Loss in London League to Hammersmith

Ilford 1 2.5 – 7.5 Hammersmith 1
30 Jan 2019 – London League Div 2
Tom Barton

Ilford 1 GRADE SCORE Hammersmith 1 GRADE
Tom Barton  166 0 – 1 Chris Skulte 188
Julian Hudson  176 1 – 0 Carsten Pedersen 197
Gideon Vecht 160 0 – 1 Thomas Bonn 193
Neville Twitchell 174 ½ – ½ Bajrush Kelmendi 190
Les Crane 156 0 – 1 Sylvian Eche 190
Aidan Corish 156 0 – 1 Marios Kouis 180
Anthony Kent 151 0 – 1 James AB Stevenson 174
Malcolm Gesthuysen 139 0 – 1 Paul Kennedy 159
Jason Klimach 137 1 – 0 Pavel Nefyodov 154
Jef Page 139 0 – 1 Charles Sturt 136

Ilford were heavily outgraded (average grades of 176.1 to 155.4) in this match so a positive result was unlikely and so it transpired. Good wins for Julian and Jason. Julian caught his opponent in the opening and was always winning. The other games were well contested but apart from Neville’s draw we failed to pick up any other points.

Five games to finish towards the end of the evening…

A welcome win in the Essex League

Essex Chess League Division 2
Monday 21st January
Report by Jef Page


166 Tom
½ Colin
172 (w)
174 Neville
1-0 Ken
145  (b)
164 Hassan
1-0 K.
151 Anthony
½ Gholamreza
141 Syd
1-0 John
137 Jason
1-0 George
127 Lavanan
1-0 Vladimir
094 Marshall
0-1 M.

Ilford made some slight improvements for this return home match against Barking II, like putting out a stronger team, tweaking the board order and not having a default this time. If we can solve these little problems consistently we can do far better. And again the luxury of being non-playing captain- for 2 matches in a row. Amazing!

The match stated well for us as Neville’s good development allowed him to sac’ a pawn to pressurize Clow’s position and when Ken overlooked an undefended knight the game didn’t last much longer. Kent & Ansari agreed a quick grandmaster draw but Ramage began to put pressure on Barton’s centre and queenside. Taking the top spot for a change to give Neville a rest, Tom held his concentration and calmly did enough to hold his position together.

On the lower boards we overwhelmed Barking winning 3 of the bottom 4. Kalinsky always had the better of Figgins and a strong K-side attack won Syd a bishop. Lavanan likewise set up a strong pawn-centre and after he won a knight, with queen, rook and extra knight he mated Chtym. Klimach won an errant pawn and so dominated the opening and after wiping out George’s queen-side pawns raced one of his own home to victory although George rather gave it away tamely allowing his extra king-side pawn to be easily captured. Mugalu finally won a game for Ilford but Polak also rather gave it away as well wasting his strong queen-side pawn attack sacrificing rook for knight and then losing on time. Our only loser was Tutu who whilst he won a knight had opened up files against his castled K-side position and as he was well down on the clock found it too difficult to avoid losing.

Brentwood lead division 2 followed by Upminster II and Loughton. This result takes us off the bottom in our efforts to avoid relegation – for the moment at least.

Heavy Defeat Against Strong Barnet Team

North Circular Chess League, Division A, 16 January 2019
Barnet  5½-½  Ilford
Report by Jef Page

Grade BARNET  5½ – ½   ILFORD Grade
209        T GAVRIEL 1-0  JULIAN HUDSON  176 (w)
195          R SAGALL 1-0  TOM BARTON 168
168          J RUBECK   ½  TONY KENT 151
158           P MYERS 1-0  SYD KALINSKY 141
125          M JONES 1-0  MALCOLM GESTHUYSEN 139

The rare luxury  of being non-playing captain wasn’t worth anything as Ilford suffered a grim night against a very strong team.

The match started badly for us as Malcolm Gesthuysen played into a poor opening but worse, suffered a quick defeat in barely 13 moves as Mike Jones checkmated him with just rook and knight. This was followed by Julian Hudson allowing Gavriel to swiftly bring his queen into the attack and then Julian erred badly missing a check that cost him a rook and the game. Ethelontis and Sagall both had good positions and wore down their opponents. Neville could never break out of his cramped position and Tom held on into the endgame as well but a final passed pawn left Sagall a clear winner.

Only 2 of our players had plus positions. Kalinsky’s delayed King’s Gambit type opening and development was fine but he lost control and a knight. Rubeck sac’ed a bishop for a rook which gained him no advantage but Tony Kent had to take care and with time running short on both clocks they agreed draw.

 We are still seeking our first match win in the North Circular League this season.

Jef Page.

Heavy concentration on the endgame between Ethelontis and Twitchell
Draw agreed as time runs out on board 4.

Close match against strong Barking team

North Circular Chess League   Division A
Monday 7th January
Report by Jef Page

At 7pm I had a full team but at 7.15 I found I had lost a player so again we started a match a player down. But even with this default Barking, with a strong team out, only just scraped by us 2½ – 3½

GradeIlford 1ScoreBarking 1Grade
0 – 1Jeff
½ – ½Peter
½ – ½John WHITE170
1 – 0Colin
139Jef PAGE½ – ½John
default 0 – 1Ken CLOW

I and Figgins played into a dismal Alekhine’s opening where Queen’s are swapped off early with no advantage to either of us. But for here on the games got tasty. 

Colin Ramage went rampaging into Klimach’s Sicilian defence with a Morra Gambit Accepted but Jason blocked off the loose c-file and with Colin losing his way trying to find a winning K-side attack, Jason picked off enprise pieces. Syd played well to hold off John White who even with two outside passed pawns couldn’t force them home in a R&P endgame. Jeff Goldberg managed to isolate Neville’s c-pawn and whilst Neville held on, Jeff ground out an endgame win.

