Essex League: Defeat To Upminster and Points Deduction

Essex Chess League  Division 2

Redbridge Social Centre 26th February 2018

Board        Ilford                                           Upminster II
1          165 Barton, Tom A                   0-1   Khoda, Noor 175C
2          151 Kent, Anthony R               0-1    Iannetta, Robert 151C
3          149 Kalinsky, Syd M               ½-½   Abbott, Stephen J 145C
4          143 Klimach, Jason W            ½-½   Rahaman, Mustapha 137C
5          146 Page, Jeffrey                      0-1    Rosenfeld, Paul 133C
6          126 Chauhan, Anurag Singh 1-0     Biggs, Peter 132A
7          093 Tutu, Marshall                  0-1    Hannaford, Jamie 129C
8                  default                               d-1    Wicks, Stephen 116F

                                                ILFORD  2-6 UPMINSTER II

(Based on Jef’s notes) A tough night for Ilford.  We defaulted board 8 and Tutu, who was working late (but still good of him to come along and play), arrived with nearly 40 minutes down on his clock. He played into an endgame where he was pawns down against Hannaford, and the time pressure told against Marshall.

Jef forced the attack in my game but lost control and worse, overlooked the loss of a Bishop, but winning pawns he could probably have drawn. But likewise short of time, also misplayed the ending and couldn’t stop his h-pawn, which was covered by his Bishop, from queening.

On the top boards we got no joy as Khoda played well to beat Tom. Anthony got a good opening, but greedily took material offered and paid the price. Both Syd and Jason got equitable draws against Abbott and Rahaman. Our only bright spot of the night was Chauhan’s win over Biggs. It’s always satisfying when a new team member and debutant gets a win. Anurag completely outplayed Biggs’ Sicilian opening, cleverly won a pawn from which he never recovered and an easy endgame win was never in doubt.

8 cumulative defaults means a 2 point deduction. So with just 2 mins, we now only have 2 points. 3 Matches to Save Our Season. SOS – we need more players! 


London League win against the division table toppers Imperial

Tuesday 20 Feb

Ilford had a great result in winning against table topping Imperial. Imperial were missing a couple of top board players and Ilford were strong, but this is the first time Imperial have lost over the board this season, their only other loss was a defaulted match. Jason,  Julian and Kevin gave early points but from there on it was a slow grind to the win with David taking the team over the line with a draw after a marathon 98 moves, mainly in a queen, pawn and king versus queen and king endgame that he tried very hard to win.

David Millward reaching the end of his marathon 98 move game
1 Adam A Taylor 206 1 – 0 Chris Fegan 176
2 Sam J Porter 192 1 – 0 Paolo Casaschi 174
3 Thomas Donaldson 178 0 – 1 Kevin D White 175
4 Luke J Barron 160 1 – 0 Gary Thurston 173
5 Maximilian Eggl 157 ½ – ½ David Millward 167
6 Benjamin Nevett-Farman 157 0 – 1 Julian Hudson 169
7 Juan Manuel Arteaga 144 ½ – ½ Les Crane 164
8 Raphael Seidenberg e135 0 – 1 Tom Barton 168
9 Alexander Nielsen 117 ½ – ½ Anthony Kent 150
10 Ziyang Zhou e110 0 – 1 Jason Klimach 146

Essex League: More Woe Against Wanstead.

Now is the winter of our discontent……

Division 2

Date: Monday 5 February 2018

Venue: Redbridge Social Centre           Ilford 2-6 Wanstead II

Bd Ilford 2-6 Wanstead II
1 165A Barton, Tom A 1-0 Mulay, Partha 171A
2 151A Kent, Anthony R 0-1 Whitton, Terry D 167A
3 149A Kalinsky, Syd M 0-1 Staniland, Philip 160A
4 143C Klimach, Jason W 0-1 Murrell, Mark R A 160A
5 146C Page, Jeffrey ½-½ Barclay, Paul R 150A
6 132E Gericke, Grant 0-1 Bui, Kyan 134A
7 131B Ainkaran, Lavanan 0-1 Nickals, Peter A 140A
8 093F Tutu, Marshall ½-½ Smith, David 133B

(from Jef’s notes). Another bad night for Ilford, though we rather threw this one away as we had chances to do a lot better.

