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

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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.


Win Away to Upminster

First the result…

Essex Chess League  Division 2 Tuesday 17th January,   St Laurence Church Hall, Upminster.


2. 144            N KHODA 0-1 TOM BARTON  167 b
3. 144  ROB IANNETTA 0-1 TONY KENT 153
5. 168  J HANNAFORD  0-1  JEF PAGE 130
6. 145 P ROSENFELD  1-0  default
8. 112      NIGEL NICE    ½   LAVANAN AINKARAN 103

The match started badly for Ilford as unfortunately one of our players failed to arrive and Leonardo grabbed a pawn but lost a piece. so we were 2-0 down.

But from here on we went on a winning sequence as Hannaford made a complete mess of a Morra gambit Accepted opening and Jef was well on top. Anthony Kent turned a centre counter into a Caro Kann and built up a big advantage in an open game, eventually going a whole Rook up (see diagram below).  Syd’s long-range bishop on the diagonal enabled him to control the centre, then send a pawn up the board, and run it home to queen. Lavanan with good Queen & Knight counter-play, did just enough to hold off Nice’s strong Queen attack and get his draw.

So the match was tied at 3-3 and the result hinged on the top two boards. Tom got the worst of a  Sicilian Dragon, Soltis Variation, and was forced to give up his Queen for 2 Rooks. However, Khoda then blundered, losing his Queen for a Rook. Photo below shows Tom’s position when a Rook for Bishop and pawn up. On board 1 Neville was under pressure in a cramped position and was reduced to giving up his Bishop for pawns. But with only seconds left Neville held his nerve, and with Aidan playing cautiously was unable to mate, so he got the draw.

This win takes us back to the top of division 2 though Southend have matches in hand.

All to play for

Boards 1 and 2                           Iannetta v Kent, Black to move

Ilford ahead in tight London League match against Lewisham

In a tight match last night Ilford pulled ahead in the final few minutes of quickplay finishes when David Millward won with only a minute (or less!) on his clock and Tom Barton managed to scrape a draw in a game that he was losing. Ilford stand 5-4 up with one game adjourned; this is Julian Hudson’s game where he has good drawing chances. Given Ilford have the top two teams to play in the second half of the season, at least a half, and possibly a point from this match, is very useful.
Full details on the London League web-site:

Ilford lose Finchley Cup semi-final on tie-break

Ilford lost a tight match last night to Loughton in the North Circular League Finchley Cup. The format was a four board match with two rounds of games of 30 minutes each. After round one Syd was our only player to score a win and we were down by a point, however, in round two Syd repeated his win. With Neville and Anthony both drawing Jason needed a win but was well behind on the clock and also a pawn down. Jason held his nerve but with his opponent’s clock also running down the game was agreed a draw, this brought the overall match score level at 4-4. Sadly for us the tie-break eliminates results from the bottom and so Ilford are out of this year’s Finchley Cup.


Ilford chess Club 2016 Year-end Report

ILFORD CHESS CLUB- end of year report 2016 (from Jef Page’s notes)


A good end to 2016. we are doing OK and harbour hopes of winning both divisions- IF (big capital letters) we win all our remaining matches.

In the ECL we have played 4 matches: 1 won, 2 draws, 1 loss. Good but not earth shattering, but we have a chance. Southend walloped us 0.5 – 7.5, and we have to play them at the seaside. But they in turn lost to Barking so if we can take a strong team to Southend…

In the NCCL, our new venture this year, we have started well and are the only unbeaten team in division B (similar level to Division 2 in Essex).

NCCL 6 matches:  4 won, 2 drawn, and lie 2nd to Chingford, just a point behind, but we have matches in hand on them.  Leading individual scores so far:

ECL: Neville Twitchell, Jef Page 2½/4; Tom Barton 2/3 Unbeaten.

NCCL: Neville 3½/5, Jef Page 3/5; Leonardo Stefanoni 3/3 Unbeaten.

January matches

Mon    9th  Ilford  v  Loughton   NCCL. Rapidplay Semi-final.  Home

Tue   17th Upminster II  v Ilford  ECL  Away

Wed 25th Loughton I v Ilford    NCCL Away

Mon 30th Ilford  v  Enfield I       NCCL Home

London League Division 2

A win, 2 draws and a defeat so far.






Chugging Along in Chingford

Ilford arrived at the British Legion in London E4 in a variety of ways for our last match of 2016: by car, bus and London Overground. For once we outgraded our opponents on every board, which we made tell in our favour in the end, as they were weaker than expected with a few top players missing.

Neville deployed his favourite, sharp (top secret) Queen’s pawn opening and with Strachan erring, the game finished very quickly. Jef wasn’t far behind as Allison made a mess of defending against his King’s Gambit Accepted and at the close he was a Rook & two Knights ahead to a lone Bishop.

From here on it got harder as Tom’s Classical Dutch Defence was well held by Brian Spear neat opening line, and neither could Syd make any headway against Maynes. Our only loser was Anthony Kent who pushed too hard for a pawn breakthrough against the Scicilan, but his pawn structure wasn’t solid. Instead of keeping things tight, good counter-attacking pawn play by Rose saw him break through decisively with Queen and Rook for a deserved win.


British Legion,  Chingford.   19.12.16

CHINGFORD 2         2-3    ILFORD


151   BRIAN SPEAR           ½  TOM BARTON 166  b

141  PETER ROSE               1-0 ANTHONY KENT 153


120 ANDREW ALLISON    0-1   JEF PAGE 130



Club Opening Times Over Christmas And New Year

Due to an away match at Chingford in the North Circular league, the club will be closed on Monday 19th December. The club will also be closed on the 26th December and 2nd January, reopening on Monday 9th January with a home match in the Finchley Cup and Junior chess coaching.

Happy Christmas, Chanukah, Winterval to everyone and see you in the new year.