Excellent London League Performance

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    (w)        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




Beware the ides of March

Loughton forms part of the so-called ‘Golden Triangle’ where Essex Celebrities live, but after this match it felt more like the Bermuda Triangle.

Essex Chess League Division 2
At Loughton, 15th March 2017        Time Control: 80 minutes plus 10 seconds per move

LOUGHTON                              7-1   ILFORD
1. 179 KEVIN BOWMER           1-0   172 NEVILLE TWITCHELL (B)
2. 175 BILL STIRLING              1-0   170 TOM BARTON (W)
3. 158 DAVID FAULKNER        ½    153 ANTHONY KENT
5. 139 SIMON MOTH                ½     137 JEF PAGE
6. 139 KEN GROCE                   1-0    139 GRANT GERICKE
7. 132 MARTIN VAN TOL        1-0    116 LEONARDO STEFANONI
8. J NEWBY                               1-0   Default

(From Jef’s notes) Following last week’s defeat at Southend, a poor night for Ilford as we again had a default and the games which we were winning slipped away out of our grasp. Not a single winner amongst us: Two draws do not a good evening make.

Grant, after his sparkling win at Southend, rashly sacrificed a piece against Groce’s French defense. However, he badly miscalculated as Groce was able to whisk his King out of the centre, castling to safety on the queen-side and swiftly counter attack. Leonardo had Van Tol tied up, but then also let it slip as one of his pieces got pinned and the game was lost. Kalinsky had Kershaw on the ropes as Syd attacked strongly with Queen, Rook and Knight, He sacrificed a Bishop seeking checkmate, but overlooked a back rank mate against himself.

On the top boards Tom found Bill Stirling’s Sicilian Dragon/Maroczy Bind Sicilian difficult to break down. Although it went to the endgame, Bill was able to invade with his remaining Rook to win the ending. Similarly, Neville had Bowmer’s pieces swarming all over him and likewise was overwhelmed at the end, relying on the 10 second’s per move at the finish. Anthony Kent defended well to earn his half, and likewise Jef held his position together facing doubled Rooks and the possible fatal loss of a pawn. He managed to swap pieces off to a Knight and 6 pawns level ending.

Return match against Loughton in Early April. Hopefully we can finish the Essex season in style.

Tense finish on top board

Loughton March17

Seaside Blues

Essex Chess League, Division 2  10th March 2017


179  HOWARD GRIST            1-0  NEVILLE TWITCHELL (W) 172


175 MATTHEW SHAW           ½   SYD KALINSKY 148


163  STEVE WEDLOCK           0-1  GRANT GERICKE 139

150 DENIS DARTNELL           1-0  NICK PELLING 116


131  COLIN NEWTON              1-0  default

(From Jef’s notes). Not our best evening at the seaside having arrived a man short. We were always behind in the match, though there was an excellent win from Grant Gericke.
Leonardo lost a knight very quickly and was soon lost, but Neville had Grist on the ropes. But from there on it all went somewhat pear-shaped for Ilford. Jef wriggled out of Westrap’s attack and put in a fierce counter-attack getting both Queen and Rook to the 7th. Unfortunately, he could not quite find the right moves as time ran out. Then, Neville lost his grip on Grist’s position and blundered away the endgame. Pelling likewise could not hold a Bishop and pawns ending.

Syd did well to stay level with Shaw whilst Neil Sutherland lost a Rook for a Bishop and the game against Tom Barton’s Sicilian opening. Grant won a Knight against Wedlock and then Gericke’s own 2 Knights & Queen hopped over the board to checkmate Wedlock.

This now leave Southend with a clear blue water for a run at winning division 2 and promotion to the top flight.

Ilford all at sea.


5 Straight Wins in Essex League as Ilford Beat Barking

Essex Chess League Div 2 Monday 27th February, 7.30pm
Redbridge Social Centre. Barking white on odds.

1. NEVILLE TWITCHELL 172         ½    COLIN RAMAGE 158
2. TOM BARTON 170                      1-0    KEN CLOW 151
3. ANTHONY KENT  153                 ½     MIKE CRESSWELL 138
4. JASON KLIMACH 147                ½    GHOlAMREZA ANSARI 140
5. SYD KALINSKY 148                    ½    VLADIMIR CHYTM 137
6. JEF PAGE 137                              1-0    ROBERT STEBBINGS 113
7. GRANT GERICKE 139                ½    TONY LOH 105

A good result for Ilford against Barking: 5 draws and 3 wins so no Ilford players lost (edited from Jef’s notes).

