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 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
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!
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.
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: http://www.londonchess.org.uk/main.php
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.