Essex League: More Woe Against Wanstead.

Now is the winter of our discontent……

Division 2

Date: Monday 5 February 2018

Venue: Redbridge Social Centre           Ilford 2-6 Wanstead II

Bd Ilford 2-6 Wanstead II
1 165A Barton, Tom A 1-0 Mulay, Partha 171A
2 151A Kent, Anthony R 0-1 Whitton, Terry D 167A
3 149A Kalinsky, Syd M 0-1 Staniland, Philip 160A
4 143C Klimach, Jason W 0-1 Murrell, Mark R A 160A
5 146C Page, Jeffrey ½-½ Barclay, Paul R 150A
6 132E Gericke, Grant 0-1 Bui, Kyan 134A
7 131B Ainkaran, Lavanan 0-1 Nickals, Peter A 140A
8 093F Tutu, Marshall ½-½ Smith, David 133B

(from Jef’s notes). Another bad night for Ilford, though we rather threw this one away as we had chances to do a lot better.

Bhui won pawns against Gericke, but he in turn opened up black’s defence, and had the chance to win a Knight as he pushed a pawn to d7. But failing to protect the lone soldier he allowed Bhui to guard his King . Then, fatally, Grant overlooked that his Queen which was left en pris. Lavanan could never hold the centre and he too got his Queen trapped after having already lost a Knight. Syd couldn’t advance his pieces against Phil Staniland and when he tried to break out it cost him pawns and a Knight. Jason, in a good position, went in for a Bishop sac’ on h7,  but was unable to follow it up adequately and quickly lost.

Jef got a quick grandmaster draw against Barclay;  he was more worried about his car which had broken down and wanted to get home. Tutu did very well, the best result on the night. Over 30 grading points down, he calmly drew against Dave Smith, particularly as Marshall having worked late, arrived 30 minutes late. Anthony Kent got a decent position from a transposed closed Sicilian. But, after too hasty king-side advances, Terry Witton won pawns and broke up white’s pawn attack. Tom managed to neatly free his minor pieces to force Mulay into resigning.

After a whole bunch of games we now have a few weeks relief. Next match:

Monday 26th February: Ilford v Upminster II.

Tutu vWW.JPG

Syd v WW.JPG



A poor London League performance against Mushrooms 1

Wednesday 7 February

On paper Ilford had a chance of a result against Mushrooms 1 who were only a little stronger than the Mushrooms 2 team played last week, however, nothing went Ilford’s way. Board 10 was defaulted and no one managed a win with the final score a 7.5 – 2.5 loss. The evening was partly summed up by Anthony’s draw. He had a winning position having queened a pawn but with his time almost spent, and his opponent not having mating material, a draw was agreed. Apart from Jef, all the drawing players had white!

Mushrooms 1 GRADE SCORE Ilford 1 GRADE
T. Oozeerally 182 1 – 0 Paolo Casaschi        (b) 174
R. O’Kelly 178 ½ – ½ Julian Hudson         (w) 169
L. Sanchez 170 1 – 0 Kevin D White 175
N. Faulks 167 ½ – ½ Tom Barton 168
D. Sedgwick 166 1 – 0 David Millward 167
R. Nash 158 ½ – ½ Anthony Kent 150
J. Rydahl 156 1 – 0 Aidan Corish 148
G. Alcock 149 ½ – ½ Jason Klimach 146
W. Faulks 140e ½ – ½ Jeffrey Page 144
C. Bardsley 140e    1 – 0 Default


Essex League: 3 Defaults And A Heavy Defeat Against Barking

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…… it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair

Barking 7-1 Ilford. 2 draws, 3 losses and 3 defaults.

Essex Chess League   Division 2   1st February 2018 (Fortunately Groundhog Day is tomorrow, not today)


COLIN RAMAGE               159     ½   TOM BARTON 165

KEN CLOW                        156     ½   ANTHONY KENT 151

MIKE WICKHAM             144     1-0  SYD KALINSKY 148


GEORGE MONK 133                   1-0  MARSHALL TUTU 93

 J FIGGINS  133                            1-0  default

V CHTYM    125                            1-0  default

A BOWHILL                                 1-0  default

(Edited from Jef’s match notes). A disaster. We are now really struggling now to find 8 players for Division 2 matches in Essex. SOS to anyone reading this.

