Essex League Division 1

Ilford see off Maldon

In a tense encounter, the first ever between these two clubs, Ilford's team just succeeded in seeing off a spirited display by the Maldon players by virtue of winning the last three games to finish. Although outgraded heavily on the top 5 boards, the Maldon players kept the match level thanks to spirited play by Chris Hampton, who achieved a draw despite giving away more than 30 grading points to Jeff Goldberg, a fine win involving a rook sacrifice by Rob Harden against Bobby Payne when the British u18 Champion was also looking to deliver mate, and a well-crafted R & P endgame by Gerald Bayliss, who saw off Syd Kalinsky. Boards 1 and 2 were the longest of the match and eventually the high class of David Coleman an Jon Manley carried the day.

Meanwhile, on the lower boards, where Ilford were outgraded, it was the Maldon players who failed to take their chances. The three wins by Maldon players (Maldon's Essex league team represents an amalgam of players from different clubs playing under a "flag of convenience") represented a very satisfied carload to return to ... Witham.

Bd Ilford Grd Maldon Grd
1 David Coleman 210 1 0 Marc Brazier 173
2 Jon Manley 197 1 0 Peter Walker 152
3 Jeff Goldberg 181 ½ ½ Chris Hampton 151
4 Bobby Payne 176 0 1 Rob Harden 151
5 Syd Kalinsky 158 0 1 Gerald Bayliss 144
6 Tom Barton 153 ½ ½ Dave Pearse 143
7 Jef Page 137 0 1 Jim Steele 142
8 Ron Franklin 134 1 0 Tom Winter 140
9 Howard Berlin 112 ½ ½ Ian MacLachlan 133
10 Jason Klimach 117 1 0 Keith Cook 120
Ilford v Maldon, boards 1 - 3 Ilford v Maldon, boards 1 - 3
Marc Brazier v David Coleman, Jon Manley thinks for 30 minutes over move 7, Chris Hampton in play v Jeff Goldberg Rob Harden on his way to a sparkling win over Bobby Payne. Gerald Bayliss represented the triumph of youth over experience v Syd Kalinsky
Division 1
Pos.TeamPWDLPts.GPFGPADef.
1 Writtle 6 5 1 0 11 38 20
2 Barking I 7 4 1 2 9 36 32
3 Wanstead I 7 3 1 3 7 39  29 
4 Southend I 7 3 1 3 7 37  33 
5 Upminster I 7 3 1 3 7 36 33
6 Ilford I 5 3 0 2 6 20 28 8
7 Powdermill I 6 3 0 3 6 29 30 1
8 Maldon 7 3 0 4 6 31 37 2
9 Basildon 6 1 1 4 3 26 33 2
10 Shell 6 1 0 5 2 20 37 3

Since my last examination of the Essex League Division 1, Writtle have all but won the title with matches to spare. Barking, after their spirited 5 - 5 tie against the Champions Elect, lost twice, to Wanstead and Upminster. The Wanstead match was between two well-balanced sides in which Larry Marden and Steven Gilmour both won against John White and Colin Ramage respectively, but lower down the order there was the mini-upset of John Philpott (142) beating Ray Purse (150) but the much more spectaular one of Vladimir Chtym overcoming 50 grading points to score against David Rawlings. Wanstead were outgunned by Writtle but in their turn scored a massive win against Shell, who seemed destined for the bottom place in the table.

Upminster have been involved in a whole series of close matches including a fine win against Basildon who, on paper, should not have been troubled. Aidan Corish, Robert Davies and David Brock all overcame higher-graded opposition. With two matches remaining, against Wanstead and Maldon (this last a postponement from the days of snowy weather), 50% over the season would be a respectable score.

Remaining fixtures:- Powdermill v Ilford (26/3), Wanstead v Upminster (1/4), Writtle v Southend (9/4), Basildon v Barking (10/4), Shell v Ilford, Wanstead v Powdermill (15/4), Maldon v Barking, Southend v Shell (25/4), Ilford v Writtle (28/4), Maldon v Upminster (2/5), Writtle v Shell (7/5), Basildon v Powdermill (13/5), Ilford v Basildon (19/5)

Manley,J - Walker,P [C49]
Essex League, 17.03.2003

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White to play and win. Last week's solution : 1 Rd1 threatens 2 Qd4#

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