Athenaeum 2 v Ilford London Division 2 Wednesday 3rd May 2017
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
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.
- NEVILLE TWITCHELL ½ KEVIN BOWMER 179
- TOM BARTON 0-1 BILL STIRLING 175
- ANTHONY KENT 0-1 BRIAN SPEAR 151
- SYD KALINSKY 1-0 GRAHAM KERSHAW 139
- JASON KLIMACH 1-0 SIMON MOTH 139
- JEF PAGE 0-1 KEN GROCE 139
- UMAR YUNIS 0-1 MARTIN VAN TOL 132
- LAVANAN AINKARAN 1-0 J NEWBY 118
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.
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
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
- 158 C.Ramage ½-½ N.Twitchell 172
- 151 K.Clow ½-½ T.Barton 170
- 140 G.Ansari 0-1 S.Kalinsky 148
- 137 V.Chtym 0-1 J.Klimach 147
- 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 .
Although out-graded across the boards the London side had a very good performance this evening to lead 5-4 against D2 second placed Cavendish 2. Neville’s adjourned game has him a pawn down but with opposite coloured bishops there are drawing chances.
1 J. T. Farrand 175 ½ – ½ Paolo Casaschi (b) 175
2 P. J. Gregory 178 Adj Neville Twitchell 173
3 B. N. Green 181 0 – 1 Kevin D White 172
4 A. Scrimgour 181 1 – 0 Tom Barton 167
5 C. C. Sherwood 173 0 – 1 David Millward 166
6 S. Reuben 170 0 – 1 Gary Thurston E164
7 M. St. J. Brown 177 ½ – ½ Les Crane 165
8 H. J. Waterman 173 ½ – ½ Julian Hudson 154
9 D. Wright 170 1 – 0 Aidan Corish 159
10 A.C.P. Milnes 167 ½ – ½ Anthony Kent 153
Neville’s adjournment position. Black to move – Gregory has sealed.
Neville considers his adjournment position
Kevin closing in on his win
David also heading for victory
Loughton forms part of the so-called ‘Golden Triangle’ where Essex Celebrities live, but after this match it felt more like the Bermuda Triangle.
Essex Chess League Division 2
At Loughton, 15th March 2017 Time Control: 80 minutes plus 10 seconds per move
LOUGHTON 7-1 ILFORD
1. 179 KEVIN BOWMER 1-0 172 NEVILLE TWITCHELL (B)
2. 175 BILL STIRLING 1-0 170 TOM BARTON
3. 158 DAVID FAULKNER ½ 153 ANTHONY KENT
4. 139 GRAHAM KERSHAW 1-0 148 SYD KALINSKY
5. 139 SIMON MOTH ½ 137 JEF PAGE
6. 139 KEN GROCE 1-0 139 GRANT GERICKE
7. 132 MARTIN VAN TOL 1-0 116 LEONARDO STEFANONI
8. J NEWBY 1-0 Default
(From Jef’s notes) Following last week’s defeat at Southend, a poor night for Ilford as we again had a default and the games which we were winning slipped away out of our grasp. Not a single winner amongst us: Two draws do not a good evening make.
Grant, after his sparkling win at Southend, rashly sacrificed a piece against Groce’s French defense. However, he badly miscalculated as Groce was able to whisk his King out of the centre, castling to safety on the queen-side and swiftly counter attack. Leonardo had Van Tol tied up, but then also let it slip as one of his pieces got pinned and the game was lost. Kalinsky had Kershaw on the ropes as Syd attacked strongly with Queen, Rook and Knight, He sacrificed a Bishop seeking checkmate, but overlooked a back rank mate against himself.
On the top boards Tom found Bill Stirling’s Sicilian Dragon/Maroczy Bind Sicilian difficult to break down. Although it went to the endgame, Bill was able to invade with his remaining Rook to win the ending. Similarly, Neville had Bowmer’s pieces swarming all over him and likewise was overwhelmed at the end, relying on the 10 second’s per move at the finish. Anthony Kent defended well to earn his half, and likewise Jef held his position together facing doubled Rooks and the possible fatal loss of a pawn. He managed to swap pieces off to a Knight and 6 pawns level ending.
Return match against Loughton in Early April. Hopefully we can finish the Essex season in style.
