NCCL – An Ilford score of two halves

North Circular Chess League   DIVISION A
Ilford 1½ – 4½  Chingford I
29 October 2018

An Ilford score of two halves: the top half good, the bottom half bad.

Neville has had some good wins over Gavin Hughes but this time Gavin found a better defence and held. Tony played well to gain a half and Tom almost won a R&P endgame against Brady. Tom played well, until he was a pawn up, then it got shaky as Brady’s play sharpened up and he clawed the pawn back and secured a draw.

Syd won a pawn but couldn’t hold on, I blundered in the endgame when running out of time also a pawn up with a good position, and Brian Spear made short work of Marshall. We let this match slip away too easily as we should have made the score much closer.

Jef Page.

Ilford 1 Grade Result Chingford 1 Grade
Neville TWITCHELL 174 ½-½ Gavin HUGHES 157
Tom BARTON 166 ½-½ David BRADY 156
Anthony KENT 151 ½-½ Peter ROSE 158
Syd KALINSKY 141 0-1 Peter BURGOYNE 152
Jef PAGE 139 0-1 Robin OAKLEY 145
Marshall TUTU 94 0-1 Brian SPEAR 146

Third loss in a row in the London League

Metropolitan 1    7.5 – 1.5    Ilford 1        with 1 Adjourned
London League D2 – 25 October 2018

Lacking three boards for a full team it was no surprise that Ilford lost this match. Good draws for Les, Anthony and Aidan. Julian’s adjourned position doesn’t look too good – see below.

A full team is required for the next match!

Tom Barton

  Metropolitan 1 GRADE SCORE Ilford 1 GRADE
1 David Norton 198 1 – 0 Tom Barton             (b) 166
2 Tanguy Defleselle 198 Adj Julian Hudson         (w) 176
3 Ian Calvert 177 ½ – ½ Les Crane 156
4 Adam Bedi 166 ½ – ½ Anthony Kent 151
5 Adam Squibbs 174 ½ – ½ Aidan Corish 156
6 Soumen Roy 172 1 – 0 Jef Page 139
7 Fraser Lees 164 1 – 0 Jason Klimach 137
8 Walkover   1 – 0 Forfeit  
9 Walkover   1 – 0 Forfeit  
10 Walkover   1 – 0 Forfeit  
  Total   7½ – 1½    

Adjournment   Hudson – Defleselle – white to play


Julian considers his next move


Ilford wiped out of Lawrance Cup by Barnet

NCCL Lawrance Cup:  Ilford 1-7 Barnet
Two game rapidplay match as b&w, 30 minutes each per game.
Monday 22 October 2018

Short and not very sweet. Barnet arrived at Ilford with a very strong team and wiped us out of the Cup. It may not be our top priority this season but still disappointing.

The only Ilford player to ruin a consistent nil score for all of us was Tom who won well in round 1.

We now settle back to league matches.

Jef Page.

Ilford Grade Rnd 1 Rnd 2 Barnet Grade
Neville Twitchell 174 0 – 1 0 – 1 Roy Sagall 195
Tom Barton 166 1 – 0 0 – 1 Alex Ethelontis 197
Anthony Kent 151 0 – 1 0 – 1 Jon Rubeck 168
Jef Page 139 0 – 1 0 – 1 Philip Myers 158
1 – 3 0 – 4

Close match against Cavendish

Cavendish 2 v Ilford 1
London League – 18 Oct 2018

A good performance from the team but a disappointing result as Ilford missed out on getting the first London League match point of the season, losing 5.5 – 4.5.

Cavendish had strength right down to the bottom board with an average grade of 174 compared Ilford’s 163. There were early results with Neville and Tom winning and Les and David losing. The bottom three boards, who were most out-graded, all played solidly and held for draws with Anthony having the best chances for something more. Those results left the match all square with three games to go. Chris was slowly out-manoeuvred by Kanwal in a tricky game (no doubt Chris, as the ECF Director of Women’s Chess, was delighted to be playing female opposition…) but Ilford had hopes for both Julian and Gary’s games. Gary had an edge in his game and as player’s often do, spent time looking for a way to break through but unfortunately at the cost of putting himself under time pressure and losing coming up to the time control. So despite Julian converting his advantage with a win Ilford lost the match.

  Cavendish 2 GRADE SCORE Ilford 1 GRADE
1 Kanwal K. Bhatia         (w) 187 1 – 0 Chris Fegan 187
2 David Friedgood           (b) 186 0 – 1 Julian Hudson 176
3 Michael Crichton 173 0 – 1 Tom Barton 166
4 Anthony C.P. Milnes 177 0 – 1 Neville Twitchell 174
5 Barry N. Green 168 1 – 0 David Millward 164
6 Philip J. Gregory 175 1 – 0 Gary Thurston 163
7 Michael St J. Brown 165 1 – 0 Les Crane 156
8 Stewart Reuben 174 ½ – ½ Anthony Kent 151
9 Chris C. Sherwood 164 ½ – ½ Aidan Corish 156
10 Howard J. Waterman 168 ½ – ½ Jef Page 139
  Total   5½ – 4½    

Disappointing Defeat to Wanstead


Wanstead won the toss- White on odd boards.

