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.
Ilford lost this opening match of the 2019-20 season 4.5 – 5.5.
With the average grade of the teams being 152.9 (East Ham) to 151.3 (Ilford) a tight match could be expected and was duly delivered. The top three boards halved out fairly early so the attention was on the lower boards. There was some back and forth on those but in the end draws happened on all boards except bottom which proved to be the match decider.
This match also marked the use of a new incremental time control for the London League of 75 mins plus 15 seconds per move. This seemed fine for the first match.
Essex Summer Knockout Rapidplay- Plate ¼ Final Tuesday 23rd July, 7.45pm Report by Jef Page
THURROCK 2½-7½ ILFORD
Rnd 1 Rnd 2
158r JOE DERRETT 1-0 0-1 TOM BARTON 167r
145r F BUTTERWORTH-PARR ½-½ 0-1 NEVILLE TWITCHELL 156r
100r ANDREW OFFORD 0-1 0-1 HASSAN MUGALU 151r
104s DEREK REYNOLDS ½-½ ½-½ SYD KALINSKY 157r
RICHARD BALL 0-1 0-1 JEF PAGE 143r
Toss won by Ilford, White on
odd boards Round 1.
What started off as a tense match ended easily for Ilford. A serious traffic accident in front of us almost closed the road but once we got around that delay we arrived in good time on a very hot night. The 1st round was very close as Tom lost control in a Scotch opening but we did just enough to get ahead as Syd held out a pawn down in a tricky R&P ending and I came up with a combination that worked but not in the way I had planned. We played 20 minutes plus 10 seconds a move and I only had barely 1 minute left.
Hassan played well in both games overwhelming Offord. In Round 2 he got his Q&B strongly lined up against Reynolds’ undefended King and eventually the pressure told and Hassan won a piece and the ending. Tom had already won quickly and Neville won Butterworth-Parr’s Queen for 2 Rooks and whilst Francis might have held out, a check threatened a Rook and he resigned, unwisely and prematurely! In the first game Ball played very defensively but in the 2nd he came at me with a quick speculation Knight sacrifice but failed to follow it up correctly and when he overlooked my Knight fork on both his Rook’s I won easily. The evening’s funniest moment was when Reynolds accidently made an illegal move- his Bishop retreated by jumping over a pawn! Syd’s howl of astonishment and complaint “What kind of move do you call that?!” could be heard in Ilford.
We now reach the semi-final of the Plate competition. It will be against Upminster 1, at Ilford, on a Monday in August, date to be agreed.
Ilford v Barking A Essex Summer Rapid Team Knockout Monday 24 July 2019
Barking won this thriller by 7 – 12 on board count after the match score was tied on 5-5.
Despite conceding an average of 28 points per board Ilford gave Barking a real run in this match with the evergreen Syd Kalinsky halving out over the two rounds and Ilford new recruit Venkatesh doing very well against John White. Unfortunately for Ilford, Jeff Goldberg steadily out-played Neville on board 2 and this was key for Barking to win on board count.
The team now go into the Plate and will face either Wanstead B or Thurrock.
Essex Chess League Division 2 Monday 20th May, Redbridge Social Centre Report by Jef Page
ILFORD 3½ – 4½ LOUGHTON
166 TOM BARTON 0-1 R EAMES 206 168 NEVILLE TWITCHELL 0-1 KEVIN BOWMER 189 166 HASSAN MUGALU 0-1 BILL STIRLING 182 153 TONY KENT 1-0 DAVID FAULKNER 157 136 JASON KLIMACH ½ GRAHAM KERSHAW 136 138 SYD KALINSKY ½ LYN STIFFEL 136 132 JEF PAGE 1-0 BARRY JONES 117 e120 VENKATESH SUBRAMANIAN ½ MICHAEL SMITH 86
A sad way to finish the season after our great wins over Wanstead and Upminster. But it was a match of two halves: Loughton’s team were very strong at the top winning the top 3 boards (we always seem to draw the strongest players against us) but we won the bottom half- but not by enough.
Syd got nothing out of the opening and with Queens quickly exchanged the endgame was always level whilst Jason held on as Kershaw went for an early attack. Venkatesh set out for a quick attack himself but he got a bit too clever but was still able to adroitly convert the position into an endgame he could hold. I by comparison always had the better of Jones’ French Defence. I never let him develop his queenside bits and eventually the pressure told as I pounced on a mistake which won me a Rook & the endgame.
Tom Barton dropped a pawn for which he never had enough
compensation against Eames, Neville found Bowmer equally ruthless but Hassan,
in a wild game against Bill Stirling where both players attacked open Kings,
had the chance to go for a draw by repetition but missed it and Bill queened a
pawn to win. Tony held his game together as Faulkner rushed his pawns home to
victory, but he miscalculated and Tony queened his pawn first- a big steal.
We finished the season with 5 wins & 5 losses, 10 match points, but our 5 defaults was the worst in the division. However in the previous 2017-18 season we finished with only 2 wins, after penalties 1 match point, but 12 defaults- so some improvement this season. A few clubs still have matches to play but Brentwood look like they will win the division. Barking II are bottom and may be relegated.
