NCCL: Ilford beat Loughton to win division and promotion

Redbridge Social Centre 5th June 2017

ILFORD                            4½-½   LOUGHTON II
ANTHONY KENT            1-0       SIMON MOTH b 139
SYD KALINSKY               1-0       MARTIN VAN TOL w 132
JASON KLIMACH             ½       B JONES b
GRANT GERICKE            1-0      GORDON CLARKE w 101

(based on Jef’s notes)


Uncork the champagne, spray it around, book the open-topped charabanc.

After an exceptionally long chess league campaign of 16 matches: won 12, drew 3, lost only 1, we had hoped we would go through the season unbeaten as the new Invincibles. But, we didn’t quite make that. But still a great entry into this new NCCL venue for us. We overwhelmed Loughton, who have proved troublesome in the past, and did the double over them by the same score. None of our players was losing, though Grant Gericke wriggled out of a difficult Schliemann opening to trap Clarke’s Bishop and from here he quickly checkmated Gordon. Jason Klimach had the advantage against Jones Caro-Kann, with pressure down the e-file with doubled-rooks and Queen. But despite a stronger centre, he took a draw as time was short.



The top three games were all interesting, with two of them, boards 1 & 3, being long drawn-out endgame studies showing good technique. Groce had some advantage in the opening but Neville won a pawn & marched it up the board, protected by his Rook, to promote to a queen.

Likewise Syd also was a pawn ahead and to advanced his King, Rook and rook’s pawn to victory.


Anthony Kent’s opening was fairly typical: few pieces exchanged and none venturing past the 4th rank. But when he brought his Queen & Knights into the fray they arrived with force, and came up with a delightful Knight sac’ to finish the game with an unstoppable mate. (After black played ..h6, white went Ng3 to h5.)


So we finished top: 1st Ilford 27 points, 2nd Chingford 25, 3rd Barking 19 pts, with Barnet, Enfield & Wanstead trailing behind.

Top players include: Neville Twitchell 9½/12, Syd Kalinsky 8½/13, Jef Page 6/9, Leonardo Stefanoni 5½/6  Anthony Kent 4/8. Full stats will be available for our AGM.

As champions we will be promoted into the A division next year- up with the big boys. But there is also scope for us to enter a new team in this league to give all of our members a regular game.


Ilford level in season’s final London League match


Wanstead arrived at the match yesterday with promotion to D1 secure but wanting a win to finish top of division 2. Another good performance by the out-graded Ilford team sees the match all square with Gary’s position adjourned.

  Wanstead & Woodford 1 GRADE SCORE Ilford 1 GRADE
1 D. Spearman 194 ½ – ½ Paolo Casachi         (b) 175
2 J. Boardman 187 1 – 0 Neville Twitchell    (w) 173
3 P. Bancroft 175 0 – 1 Kevin D White 172
4 D. I. Reynolds 175 0 – 1 Tom Barton 167
5 S. Rix 174 1 – 0 David Millward 166
6 I. D. Hunnable 174 Adj Gary Thurston e164
7 T. Whitton 166 ½ – ½ Aidan Corish 159
8 L. Marden 173 ½ – ½ Julian Hudson 154
9 P. Staniland 166 ½ – ½ Anthony Kent 153
10 P. Barclay 162 ½ – ½ Jason W Klimach 148
Total 4½ – 4½

The last game in the last match of the season goes to adjournment. Ian Hunnable (Wanstead, on the left) considers his sealed move against Gary.


The adjourned position, Ian Hunnable (Wanstead) has sealed his next move as black.


NCL – Home win against Barking

Monday 22nd May 2017   North Circular Chess League Division B,  Redbridge Social Centre

ILFORD  3½-1½ BARKING II (Barking had White on odd boards as the away team.)
ANTHONY KENT          ½ KEN CLOW b 151
SYD KALINSKY              ½ G ANSARI 140
JASON KLIMACH         1-0 TONY LOH 105

From Jef’s Notes

A good night for Ilford which keeps us top of Division B. We were always leading in the match and we did well to hold the three top boards and win the bottom two.
Alex Bowhill caught Tutu with a Knight fork of both of Marshall’s Rook’s which he’d overlooked, so winning a Rook for a Knight. But then Alex blundered his advantage away by losing a Bishop and worse, managed to get his King caught in a net and was checkmated by Marshall’s Queen & Bishop. This was followed up by Jason Klimach who held the advantage from the opening and having chased Loh’s King down to b3 (!), mated him with Rook, Knight & pawns. So 2-nil up and rolling.
On the top boards it wasn’t so easy. Kent’s white-side of a Reversed Leningrad Dutch (or Bird’s) Defence looked like glue and with few bits exchanged a draw was agreed. Kalinsky had to grapple with a ‘Fried Liver’ type of attack and counter-attacked strongly, but with Ansari defending adroitly Syd took a draw to seal the match win. On board 1, Twitchell won a pawn out of a Sicilian Morra Gambit Declined. But his pawn advantage was weak and as the endgame drew near, his position cost him a Bishop but fortunately Neville had won enough pawns to stop Colin Ramage gaining a win.

With one match to go we lead the division. Win our last match, against Loughton on 5th June and we are champions and promoted!

London League: Ilford lose to Dulwich


Monday – 8 May 2017

Toss won by Ilford

Starting a man short, we achieved a narrow 6-4 defeat. Good win for Kevin White with a 2 pawn advantage in a rook ending. Strong attack by Julian Hudson, and back rank mate by Jason Klimach scored 2 more wins. Now 4.5 points after 9 games.

