Not quite enough in final Essex match this season

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.

Good performance in final NCCL match

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.

Relegation likely after London League defeat

Ilford 1 v East Ham 1 ………………. 4 – 6
London League Div 2 – 1 May 2019
Report: Tom Barton

Ilford 1
(white on odd boards)
GRADE   SCORE East Ham 1 GRADE
Julian
HUDSON          
176 ½ – ½ Nigel
FLEMING
182
Neville
TWITCHELL
174 ½ – ½ Bill
STIRLING
184
Tom
BARTON              
166 0 – 1 Peter
JASZKIWSKYJ
172
Aidan
CORISH
156 0 – 1 Colin
RAMAGE
172
Chris
ROGAL
153 ½ – ½ John
DAVENPORT
169
Anthony
KENT
151 1 – 0 Peter
ROSE
158
Andrew
MEDWORTH
146 1 – 0 Martin
BAKER
153
Malcolm
GESTHUYSEN
139 ½ – ½ Steve
BARR
153
Jef
PAGE
139 0 – 1 Roland
GLOTZER
150
Jason
KLIMACH
137 0 – 1 Karol
POLAK
e140
Total   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.

Up to joint second in Essex

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 team.

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.

Top 2 boards


Pre the Kalinsky Gambit

Hurrah! A London League Win!

Streatham & Brixton 2 … 3 – 6 Ilford 1 … One game adjourned
Ilford white on odd boards
10 April 2019
Report – Tom Barton

  Streatham &
Brixton 2
GRADE
(Jan 19)
SCORE Ilford 1 GRADE
1 Liam
HYLANDS
184 1 – 0 Tom
BARTON               
166
2 Gabriel
BARR
164 0 – 1 Julian
HUDSON           
176
3 Jagdip
PATEL
169 0 – 1 Gideon
VECHT
160
4 Martin
SMITH
168 Adj Neville
TWITCHELL
174
5 Aniello
ATTIANESE
165 ½ – ½ Les
CRANE
156
6 Anthony
HALL
158 ½ – ½ Anthony
KENT
151
7 James
FOX
140 0 – 1 Chris
ROGAL
153
8 David
VARLEY
146 1 – 0 Jef
PAGE
139
9 Michael
CHUNG
e120 0 – 1 Andrew
MEDWORTH
146
10 Stuart
McCORMACK
093 0 – 1 Jason
KLIMACH
137

Ilford had a welcome win against Streatham last night. With a full team we finally had a London League match that swung our way. The match also saw a warm welcome to Chris Rogal who won on his first game for Ilford.

Les Crane agreed an early draw in a gambit line where black is a pawn up after accepting it but then opted for a known repetition line where white had no real choice but to allow 3 times and a draw. After that most of the team won including Julian who seemed to have a horrible position but still managed to create play and gain a win. I didn’t see much of the other games as I had a complicated Sicilian to play which I lost in a rook and pawn endgame after going a pawn down.

Entertaining match against Wanstead & Woodford

London League  – Division 2
Wednesday 27th March

WANSTEAD & WOODFORD 4.5 – 3.5 ILFORD 2 adjourned

Ilford white on odd boards

David
SPEARMAN
183 ½ – ½ Tom
BARTON              
166
Ian
HUNNABLE
170 Adj Julian
HUDSON           
176
Steve
RIX
174 1 – 0 Gideon
VECHT
160
Ian
REYNOLDS
163 Adj Neville
TWITCHELL
174
Terry
WHITTON
167 1 – 0 Anthony
KENT
151
Mark
MURRELL
164 ½ – ½ Gary
THURSTON
163
Steven
GILMOUR
160 0 – 1 Andrew
MEDWORTH
146
Keith
JONES
151 ½ – ½ Malcolm
GESTHUYSEN
139
Jay
SHARMAN
121 0 – 1 Jason
KLIMACH
137
walkover . 1 – 0 forfeit  

An entertaining evening of chess. Jason had a very sharp Sicilian from which he came out better. A good win for Andrew but Anthony and Gideon were under pressure from the opening. Tom was doing very well on board one but missed opportunities to win and bailed out for a draw by repetition with the clocks on under a minute left.

For the two adjourned games, from a quick glance Neville’s game looks a draw at best. There is a lot of play left in Julian’s game so there is still a faint hope of getting something from the match but a the lack of a full team is once again hurting.

Another Essex League disappointment

Essex Chess League  – Division 2
Monday 25th March

ILFORD  1.5 – 6.5 BRENTWOOD

Ilford white on odd boards

GradeIlford 1ScoreBrentwood 1Grade
166Tom
BARTON
½ – ½Trevor
COOTE
184
166Hassan
MUGALU
0 – 1Ron
ADAMS
165
168Neville
TWITCHELL
½ – ½Malcolm
KINGSLEY
161
153Anthony
KENT
½ – ½Gavin
HUGHES
158
131Lavanan
AINKARAN
0 – 1Aidan
McGEE
138
132Jef
PAGE
0 – 1Rob
DAVIES
129
96Marshall
TUTU
0 – 1Chris
PHILLIPS
106
.default0 – 1David
D’CRUZ

Another disappointing drubbing for Ilford in the Essex league. Ilford started a default down but the average grade on the remaining boards was 144 to 148 so could have hoped for better than three draws. Tom took an early draw after deciding to avoid a very sharp line an instead bottling the position up. Hassan came under a strong attack and couldn’t hold out; Neville drew in a rook, knight and pawn endgame and Anthony also drew despite being an exchange down. On the bottom boards Jef came unstuck after Rob Davies played an exchange sac; Marshall was holding under positional pressure but it all fell apart in the time scramble and Lavanan lost his king and pawn endgame.

The battle on board 4
Board 7