Wanstead House, Tuesday 9 October, 7.30pm

Board Wanstead III 4½-3½ Ilford
1 151A Jones, Keith 1-0 Twitchell, Neville H 174B
2 147B Burtt, Laurie 1-d Mugalu, Hassan 164A
3 144A Siddo, Charlton ½-½ Kent, Anthony R 151A
4 143A Collyer, Alex 0-1 Klimach, Jason W 137C
5 140D Lu, Andy W H 1-0 Kalinsky, Syd M 141A
6 131A Smith, David ½-½ Page, Jeffrey 139B
7 131A Haddock, Paul 0-1 Ainkaran, Lavanan 127C
8 108d Barman, Devdoot ½-½ Tutu, Marshall 094D

Wanstead won the toss and were White on odd boards.

(Edited from Jef’s notes)

A poor start to the season for Ilford,though there were some very good personal results.

Anthony Kent set up a good position with an advanced passed pawn but fearing it might fall took a draw. However, this quick draw was immediately followed up as we levelled the match score when Haddock sacrificed a Bishop to try to drive Lavanan’s King out into the open. But when Ainkaran offered to swap Queen’s, Haddock naturally declined- fatally overlooking a simple Q back-rank mate in just 17 moves! Jef did well to hold off Dave Smith’s control of the a-file, but then counter-attacked against his K with Q, R & B which he only just managed to stave off as jef sought for the mate.

Neville Twitchell got into a tangle losing doubled c-pawns from which he never recovered as Jones followed up with a Q, Rook & Knight attack, whilst Kalinsky pushed Lu hard and won a piece but as time ran out, Syd unfortunately blundered in a flurry of moves. Jason did well to defeat Collyer, but probably the best result of the night for us was Marshall who, after working late & rushing to Wanstead, had to give up over 40 minutes on the clock. He still managed to play calmly enough to secure a Rook and pawn endgame draw.

Thanks to everyone who played, and a welcome and timely return to matches from Neville, Lavanan & Marshall.



London League Opens with a Loss

Ilford 1 v Kings Head 2
Wednesday 3 October 2018

An inauspicious start to the season as we have lost the opening match 2.5 – 5.5 with two games adjourned. Having conceded two boards from the start a result for us was unlikely, I lost early on which didn’t help and on the boards played we were a point down with two adjourned both of which favour the opposition. See the adjourned positions below.

The only positive from the evening was Neville’s first game for us in a while which he won in style.

Tom Barton

Ilford 1 GRADE SCORE Kings Head 2 GRADE
Tom Barton 166 0 – 1 Jim Falzarano 175
Julian Hudson 176 Adj Colin Mackenzie 184
David Millward 164 ½ – ½ Joel Bird 177
Neville Twitchell 174 1 – 0 David Whitehead 173
Aidan Corish 156 0 – 1 Alex Bourke 155
Anthony Kent 151 ½ – ½ Richard Dunn 141
Jason Klimach 137 ½ – ½ Richard Balatoni 122
Jef Page 139 Adj Neil Tomkin 135
Forfeit 0 – 1 Walkover
Forfeit 0 – 1 Walkover

Adjourned position Hudson – Mackenzie. Black has sealed.


Adjourned position Page – Tomkin. Black has sealed.



Essex Summer Rapidplay Knockout – Plate Final

At Wanstead House, 13.9.18.  Report by Jef Page.
2 games as b&w, 30 minutes each. Wanstead won the toss, white on odds Round 1.


    Rnd 1 Rnd 2    
189 John H HODGSON 1-0 1-0 Neville TWITCHELL 156 (r)
185 DaveSPEARMAN ½ ½ Tom BARTON 161 (r)
179 Steve RIX 1-0 1-0 Hassan MUGALU 151 (r)
154 Paul BARCLAY ½ ½ Anthony KENT 145 (r)
138 David SMITH 1-0 ½ Syd KALINSKY 158 (r)

Both the main competition, won by Barking beating Writtle, and our match took, place in the same room in Wanstead House. We were never in with a chance against Wanstead as they were too strong for us on the top boards. I couldn’t even win the coin toss for white on board 1 in round 1.

The match was effectively lost in Round 1. Barclay offered a quick grandmaster draw in a blocked Stonewall type of position and Anthony accepted. Kalinsky put in a strong attack but ignored his defence and allowed his Queen to be pinned against his King whilst Mugalu, pressing forward with a pawn advance, blundered it away and lost the R&P ending.

Round 2 was tighter but we were never close to overturning a 4-1 deficit. Tony wouldn’t risk opening up the position against Barclay and so again took a draw. Hassan lost control of his h- file and Rix’s Rooks invaded to win the R&P ending and Neville found John Hodgson too strong and whilst Nev’s opening development was good, as John levelled in the middle game Neville ran out of time. Our real star of the evening was Tom who in both games calmly stopped Spearman’s probing attacks with excellent defence.

A very disappointing night for Ilford with no winners of games amongst us. Reinforcements needed!

Jef Page.