It’s been an exceptional period for Ilford since November. Ilford have been unbeaten in the Essex League (played 5, won 5) and the North Circular League, where having played 10 so far this season, won 7, drew 3- still unbeaten.

The match started well for us and we were never losing. Bowhill’s Caro Kann was quickly demolished as Leonardo soon caught Alex in a classical smothered mate (not quite a miniature, but only 17 moves)- something rarely seen over the board in a match. Kalinsky played a neat opening and won a pawn, but having to nurse 2 sets of doubled pawns of his own proved too much, and Vladimir Chytm adroitly tied Syd down. On the top boards, Ramage v Twitchell played into a level middle game. Anthony Kent had a very tame Black Lion and could not make any progress. Klimach had an interesting accelerated Dragon, but again honours even. Tpm Barton made his space advantage tell. He won a pawn against Ken Clow’s Sicilian and with a queenside majority, Tom cleverly sacrificed a Rook for a Knight and another pawn, to push his passed pawns home to victory. The oddest game of the night was Grant Gericke’s. He won a Knight playing the Modern Defense but then missed the chance to win a Bishop as well. This proved costly as suddenly Loh went pawns ahead and began to push them up the board. Both players were desperately short of time & rushing their moves, and Tony tried to checkmate Grant with a Rook, Bishop and King, only to blunder and stalemate Grant- so only a draw.  Jef always had Stebbings under pressure. He declined Jef’s Morra Gambit, but Jef obtained a strong queenside position and with a knight dug in on b6 hampering his development won a Rook for a Knight, quickly wrapped the ending.

This puts us back on top of division 2 but only because we’ve played one more match than our nemesis Southend who are 2nd.

The clash on Boards 1 & 2, Boards 3 & 4, and 7 & 8.

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!


NCL: Excellent Win Against Loughton 1

An excellent win for Ilford as we were outgraded on all five boards

North Circular Chess League  Division B

Monday 13th February 2017, Redbridge Social Centre.



2. 153   ANTHONY KENT                 ½   BILL STIRLING (b) 175

3. 148  SYD KALINSKY                    0-1  DAVID FAULKNER 158

4. 124  UMAR YUNIS                       1-0  K GROCE 139


We are now  equal top with Chingford, but with matches in hand on them (but we can be also caught by both Barking and Wanstead). Still the only unbeaten team in the division: played 9, Won 6, Drawn 3. Quite a decent unbeaten run.

Neville Twitchell played a sharp line of the Sicilian Kalashnikov as Black on top board. He had some initiative, but Bowmer made a bad mistake suddenly dropping a bishop for a pawn (Bxb? in picture below). Anthony Kent got a good opening from the Reversed Leningrad, but did not capitalize on black’s weak opening and took a reasonable draw against Stirling. Syd Kalinsky allowed Faulkner to control the centre with his Rooks, and then got his Bishop trapped by white’s advancing king-side pawns with no chances of counter play. Leonardo and Simon Moth played into a level minor pieces and three pawns level endgame from a French defense. Both Kent and Stefanoni had given away over 22 grading points but still held their opponents to a draw.  So 2 – 2 with one game to finish.

The result hinged on Groce v Yunis, as Groce set up a strong kingside attack. But neatly breaking it up by first exchanging one Rook each, Umar then forked Groce’s Queen and remaining Rook with a pawn. Groce sacrificed it in the hope of perpetual Queen checks but, even though very short of time, Umar cleaned up the endgame still a Rook up.

For potential new members who might wish to join, we now have use of an additional comfortable playing area for coaching of juniors or special matches. So no problems about lack of space or too much noise hindering concentration- problems we’ve worried about for a  long time.

(based on edited notes by Jef Page)

Board 1                             Boards 5 and 4               Boards 2 and 3


Essex League: Double completed over Brentwood

ILFORD  5½-2½  BRENTWOOD I – exactly the same score as when we won at their place before Christmas.

Essex Chess League  Division 2. Ilford won the toss, White on odd boards

Monday 6th February, Redbridge Social Centre 7.30pm.

