Close match against Cavendish

Cavendish 2 v Ilford 1
London League – 18 Oct 2018

A good performance from the team but a disappointing result as Ilford missed out on getting the first London League match point of the season, losing 5.5 – 4.5.

Cavendish had strength right down to the bottom board with an average grade of 174 compared Ilford’s 163. There were early results with Neville and Tom winning and Les and David losing. The bottom three boards, who were most out-graded, all played solidly and held for draws with Anthony having the best chances for something more. Those results left the match all square with three games to go. Chris was slowly out-manoeuvred by Kanwal in a tricky game (no doubt Chris, as the ECF Director of Women’s Chess, was delighted to be playing female opposition…) but Ilford had hopes for both Julian and Gary’s games. Gary had an edge in his game and as player’s often do, spent time looking for a way to break through but unfortunately at the cost of putting himself under time pressure and losing coming up to the time control. So despite Julian converting his advantage with a win Ilford lost the match.

  Cavendish 2 GRADE SCORE Ilford 1 GRADE
1 Kanwal K. Bhatia         (w) 187 1 – 0 Chris Fegan 187
2 David Friedgood           (b) 186 0 – 1 Julian Hudson 176
3 Michael Crichton 173 0 – 1 Tom Barton 166
4 Anthony C.P. Milnes 177 0 – 1 Neville Twitchell 174
5 Barry N. Green 168 1 – 0 David Millward 164
6 Philip J. Gregory 175 1 – 0 Gary Thurston 163
7 Michael St J. Brown 165 1 – 0 Les Crane 156
8 Stewart Reuben 174 ½ – ½ Anthony Kent 151
9 Chris C. Sherwood 164 ½ – ½ Aidan Corish 156
10 Howard J. Waterman 168 ½ – ½ Jef Page 139
  Total   5½ – 4½    
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Disappointing Defeat to Wanstead

ESSEX CHESS LEAGUE  DIVISION

Wanstead won the toss- White on odd boards.

Wanstead House, Tuesday 9 October, 7.30pm

Board Wanstead III 4½-3½ Ilford
1 151A Jones, Keith 1-0 Twitchell, Neville H 174B
2 147B Burtt, Laurie 1-d Mugalu, Hassan 164A
3 144A Siddo, Charlton ½-½ Kent, Anthony R 151A
4 143A Collyer, Alex 0-1 Klimach, Jason W 137C
5 140D Lu, Andy W H 1-0 Kalinsky, Syd M 141A
6 131A Smith, David ½-½ Page, Jeffrey 139B
7 131A Haddock, Paul 0-1 Ainkaran, Lavanan 127C
8 108d Barman, Devdoot ½-½ Tutu, Marshall 094D

Wanstead won the toss and were White on odd boards.

(Edited from Jef’s notes)

A poor start to the season for Ilford,though there were some very good personal results.

Anthony Kent set up a good position with an advanced passed pawn but fearing it might fall took a draw. However, this quick draw was immediately followed up as we levelled the match score when Haddock sacrificed a Bishop to try to drive Lavanan’s King out into the open. But when Ainkaran offered to swap Queen’s, Haddock naturally declined- fatally overlooking a simple Q back-rank mate in just 17 moves! Jef did well to hold off Dave Smith’s control of the a-file, but then counter-attacked against his K with Q, R & B which he only just managed to stave off as jef sought for the mate.

Neville Twitchell got into a tangle losing doubled c-pawns from which he never recovered as Jones followed up with a Q, Rook & Knight attack, whilst Kalinsky pushed Lu hard and won a piece but as time ran out, Syd unfortunately blundered in a flurry of moves. Jason did well to defeat Collyer, but probably the best result of the night for us was Marshall who, after working late & rushing to Wanstead, had to give up over 40 minutes on the clock. He still managed to play calmly enough to secure a Rook and pawn endgame draw.

Thanks to everyone who played, and a welcome and timely return to matches from Neville, Lavanan & Marshall.

 

 

London League Opens with a Loss

Ilford 1 v Kings Head 2
Wednesday 3 October 2018

An inauspicious start to the season as we have lost the opening match 2.5 – 5.5 with two games adjourned. Having conceded two boards from the start a result for us was unlikely, I lost early on which didn’t help and on the boards played we were a point down with two adjourned both of which favour the opposition. See the adjourned positions below.

