North Circular Chess League Division B
Wanstead House, 8th December 2016
Result: WANSTEAD 3 2-3 ILFORD
146 KEITH JONES ½ NEVILLE TWITCHELL 173 w
134 CHARTON SIDDO 0-1 ANTHONY KENT 153 b
130 JOHN KEEHNER 1-0 SYD KALINSKY 148
105 JOHN JESTICO ½ JEF PAGE 130
95 NIGEL WHITE 0-1 HOWARD BERLIN 127
Not our greatest victory, given our grading advantage on all boards. However, this pleasing win against our local rivals puts us into 2nd place chasing the leaders, Chingford, whom we face in a week’s time. We have done the ‘double’ over Wanstead having beaten them by the same score just a month ago. Admittedly, on this occasion they were playing another match on the same night, which probably ruled out one or two of their stronger eligible players.
Howard Berlin outplayed Nigel White in the opening. He quickly won a knight and easily cleaned up the endgame. This gave us an early advantage which we never let go, but from here on it was much harder. Keith Jones defended really well to stay level in the endgame and secure his half against Neville’s favourite sharp opening (too secret to reveal here). Jef set up an attack against John Jestico’s kingside, but did not follow it up sufficiently and Jestico levelled. Syd Kalinsky got little joy against John Keehner’s Sicilian, so the match result hinged on Anthony Kent’s game. We may be heading out of Europe through ‘Brexit’, but a multi Euro-wide opening was featured as he translated a Polish opening into a Leningrad Dutch defence. He aggressively established a strong, advanced pawn chain (See seasonal Christmas Tree formation below), picked off an under-protected Bishop, with a Queen checkmate to eventually follow.
Last match before Christmas, 19th December: Chingford v Ilford. This match effectively determines who will lead the division at the end of the year.
First, the match details
November 29 2016, Essex Chess League Division 2 at Brentwood Baptist church
Board BRENTWOOD I 2½-5½ ILFORD
1 169 TREVOR COOTE 0-1 NEVILLE TWITCHELL 173 w
2 162 MALCOLM KINGSLEY ½ TOM BARTON 167 b
3 162 GAVIN STRACHAN ½ ANTHONY KENT 153
4 158 RONALD ADAMS 1-0 SYD KALINSKY 148
5 128 ROB DAVIES ½ JEF PAGE 130
6 119 RUSSELL FISHER 0-1 GRANT GERICKE 128
7 103 CHRIS PHILLIPS 0-1 UMAR YUNIS 118
8 Default 0-1 LEONARDO STEFANONI
A good win for Ilford considering the night started with a mix up before setting of from Gants Hill. So, a few us arrived late, but Brentwood’s top board could not make it. So, they moved all of their players up one board and without a substitute defaulted the bottom board so starting the match 0-1 down. Unfortunately, Leonardo meanwhile had to sit out the evening with no opponent to play.Unfortunately it didn’t have a happy ending for Syd as in a minor piece Rooks and Knights ending, Syd blundered away a knight whilst defending a difficult position.
We won in the classic Ilford style: holding the top boards and mopping up points at the bottom. Umar won a neat endgame against Phillips who erred badly. Grant got his queen and rook in behind Fisher’s Kingside, who never really developed his pieces properly. Jef’s Morra Gambit Accepted was well defended by Rob Davies, and he never got anything out of the opening, so a draw was agreed.
On the top boards, Anthony Kent had a decent opening but took a half with all 16 pawns still on the board. Tom Barton seemed to have the better position against Kingsley but also shared the spoils. In a tough encounter was played out on board 1, Neville Twitchell’s favourite d4 line led to Trevor Coote sacrificing a Bishop for pawns, but in the end Neville’s extra piece paid dividends.
This win puts us on top for the moment but Southend, who beat us, have games in hand, and are the divisional favourites.
Finally, pictures from Anthony’s journey to and from the match.
A decent win for Ilford in Essex Division 2, though the score line rather flattered us.
Jason got lucky against Rob Iannetta who threw his game away when, a pawn up thinking he was winning a knight, left a rook en pris. We were also fortunate on Board 8 when Johal, who with a pawn one move from promotion, made a disastrous Rook move overlooking a simple Queen check which forked King & Rook, and Umar had the win. Our only loser was new recruit Julian Hudson who had a tough evening with his King stuck in the centre, Khoda’s strong attack won him the game.
Jef had an easy win as Bigg’s queenside castling was dismantled with a Q&R checkmating attack, and Syd won the exchange and swapped pieces into a won endgame. Tom was inferior, but his strong Bishop and queenside pawns paid dividends as he raced a pawn home to win. Neville had a tsrong attack against Aidan Corish’s King but overlooked the winning of a knight in the endgame and it cost him a half. Anthony Kent’s Kings Gambit petered out and the offer of a draw from Black was accepted.
Played 3 in Essex League : won 1, drawn 1, lost 1.
ILFORD 6-2 UPMINSTER II Monday 21st December 2016
- NEVILLE TWITCHELL ½ AIDAN CORISH 159
- TOM BARTON 1-0 J HANNIFORD 168
- JULIAN HUDSON 0-1 N KHODA 144
- JASON KLIMACH 1-0 ROBERT IANNETTA 144
- ANTHONY KENT ½ M RAHAMAN 139
- SID KALINSKY 1-0 P ROSENFELD 123
- JEF PAGE 1-0 PETER BIGGS 131
- UMAR YUNIS 1-0 S JOHAL 126
Thursday – 10 November 2016
A terrific draw given Ilford were outgraded on most boards. Big welcome to Perry with a win on his first appearance for Ilford. A win, a draw and a defeat so far this season in London Division 2.
Toss won by Beckenham.
||Beckenham & Charlton
||½ – ½
||Paolo Casachi (b)
||1 – 0
||Neville H Twitchell(w)
||1 – 0
||Kevin D White
||0 – 1
||0 – 1
||0 – 1
||Tom A Barton
||½ – ½
||1 – 0
||Anthony R Kent
||½ – ½
||½ – ½
||5 – 5