Tense finish on top board
Essex Chess League, Division 2 10th March 2017
SOUTHEND I 5½ -2½ ILFORD
179 HOWARD GRIST 1-0 NEVILLE TWITCHELL 172
180 NEIL SUTHERLAND 0-1 TOM BARTON 170
175 MATTHEW SHAW ½ SYD KALINSKY 148
169 CHRISTIAN WESTRAP 1-0 JEF PAGE 137
163 STEVE WEDLOCK 0-1 GRANT GERICKE 139
150 DENIS DARTNELL 1-0 NICK PELLING 116
145 MICHAEL SAUNDERS 1-0 LEONARDO STEFANONI 116
131 COLIN NEWTON 1-0 default
(From Jef’s notes). Not our best evening at the seaside having arrived a man short. We were always behind in the match, though there was an excellent win from Grant Gericke.
Leonardo lost a knight very quickly and was soon lost, but Neville had Grist on the ropes. But from there on it all went somewhat pear-shaped for Ilford. Jef wriggled out of Westrap’s attack and put in a fierce counter-attack getting both Queen and Rook to the 7th. Unfortunately, he could not quite find the right moves as time ran out. Then, Neville lost his grip on Grist’s position and blundered away the endgame. Pelling likewise could not hold a Bishop and pawns ending.
Syd did well to stay level with Shaw whilst Neil Sutherland lost a Rook for a Bishop and the game against Tom Barton’s Sicilian opening. Grant won a Knight against Wedlock and then Gericke’s own 2 Knights & Queen hopped over the board to checkmate Wedlock.
This now leave Southend with a clear blue water for a run at winning division 2 and promotion to the top flight.
Ilford all at sea.
Essex Chess League Div 2 Monday 27th February, 7.30pm
Redbridge Social Centre. Barking white on odds.
ILFORD 5½ – 2½ BARKING II
1. NEVILLE TWITCHELL 172 ½ COLIN RAMAGE 158
2. TOM BARTON 170 1-0 KEN CLOW 151
3. ANTHONY KENT 153 ½ MIKE CRESSWELL 138
4. JASON KLIMACH 147 ½ GHOlAMREZA ANSARI 140
5. SYD KALINSKY 148 ½ VLADIMIR CHYTM 137
6. JEF PAGE 137 1-0 ROBERT STEBBINGS 113
7. GRANT GERICKE 139 ½ TONY LOH 105
8.LEONARDO STEFANONI 116 1-0 ALEX BOWHILL 86
A good result for Ilford against Barking: 5 draws and 3 wins so no Ilford players lost (edited from Jef’s notes).
It’s been an exceptional period for Ilford since November. Ilford have been unbeaten in the Essex League (played 5, won 5) and the North Circular League, where having played 10 so far this season, won 7, drew 3- still unbeaten.
The match started well for us and we were never losing. Bowhill’s Caro Kann was quickly demolished as Leonardo soon caught Alex in a classical smothered mate (not quite a miniature, but only 17 moves)- something rarely seen over the board in a match. Kalinsky played a neat opening and won a pawn, but having to nurse 2 sets of doubled pawns of his own proved too much, and Vladimir Chytm adroitly tied Syd down. On the top boards, Ramage v Twitchell played into a level middle game. Anthony Kent had a very tame Black Lion and could not make any progress. Klimach had an interesting accelerated Dragon, but again honours even. Tpm Barton made his space advantage tell. He won a pawn against Ken Clow’s Sicilian and with a queenside majority, Tom cleverly sacrificed a Rook for a Knight and another pawn, to push his passed pawns home to victory. The oddest game of the night was Grant Gericke’s. He won a Knight playing the Modern Defense but then missed the chance to win a Bishop as well. This proved costly as suddenly Loh went pawns ahead and began to push them up the board. Both players were desperately short of time & rushing their moves, and Tony tried to checkmate Grant with a Rook, Bishop and King, only to blunder and stalemate Grant- so only a draw. Jef always had Stebbings under pressure. He declined Jef’s Morra Gambit, but Jef obtained a strong queenside position and with a knight dug in on b6 hampering his development won a Rook for a Knight, quickly wrapped the ending.
This puts us back on top of division 2 but only because we’ve played one more match than our nemesis Southend who are 2nd.
The clash on Boards 1 & 2, Boards 3 & 4, and 7 & 8.