Good Draw Against Chingford in NCCL A

After being stuffed 5 1/2 – 1/2 when we went to their place last month, a 3-3 tie in the return match was a good result, particularly as our average grade was 133 versus 146.

North Circular Chess League Division A    Redbridge Social Centre, 16th April 2018

Ilford GRADE SCORE Chingford 1 GRADE
1 Anthony Kent (W) 151 ½ – ½ Gavin Hughes 164
2 Syd Kalinsky 149 ½ – ½ Peter Rose 154
3 Jef Page 146 ½ – ½ David Brady 149
4 Malcolm Gesthuysen 132 1 – 0 Robin Oakley 149
5 Anurag Chauhan 126 ½ – ½ Brian Spear 143
6 Marshall Tutu 93 0 – 1 John Stevens 117
Total 3– 3

(Edited from Jef’s notes) A good way to finish our final match of the season which should ensure our safety from relegation and the drop back to Division B. There were some very good results for our players against Chingford (who outgraded us on every board).

Syd Kalinsky played into a Vienna opening and set up a blockade which Rose couldn’t break down. Anthony Kent and Gavin Hughes settled for a draw in an even middegame (final position below, black to move)


Brian Spear won pawns against Anurag down the c-file, but with a Knight and Rooks potentially causing trouble for Brian, a draw was soon agreed.  Jef somehow held off Brady’s queenside attack against his weak opening, but came up with a tactic to trap his Queen which he could only save by giving up both of his Bishops. On an open board a draw was agreed.

Malcolm was our winner when Oakley misjudged his position in a sharp line of the Steinitz Variation against the French Defence. Things went badly and he lost his Queen for a Knight (see picture below) whilst our only loser was Marshall who, forfeiting too much time on the clock, couldn’t make it up.

Considering we were a promoted club and hanging on a bit, a good end to the season which has been tough against some very strong teams. All being well we will continue in this top division next season.

Malcolm’s position a few moves before white resigned.




Tough Challenge in the London League

Monday 9 April 2018
Drunken Knights 2 v Ilford 1

Division 2 table topping Drunken Knights 2 were going to be a challenge. As expected we were heavily out-graded but it went as far as our top board matching their lowest graded player! Having defaulted two boards before starting it was clear that a team result was very unlikely so it was an opportunity for those playing to throw caution to the winds and play for a win against higher rated opponents. In this vein David had an excellent win, Paolo threw everything into attack to obtain a draw and Aidan also gained an excellent draw. Everyone else played well and had opportunities in their games – an entertaining evening for all. Julian initially adjourned his game but after overnight deliberation gave it up as lost.

Julian discusses his game


  Drunken Knights 2 GRADE SCORE Ilford 1 GRADE
1 Carsten Pedersen 202 ½ – ½ Paolo Casaschi        (w) 174
2 Rhys Cumming 199 1 – 0 Gary Thurston         (b) 173
3 Tomer Eden 198 0 – 1 David Millward 167
4 Chris Russell 196 1 – 0 Julian Hudson 169
5 Richard Black 195 1 – 0 Les Crane 164
6 Anthony Fulton 189 1 – 0 Tom Barton 168
7 Doug Bennett 174 ½ – ½ Aidan Corish 148
8 Michael Green 177 1 – 0 Anthony Kent 150
9 Walkover   1 – 0 Default  
10 Walkover      1 – 0 Default  
  Total   8 – 2  




Hurrah – finally a win in the NCCL Div A!

Ilford v Wanstead 2 – North Circular Chess League, Div A
Mon 26 March 2018

This match was probably the relegation decider between Ilford and Wanstead 2. It didn’t start too well as Jason’s king was under attack early, Anthony had to defend carefully against Larry who’d given up a pawn for an initiative and Syd was playing a sharp game against Philip. Malcolm and Jason lost, but many thanks to Malcolm for playing tonight and giving us a full team! Anurag was always in control of his game and won and Philip got his pieces in a bit of a tangle allowing Syd to also convert. At 2-2 the match depended on boards 1 and 2. Having held his position together despite Larry’s probing Anthony got the opportunity to exchange down into an opposite coloured bishop endgame and held for a draw. Tom’s game was a Leningrad Dutch, to his advantage as Partha hadn’t seen this before and he got well ahead on the clock. After some tactics he managed to pick up a pawn and desperate for counter-play and running short of time Partha blitzed out some moves that ended with his queen getting trapped.

 With the win and earlier draw against Wanstead 2 the league position is Ilford above them. Assuming neither team win any more matches Ilford will presumably stay in Div A.