The match result hinged on Tom’s game when he wriggled out of awkward position to win a knight for a couple of pawns. But trying to force his own passed pawn home he lost it and then was reduced to having his knight halt the progress of Jaskwiskyj’s own passed pawn and whilst a draw was a good result for Tom it couldn’t save the match.

No Christmas presents at Chingford!

North Circular Chess League – 17 December 2018
Based on report by Jef Page

1 – 0Syd Kalinsky141
156David Brady1 – 0Jason
158Peter Rose1 – 0Jef Page139
1 – 0default
146Brian Spear1 – 0default

Another grim night for Ilford with no Christmas gifts from Chingford as they turned out their top player. Unfortunately, although I had a full team in the morning, by match time one player failed to arrive and Tom Barton was ill so everyone moved up a board.

Kalinsky got a good position out of the opening against Gavin Hughes- they only played each other last week – but lost a  Bishop, and then Jason lost a pawn to Brady and Klimach’s knight sacrifice to threaten mate got nowhere.

Only I and Neville really put our opponents under pressure. Burgoyne put me in glue in the opening but when I finally broke out to counter-attack with Queen &Bishop I chased his King out to g6, however, with no time left and no defence left around my own King, a slight inaccuracy allowed him to checkmate me. Twitchell playing really well got the better of Eames and as both raced to queen a pawn and win a Rook & pawn endgame, Neville had more than enough to secure his half.

A tough end to 2018.

Essex League: Battered in Brentwood

Division 2
Date: Tuesday 11 December 2018
Venue: Brentwood Baptist Church

Board    Brentwood                       6½-1½ Ilford
1              235 Haydon, David          1-0        Twitchell, Neville 174
2              165 Adams, Ronald F     ½-½    Barton, Tom  166
3              159 Kingsley, Malcolm P 1-0      Kent, Anthony R 151
4              157 Hughes, Gavin J        ½-½    Kalinsky, Syd M 141
5               128 Davies, Robert J V      1-0      Page, Jeffrey 139
6               115 McGee, Aidan            ½-½    Tutu, Marshall 094
7               106 Fisher, Russell            1-0       Pakovlevas, Aleksandras
8               89 D’Cruz, David                1-d      Default

“Been beat up and battered ’round, Been sent up, and I’ve been shot down (Travelling Willburys, ‘Handle With Care’)    

(from Jef’s notes) A poor night for Ilford, and not so surprising a win for Brentwood- with only a slight discrepency in the grades of the players on board 1! Another default to contend with- again… Neville had a tough time against Haydon which went into the endgame with Haydon 2 Bishops & 4 pawns up against Twitchell’s lone, overworked Rook and a single pawn. Anthony lost control of the opening leading to a quick win for Kingsley, and likewise Fisher rounded up many of Pakovlevas’s pieces for a rapid victory. After a good opening, Jef blundered and allowed ex-Ilford member Rob Davies to trap and win his Bishop leading to a forced win for Rob.

Tom seemed to have Adams on the ropes but he defended adroitly to hold, whilst Syd attacked Gavin Hughes really hard and forced him, in a very sharp attack, to give up his Queen for 2 Rooks but again good defence held. Our most improved player Marshall arrived straight from work 30 minute late, but he played calmly as McGee could find no gaps to exploit and Tutu easily held for a deserved draw.

It’s a credit and compliment to us that Brentwood felt compelled to pull in a 230+ player to beat us (some sort of consolation?). But we need to find some match wins soon. Thanks to everyone who played- especially Marshall.

So, 1 win from 4 away matches. Now, 5 of the 6 remaining Essex matches in the new year are at home. Hopefully we can get full 8 man teams for all the home games and things will look up! 

London League: First Win of the season!

(Edited from Tom’s notes) Against Hackney 2, we won the match on the evening 6-3, with one game adjourned. A welcome game point at the fifth attempt this season with a big welcome to our new players Gideon and Andrew! Ilford White on odds.

1         Zoltan Kovacs 178  0-1  Kevin D White 174  
2         Piro Balluglo 174  adj   Julian Hudson 176
3         Paul Conway 168 1/2 Tom A Barton 166
4        John Tennyson 166  1-0   Neville H Twitchell 174
5        Jeff Leung 165        1/2 Gideon Vecht 160
6         Salim Kriman 158    1-0 Gary Thurston 163
7         Emyr Jones 149  0-1 Leslie J Crane 156
8       Ramon J Jose 151   0-1 Anthony R Kent 151
9       James Corrigan 14  0-1 Aidan T Corish 156
10     Geoff Gunby 132    0-1 Andrew Medworth 146
Mean grading Home team: 159   Away team: 162.2 Δ = -3.2
match result: 3 — 6
with 1 game adjourned on board two

The teams were pretty evenly matched and the board positions see-sawed during the evening. Early results were wins for Les (in 11 moves against the French Defence!) and Aidan , and a loss for Neville. Gideon had an interesting Scotch Gambit and in a tricky position accepted a half. Tom also halved in a gummed up position. Gary has an unfortunate habit of getting himself into time-trouble and did it again tonight. Anthony won with a checkmate, and with Andrew winning a long endgame with knight and 2 pawns v knight, giving us five points. The final result depended on the top two boards and with Julian struggling it all depended on Kevin’s game which went back and forth. In the time scramble at the end, his position went from worse to winning thus securing the points. A welcome return to the team by Kevin!n the meantime I wish you all a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Season’s Greetings and best wishes for a Happy New Year,

boards 3, 4 and 5

Complications on top board
Key win in the endgame for Andrew on board 10