Another NCCL loss

Ilford 1 v Barnet Elizabethans 1
North Circular Chess League, Division A
Monday 26/02/2019
Report by Jef Page

Ilford ___ 2 – 4 ____ Barnet

GradeIlford 1ScoreBarnet ElizabethansGrade
166Tom
BARTON
½ – ½Tom
VILLIERS
206
168Neville
TWITCHELL
0 – 1Roy
SAGALL
194
153Anthony
KENT
1 – 0Alexandros
ETHELONTIS
198
138Syd
KALINSKY
0 – 1Jon
RUBECK
167
132Jef
PAGE
0 – 1Phil
MYERS
165
96Marshall
TUTU
½ – ½Mike
JONES
121

Ilford always struggled in this match but the score was almost respectable- a big improvement on the away match at Barnet when they easily beat us 5½-½.

I blundered in the opening and Myers easily picked off a Bishop & although I threw everything into a K-side pawn attack it was never enough. Similarly Kalinsky got nothing out of his opening against Rubeck & struggled.

Neville’s Queen went on a fruitless queenside foray and got itself trapped which eventually led to loss of material, but in the other games we did well with good personal results. Marshall easily held off Mike Jones when the pieces were swapped off, ViIliers was forced to defend doubled c-pawns to save his ending against Tom, and Anthony Kent went one better when Ethelontis rashly sac’d a rook and Tony (calmly/quickly?) won the end game with a double-rook & bishop checkmate.

With 2 matches left to play in this league – both against Wanstead, we now take a break away from the NCCL to play Essex League matches. But if we want to avoid relegation from the A division we need to win at least 1 of them.

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NCCL loss but some good personal results

Barking 1 v Ilford 1
North Circular Chess League, Division A
Thursday 14/02/2019
Report by Jef Page

Barking I ____ 4 – 2 _____ Ilford I

GradeBarking 1ScoreIlford 1Grade
203David
SANDS
½Tom
BARTON
166
197Jeff
GOLDBERG
1 – 0 Neville
TWITCHELL
168
172Peter
JASZKIWSKYJ
0 – 1 Anthony
KENT
153
141Gholamreza
ANSARI
½Jef
PAGE
132
.John
WHITE
0 – 1 default.
.G
ANSEN
0 – 1 default.

A bad night for Ilford nursing 2 defaults but with some very good personal results against a strong Barking team.

Tom’s long, strategic, queenside pawn chain backed up by Bishops and Queen easily held off David Sands who soon offered a draw.
My Caro-Kann was solid enough to discourage Ansari from trying anything fancy and he also quickly offered to share the spoils. But these halves were not enough to save the match in spite of Tony Kent playing really well with a sort of reversed Leningrad Dutch with the white pieces – holding the centre and then wiping out Jaszkwiskyj’s queenside pawns and threatening to win more material.

Our only loser over the boards was Neville. Although he went into the long, drawn-out, pawn endgame with level material, his pawns were split and with his King unable to defend them adequately, Jeff Goldberg invaded Neville’s position to queen a pawn and secure the match win for Barking. With only 1 win in this League so far we need at least 1 more to avoid relegation.

Neville and Jeff
Anthony on his way to a win against Peter

At last! A win in the North Circular League

North Circular League Div A – 4 Feb 2019
Ilford 1   3½-2½   Wanstead 2
Report by Jef Page

GradeIlford 1ScoreWanstead 2Grade
166BARTON
Tom
1 – 0CHIREA-FLORICA
T Alin
177
168TWITCHELL
Neville
0 – 1STANILAND
Paul
170
166MUGALU
Hassan
1 – 0 MURRELL
Mark
164
153KENT
Anthony
½ – ½JONES
Keith S
150
138KALINSKY
Syd
½ – ½SMITH
David
132
132PAGE
Jef
½ – ½HARTE
Ben
130

Brexit, Trump, the weather. Forget about them! At last a real headline: Yes! Ilford win a match for the 1st time this season in the North Circular League.