The only positive from the evening was Neville’s first game for us in a while which he won in style.

Tom Barton

Ilford 1 GRADE SCORE Kings Head 2 GRADE
Tom Barton 166 0 – 1 Jim Falzarano 175
Julian Hudson 176 Adj Colin Mackenzie 184
David Millward 164 ½ – ½ Joel Bird 177
Neville Twitchell 174 1 – 0 David Whitehead 173
Aidan Corish 156 0 – 1 Alex Bourke 155
Anthony Kent 151 ½ – ½ Richard Dunn 141
Jason Klimach 137 ½ – ½ Richard Balatoni 122
Jef Page 139 Adj Neil Tomkin 135
Forfeit 0 – 1 Walkover
Forfeit 0 – 1 Walkover

Adjourned position Hudson – Mackenzie. Black has sealed.

Hudson_Mackenzie_Adjourned_Pos_2018-10-03

Adjourned position Page – Tomkin. Black has sealed.

Page_Tomkin_Adjourned_Position_2018-10-03

 

Essex Summer Rapidplay Knockout – Plate Final

At Wanstead House, 13.9.18.  Report by Jef Page.
2 games as b&w, 30 minutes each. Wanstead won the toss, white on odds Round 1.

WANSTEAD I  7½-2½   ILFORD

    Rnd 1 Rnd 2    
189 John H HODGSON 1-0 1-0 Neville TWITCHELL 156 (r)
185 DaveSPEARMAN ½ ½ Tom BARTON 161 (r)
179 Steve RIX 1-0 1-0 Hassan MUGALU 151 (r)
154 Paul BARCLAY ½ ½ Anthony KENT 145 (r)
138 David SMITH 1-0 ½ Syd KALINSKY 158 (r)

Both the main competition, won by Barking beating Writtle, and our match took, place in the same room in Wanstead House. We were never in with a chance against Wanstead as they were too strong for us on the top boards. I couldn’t even win the coin toss for white on board 1 in round 1.

The match was effectively lost in Round 1. Barclay offered a quick grandmaster draw in a blocked Stonewall type of position and Anthony accepted. Kalinsky put in a strong attack but ignored his defence and allowed his Queen to be pinned against his King whilst Mugalu, pressing forward with a pawn advance, blundered it away and lost the R&P ending.

Round 2 was tighter but we were never close to overturning a 4-1 deficit. Tony wouldn’t risk opening up the position against Barclay and so again took a draw. Hassan lost control of his h- file and Rix’s Rooks invaded to win the R&P ending and Neville found John Hodgson too strong and whilst Nev’s opening development was good, as John levelled in the middle game Neville ran out of time. Our real star of the evening was Tom who in both games calmly stopped Spearman’s probing attacks with excellent defence.

A very disappointing night for Ilford with no winners of games amongst us. Reinforcements needed!

Jef Page.

 

Essex Summer Knock-out: Ilford into the Plate final.

 

Ilford

R1

R2

Thurrock

1

Neville Twitchell 162 r (B, W)

1-0

1-0

Ian Woodward 154r (W,B)

2

Tom Barton 154 r

0-1

1-0

Joe Derrett      160 s

3

Jef Page 138 r (146B s)

Hassan Mugalu 161 r

1-0

1-0

Miroslaw Wysocki UG

4

Anthony Kent 144E r

½-½

1-0

F Butterworth-Parr 142r

5

Syd Kalinsky 147E r

0-1

1-0

Malcolm Crane 112r

 

 

2½-2½

5-0

 

 

Ilford

7½ – 2½

Thurrock

Essex Rapidplay Plate semi-final
Monday 23 July 2018

This match looked easy on paper and I was supposed to have the rare luxury of being non-playing captain, but it got very scary, particularly in round 1, as even though I had picked a strong team, Hassan failed to arrive and I subb’ed for him. So we started late, and of course he arrived minutes after we’d started the clocks.

Tom lost a  pawn in the opening and never really recovered and with Syd also losing it looked like we we’re going to do poorly in round one. But as last to finish, I won leveling the match when I held off Wysocki’s attack, and in the mad time scramble he made a terrible mistake and I picked off his Queen. So breathing a sigh of relief, we reached the interval at 2½-2½.

