Essex Chess League Division 2. Monday 7th November
Redbridge Social Club
ILFORD ½-7½ SOUTHEND I
- NEVILLE TWITCHELL 0-1 H GRIST 181
- TONY KENT 0-1 M SHAW 173
- JASON KLIMACH 0-1 N SUTHERLAND 171
- SYD KALINSKY ½ C WESTRAP 170
- JEF PAGE 0-1 S WEDLOCK 159
- UMAR YUNIS 0-1 D DARTNELL 147
- 7.LEONARDO STEFANONI 0-1 M SAUNDERS 143
- LAVANAN AINKARAN 0-1 F WHITEFIELD 133
Ilford won the toss, white on odds. We should probably have got a few more points, but well beaten by the league favourites.
On Board 2, play went 12. Bxfch Kxf 13.Qd5ch to reach position below.
Black interceded 13…Be6 which is OK, but the computer says 13…e6! which is very strong in all lines. Hard to find over the board in a match.
With Imperial fielding a fairly weak team we won this match 7-3 . A good draw for Kevin on board 1.
1 Constantin Mueller 210(b) 1/2-1/2 Kevin D White 172 (b)
2 Adam A Taylor 212 1-0 Neville H Twitchell 173
3 Isabel Steimbach es170 1-0 David Millward 166
4 Mark Cox-Smith 145 0-1 Tom A Barton 167
5 Juan Manuel Arteaga 142 0-1 Leslie J Crane 165
6 Ching Yung 131 0-1 Julian Hudson 154
7 Ian Leko 102 0-1 Anthony R Kent 153
8 Omar Haque 1/2-1/2 Jason W Klimach 148
9 Apurva Deshpande 116 0-1 Jeffrey Page 130
10 Thivan Gunawardana es100 0-1 Grant Gericke 128
Result 3 7
Essex Chess League Division 2 Thursday 20th October, at Barking
BARKING II 4-4 ILFORD Venue: St Ethelburga Club, Barking
Unfortunately Ilford couldn’t find a last minute reserve to make a full team, but in the end, it was probably Barking who escaped with the draw.
Neville made short work of Colin Ramage who left a piece en prise. Kalinsky made a welcome return to the team after his recent operation but couldn’t end his recuperation with a win. On the bottom boards Umar Yunis created a terrific attack but went astray and lost a knight, whilst Leonardo although a pawn down, calmly held his game together so well he secured a draw.
Tom Barton clogged up Ken Clow’s queenside but couldn’t quite find the win, but Anthony Kent’s Dutch defence held off Bennett’s aggressive early e4 line creating a strong pawn chain leading to victory.
The drawn match was clinched when Jef put in an attack with two knights which won the exchange, and with his rooks controlling the centre, allowed a win in the endgame with just seconds remaining – the extra 10 seconds per move proving crucial.
Board Barking II 4-4 Ilford
1 161 Colin Ramage 0-1 Neville Twitchell 173
2 153 Kenneth Clow ½-½ Tom Barton 167
3 142 Christopher Bennett 0-1 Anthony Kent 153
4 135 Gholamreza Ansari 1-0 Syd Kalinsky 148
5 129 George Monk 0-1 Jeffrey Page 130
6 126 Vladimir Chtym 1-0 Umar Yunis 118
7 90 Alexander Bowhill ½-½ Leonardo Stefanoni 109
8 132 John Figgins 1-0 Default
Not the best start to the season after relegation to London League Division 2…….
To miquote Lady Bracknall, one late withdrawal is unfortunate, but two late withdrawals left us with needing wins to get anything. Our points came from draws on the night, and Julian’s passed rook’s pawn won post adjournment. The only way is up.
Streatham & Brixton 2 GRADE SCORE ILFORD GRADE
1 Robin Haldane 188 ½ – ½ Paolo Casaschi (w)175
2 Andrew Ponting 171 ½ – ½ Neville H Twitchell (b)173
3 James McDonnell 169 ½ – ½ Tom A Barton 167
4 Martin Smith 173 ½ – ½ Gary Thurston est 164
5 Alan Hayward 168 1 – 0 Aidan Corish159
6 Antony Hall 165 0 -1 Julian Hudson 154
7 Jagdip Patel 155 ½ – ½ Anthony Kent 153
8 Nello Attianese 165 1 – 0 Jeffrey Page 130
9 Walkover 1 – 0 Forfeited
10 Walkover 1 – 0 Forfeited
Total 6½ – 3½
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NORTH CIRCULAR CHESS LEAGUE DIVISION B
Redbridge Social Centre, Monday 19th September, 7.30pm
ILFORD 4-1 WANSTEAD 3
NEVILLE TWITCHELL (B) 1-0 PAUL BARCLAY 162
UMAR YUNIS 1-0 MARK MURRELL 157
LEONARDO STEFANONI 1-0 C SIDDO 134
LAVANAN AINKARAN 1-0 A COLLYER 126R
MARSHALL TUTU 0-1 K JARDINE 108
An excellent start for Ilford in the NCCL beating Wanstead 3, our local. It’s a new league and venture for us, and there are many more matches against strong teams to come. Our 3 juniors on boards 2, 3, and 4 completely outplayed higher graded adults.
Lavanan quickly established a strong King’s Gambit attack against Collyer’s Falkbeer opening which went badly wrong and Ainkaran mopped up the endgame: King, rook and pawn against a lone, overworked knight and King. Similarly Leonardo’s kingside attack was at first held up by Siddo, but holding a pawn advantage into the endgame Stefanoni marched his King and pawns up the board to victory. On board 2 Murrell had a constrained opening tied and mislaid a knight to Umar’s Queen, knight and bishop attack. Paul Barclay was reduced to passive defence but eventually Neville blasted his way through. Our only loser was Marshall which was very generous of us as we allowed Jardine to play even though we could have defaulted him for arriving too late. But his play was strong once he had regained his breath, settled down, and he won the ending.
In this league the away team always has white on board 1.