ILFORD  5½-2½  BRENTWOOD I  (showing July 2016 ECF grades)

  1.  NEVILLE TWITCHELL 173       ½  ADAM RAOOF  192
  2. TOM BARTON 167                     ½  GAVIN STRACHAN 162
  3. ANTHONY KENT  153                ½  MALCOLM KINGSLEY  162
  4. SYD KALINSKY    148                0-1 RONALD ADAMS 158
  5. JASON KLIMACH 148                1-0  ROD S JOHNSON 152
  6. JEF PAGE 130                             1-0 ROB DAVIES 128
  8. LAVANAN AINKARAN 103        1-0 Default

Ilford did not find it all plain sailing, though Brentwood gifted us a point start by defaulting board 8. Only Leonardo had a relatively easy win, playing the Caro-Kann, two knights variation. Leo got on top of Ellis’s weak opening, quickly gained a positional advantage, won a Rook for Bishop, and then Ellis overlooked that Leo’s  pawn could take his Queen- which Leonardo did.

From there on it got trickier, and we did very well to halve the top three boards. Neville got out of his sick bed to come down from Harlow to hold off Adam Raoof. He managed to equalize the position in the French Defense Winawer Variation, though perhaps with best play Adam might have won (See picture of Board). Likewise Tom Barton had to play carefully to develop his pieces and push Gavin Strachan back. Anthony Kent flirted with the Birds Opening, but he too couldn’t make any headway against Kingsley, so a third draw was agreed.

In a good position Kalinsky lost a piece away, and so it was up to the tail to wag- and wag it did. Jef wriggled out of a poor Dutch defence and on just getting level, he offered a draw. Still with a good positon Rob Davies declined- only to blunder a few moves later when Jef trapped a Bishop. Jason always had the edge over Johnson’s Latvian Gambit, and his superior development paid dividends, and so we cleaned up the bottom four boards.

And to cap it all and make a rainy night worse- it never just rains but it pours – Rob Davies suffered a flat car tyre and had to wait for the AA.

The final score is a bit flattering but we are not complaining. This win keeps us top with 9 points from 6 matches

(Edited from Jef’s notes)



Honours Even against Enfield

NCCL  Division B Redbridge Social Centre, 30.1.17

ANTHONY KENT 153 b          ½   D McNISH  148  w
JASON KLIMACH                   0-1  P GILBERG 133
SYD KALINSKY 148               ½   D EFTHYMIOU 129
UMAR YUNIS 118                  ½   K KYRIACOU  124

(from Jef’s match notes) Unfortunately we couldn’t force the match win.The match started badly for Ilford. Klimach mistimed his opening against a French defence allowing his King to get stuck in the centre, and without adequate development soon lost a Bishop and the game. Umar Yunis developed nicely against Kyriacou’s Sicilian but as pieces were swapped off a draw quickly ensued. Likewise, Syd’s advantage of a pawn wasn’t enough and when Efthymiou won it back a draw was soon agreed. We managed to get level when out of Lavanan’s opening, Maher went to win  a very poisoned a pawn on which he choked and self- trapped his own Queen, which in the end to extricate itself cost him 2 pieces!

(Anthony’s notes). Match level, last game to finish on board 1. Got to play my favourite Leningrad Dutch, and built up a strong attack against McNish. Move 24, black to move below.  For example, Fritz gives fxe3 a whopping plus 4.5, as a big swap on d5 follows, then black gets a discovered attack on white’s Queen, winning comfortably. Lots of other good lines (e.g. Qb8, Bxd4). I played NxB, which is decent, but dissipates some pressure. After a swap off, the advantage fell away, and a level endgame ensued.


So we have lost our advantage and now go level top with Chingford. Barking can also catch but we have very good chances of winning the NCCL B division.

Another win in the North Circular League

North Circular Chess League   Division  B  Loughton Bowls Club, 25.January.20loughton-tube17



141      K GROCE    0-1  SYD KALINSKY 148   b

127   M VAN TOL  ½   JEF PAGE 130

101     G CLARKE  0-1 HOWARD BERLIN 127


(From Jef’s notes) A good win for Ilford who throughout the match had the advantage on every board- and we outgraded them everywhere.

A quick look around the hall at the games after just 40 minutes saw Syd a Bishop up, Leonardo a pawn ahead & Howard, and Neville on board 1 both gaining strong positional advantages. Kalinsky quickly swapped into a won endgame and Leonardo mated Smith with a Rook & two Bishops as Smith never developed his queenside pieces at all. Clarke played the endgame weakly and his lone Knight could never hold off Howard Berlin’s 3 advancing pawns. Martin Van Tol did just enough to defend his King as I set up an attack and hold me off and I reluctantly took a draw. Gary Kershaw was forced to defend for his life and almost held out but an error in the endgame saw Neville pick off a Bishop and gain his win.

This  win raises us to 2nd with matches in hand on Chingford who lead the division.

Next NCL match: Ilford  v  Enfield: Monday 30th January, home.





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.