Confortable Baum League Win

North Circular Chess League, Ilford v Enfield 1 – 8 August 2022
2 games with reversed colours. Rapid time control G20+10
Tom Barton (09.08.2022)

On a warm summer’s evening we opened the club up for this Baum League match against Enfield 1. With team sheets exchanged it soon became clear we heavily out graded the opposition and this translated into a 5-1 first round lead. In the second round Ilford went even better by a half point so ran out very comfortable winners by a match score of 10.5 – 1.5.

The match result details can be found on the ECF LMS here.

Essex Summer Knockout Plate

Plate semi-final: Wanstead B v Ilford
2 games of G20+10 with colours reversed between rounds
Tuesday 2 August 2022 Tom Barton

Having lost 6-4 to Barking A in the first round of the ECA Summer knockout we entered the Plate competition. With Jef Page away I captained the team in what was a tight match where we had a grading point advantage on the higher boards but not on the lower boards.

Round 1 saw us take a good lead, 3.5 – 1.5 with a nice win from Rayyan on board 5 under time pressure. Round 2 didn’t go so well as we lost on boards 4 and 5 early on. Neville halved out against the Wanstead draw expert, Paul Barclay, and Rahul won. I was last to finish. I managed to get a rook trapped and gave up a piece for two pawns and had a losing position. I hung on in the time scramble for a draw which gave us a match winning score putting us through to the Plate final where we will meet either Barking B or Thurrock.

Result on the ECF LMS: Wanstead B v Ilford

And the results in the Essex Summer KO are here: ECA Tables

Baum League Thriller

North Circular Chess League, Ilford v Wanstead 3 – 18 July 2022
2 games with reversed colours. Rapid time control G20+10
Tom Barton (19.07.2022)

Both clubs agreed to as many boards as possible for this match as a great opportunity for juniors to gain experience. Wanstead fielded seven juniors and Ilford three in an 11 board contest, the largest team event at Ilford for many years which is something to celebrate, plus one friendly match making 12 boards in all. Given the high 30C heat, cold drinks all round were in order before play commenced.

Round 1 in play – Boards 2 and 10 already complete

Round 1 saw the top three boards halve out, the middle generally going to Ilford, and the Wanstead juniors proving too strong on the bottom three boards so at the halfway mark the match was tied at 5.5 each. After a further drinks break round 2 got underway with everything to play for. I had an early draw aganst Paul Barclay against whom I couldn’t get to complicate the position, this turned out to be the only draw of the second round. The Wanstead juniors were pressing the Ilford adult team hard and once again proved too strong on the bottom boards. Ilford started to reel Wanstead’s lead back in and the match went down to the final game on board 4. Here Adrian had a plus but it was difficult to see how he could make progress, in the event he tried too hard and his position collapsed. So the final result was 12-10 to Wanstead. See the final result on the LMS here.

For the record, the two round friendly on board 12 was between Gurukarthik Gurusamy (Wanstead junior) and Adhar Jaiswal (Ilford).

Easy Baum League Win

North Circular Chess League, Ilford v Chingford 27 June 2022
2 games with reversed colours. Rapid time control 20+10
Jef Page (28.06.2022)

                                               ILFORD   7-1  CHINGFORD

                                                        Rd 1   Rd 2

1997             DLAWAR HAMEED   1-0   1-0   DAVID BRADY  1816 (1902 R)

1896 VENKATESH SUBRAMANIAN  1-0   0-1   ROBIN OAKLEY  1800 R

1854           NEVILLE TWITCHELL  1-0    1-0    BRIAN SPEAR  1741 R

1874                    TOM BARTON   1-0    1-0    STEVEN KLEIN  1517

Ilford won the toss, White on odd boards round 1
Result on the LMS here.

Illness took a toll of this match. One of our players couldn’t make it due to Chicken Pox (!), whilst one of Chingford’s members had caught Covid equally contagious and unavailable. So an easier win than expected for Ilford and on another day a few games could have gone against us. In round 1 Dlawar came up with a neat pawn sac that won the exchange and Tom’s hybrid Alekhine/French Defence held back Klein’s attack and when he left f2 unguarded his K-side collapsed.