We’ve broken our duck in the tough A division and dragged ourselves, kicking and screaming- off the bottom of the table to be replaced by Wanstead II – well at least for the moment as they have matches in hand on us.

It was a match of two halves. We won 2 out of 3 games in the top 3, and drew all the bottom 3 boards.

I wriggled out of a weak Dutch Defence to sac’ a pawn but with Harte unwilling to risk a piece sac’ follow-up or try for a lengthy endgame win, he too easily took my offer of a draw. And mine of course was the match winning draw! Kalinsky got no advantage against the steady play from Dave Smith’s Pic Defence and likewise Tony Kent couldn’t again any advantage either from his opening against captain Keith Jones.

But on the top boards the games were sharp. Hassan forced Marc Murrell’s King out from the centre to win Marc’s Queen for a Rook whilst Tom was all over Chirea-Florica completely surrounding his King- caught in the centre to sweep home with a powerful attack of a Q, R & B checkmate. Only Neville suffered as Paul Staniland gained complete control of the centre with a strong d and e pawn wedge & even though Neville held off the threat of being mated and won R for B, he couldn’t hold back the tide of pawns in the end.

It will be touch and go as to who get’s relegated out of this division- but a win is a win for us- at last. Thanks to everyone who played!

Loss in London League to Hammersmith

Ilford 1 2.5 – 7.5 Hammersmith 1
30 Jan 2019 – London League Div 2
Tom Barton

Ilford 1 GRADE SCORE Hammersmith 1 GRADE
Tom Barton  166 0 – 1 Chris Skulte 188
Julian Hudson  176 1 – 0 Carsten Pedersen 197
Gideon Vecht 160 0 – 1 Thomas Bonn 193
Neville Twitchell 174 ½ – ½ Bajrush Kelmendi 190
Les Crane 156 0 – 1 Sylvian Eche 190
Aidan Corish 156 0 – 1 Marios Kouis 180
Anthony Kent 151 0 – 1 James AB Stevenson 174
Malcolm Gesthuysen 139 0 – 1 Paul Kennedy 159
Jason Klimach 137 1 – 0 Pavel Nefyodov 154
Jef Page 139 0 – 1 Charles Sturt 136

Ilford were heavily outgraded (average grades of 176.1 to 155.4) in this match so a positive result was unlikely and so it transpired. Good wins for Julian and Jason. Julian caught his opponent in the opening and was always winning. The other games were well contested but apart from Neville’s draw we failed to pick up any other points.

Five games to finish towards the end of the evening…

A welcome win in the Essex League

Essex Chess League Division 2
Monday 21st January
Report by Jef Page

ILFORD I    6 – 2   BARKING II

166 Tom
BARTON
½ Colin
RAMAGE
172 (w)
174 Neville
TWITCHELL
1-0 Ken
CLOW
145  (b)
164 Hassan
MUGALU
1-0 K.
POLAK
UG
151 Anthony
KENT
½ Gholamreza
ANSARI 
134
141 Syd
KALINSKY
1-0 John
FIGGINS
134
137 Jason
KLIMACH
1-0 George
MONK
125
127 Lavanan
AINKARAN
1-0 Vladimir
CHTYM
112
094 Marshall
TUTU
0-1 M.
BLAGIANUI
UG

Ilford made some slight improvements for this return home match against Barking II, like putting out a stronger team, tweaking the board order and not having a default this time. If we can solve these little problems consistently we can do far better. And again the luxury of being non-playing captain- for 2 matches in a row. Amazing!

The match stated well for us as Neville’s good development allowed him to sac’ a pawn to pressurize Clow’s position and when Ken overlooked an undefended knight the game didn’t last much longer. Kent & Ansari agreed a quick grandmaster draw but Ramage began to put pressure on Barton’s centre and queenside. Taking the top spot for a change to give Neville a rest, Tom held his concentration and calmly did enough to hold his position together.