After a short break for tea we restarted and this time our quality showed through as Hassan Mugalu took my place. On top board our only winner of both his games was Neville as he outplayed Woodward in the opening and with his better R,N & B won the ending- forcing a pawn home to queen. Syd likewise made it difficult for Malcolm Crane to develop his pieces & Syd won his Queen for a R&B. This time around normal service was resumed as Tom caught Derrett’s King in the centre of the board as Derrett went for an all-out, but futile attack, and Tom also won his opponent’s errant Queen. This win sealed the match for us but it was followed up by both Tony and Hassan winning. In one of his usual ‘creeping’ positional attacks which saw white’s development stifled, when Kent won control of the h-file with his Queen, Butterworth-Parr’s cramped kingside collapsed. And finally Mugalu won a cheap pawn for nothing and with Wysocki also unable to develop his pieces properly, the win was never in doubt- a rare 5-nil rout in round 2.

We now go into the final which wil probably be in mid-September. Our opponents as yet unknown, either: Wanstead A or Upminster B.

Thanks to everyone who played. It shows what we can achieve with a strong team playing.

Jef Page.

Essex Knockout: Into the Semis of the Plate

PLAYED 2 JULY 2018, AT ILFORD

 

Ilford

R1

R2

Wanstead C

1

Neville Twitchell 162D r (B, W)

0-1

½-½

Kyan Bui 139A r (W, B)

2

Tom Barton 154E r

1-0

1-0

Peter Nickals 137B r

3

Anthony Kent 144E r

½-½

1-0

Keith Jones 137C r

4

Syd Kalinsky 147E r

1-0

1-0

Ben Harte 135D r

5

Jef Page 138F r (146B s)

1-0

0-1

Paul Haddock 129A r

 

 

3½-1½

3½-1½

 

 

Ilford

7-3

Wanstead C

A solid win for Ilford with 2 of our players, Tom and Syd, convincingly winning both games. In the first round top junior prospect Bui gave Neville a hard time on board 1, going 2 pawns up and thwarting every tactic Neville tried.  But fortunately, by then, Ilford had taken a 2.5-0.5 lead.

At 2.5 -1.5 up, Jef was struggling to win his first game. He went from a comfortable pawn up to losing pawns in the endgame. However, the clock saved him, and he won on time with just 14 seconds left! That gave a vital 3.5-1.5 lead at the turn round.

Anthony and Syd then won their second games in under half an hour, and the match was effectively over with 5.5 points in the bag.

We play Thurrock at home in the Semi-Final.

WansteadCKO1WansteadCKO2

 

 

 

Essex Knockout: Ilford K.O’d and into Plate

2018 Essex Rapidplay Knockout

PLAYED 12 JUNE 2018 AT UPMINSTER

 

UPMINSTER A

R1

R2

Ilford

1

Martin McCall 171E r (B, W)

1-0

1-0

Neville Twitchell 162D r (W, B)

2

Les Crane 177D r

1-0

1-0

Anthony Kent 144E r

3

Paul Rosenfeld 169D r

0-1

0-1

Syd Kalinsky 147E r

4

Robert Gill 167Er

1-0

0-1

Jef Page 138F r (146B s)

5

John Davenport 166D r

1-0

1-0

Anurag Singh Chauhan 116D r

 

4-1

3-2

 

7-3

 

30 minutes each on the clock, 2 games as black and white.

Not an unexpected result in a  tough 1st round draw against a strong Upminster Rapidplay A team. No disgrace in losing, though we should have run them a bit closer.  Neville returning to play a match for us on board 1, and Syd’s double wins over Rosenfeld were the highlights. Syd always had control in stopping Rosenfeld developing his pieces and he won a piece in both games leading to secure endgame wins. Jef had good play in both of his games. He could not quite work it out in the first game, but made no mistake in the 2nd.

Traffic problems on the A12 (bad accident closed 1 lane- police in attendance) meant that we arrived late but at least Upminster delayed the start.  we will now go into the 1st round Plate Competition with a home draw against Wanstead C on Monday 2nd July.

upminster KO1

 

upminster KO2.JPG