  Ilford GRADE SCORE Wanstead 2 GRADE
1 Tom Barton             (b) 165 1 – 0 Partha Mulay 171
2 Anthony Kent          (w) 151 ½ – ½ Larry Marden 177
3 Syd Kalinsky 149 1 – 0 Philp Staniland 160
4 Jason Klimach 143 0 – 1 Mark Murrell 160
5 Malcolm Gesthuysen 132 0 – 1 Alin Chirea-Florica 150e
6 Anurag Chauhan 126 1 – 0 Jay Sharman 121
  Total   3½ – 2½  



The match underway!


No joy against Hackney 2 in the London League

Wednesday 14 March

Hackney 2 and Ilford had an average grade of 159 across their ten boards so a tight match was to be expected. There were familiar faces in the opposition and Les agreed an early draw with Gavin and invitation to head to the pub for a pint. David won in fine style with some nice finishing moves to take the point and at that stage the boards were looking promising, however, there were no more wins and we lost the match 4-6.

Hackney 2 GRADE SCORE Ilford 1 GRADE
Charles Hughes 180 1 – 0 Paolo Casaschi        (w) 174
John Tennyson 181 ½ – ½ Gary Thurston         (b) 173
Jonathan Benyunes 177 0 – 1 David Millward 167
Francis Chin 173 ½ – ½ Julian Hudson 169
Gavin Hughes 171 ½ – ½ Les Crane 164
Tobias Baumann 150e 1 – 0 Tom Barton 168
Salim Kriman 145e ½ – ½ Aidan Corish 148
Emyr Jones 153 1 – 0 Jason Klimach 146
Mark Rivlin 138 ½ – ½ Jeffrey Page 144
Ramon Jose 122    ½ – ½ Stephen Abbott 141

North Circular League: Grim night in Chingford

North Circular Chess League,   Division A    5.3.18

British Legion, Chingford

          CHINGFORD  5½-½  ILFORD

199 ROBERT EAMES            1-0  TOM BARTON (W)

154 PETER ROSE                    ½   SYD KALINSKY

14 9 DAVID BRADY               1-0  JASON KLIMACH


       ROBIN OAKLEY              1-0   default

       BRIAN SPEAR                  1-0   default

(From Jef’s notes) Another tough night in a run of … A bit of a broken record really.

Jason, unable to make any headway found Brady’s French Defence too tough a nut to crack. Jef sacc’ed a Bishop to destroy Morrell’s kingside defence, quickly won it back, and sent his  King scurrying for cover from g1 right the way over to b3. But, unfortunately, he couldn’t land the killer blow.

Syd did well to hold off Rose’s King’s Indian attack and Tom went close but couldn’t quite hold his endgame together as Eames won a Bishop and then launched an unstoppable a-pawn up the board. Hard times with defaults and match losses and relegation looms large.

Essex League: Another defeat against Wanstead

Essex Division 2
Date: Thursday 1 March 2018
Venue: Wanstead House

Board Wanstead II             6-2   Ilford
1 167   Whitton, Terry D ½-½   Barton, Tom A 165 (black)
2 162   Bancroft, Paul        0-1   Kent, Anthony R 151 (white)
3 160   Murrell, Mark R A 1-0   Klimach, Jason W 143
4 151   Jones, Keith S         1-0   Page, Jeffrey 146
5 134   Bui, Kyan               ½-½  Chauhan, Anurag Singh 126
6 140   Nickals, Peter         1-0   Tutu, Marshall 93
7 133   Smith, David          1-d    default
8 130   Siddo, Charlton     1-d    default

(Edited from Jef’s Notes).  Another grim night for Ilford among a bad run of grim nights. The Beast From The East was bringing more snow, but the match rightly went ahead as roads and public transport were all clear.

Jason found Mark Murrell’s Stonewall attack too clever for him and quickly got mated.  Marshall  had a material plus, got into a tangle as Nickal’s Q,N & B mounted strong attack. Anurag has started well for Ilford and his 2 long-range Bishops on an open board were a continual menace to Bui and a draw was soon agreed. Only on the top boards did we shine a wee bit. Tom’s Dutch Leningrad/Reversed Grand Prix defence held Terry Whitton. Anthony got out of some early difficulties and the position below was reached after, 38 Qc2 x g6  Qb7 x b2. White won quickly after that.

AK win v Wanstead.JPG

2 more matches to play.

Tom V Wanstead.JPGAnurag v Wanstead.JPG



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!