On the lower boards we overwhelmed Barking winning 3 of the bottom 4. Kalinsky always had the better of Figgins and a strong K-side attack won Syd a bishop. Lavanan likewise set up a strong pawn-centre and after he won a knight, with queen, rook and extra knight he mated Chtym. Klimach won an errant pawn and so dominated the opening and after wiping out George’s queen-side pawns raced one of his own home to victory although George rather gave it away tamely allowing his extra king-side pawn to be easily captured. Mugalu finally won a game for Ilford but Polak also rather gave it away as well wasting his strong queen-side pawn attack sacrificing rook for knight and then losing on time. Our only loser was Tutu who whilst he won a knight had opened up files against his castled K-side position and as he was well down on the clock found it too difficult to avoid losing.

Brentwood lead division 2 followed by Upminster II and Loughton. This result takes us off the bottom in our efforts to avoid relegation – for the moment at least.

Heavy Defeat Against Strong Barnet Team

North Circular Chess League, Division A, 16 January 2019
Barnet  5½-½  Ilford
Report by Jef Page

Grade BARNET  5½ – ½   ILFORD Grade
209        T GAVRIEL 1-0  JULIAN HUDSON  176 (w)
197 A ETHELONTIS 1-0  NEVILLE TWITCHELL  174 (b)
195          R SAGALL 1-0  TOM BARTON 168
168          J RUBECK   ½  TONY KENT 151
158           P MYERS 1-0  SYD KALINSKY 141
125          M JONES 1-0  MALCOLM GESTHUYSEN 139

The rare luxury  of being non-playing captain wasn’t worth anything as Ilford suffered a grim night against a very strong team.

The match started badly for us as Malcolm Gesthuysen played into a poor opening but worse, suffered a quick defeat in barely 13 moves as Mike Jones checkmated him with just rook and knight. This was followed by Julian Hudson allowing Gavriel to swiftly bring his queen into the attack and then Julian erred badly missing a check that cost him a rook and the game. Ethelontis and Sagall both had good positions and wore down their opponents. Neville could never break out of his cramped position and Tom held on into the endgame as well but a final passed pawn left Sagall a clear winner.

Only 2 of our players had plus positions. Kalinsky’s delayed King’s Gambit type opening and development was fine but he lost control and a knight. Rubeck sac’ed a bishop for a rook which gained him no advantage but Tony Kent had to take care and with time running short on both clocks they agreed draw.

 We are still seeking our first match win in the North Circular League this season.

Jef Page.

Heavy concentration on the endgame between Ethelontis and Twitchell
Draw agreed as time runs out on board 4.

Close match against strong Barking team

North Circular Chess League   Division A
Monday 7th January
Report by Jef Page

At 7pm I had a full team but at 7.15 I found I had lost a player so again we started a match a player down. But even with this default Barking, with a strong team out, only just scraped by us 2½ – 3½

GradeIlford 1ScoreBarking 1Grade
174Neville
TWITCHELL
0 – 1Jeff
GOLDBERG
200
166Tom
BARTON
½ – ½Peter
JASZKIWSKYJ
172
141Syd
KALINSKY
½ – ½John WHITE170
137Jason
KLIMACH
1 – 0Colin
RAMAGE
172
139Jef PAGE½ – ½John
FIGGENS
134
default 0 – 1Ken CLOW

I and Figgins played into a dismal Alekhine’s opening where Queen’s are swapped off early with no advantage to either of us. But for here on the games got tasty. 

Colin Ramage went rampaging into Klimach’s Sicilian defence with a Morra Gambit Accepted but Jason blocked off the loose c-file and with Colin losing his way trying to find a winning K-side attack, Jason picked off enprise pieces. Syd played well to hold off John White who even with two outside passed pawns couldn’t force them home in a R&P endgame. Jeff Goldberg managed to isolate Neville’s c-pawn and whilst Neville held on, Jeff ground out an endgame win.

The match result hinged on Tom’s game when he wriggled out of awkward position to win a knight for a couple of pawns. But trying to force his own passed pawn home he lost it and then was reduced to having his knight halt the progress of Jaskwiskyj’s own passed pawn and whilst a draw was a good result for Tom it couldn’t save the match.