lost a player so again we started a match a player down. But even with this default Barking, with a strong team out, only just scraped by us 2½ – 3½
0 – 1
½ – ½
½ – ½
1 – 0
½ – ½
0 – 1
I and Figgins played into a
dismal Alekhine’s opening where Queen’s are swapped off early with no advantage
to either of us. But for here on the games got tasty.
Colin Ramage went rampaging into Klimach’s Sicilian defence with a Morra Gambit Accepted but Jason blocked off the loose c-file and with Colin losing his way trying to find a winning K-side attack, Jason picked off enprise pieces. Syd played well to hold off John White who even with two outside passed pawns couldn’t force them home in a R&P endgame. Jeff Goldberg managed to isolate Neville’s c-pawn and whilst Neville held on, Jeff ground out an endgame win.
The match result hinged on Tom’s game when he wriggled out of awkward position to win a knight for a couple of pawns. But trying to force his own passed pawn home he lost it and then was reduced to having his knight halt the progress of Jaskwiskyj’s own passed pawn and whilst a draw was a good result for Tom it couldn’t save the match.
CHINGFORD 5½ – ½ ILFORD North Circular Chess League – 17 December 2018 Based on report by Jef Page
1 – 0
1 – 0
1 – 0
1 – 0
1 – 0
Another grim night for Ilford with no Christmas gifts from Chingford as they turned out their top player. Unfortunately, although I had a full team in the morning, by match time one player failed to arrive and Tom Barton was ill so everyone moved up a board.
Kalinsky got a good position out of the opening against Gavin Hughes- they only played each other last week – but lost a Bishop, and then Jason lost a pawn to Brady and Klimach’s knight sacrifice to threaten mate got nowhere.
Only I and Neville really put our opponents under pressure. Burgoyne put me in glue in the opening but when I finally broke out to counter-attack with Queen &Bishop I chased his King out to g6, however, with no time left and no defence left around my own King, a slight inaccuracy allowed him to checkmate me. Twitchell playing really well got the better of Eames and as both raced to queen a pawn and win a Rook & pawn endgame, Neville had more than enough to secure his half.
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.