  Dulwich 1 GRADE SCORE Ilford 1 GRADE
1 R. Randall 210 1 – 0 Paolo Casachi         (w) 175
2 A. Pridding 199 1 – 0 Neville Twitchell   (b) 173
3 G. Peeebles-Brown 169 0 – 1 Kevin D White 172
4 M.A. Seton E150 ½ – ½ Tom Barton 167
5 V. Homolka 149 ½ – ½ Les Crane 165
6 O. Morley 145 0 – 1 Julian Hudson 154
7 S. Svirvevic E140 1 – 0 Aidan Corish 159
8 M. Wooster 140 1 – 0 Anthony Kent 153
9 S. Lightbown E120 0 – 1 Jason W Klimach 148
10 Walkover   1 – 0 Forfeit  
  Total   6 – 4  

Comfortable London League Win v Athenaeum

Athenaeum 2 v Ilford   London Division 2   Wednesday 3rd May 2017


Home player


Away player

difference (Δ)


Ti Chen s176A


Kevin D White s172A



Carl J Hetherington s171B


Neville H Twitchell s173A



Geoff R Hermes s155D


Tom A Barton s167B



Charles Davie s147F


Gary Thurston es165



Steve Madden s152C


David Millward s166A



Adrian M Davies s131C


Julian Hudson s154A



Martin D Leanse s122B


Aidan T Corish s159A



Tristan Dolphin es60


Stephen J Abbott s147C



Samuel Burrows es100


Anthony R Kent s153A



Patrick Hill es70


Jeffrey Page s130B


Mean grading

Home team: 128.4

Away team: 158.6

Δ = -30.2

match result: 2.5 — 7.5

With Atheneaum on 3 points and ourselves on 3.5 points before the match, a reasonably close match was to be expected. In the event, we significantly outgraded our opponents by an average of 30 points, particularly on the lower boards.

A comfortable 7.5 = 2.5 win to Ilford.

Played 8 with 4.5 points. 3 matches to go in 2016/2017 season



Narrow defeat to Loughton

Essex Chess League  Division 2      At Redbridge, 3.April.2017

ILFORD  3½-4½ LOUGHTON             Ilford Black on odds

A poor and disappointing way to finish the Essex League season for Ilford. After a run of 5 match wins we finished with 3 straight losses: Won 6, lost 4 (twice to both Southend & Loughton), and 1 draw.

  2. TOM BARTON                 0-1  BILL STIRLING 175
  3. ANTHONY KENT            0-1  BRIAN SPEAR  151
  4. SYD KALINSKY               1-0  GRAHAM KERSHAW 139
  5. JASON KLIMACH           1-0  SIMON MOTH  139
  6. JEF PAGE                         0-1  KEN GROCE  139
  7. UMAR YUNIS                  0-1  MARTIN VAN TOL 132

Lavanan crashed into Newby’s defence winning a Rook & pawn for a Bishop and Knight and from here on never let up as he won the endgame. But conversely Yunis lost pawns and found it tough going against Van Tol.



(from Jef’s notes) Tom Barton couldn’t make any headway against Stirling’s Sicilian opening and Twitchell had to think very carefully to hold Bowmer who won a Rook for a Bishop and pawn but fortunately Neville played well to hold him back and secure a half. Moth tried to break open Klimach’s defence but Jason secured his King safely and with pawns to the good Jason forced the exchange of Queens to win the ending.


Kershaw built up a strong position against Kalinsky whose pieces seemed misplaced but unable to find the correct continuation, Gary sacrificed a piece in vain and lost the ending. The match result hinged on Kent’s game, the last to finish. Although doing well (see below) Anthony played 32..NxB? rather than maintain the tension and was unable to hold the centre as Brian Spear marched a pawn down the board to e2 backed up by a Rook and Knight.

Loughton April17

Great Thanks to both Umar Yunis and Marshall Tutu who both rushed down to the Club to cover a last minute default.
So it’s division 2 again for us next season as we have come up well short. Southend should be promoted as top if they win their last match, so at least no distant travelling to face to them away


NCL: Win at Barking – Top and Unbeaten

A good win for Ilford holding the top two boards and winning the bottom 3 where we were much stronger.

Barking 2     v Ilford  Thursday 30 March 2017

  1. 158 C.Ramage ½-½ N.Twitchell 172
  2. 151 K.Clow      ½-½ T.Barton 170
  3. 140 G.Ansari    0-1  S.Kalinsky 148
  4. 137 V.Chtym    0-1  J.Klimach 147
  5. 105 T.Loh         0-1  J.Page 137

(Jef’s notes) Tom Barton’s Sicilian Defence looked to be in jeopardy as Ken Clow had the opportunity to win a Rook. Although he went a pawn up, Tom won it back and levelled to gain a draw. Jef trapped Loh’s Queen. Syd beat Ansari by opening his King’s defence with a strong Queen, minor piece and double-Rook attack. Jason found it tougher against Chtym but Vladimir fatally loosened his grip on the position allowing Klimach to castle to safety. Even though Jason just had seconds remaining but a good pawn ahead, he easily won the Queen & pawn ending. The toughest game of the night went to Neville whose favourite Queen-pawn opening tore in Ramage’s position. Though Neville went two pawns up, he couldn’t quite make the extra pawns count as Colin defended adroitly in a Bishop of opposite colour ending.

We are now two clear points ahead at the top of the division with a game in hand, with three matches left to play .