On boards 2 and 3 it proved much harder for us.  Venkatesh- promoted due to his good results, held off Robin’s central play but when the g-file opened up it left Oakley’s King open and vulnerable. Neville found Chingford captain Brian Spear’s counter play tricky and only when Neville brought his Queen into the attack did Brian mess up an exchange of bits.

In round 2 we could have lost both boards 1 and 2. Dlawar lost control of a minor piece & pawns ending but this time Brady blundered into a N fork that cost him a Rook. Venkatesh meanwhile tried to attack with Q&B down the diagonal to mate Oakley but he allowed Robin to invade the back rank with his Queen and whilst a repetition of moves seemed likely, Oakley pulled off the win. Tom won easily in round 2 catching Klein with a Rook sac, but Neville had to work hard to convert a R&P endgame into a win with seconds remaining.

So Ilford get onto the scoreboard after our narrow loss to Wanstead.

Close Baum League Match

North Circular Chess League, Ilford v Wanstead 1 20 June 2022
2 games with reversed colours. Rapid time control 20+10
Tom Barton (21.06.2022)

I was captain for the evening as Jef was off sick with Covid and late in the day Rahul also advised he was sick, diagnosed later as chicken pox! The Baum league default board count is 4, with an increase by agreement. This match had been agreed to be 8 boards but very sportingly Mark Murrell (Wanstead captain) agreed a reduction on the night to a 7 board match.

Wanstead turned up with a strongish team (average grade 1897) and I expected a tough evening but the team played really well and pushed Wanstead all the way. In round 1 Dlawar, up against Artur Sygulski (IM, 2336 rapid grade, world rank 3994), played really well to get Artur into time trouble and win his game. Venkatesh also won but Neville and I struggled. The bottom three drew so at the end of round one the score was 3.5-3.5 with everything to play for. In round 2 the games appeared to be going in our favour causing some concern to Mark as a spectating non-playing captain. Venkatesh made it 2 from 2, Neville had a plus but had to agree a draw in an opposite coloured bishop endgame. I got crushed by Ashley but Anthony appeared to be winning as was Daniel. Anthony lost his way somewhere for a draw, Anurag lost and Daniel converted to a win. The match hung on top board but this time around Artur showed technique to open Dlawar’s closed pawn position up and win. So a second round loss 4-3 and overall loss just 6.5 – 7.5.

A very good evening for Dlawar, Venkatesh and Daniel who is improving fast.

The full match result can be found here: https://ecflms.org.uk/lms/node/98340

London League – Comprehensive win against Metropolitan

London League D3 East, Metropolitan 2 v Ilford 1 75min+10sec
15 June 2022 – Tom Barton

After being walloped last match by DHSS 1-7 we turned this around to thrash Metropolitan 7-1. In both matches the grading advantage proved decisive.

Aidan’s opponent failed to show so after a 60 minute wait he claimed the default. Venkatesh was next to finish with a win and Neville drew after playing a provocative “wing” opening gambit. Rahul looked to be in control and winning but his opponent fended him off to take it into an endgame. Anurag drew, Taha won and that left three boards which went to late in the evening. Rahul, well ahead on the clock, got the better of his endgame to win. I managed to get a win from what I think was a drawn position and Dlawar broke through to wrap up the thumping win.

Her are links to games from the top three boards:
Dlawar Hameed
Neville Twitchell
Tom Barton

Toss won by: Metropolitan – White on odd boards

BdMetropolitan 2GRADESCOREIlford 1GRADE (Sept 21)
1Jan Lepetun18400 – 1Dlawar Hameed1950
2Younis Quershi1846½ – ½Neville Twitchell1923
3Jonathan Marrow18330 – 1Tom Barton1918
4Bengo Amusa18180 – 1Rahul Ghosee1850
5Geoff Bishop17180 – 1Venkatesh Subramanian1818
6default17430 – 1Aidan Corish1780
7Ronan Kelly1660½ – ½Anurag Chauhan1773
8Noel Stewart16450 – 1Taha Undre1540
 Total 1 – 7  