On the top boards Tom & Anthony played well to get their draws but everyone else struggled. Tom faced Ramage’s favourite Latvian Gambit, and chose one of the quieter  lines which gives white a small edge. Anthony emerged with a small plus from a Classical Dragon, but it never got to breath any fire, and a draw was agreed. Syd was in trouble right from the opening against Wickham’s Sicilian. He easily won white’s isolated d-pawn and then Syd failed to defend another and it was soon all over. Jef barely fought off Ansari’s strong kingside attack at the cost of a knight. Although he won it back, it took too long to work out all the lines and he lost on time. Marshall was doing well against George Monk, focusing his attack on blacks king, castled on the queenside. However, he was unable to find the best continuation, could not halt the advance of a winning d-pawn.

With defeat and mounting defaulted boards, Ilford will be penalised with the loss of penalty points (like a red card and a sending-off).

Board 3


Board 4 and Board 5 below



Draw on board 2



Back to winning in the London League

Wednesday 31 January

Ilford got back to winning ways with a 6-3 win against Mushrooms 2 with one game adjourned. Chris Fegan didn’t manage to get to the venue so we defaulted a board but from then on no-one lost and Ilford steadily accumulated the points to win. Taking Ilford over the line was Julian who with queen against two bishops and a rook kept play very active to find a win.

Ilford now have 4.5 points from 6 matches which should be enough for safety but the rest of the season has matches against clubs from the top half of the table so points will be much harder to come by.

Tivillier v Kent – adjournment position, black (Kent) has sealed.

A tricky position, the black king is going to be exposed but white has to guard against back rank mating threats.


Jef Page surprised his opponent with a rather unusual bishop and knight checkmate.

Jef checkmate



  Mushrooms 2 GRADE SCORE Ilford 1 GRADE
1 Bill Linton 174 1 – 0 Default                    (w) 176
2 Luis Sanchez 170 ½ – ½ Gary Thurston         (b) 173
3 Tim Joshin 173 0 – 1 Paolo Casaschi 174
4 David Sedgewick 167 0 – 1 Julian Hudson 169
5 Jonathan Rubeck 163 ½ – ½ David Millward 167
6 Neil Davies 160 ½ – ½ Tom Barton 168
7 Graham Alcock 149 ½ – ½ Les Crane 164
8 Jacques Tivillier 147 Adj Anthony Kent 150
9 Igor Nepomniashchiy 144 0 – 1 Aidan Corish 148
10 Carl Bardsley 140e 0 – 1 Jeffrey Page 144
Total 3 – 6

Essex League: Narrow win over Wanstead III

Essex Chess League Division 2 22.Jan.2018  Redbridge Social Centre


Ilford White on odd boards

 1.  NEVILLE TWITCHELL  168    1-0   PETER NICKALS  144 (black)

2.  TOM BARTON  168                    1-0   ANDY LUI  144 (white)

3. ANTHONY KENT  150                1-0  DAVID SMITH 146

4. SYD KALINSKY  148                   0-1  KYAN BUI  127

5. JASON KLIMACH  146                 ½  CHARLTON SIDDO  129

6. JEF PAGE  144                              1-0  KEVIN SWEENEY  130

7. GRANT GERICKE  139                0-1  BEN HARTE  125

8. LAVANAN AINKARAN  134      0-1  VIC FULLER 116

(From Jef’s notes) Ilford had to rally strongly from being 0-3 down.

The match started badly for us. Grant Gericke had a strong attack, putting good pressure on his opponents exposed King. However, he neglected to guard his h2 pawn well enough,  misplayed his defence and was quickly defeated. Ainkaran entered Rook and Pawn  ending with 2 strong central connected passed  pawns. But, it was not to be, and he lost to Wanstead captain Fuller. Syd got his King stuck in the centre with his kingside opened up. Thereafter, we recorded 4 straight wins,  and nearly got another. Having new digital clocks for all boards, and playing 80 minutes plus 10 seconds a move, possibly won us the match in the end.

