Ilford Chess Club Founded 1900 One of London's oldest chess clubs welcomes new members! Monday evenings from 7.30 p.m. Redbridge Social Centre rear of 188/190 Beehive Lane Ilford, Essex IG4 5EE. Approach up the Private Road off Beehive Lane almost opposite Somersby Gdns. Sign-post to "Redbridge Social Centre". The Centre has secure free parking, is on the left behind the chain link fence.
North Circular Chess League , Division A Monday 18th November Report: Jef Page
1. TOM BARTON 0-1 K BUI 177 w 2. NEVILLE TWITCHELL 0-1 DAVE SPEARMAN 176 b 3. HASSAN MUGALU 0-1 STEVE RIX 175 4. TONY KENT 0-1 A CHIREA-FLORICA 171 5. SYD KALINSKY 0-1 PHIL STANILAND 171 6. JEF PAGE 0-1 LARRY MARDEN 170
Wanstead won the toss, White on odd boards.
A grim night for Ilford, can we get any lower, erm…
I had an awful opening, Larry Marden never left me off the hook and I got wiped out- but the pain was over quickly. Tom had a bad Bishop in Q, B & R against Kyan Bui’s Q, R & active N whilst Neville seemed to have good chances a pawn down, but unable to find the right line to break up Black’s defence, lost the ending as Dave Spearman’s pawns began to roll forward. Tony Kent had an equally bad Bishop that never got into the game and when Alin Chirea-Florica’s passed a-pawn became a threat it was all over. Steve Rix won a pawn and it proved decisive against Hassan, whilst Sid sacrificed a R for a B against Philip Standiland but it proved futile and he fell into a N fork on his K&Q.
News has just reached me that the little known Kalinsky Gambit (players try to Decline it but it’s very difficult) is back in play and very dangerous. Played by Sid Kalinsky it involves making a move whilst knocking a cup of coffee over the board. A bit like Venice in flood over the chess board with you trying to mop it up as Sid just carries on regardless. Happy days.
Ilford were missing a couple of regulars on top boards, and well outgraded on the first 9 boards. Well, at least that has got the excuses out of the way. The match stated badly for Ilford when Taha Undre rashly sacrificed a Bishop in the opening against Ward-Riggs, and was doomed. I got ground down by Wells in the endgame in a cramped position never being able to develop my bits forcefully. However, Subramanian played well and won a Rook and Andrew Medworth won ably yet again.Board 1 saw a Colorado gambit (not the marijuana variety). Black fought hard, but white seemed to always have an edge. Board 2 saw a feisty Birds opening, with White gaining strong material advantage, but going into a drawn bishop ending as the clock ran down. So nil points in London after 2 games. Plenty to play for.
Next London League match: Ilford v Dulwich, 27 November. New players very welcome!
Essex Chess League – Division 2 Redbridge Social Centre, 28 October 2019 Report by Jef Page
ILFORD 3½ – 4½ THURROCK
Tom BARTON ½ Ian WOODWARD 150 Neville TWITCHELL ½ B SHEPPARD 155 Syd KALINSKY 0-1 Mike BRADFORD 119 Venkatesh SUBRAMANIIAN 0-1 Andy OFFORD 119 Jef PAGE ½ Malcolm CRANE 105 Lavanan AINKARAN 1-0 D REYNOLDS 102 Taha UNDRE 1-0 Les GROOMBRIDGE 97 default 0-1 B AKINOSOYE
Thurrock won the toss, White
on odd boards.
A welcome return to the easier, lower pastures of the Essex League division 2 as it’s clear we’re not going to scale the heights of the North Circular Chess League, division A, however, problems of lack of players and defaults are raising their head early. This turned into a dismal evening as we threw away the chance to win or draw the match, snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. The worst culprit was me.
We did OK on the top boards as Neville lost a pawn against Sheppard’s French Defence opening and could never make progress but held for a draw, whilst Tom did enough to hold his favourite Leningrad Dutch Defence together also for a draw. But the middle boards were grim for us as Syd and Venkatesh made errors in good positions which allowed Bradford and Offord to pick up wins.
For once we cleaned up the lower boards. Lavanan played well, won a pawn and nursed it home with a strong, active King & Knight against Reynold’s King and weak Bishop. Taha developed out of a cramped opening and congested board to beat Groombridge. So the match hinged on my result and as usual I broke out of a poor Dutch Defence opening, finally freeing my pieces but at the cost of Crane having 2 advanced g and h pawns. But as my 2 Bishops & Knight began to work together I chased Crane’s almost trapped Queen around and then won a Rook- which should have been that. But.. I left my Q ‘en prise’ and Crane generously offered a draw- so they could win the match- which I had no choice but to accept. It felt like a loss.