Double Match Night Drubbing

Jef Page, Captain, Ilford CC.
14 June 2022

NORTH CIRCULAR CHESS LEAGUE    RAPIDPLAY SUMMER LEAGUE   13.6.22
Ilford v Barking Time control: 15min + 10sec/move

The first of a double-header of matches against Barking on the same night and it turned into a  grim one for Ilford. In this first match we were completely outplayed in both rounds which was agreed to be a rare 7-board match. Barking turned out their strongest team & I have added all their players rapidplay grades to show their strength in depth. Tom, Rahul and Venkatesh were our only players to come out of the carnage with credit; Anurag and Daniel found it very hard going as did Neville on board one.
One of our players (‘Simon Trelawney’) has just had a Sherlock Holmes mystery published- not sure if even he could solve this problem of how to win!

Results below and on the LMS here.


ESSEX CHESS LEAGUE   RAPIDPLAY    ESSEX KO CUP 13.06.2022
Ilford v Barking Time control: 15min + 10sec/move

After our trouncing in the 1st match, this 2nd match of the double-header turned out to be much closer than I expected. We were crushed in the first round but we turned the tables and won the 2nd round- a very good result. After the 7-board match this was agreed to be 5-boards each. We also agreed to change the board order in the 2nd round to give our players a new opponent to face and it clearly worked for us. It wasn’t planned but I stepped in as a late sub. It was a heavy night of chess as with the increment of 10-seconds a move many games went the full distance. And in this match at least all our players scored at least 1 point or a ½.

Great Thanks to those who played all 4 games- a heavy night of rapid chess, as we didn’t finish till near 11pm, and Tom and Rahul scored 1½  points overall. We won’t do this again too often (!), though it did save us the cost of hiring our room for another night. In all probability we will now go into the Plate competition for 1st round losers of this Essex cup competition.

Results below and on the LMS here.


NCCL ILFORD  1½ – 5½   BARKING (Rd 1)
NEVILLE TWITCHELL  0-1 DAVID SANDS  2245
TOM BARTON  0-1  JEFF GOLDBERG 2110
RAHUL GHOSE  ½  P JASZKIWSKYI 1900
VENKATESH SUBRAMANIAN 1-0   JM ROBINSON 1953
ANURAG CHAUHAN  0-1  COLIN RAMAGE  1908
JEF PAGE 0-1   E FIGEROA  1906
DANIEL LOWE 0-1  SW BERKLEY  1683

NCCL ILFORD  ½-6½  BARKING (Rd 2)
N TWITCHELL  0-1   D SANDS
T BARTON   ½   J GOLDBERG
R GHOSE  0-1    P JASZKIWSKYI
V SUBRAMANIAN  0-1   J ROBINSON
A CHAUHAN  0-1  C RAMAGE
J PAGE  0-1    E FIGEROA
D LOWE  0-1   S BERKLEY

Final score: 2-12


ESSEX KO CUP – ILFORD 1-4   BARKING Rd 1

TOM BARTON  0-1  DAVID SANDS
NEVILLE TWITCHELL  0-1 JEFF GOLDBERG
VENKATESH SUBRAMANIAN  0-1  P JASZKIWSKYI
JEF PAGE 1-0  J ROBINSON
RAHUL GHOSE 0-1  COLIN RAMAGE

ESSEX KO CUP –  ILFORD 3-2   BARKING Rd 2

T BARTON 1-0  DAVID SANDS
N TWITCHELL  ½  J GOLDBERG
V SUBRAMANIAN   ½   P JASZKIWSKYI
JEF PAGE 0-1  J ROBINSON
R GHOSE 1-0  C RAMAGE

Final result: 4-6 

Easy Essex League win

Essex League D2 – 30 May 2022
Ilford won the toss, White on odd boards.
Time control: 80 minutes plus 10 seconds a move.
Jef Page, Captain

                                     ILFORD  5½ – ½   LOUGHTON II

1923                  NEVILLE TWITCHELL 1-0    KEN GROCE  1713  b

1908                            TOM BARTON   ½      GRAHAM KERSHAW  1675  w

1830                           RAHUL GHOSE  1-0    MYLES BRUNGER  jun

1818 VENKATESH SUBRAMANIAN  1-0    LESLIE SARGENT  1380

1750                                TONY KENT  1-0     MICHAEL SMITH  1308

1630                                    JEF PAGE 1-0     J BRUNGER

Our final match of the Essex Chess League season and a storming way to finish it though one Ilford player missed out. Up against a strong Ilford team Loughton had little chance.