North Circular Chess League Division A Thursday 16 May, Wanstead House E11. Report by Jef Page
WANSTEAD I 3½ – 2½ ILFORD
213 ARTUR SYGULSKI ½ NEVILLE TWITCHELL 192 PAVEL SYGULSKI 1-0 TONY KENT 185 M PEREZ CARBELLO 0-1 JASON KLIMACH 183 V PAROLS 1-0 SYD KALINSKY 176 DAVE SPEARMAN 1-0 JEF PAGE 165 KYAN BUI 0-1 VENKATESH SUBRAMANIAN
Although we lost our final match this season in the A division, Wanstead accorded us the accolade (not wanted) of turning out their strongest team including an IM. Maybe we don’t need any more accolades like this, but we actually all played really well with some excellent individual results. The match result was tight, none of us blundered our games away and we introduced a debutant player who more than held his own and won- the first time for ages a new player has had such a great baptism for Ilford.
Although Neville wanted the white pieces as usual I lost the toss but as black he successfully held off Artur Sygulski’s (IM) attack and calmly stayed equal into the level minor piece and pawns endgame. A draw against an IM in the Essex League is no mean result. Tony Kent found brother Pavel Sygulski no easier and once it went down to a R and pawn endgame the result was not in doubt. Syd likewise did well to hold off Parols into the Bishop and pawns ending but Syd’s B was tied down and useless and slowly but surely Parols advanced to queen a pawn. I likewise stopped Spearman breaking through easily (who usually plays on board 1- just shows how they brought in even far stronger players) but I couldn’t hold him back in the centre and queenside as his Queen & pawns broke through. But there were two good results for us. Jason was under tremendous pressure on the kingside as Perez-Carbello attacked down the h-file but suddenly Perez overlooked a simple mate threat and Jason took is chance. On bottom board Venkatesh Subramanian made his debut for Ilford against a top team (he just walked into the club a few weeks ago and asked to play) but out of a Sicilian Dragon opening he got control of the c-file and rising star Kyan Bui suffered the indignity of losing his Queen.
It shows what we can do when
we turn out a strong, full team. We will probably drop down into the B division
(not too willingly- if Loughton take promotion) which may suit us and gives us
a bit of respite care.
Ilford 1 v East Ham 1 ………………. 4 – 6 London League Div 2 – 1 May 2019 Report: Tom Barton
Ilford 1 (white on odd boards)
East Ham 1
½ – ½
½ – ½
0 – 1
0 – 1
½ – ½
1 – 0
1 – 0
½ – ½
0 – 1
0 – 1
4 – 6
The match started OK with quick draws on the top boards but although Andrew and then later on, Anthony won, we lost on four boards and hence lost the match. With all our matches complete this result sees us in the second relegation spot of the London League division 2 with a worse games difference than Kings Head 2 who finish on the same number of points. Depending on what happens with the Drunken Knights teams for next season there is a possibility we may be asked to stay in division 2 but on that we’ll have to wait and see.
UPMINSTER II 3½ – 4½ ILFORD Toss won by Ilford- White on odd boards Essex Division 2 – 30 April 2019 Match report – Jef Page
157 LES CRANE 0-1 TOM BARTON 166 174 STEVE KELSEY 0-1 NEVILLE TWITCHELL 168 151 AIDAN CORISH ½ TONY KENT 153 156 ROBERT IANNETTA 1-0 JASON KLIMACH 136 141 STEVE ABBOTT ½ SYD KALINSKY 138 140 M RAHAMAN ½ JEF PAGE 132 134 PAUL ROSENFELD ½ LAVANAN AINKARAN 131 126 J HANNAFORD ½ HOWARD BERLIN 118
A good win for Ilford in a very tense match. It shows what
we can do when we put a full team out even against a slightly stronger graded
The match stated quietly with 4 quick draws, the wildest of them being Abbott v Kalinsky with bits on all sorts of unusual squares. Steve asked Syd for a daw but Syd, not hearing Steve’s enquiry, returned the offer & they quickly agreed to halve the game. I soon followed suit as did an equally careful Tony Kent and Howard Berlin, none of us wanting to make a blunder. It was good to have Howard back for us again after a long absence.
Syd played his famed Kalinsky Gambit* which I shall explain later. Halving the bottom boards was good strategy as we had plusses on 3 of the other 4 boards. Our only loser was Jason Klimach as Robert Iannetta crashed into Jason’s kingside making castling and his piece development impossible and Robert easily won an undeveloped Bishop. But on the top boards Tom’s control of the centre was solid, and going a Bishop up Tom won well against Les Crane whilst Neville won an exchange of Rook for Bishop against Kelsey’s open, undefended King. Lavanan had the edge over Hannaford but couldn’t quite convert his Rook and Pawn endgame advantage but took a well-earned draw to win us the match.
A very good outing for Ilford. This result sees us leap back to 2nd place over Upminster: Brentwood 12 match points, Ilford 10, Upminster 10. Loughton 8, Barking 6, (played all 10), Wanstead 6- played 9, 1 match in hand and so can overtake Barking.
*The Kalinsky Gambit. The usual move sequence is knocking a cup of coffee all over the board and your opponent. But this was a new, to me, advanced variation. As I was making a cup of tea well away from the board Syd knocked the scalding water all over me. I’ll have to give this more analysis.