Relegation likely after London League defeat

Ilford 1 v East Ham 1 ………………. 4 – 6
London League Div 2 – 1 May 2019
Report: Tom Barton

Ilford 1
(white on odd boards)
GRADE   SCORE East Ham 1 GRADE
Julian
HUDSON          
176 ½ – ½ Nigel
FLEMING
182
Neville
TWITCHELL
174 ½ – ½ Bill
STIRLING
184
Tom
BARTON              
166 0 – 1 Peter
JASZKIWSKYJ
172
Aidan
CORISH
156 0 – 1 Colin
RAMAGE
172
Chris
ROGAL
153 ½ – ½ John
DAVENPORT
169
Anthony
KENT
151 1 – 0 Peter
ROSE
158
Andrew
MEDWORTH
146 1 – 0 Martin
BAKER
153
Malcolm
GESTHUYSEN
139 ½ – ½ Steve
BARR
153
Jef
PAGE
139 0 – 1 Roland
GLOTZER
150
Jason
KLIMACH
137 0 – 1 Karol
POLAK
e140
Total   4 – 6    

The match started OK with quick draws on the top boards but although Andrew and then later on, Anthony won, we lost on four boards and hence lost the match. With all our matches complete this result sees us in the second relegation spot of the London League division 2 with a worse games difference than Kings Head 2 who finish on the same number of points. Depending on what happens with the Drunken Knights teams for next season there is a possibility we may be asked to stay in division 2 but on that we’ll have to wait and see.

Up to joint second in Essex

UPMINSTER II  3½ – 4½   ILFORD
Toss won by Ilford- White on odd boards
Essex Division 2 – 30 April 2019
Match report – Jef Page

157               LES CRANE 0-1  TOM BARTON 166
174          STEVE KELSEY 0-1  NEVILLE TWITCHELL 168
151        AIDAN CORISH   ½  TONY KENT  153
156 ROBERT IANNETTA 1-0 JASON KLIMACH 136
141        STEVE ABBOTT   ½  SYD KALINSKY 138
140          M RAHAMAN   ½  JEF PAGE 132
134  PAUL ROSENFELD   ½  LAVANAN AINKARAN 131
126       J HANNAFORD    ½  HOWARD BERLIN 118

A good win for Ilford in a very tense match. It shows what we can do when we put a full team out even against a slightly stronger graded team.

The match stated quietly with 4 quick draws, the wildest of them being Abbott v Kalinsky with bits on all sorts of unusual squares. Steve asked Syd for a daw but Syd, not hearing Steve’s enquiry, returned the offer & they quickly agreed to halve the game. I soon followed suit as did an equally careful Tony Kent and Howard Berlin, none of us wanting to make a blunder. It was good to have Howard back for us again after a long absence.

Syd played his famed Kalinsky Gambit* which I shall explain later.                                                                                                                                                               Halving the bottom boards was good strategy as we had plusses on 3 of the other 4 boards. Our only loser was Jason Klimach as Robert Iannetta crashed into Jason’s kingside making castling and his piece development impossible and Robert easily won an undeveloped Bishop. But on the top boards Tom’s control of the centre was solid, and going a Bishop up Tom won well against Les Crane whilst Neville won an exchange of Rook for Bishop against Kelsey’s open, undefended King. Lavanan had the edge over Hannaford but couldn’t quite convert his Rook and Pawn endgame advantage but took a well-earned draw to win us the match.

A very good outing for Ilford.  This result sees us leap back to 2nd place over Upminster:  Brentwood 12 match points, Ilford 10, Upminster 10. Loughton 8, Barking 6, (played all 10), Wanstead 6- played 9, 1 match in hand and so can overtake Barking.

*The Kalinsky Gambit. The usual move sequence is knocking a cup of coffee all over the board and your opponent. But this was a new, to me, advanced variation. As I was making a cup of tea well away from the board Syd knocked the scalding water all over me. I’ll have to give this more analysis.

Top 2 boards


Pre the Kalinsky Gambit

Essex League Win – Off Bottom of the Table

Essex Chess League Division 2

Redbridge Social Centre, Monday 15th April

ILFORD   4½-3½   WANSTEAD III

          TOM BARTON    ½   PAUL BARCLAY 149 w

NEVILLE TWITCHELL 1-0  ALEX COLLYER 141   b

               TONY KENT   ½   KEITH JONES 150

      JASON KLIMACH 1-0  CHARLTON SIDDO 145

          SYD KALINSKY   ½   DAVE RAWLINGS  145

                  JEF PAGE  1-0  PETER McCARRON  135

   MARSHALL TUTU   0-1  DAVE SMITH  132

                    default    0-1  M Wilson

Toss won by Wanstead- White on odd boards. 80 minutes + 10 seconds per move each

(Edited from Jef’s notes) From a man down, and 2-0 down, Ilford fought back to win the last 3 games being played and win the match.