NORTH CIRCULAR CHESS LEAGUE – Division A 24 October 2019 Report by Jef Page
BARKING 1 4-2 ILFORD 1
186 Jeff GOLDBERG 0-1 Tom BARTON 165 John WHITE ½- ½ Neville TWITCHELL 155 Colin RAMAGE 1-0 Syd KALINSKY 150 J ROBINSON 1-0 Venkatesh SUBRAMANIAN 143 J FIGUEROA ½ – ½ Jef PAGE 124 George MONK 1-0 Taha UNDRE Ilford won the toss: White on odd boards
Well, we the found the improvement from our 5-1 loss against Barking last week and made a bit of progress by at least winning 1 game. Taha got off to a bad start, was never able to develop his pieces properly and was overwhelmed. Taha castled q-side and George Monk won a mass of pawns. It was uphill all the way for us. Syd and Venkatesh got no change from Ramage & Robinson and both got the advantage quickly. My opening was nothing to shout about so with no counter-play, I gambled on a risky k-side pawn advance supporting a Q, R & N attack and it paid dividends as suddenly all my pieces got into the attack & Figueroa was very happy to take a draw even though I only had seconds left on the clock.
On the top boards we did very well. Neville pressed hard for a Q,N & 4 pawns win but White calmly held his defence together whilst on board one Goldberg again played his favourite Caro-Kann against Tom and got a clear passed pawn running for home. However, with Jeff being so short of time he lost all his pawns and suddenly, although he won Tom’s Bishop, Jeff’s lone Knight was left to hold off Tom’s pawns which became impossible.
North Circular Chess League – Division A 14 October 2019 Report by Jef Page
ILFORD 1 – 5 BARKING I
162 Tom BARTON ½ Jeff GOLDBERG 186 141 Syd KALINSKY 0-1 Peter JASZKIWSKYJ 167 e150 Venkatesh SUBRAMANIAN 0-1 John WHITE 165 145 Jason KLIMACH 0-1 Colin RAMAGE 158 128 Jef PAGE 0-1 Ken CLOW 138 e130 Taha UNDRE ½ Steve BERKLEY 115
The opening match of the season is always looked forward to, but yuk! What a way to start, trounced by Barking. A grim night where none of our players could gain a win but we did well to hold 2 boards against a top team.
Colin Ramage’s Morra Gambit was all over Jason Klimach as his open board Sicilian fell apart and Jason was stopped from castling and stuck with a King in the middle of the board with no escape. I could never develop properly as Ken Clow kept the centre buttoned up tight and as he expanded the queen-side, I lost control of his advancing c and d pawns. Syd Kalinsky was outplayed by Peter Jaszkiwskyj, and Venkatesh Subramanian couldn’t stop a central wedge of pawns following a complicated middle game exchange with John White getting both his Rooks onto the dominant 7th rank. Our only successes were Tom Barton doing well again in holding Jeff Goldberg’s Caro-Kann to share a drawn game and Taha Undre who, although his K-side looked vulnerable, successfully held off Steve Berkley.
We have the return match to look forward to! Barking’s venue on Thursday 24th October – 1 player still needed.
Ilford lost this opening match of the 2019-20 season 4.5 – 5.5.
With the average grade of the teams being 152.9 (East Ham) to 151.3 (Ilford) a tight match could be expected and was duly delivered. The top three boards halved out fairly early so the attention was on the lower boards. There was some back and forth on those but in the end draws happened on all boards except bottom which proved to be the match decider.
This match also marked the use of a new incremental time control for the London League of 75 mins plus 15 seconds per move. This seemed fine for the first match.
Essex Summer Knockout Rapidplay- Plate ¼ Final Tuesday 23rd July, 7.45pm Report by Jef Page
THURROCK 2½-7½ ILFORD
Rnd 1 Rnd 2
158r JOE DERRETT 1-0 0-1 TOM BARTON 167r
145r F BUTTERWORTH-PARR ½-½ 0-1 NEVILLE TWITCHELL 156r
100r ANDREW OFFORD 0-1 0-1 HASSAN MUGALU 151r
104s DEREK REYNOLDS ½-½ ½-½ SYD KALINSKY 157r
RICHARD BALL 0-1 0-1 JEF PAGE 143r
Toss won by Ilford, White on
odd boards Round 1.
What started off as a tense match ended easily for Ilford. A serious traffic accident in front of us almost closed the road but once we got around that delay we arrived in good time on a very hot night. The 1st round was very close as Tom lost control in a Scotch opening but we did just enough to get ahead as Syd held out a pawn down in a tricky R&P ending and I came up with a combination that worked but not in the way I had planned. We played 20 minutes plus 10 seconds a move and I only had barely 1 minute left.
Hassan played well in both games overwhelming Offord. In Round 2 he got his Q&B strongly lined up against Reynolds’ undefended King and eventually the pressure told and Hassan won a piece and the ending. Tom had already won quickly and Neville won Butterworth-Parr’s Queen for 2 Rooks and whilst Francis might have held out, a check threatened a Rook and he resigned, unwisely and prematurely! In the first game Ball played very defensively but in the 2nd he came at me with a quick speculation Knight sacrifice but failed to follow it up correctly and when he overlooked my Knight fork on both his Rook’s I won easily. The evening’s funniest moment was when Reynolds accidently made an illegal move- his Bishop retreated by jumping over a pawn! Syd’s howl of astonishment and complaint “What kind of move do you call that?!” could be heard in Ilford.