Bhui won pawns against Gericke, but he in turn opened up black’s defence, and had the chance to win a Knight as he pushed a pawn to d7. But failing to protect the lone soldier he allowed Bhui to guard his King . Then, fatally, Grant overlooked that his Queen which was left en pris. Lavanan could never hold the centre and he too got his Queen trapped after having already lost a Knight. Syd couldn’t advance his pieces against Phil Staniland and when he tried to break out it cost him pawns and a Knight. Jason, in a good position, went in for a Bishop sac’ on h7,  but was unable to follow it up adequately and quickly lost.

Jef got a quick grandmaster draw against Barclay;  he was more worried about his car which had broken down and wanted to get home. Tutu did very well, the best result on the night. Over 30 grading points down, he calmly drew against Dave Smith, particularly as Marshall having worked late, arrived 30 minutes late. Anthony Kent got a decent position from a transposed closed Sicilian. But, after too hasty king-side advances, Terry Witton won pawns and broke up white’s pawn attack. Tom managed to neatly free his minor pieces to force Mulay into resigning.

After a whole bunch of games we now have a few weeks relief. Next match:

Monday 26th February: Ilford v Upminster II.

Tutu vWW.JPG

Syd v WW.JPG



A poor London League performance against Mushrooms 1

Wednesday 7 February

On paper Ilford had a chance of a result against Mushrooms 1 who were only a little stronger than the Mushrooms 2 team played last week, however, nothing went Ilford’s way. Board 10 was defaulted and no one managed a win with the final score a 7.5 – 2.5 loss. The evening was partly summed up by Anthony’s draw. He had a winning position having queened a pawn but with his time almost spent, and his opponent not having mating material, a draw was agreed. Apart from Jef, all the drawing players had white!

Mushrooms 1 GRADE SCORE Ilford 1 GRADE
T. Oozeerally 182 1 – 0 Paolo Casaschi        (b) 174
R. O’Kelly 178 ½ – ½ Julian Hudson         (w) 169
L. Sanchez 170 1 – 0 Kevin D White 175
N. Faulks 167 ½ – ½ Tom Barton 168
D. Sedgwick 166 1 – 0 David Millward 167
R. Nash 158 ½ – ½ Anthony Kent 150
J. Rydahl 156 1 – 0 Aidan Corish 148
G. Alcock 149 ½ – ½ Jason Klimach 146
W. Faulks 140e ½ – ½ Jeffrey Page 144
C. Bardsley 140e    1 – 0 Default


Essex League: 3 Defaults And A Heavy Defeat Against Barking

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…… it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair

Barking 7-1 Ilford. 2 draws, 3 losses and 3 defaults.

Essex Chess League   Division 2   1st February 2018 (Fortunately Groundhog Day is tomorrow, not today)


COLIN RAMAGE               159     ½   TOM BARTON 165

KEN CLOW                        156     ½   ANTHONY KENT 151

MIKE WICKHAM             144     1-0  SYD KALINSKY 148


GEORGE MONK 133                   1-0  MARSHALL TUTU 93

 J FIGGINS  133                            1-0  default

V CHTYM    125                            1-0  default

A BOWHILL                                 1-0  default

(Edited from Jef’s match notes). A disaster. We are now really struggling now to find 8 players for Division 2 matches in Essex. SOS to anyone reading this.

On the top boards Tom & Anthony played well to get their draws but everyone else struggled. Tom faced Ramage’s favourite Latvian Gambit, and chose one of the quieter  lines which gives white a small edge. Anthony emerged with a small plus from a Classical Dragon, but it never got to breath any fire, and a draw was agreed. Syd was in trouble right from the opening against Wickham’s Sicilian. He easily won white’s isolated d-pawn and then Syd failed to defend another and it was soon all over. Jef barely fought off Ansari’s strong kingside attack at the cost of a knight. Although he won it back, it took too long to work out all the lines and he lost on time. Marshall was doing well against George Monk, focusing his attack on blacks king, castled on the queenside. However, he was unable to find the best continuation, could not halt the advance of a winning d-pawn.