Early draws from Tom and Anthony kept Wanstead in the lead. It was good to see Syd back and on form after his recent operation. Marshall had a tough time against Smith. As Dave pressed with a kingside attack, Black misplaced – and lost – a knight. Neville had a victory leading with a kight and Bishhop plus 2 pawns for a rook against Collyer- never allowing Alex’s Rooks to get into the game and a passed centre pawn proved to be a useful thorn in Collyer’s’s side. Jef came under severe pressure from McCarron who also attacked with a passed pawn. But black blundered when jef only had around 30 seconds left and was survinving in 10 second increments. First McCarron lost his advantageous pawn, and then worse, lost a Bishop and the endgame. The final and winning game to finish was Jason’s. His kingside attack had Siddo tied up for the whole game- hardly a piece of his passed the 4th rank. After refusing repeated offers of a draw, Jason cleaned up the endgame to win us the match.

A good win for Ilford which takes us off the bottom of division 2. Our main problem now is avoiding defaults- 5, the greatest in the division (after 8 defaulted games we will lose match points).

Jason (foreground) and Neville behind on their way to wins


Jef facing a tough position short of time

Hurrah! A London League Win!

Streatham & Brixton 2 … 3 – 6 Ilford 1 … One game adjourned
Ilford white on odd boards
10 April 2019
Report – Tom Barton

  Streatham &
Brixton 2
GRADE
(Jan 19)
SCORE Ilford 1 GRADE
1 Liam
HYLANDS
184 1 – 0 Tom
BARTON               
166
2 Gabriel
BARR
164 0 – 1 Julian
HUDSON           
176
3 Jagdip
PATEL
169 0 – 1 Gideon
VECHT
160
4 Martin
SMITH
168 Adj Neville
TWITCHELL
174
5 Aniello
ATTIANESE
165 ½ – ½ Les
CRANE
156
6 Anthony
HALL
158 ½ – ½ Anthony
KENT
151
7 James
FOX
140 0 – 1 Chris
ROGAL
153
8 David
VARLEY
146 1 – 0 Jef
PAGE
139
9 Michael
CHUNG
e120 0 – 1 Andrew
MEDWORTH
146
10 Stuart
McCORMACK
093 0 – 1 Jason
KLIMACH
137

Ilford had a welcome win against Streatham last night. With a full team we finally had a London League match that swung our way. The match also saw a warm welcome to Chris Rogal who won on his first game for Ilford.

Les Crane agreed an early draw in a gambit line where black is a pawn up after accepting it but then opted for a known repetition line where white had no real choice but to allow 3 times and a draw. After that most of the team won including Julian who seemed to have a horrible position but still managed to create play and gain a win. I didn’t see much of the other games as I had a complicated Sicilian to play which I lost in a rook and pawn endgame after going a pawn down.

Entertaining match against Wanstead & Woodford

London League  – Division 2
Wednesday 27th March

WANSTEAD & WOODFORD 4.5 – 3.5 ILFORD 2 adjourned

Ilford white on odd boards

David
SPEARMAN
183 ½ – ½ Tom
BARTON              
166
Ian
HUNNABLE
170 Adj Julian
HUDSON           
176
Steve
RIX
174 1 – 0 Gideon
VECHT
160
Ian
REYNOLDS
163 Adj Neville
TWITCHELL
174
Terry
WHITTON
167 1 – 0 Anthony
KENT
151
Mark
MURRELL
164 ½ – ½ Gary
THURSTON
163
Steven
GILMOUR
160 0 – 1 Andrew
MEDWORTH
146
Keith
JONES
151 ½ – ½ Malcolm
GESTHUYSEN
139
Jay
SHARMAN
121 0 – 1 Jason
KLIMACH
137
walkover . 1 – 0 forfeit  

An entertaining evening of chess. Jason had a very sharp Sicilian from which he came out better. A good win for Andrew but Anthony and Gideon were under pressure from the opening. Tom was doing very well on board one but missed opportunities to win and bailed out for a draw by repetition with the clocks on under a minute left.

For the two adjourned games, from a quick glance Neville’s game looks a draw at best. There is a lot of play left in Julian’s game so there is still a faint hope of getting something from the match but a the lack of a full team is once again hurting.

Another Essex League disappointment

Essex Chess League  – Division 2
Monday 25th March

ILFORD  1.5 – 6.5 BRENTWOOD

Ilford white on odd boards

GradeIlford 1ScoreBrentwood 1Grade
166Tom
BARTON
½ – ½Trevor
COOTE
184
166Hassan
MUGALU
0 – 1Ron
ADAMS
165
168Neville
TWITCHELL
½ – ½Malcolm
KINGSLEY
161
153Anthony
KENT
½ – ½Gavin
HUGHES
158
131Lavanan
AINKARAN
0 – 1Aidan
McGEE
138
132Jef
PAGE
0 – 1Rob
DAVIES
129
96Marshall
TUTU
0 – 1Chris
PHILLIPS
106
.default0 – 1David
D’CRUZ

Another disappointing drubbing for Ilford in the Essex league. Ilford started a default down but the average grade on the remaining boards was 144 to 148 so could have hoped for better than three draws. Tom took an early draw after deciding to avoid a very sharp line an instead bottling the position up. Hassan came under a strong attack and couldn’t hold out; Neville drew in a rook, knight and pawn endgame and Anthony also drew despite being an exchange down. On the bottom boards Jef came unstuck after Rob Davies played an exchange sac; Marshall was holding under positional pressure but it all fell apart in the time scramble and Lavanan lost his king and pawn endgame.

