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.
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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.