Venkatesh arrived late but soon made up for it by going 2 Bishops up and the result was never in doubt whilst Bunger junior was also quickly overwhelmed when he made a bad error against Rahul. Close behind them was Tony whose Bird’s type opening led to a storming Kingside pawn push which crushed the life out of Sargent’s opening. I also had little trouble when Brunger elder blundered away a pawn in the opening and as the pieces came off I was able to win further pawns and a Rook.  But on the top boards it wasn’t so easy even though I won the toss to give Neville the relief of white pieces (after 7 blacks). When I tossed the coin up to decide colours I thought Kershaw saw that it came down tails but he still wrongly called heads. Groce played a clever French Defence and it took a bit of calm positional play from Neville to find the win. But Tom wasn’t so lucky and suffered from not playing the best Sicilian opening but still managed to secure a ½ at the close.

Only a moderate season overall blighted by defaults. I will complete a full list of scores for everyone over the 7 matches: won 5, lost 2. Thanks to everyone who played and helped out arriving early & helping us set up matches and clearing away at the end. We now move on to rapidplay matches through the summer.

London League Thrashing!

London League D3 East – 25 May 2022
Tom Barton, Captain

A disappointing loss of 7 – 1 in this match, the only win was by Rahul.
Neville arrived slightly late, got into difficulties and departed early. Dlawar had a challenge playing a FM on board one and he tried getting out of any standard lines but the decision not to castle proved to be a mistake. Last to finish were Jef and myself. I had equality for much of the game but my opponent had the bishop pair and I made a mistake allowing him to clear pawns and open the board up which made his bishops powerful.

We were out-graded overall, and heavily so on some boards so the result was not that surprising.

 DHSSGRADESCOREIlford 1GRADE  
1Rafe Martyn23951 – 0Dlawar Hameed1950
2Sam Walker21731 – 0Neville Twitchell      1923
3Simon Lunn20251 – 0Tom Barton              1908
4Greg Edwards18560 – 1Rahul Ghosee1850
5Ray Harper18021 – 0Anthony Kent1750
6Rob Parsons17551 – 0Jef Page1630
7Stephen Pride16461 – 0Taha Undre1540
8  1 – 0 forfeit 
 Total 7 – 1  

London League Win against Kings Head 2

London League D3 East. 4 May 2022
Tom Barton, Captain

Kings Head defaulted the bottom two boards in this match. We also substantially out graded them on the remaining boards so not surprisingly we ran out an easy winners 7.5 – 0.5

Aidan won early on and Venkatesh reached a position where a draw was agreed. With Anurag winning his game played in the lobby where he was moving the pieces for his opponent it was only on the top three boards where we were being stretched at all. Neville looked to be losing but in a sharp game his opponent blundered to gift Neville the point. I reached a level looking endgame but used my knight to good effect to win the exchange and obtain a resignation. Dlawar was last to finish, he had made steady progress to a won position when his opponent lost on time.

 Ilford 1GRADESCOREKings Head 2EGRADE  
1Dlawar Hameed19501 – 0Bill Osbourne1699
2Neville Twitchell      19231 – 0Peter Grant-Ross1690
3Tom Barton              19081 – 0Richard Balatoni1686
4Venkatesh Subramanian1818½ – ½Faye Ainscow1597
5Aidan Corish17801 – 0Alistair Morton1586
6Anurag Chauhan17731 – 0John McGann1188
7Jef Page16301 – 0default 
8Taha Undre15401 – 0default 
 Total 7½ – ½