With defeat and mounting defaulted boards, Ilford will be penalised with the loss of penalty points (like a red card and a sending-off).

Board 3


Board 4 and Board 5 below



Draw on board 2



Back to winning in the London League

Wednesday 31 January

Ilford got back to winning ways with a 6-3 win against Mushrooms 2 with one game adjourned. Chris Fegan didn’t manage to get to the venue so we defaulted a board but from then on no-one lost and Ilford steadily accumulated the points to win. Taking Ilford over the line was Julian who with queen against two bishops and a rook kept play very active to find a win.

Ilford now have 4.5 points from 6 matches which should be enough for safety but the rest of the season has matches against clubs from the top half of the table so points will be much harder to come by.

Tivillier v Kent – adjournment position, black (Kent) has sealed.

A tricky position, the black king is going to be exposed but white has to guard against back rank mating threats.


Jef Page surprised his opponent with a rather unusual bishop and knight checkmate.

Jef checkmate



  Mushrooms 2 GRADE SCORE Ilford 1 GRADE
1 Bill Linton 174 1 – 0 Default                    (w) 176
2 Luis Sanchez 170 ½ – ½ Gary Thurston         (b) 173
3 Tim Joshin 173 0 – 1 Paolo Casaschi 174
4 David Sedgewick 167 0 – 1 Julian Hudson 169
5 Jonathan Rubeck 163 ½ – ½ David Millward 167
6 Neil Davies 160 ½ – ½ Tom Barton 168
7 Graham Alcock 149 ½ – ½ Les Crane 164
8 Jacques Tivillier 147 Adj Anthony Kent 150
9 Igor Nepomniashchiy 144 0 – 1 Aidan Corish 148
10 Carl Bardsley 140e 0 – 1 Jeffrey Page 144
Total 3 – 6

Essex League: Narrow win over Wanstead III

Essex Chess League Division 2 22.Jan.2018  Redbridge Social Centre


Ilford White on odd boards

 1.  NEVILLE TWITCHELL  168    1-0   PETER NICKALS  144 (black)

2.  TOM BARTON  168                    1-0   ANDY LUI  144 (white)

3. ANTHONY KENT  150                1-0  DAVID SMITH 146

4. SYD KALINSKY  148                   0-1  KYAN BUI  127

5. JASON KLIMACH  146                 ½  CHARLTON SIDDO  129

6. JEF PAGE  144                              1-0  KEVIN SWEENEY  130

7. GRANT GERICKE  139                0-1  BEN HARTE  125

8. LAVANAN AINKARAN  134      0-1  VIC FULLER 116

(From Jef’s notes) Ilford had to rally strongly from being 0-3 down.

The match started badly for us. Grant Gericke had a strong attack, putting good pressure on his opponents exposed King. However, he neglected to guard his h2 pawn well enough,  misplayed his defence and was quickly defeated. Ainkaran entered Rook and Pawn  ending with 2 strong central connected passed  pawns. But, it was not to be, and he lost to Wanstead captain Fuller. Syd got his King stuck in the centre with his kingside opened up. Thereafter, we recorded 4 straight wins,  and nearly got another. Having new digital clocks for all boards, and playing 80 minutes plus 10 seconds a move, possibly won us the match in the end.

Jef’s opening was a disaster, and he had to cede Rook for Bishop. But, he caught Sweeney with a skewer that won the exchange back and was THEN able to free his pieces. Anthony Kent castled queen side to open up lines for a kingside attack. But, this led to an double-edged game with attacks on both flanks. Kent won material, and later won the game with a powerful threat of checkmate or loss of further material. Both Twitchell and Barton played carefully to win pieces and were never threatened. The final game to finish was Jason Klimach’s. He had a terrific kingside attack which looked unstoppable. But, an error as time got short allowed Siddo to not only halt the mating threats but win a piece in the ending. A time scramble of repeated queen checks by black ensued. Then, an illegal move was made by Siddo ,costing him 2 minutes. Jason held on to secure a half and win us the match.

Jasons game v W3

2 wins and 2 defeats. With this win we go bouncing up to the giddy heights of 3rd– at least for the moment.