We now reach the semi-final of the Plate competition. It will be against Upminster 1, at Ilford, on a Monday in August, date to be agreed.
Ilford v Barking A Essex Summer Rapid Team Knockout Monday 24 July 2019
Barking won this thriller by 7 – 12 on board count after the match score was tied on 5-5.
Despite conceding an average of 28 points per board Ilford gave Barking a real run in this match with the evergreen Syd Kalinsky halving out over the two rounds and Ilford new recruit Venkatesh doing very well against John White. Unfortunately for Ilford, Jeff Goldberg steadily out-played Neville on board 2 and this was key for Barking to win on board count.
The team now go into the Plate and will face either Wanstead B or Thurrock.
Essex Chess League Division 2 Monday 20th May, Redbridge Social Centre Report by Jef Page
ILFORD 3½ – 4½ LOUGHTON
166 TOM BARTON 0-1 R EAMES 206 168 NEVILLE TWITCHELL 0-1 KEVIN BOWMER 189 166 HASSAN MUGALU 0-1 BILL STIRLING 182 153 TONY KENT 1-0 DAVID FAULKNER 157 136 JASON KLIMACH ½ GRAHAM KERSHAW 136 138 SYD KALINSKY ½ LYN STIFFEL 136 132 JEF PAGE 1-0 BARRY JONES 117 e120 VENKATESH SUBRAMANIAN ½ MICHAEL SMITH 86
A sad way to finish the season after our great wins over Wanstead and Upminster. But it was a match of two halves: Loughton’s team were very strong at the top winning the top 3 boards (we always seem to draw the strongest players against us) but we won the bottom half- but not by enough.
Syd got nothing out of the opening and with Queens quickly exchanged the endgame was always level whilst Jason held on as Kershaw went for an early attack. Venkatesh set out for a quick attack himself but he got a bit too clever but was still able to adroitly convert the position into an endgame he could hold. I by comparison always had the better of Jones’ French Defence. I never let him develop his queenside bits and eventually the pressure told as I pounced on a mistake which won me a Rook & the endgame.
Tom Barton dropped a pawn for which he never had enough
compensation against Eames, Neville found Bowmer equally ruthless but Hassan,
in a wild game against Bill Stirling where both players attacked open Kings,
had the chance to go for a draw by repetition but missed it and Bill queened a
pawn to win. Tony held his game together as Faulkner rushed his pawns home to
victory, but he miscalculated and Tony queened his pawn first- a big steal.
We finished the season with 5 wins & 5 losses, 10 match points, but our 5 defaults was the worst in the division. However in the previous 2017-18 season we finished with only 2 wins, after penalties 1 match point, but 12 defaults- so some improvement this season. A few clubs still have matches to play but Brentwood look like they will win the division. Barking II are bottom and may be relegated.
North Circular Chess League Division A Thursday 16 May, Wanstead House E11. Report by Jef Page
WANSTEAD I 3½ – 2½ ILFORD
213 ARTUR SYGULSKI ½ NEVILLE TWITCHELL 192 PAVEL SYGULSKI 1-0 TONY KENT 185 M PEREZ CARBELLO 0-1 JASON KLIMACH 183 V PAROLS 1-0 SYD KALINSKY 176 DAVE SPEARMAN 1-0 JEF PAGE 165 KYAN BUI 0-1 VENKATESH SUBRAMANIAN
Although we lost our final match this season in the A division, Wanstead accorded us the accolade (not wanted) of turning out their strongest team including an IM. Maybe we don’t need any more accolades like this, but we actually all played really well with some excellent individual results. The match result was tight, none of us blundered our games away and we introduced a debutant player who more than held his own and won- the first time for ages a new player has had such a great baptism for Ilford.
Although Neville wanted the white pieces as usual I lost the toss but as black he successfully held off Artur Sygulski’s (IM) attack and calmly stayed equal into the level minor piece and pawns endgame. A draw against an IM in the Essex League is no mean result. Tony Kent found brother Pavel Sygulski no easier and once it went down to a R and pawn endgame the result was not in doubt. Syd likewise did well to hold off Parols into the Bishop and pawns ending but Syd’s B was tied down and useless and slowly but surely Parols advanced to queen a pawn. I likewise stopped Spearman breaking through easily (who usually plays on board 1- just shows how they brought in even far stronger players) but I couldn’t hold him back in the centre and queenside as his Queen & pawns broke through. But there were two good results for us. Jason was under tremendous pressure on the kingside as Perez-Carbello attacked down the h-file but suddenly Perez overlooked a simple mate threat and Jason took is chance. On bottom board Venkatesh Subramanian made his debut for Ilford against a top team (he just walked into the club a few weeks ago and asked to play) but out of a Sicilian Dragon opening he got control of the c-file and rising star Kyan Bui suffered the indignity of losing his Queen.
It shows what we can do when
we turn out a strong, full team. We will probably drop down into the B division
(not too willingly- if Loughton take promotion) which may suit us and gives us
a bit of respite care.