The battle on board 4
Board 7

Another loss in the London League

London League Division 2
Ilford 1 … 2.5 – 4.5 Lewisham 1 Three games adjourned
Ilford white on odd boards
20 March 2019
Report – Tom Barton

Ilford 1
GRADESCORELewisham 1GRADE
Tom
Barton
166½ – ½ Dimitrios
Kolomvas
174
Julian
Hudson
176AdjMartin
Gruau
178
Gideon
Vecht
1601 – 0 Jude
Ranga
177
Neville
Twitchell
174½ – ½Sydney J
Jacob
163
Aidan
Corish
1560 – 1 John P
Allen
163
Gary
Thurston
163AdjTim
Gluckman
165
Anthony
Kent
1510 – 1 Mike
Roberts
e160
Malcolm
Gesthuysen
139AdjChris M
Brown
143
Jef
Page
139½ – ½Martin
Stewart
157
forfeit0 – 1 walkover

We are down 2.5 – 4.5 with three games adjourned in this match. The only win was for Gideon who is doing well in the London League but he tells me his other results are not so good! On the other boards chances were very limited. Neville took an early draw. Both Jef and I didn’t come out of the opening well and couldn’t get beyond draws. Anthony was under queenside pressure which told in the end. Aidan had chances but lost in the time scramble. There are three adjourned games but we are a pawn down in two so it looks unlikely we will get a positive result. A disappointing performance against one of the weaker clubs!

Drubbing by table-topping Imperial in the London League

London League Division 2 – Imperial 7.5 – 2.5 Ilford
March 7 2019
Report – Tom Barton

Imperial 1 GRADE SCORE Ilford 1 GRADE
Li tian
Yeoh
e240 1 – 0 Tom
Barton        
166
Constantin
Mueller
224 1 – 0 Julian
Hudson   
176
Paul
Dargan
201 ½ – ½ Gideon
Vecht
160
Aluna
Rizzoli
180 ½ – ½ Neville
Twitchell
174
Francesco
Salerno
180 1 – 0 Anthony
Kent
151
Luke J
Barron
170 ½ – ½ Gary
Thurston
163
Elliot CM
Macneil
160 0 – 1 Andrew
Medworth
146
Juan Manuel
Arteaga
152 1 – 0 Jef
Page
139
Walkover   1 – 0 default  
Walkover   1 – 0 default  

No surprise in this loss against table topping Imperial especially given Ilford had only eight players and the mean grade of the 8 playing was 188 to 159 in Imperial’s favour. Andrew had a good win with a nice combination to seal it. A good draw for Gideon against a 201 and also a half for Neville who has been struggling for results.



Essex League Win!

Ilford 1 …. 5-3 ….. Upminster 2
Essex Div 2, 4 March 2019
Report by Jef Page

GradeIlford 1ScoreUpminster 2Grade
166Tom
BARTON
½ – ½Les
CRANE
157
168Neville
TWITCHELL
0 – 1Steve
KELSEY
174
166Hassan
MUGALU
½ – ½Aidan
CORISH
151
153Anthony
KENT
½ – ½Robert
IANNETTA
156
137Jason
KLIMACH
1 – 0 Steve
ABBOTT
141
138Syd
KALINSKY
1 – 0 Mustapha
RAHAMAN
140
132Jef
PAGE
1 – 0 Peter
BIGGS
124
96Marshall
TUTU
½ – ½Nick
PELLING
120

A good win for Ilford which lifts us off the bottom of Essex division 2 and up the table (for the moment). This was a rare win in the old Ilford style: holding the top boards but scoring 3½ out of 4 on the lower ones. From not being sure if I had a full team on Sunday to even having a reserve available on Monday.

Upminster’s top board Les Crane plays for Ilford in the London League (LL). Tom was put under pressure by his Schliemann defence but played nicely to win R for B but well down on the clock he was content enough to take a draw. Similarly on board 3 Aidan also plays for us in the LL and he calmly held his game together against Hassan. Iannetta forced Tony Kent to defend with his pieces unable to break-out and advance, but Robert was unable to break in as Tony defended accurately.

Marshall arrived late giving away 30 minutes on this clock but easily held old member Nick Pelling. Biggs’s opening was poor and I should have won a piece with all my bits developed nicely. But I allowed him to wriggle on and as the board cleared I made no mistake a 2nd time and won a Bishop. Kalinsky always had the better development against Rahaman and similarly Jason won well, but on board 2 Neville can’t buy a win at the moment with Steve Kelsey mopping up the ending with Rook and winning pawns versus Knight plus pawns.

Ilford next face division 2 leaders Brentwood on March 25th.

Current league positions: Brentwood, Upminster II, Ilford, Loughton, Barking II, Wanstead III.

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.