Jef’s opening was a disaster, and he had to cede Rook for Bishop. But, he caught Sweeney with a skewer that won the exchange back and was THEN able to free his pieces. Anthony Kent castled queen side to open up lines for a kingside attack. But, this led to an double-edged game with attacks on both flanks. Kent won material, and later won the game with a powerful threat of checkmate or loss of further material. Both Twitchell and Barton played carefully to win pieces and were never threatened. The final game to finish was Jason Klimach’s. He had a terrific kingside attack which looked unstoppable. But, an error as time got short allowed Siddo to not only halt the mating threats but win a piece in the ending. A time scramble of repeated queen checks by black ensued. Then, an illegal move was made by Siddo ,costing him 2 minutes. Jason held on to secure a half and win us the match.

Jasons game v W3

2 wins and 2 defeats. With this win we go bouncing up to the giddy heights of 3rd– at least for the moment.


London League unbeaten run shudders to a halt.

17 Jan 2018 – Streatham & Brixton 2    (7 – 3)   Ilford 1

Ilford’s unbeaten London League record this season came to a juddering halt with a 3-7 loss to Streatham. Their captain had got out the strongest team he could to endeavour to break Streatham’s run of losses and they out-graded Ilford but not by a great deal, however, it was one of those evenings where not much went for Ilford with only Julian winning. Paolo drew against Ilford’s past long-serving captain John and we welcomed Kevin back with his first team appearance this season.

  Streatham & Brixton 2 GRADE SCORE Ilford 1 GRADE
1 Robin Haldane            (w) 192 1 – 0 Kevin D White 175
2 Graham Keane            (b) 191 1 – 0 Gary Thurston 173
3 John Hodgson 187 ½ – ½ Paolo Casaschi 174
4 Nello Attianese 167 0 – 1 Julian Hudson 169
5 Liam Hylands 168 1 – 0 Les Crane 164
6 Martin Smith 166 1 – 0 Tom Barton 168
7 Gabriel Barr 166 ½ – ½ Aidan Corish 148
8 Antony Hall 163 ½ – ½ Anthony Kent 150
9 Jagdip Patel 158 1 – 0 Jeffrey Page 144
10 David Varley 133 ½ – ½ Grant Gericke 139
  Total   7 – 3  

NCL: Sicily, Latvia – we still can’t beat Barking

North Circular Chess League, Division A Redbridge Social Centre, 15.January.2018



TOM BARTON 168                 ½ E FIGUEROA 168 b

ANTHONY KENT 150            ½ JOHN WHITE 169

JASON KLIMACH 147           0-1 COLIN RAMAGE 159

SYD KALINSKY 148               ½ KEN CLOW 156

JEF PAGE  144                        1-0 VLADIMIR CHTYM 125

(Edited from Jef’s notes) Ramage played a Latvian gambit and Jason went into a very sharp line. Unfortunately,  he misjuded his Queen attack and lost a piece to Colin. From here on we were always playing catch-up and although we came close to leveling, it was never enough. Jef outplayed Chtym, crippling his Sicilian opening and then trapping his misplaced Queen.

Jef board 6.JPG


Kalinsky & Clow played into a level, minor piece & pawn draw.

Syd v Barking.JPG

Anthony Kent and John White had another closed Sicilian contest, probing for an opening against each other, and both settled for a half (computer agreed).

Board 3 draw.JPG

Tom had a tough game against Figueroa. He held off Edison’s Rooks and Queen, and was able to launch a counter-attack that looked good enough to queen a pawn first down the a-file and square the match. But likewise Figueroa ran his pawn down the h-file and it still remained level. On board 1 Goldberg’s strong central attack with Q,R&N proved decisive.

So yet again Ilford went down to a narrow defeat and we have yet to score our first match win in this league and top division. Tough times, we must beat someone!


NCL: Narrow defeat to Barking

North Circular League    Division A

                     At Barking,   4th January 2018

               BARKING I  3½-2½   ILFORD

North Circular League Division A

At Barking, 4 January 2018


198 DAVID SANDS       ½ NEVILLE TWITCHELL 168 (black)

188 JEFF GOLDBERG 0-1 TOM BARTON 168 (white)

169 JOHN WHITE        ½ ANTHONY KENT 150


156 KEN CLOW           ½ JEF PAGE 144

125 V CHTYM             1-0 GRANT GERICKE 139

(From Jef’s notes) Considering the grading advantage Barking had, this was only a narrow win for them over Ilford. We were not outclassed, particularly on the top boards. But on the bottom 3 boards it was a different story.

Gericke’s opening was good and he had an easy chance to win a piece but overlooked the correct way of capturing it. Worse,  he missed the best defence of his King and got mated. Syd Kalinsky likewise started well but then had a spot of  hari-kari by castling queenside straight into an attack from Ramage. Jef had to untangle his pieces to hold off Ken Clow who got confused as the best way to continue, and Anthony Kent did well to stop John White as both Tony and Jef were a pawn down. But on boards 1 and 2 we did very well. Twitchell played nicely to get a draw out of David Sands and Tom did even better against Jeff Goldberg who got lured into a rare mistake with Tom forcing the play down the queenside and c-file, coming up with final wining sacrifice.

We are playing well but struggling against 1st teams and still seek our first win.

Final position from J White v A Kent, board 3. Computer agrees position is even as White (to move) is weak on b3.




Lousy Night in Loughton

Essex Chess League   Division 2    At Loughton, 20th December 2017



174 KEVIN BOWMER        1-0  NEVILLE TWITCHELL (b) 168

172 BILL STIRLING           1-0 TOM BARTON 168


142 BRIAN SPEAR              0-1 SYD KALINSKY  148



130 SIMON MOTH            1/2 MALCOLM GESTHUYSEN 131

K GROCE                             1-0 default



Another poor night for Ilford at Loughton, one of our bogey clubs, with another default not helping.

With a new player making his debut for us it’s always good when they do well and Malcolm Gesthuysen, driving from Borehamwood, easily held for a draw as Moth couldn’t make any headway as the game drifted into a level Rook and Pawn endgame. Jef wriggled out of a doomed and cramped Caro-Kann opening to sac’ his Queen for a R&B and force counter play by getting both my Rooks to the 7th rank to restrain Kershaw.

On the top boards we could do little as Bowmer beat Neville, Tom couldn’t defeat Stirling’s Sicilian. Anthony Kent set up set up a nice looking pawn wedge in the centre but it didn’t hold. Van Tol broke into Lavanan’s kingside defence with Queen and Knight. Our only bright spot was Syd Kalinsky demolishing Brian Spear’s kingside, never allowing him to develop his pieces properly. Syd is having a very good season for Ilford.

We are just one place off bottom spot in division 2. One win and 2 defeats. Pretty grim.

More players needed- anymore out there?

(From Jef’s notes)

NCL: Exciting draw at Wanstead

North Circular Chess League  Division A

 Wanstead House, E11. 7th December  2017

177 V PAROLS              1-0 TOM BARTON 168 b
171 STEVE RIX              1-0 SYD KALINSKY 148

(From Jef Page’s notes) Wanstead II put out a strong team in this relegation dogfight, and outgraded us by more than 10 on every board.  But, we held on to secure a drawn match in the top division of the North Circular League. We have still to register a win – just 2 draws so far.
The match stated badly for us as Tom’s favourite Dutch Defence was quickly demolished by Parols Staunton Gambit. Syd faced the Scotch and had his queenside wrecked. He got through to the endgame but he could never develop his pieces properly. But from here on we fought back.
Jef caught Mark Murrell with a rare double-Knight sac’ to beat him with one of his favourite Queen & Bishop checkmating motifs. He sacrificed the first Knight which he took, but then his gluttony got the better of him as he quickly gobbled up the second one as well- too tempting to resist- and choked on it. Of the drawn games Kent and Hunnable played into a closed position from a Birds opening with hardly a pawn exchanged. Then,  Paul Barclay threw away his win as Lavanan hung on. Out of a good opening Lavanan blundered a way a piece but hung on into the endgame which came down to King, Rook & 2 pawns v King & Rook. As Paul pushed Ainkaran’s King into the corner he overlooked a series of perpetual Rook checks that if Paul captured it, it was a draw by stalemate. Everyone was smiling and even laughing – except Paul (see diagram).


The match saving point was finally clinched when Neville quickly won a piece against Larry Marden, and whilst it went into a long endgame, Neville’s accurate play yielded the win (picture below).

Two matches in a week- one win, one draw, and both Neville and Jef scored 2 out of 2. Rare, enjoyable triumphs.
Next match, last one of 2017: Essex League, Loughton v Ilford, 20.12.2017 (players still needed).