Wanstead complete Cup and Plate double
Played 19 September 2023, at Wanstead
|Board||WANSTEAD A||R1||R2||BARKING A|
|1||Hodgson, John H 2118 (W, B)||1-0||½-½||Goldberg, Jeff A 2146 (B, W)|
|2||Gill, Oliver 2086||1-0||1-0||Ismailov, Roman 2107|
|3||Spearman, David 2034||1-0||½-½||Jaszkiwskyj, Peter 1958|
|4||Cawdery, John 2027||1-0||½-½||Robinson, James M 1863|
|5||Mulay, Partha 2001||1-0||0-1||Ramage, Colin R 1844|
|Average: 2054||5-0||2½-2½||Average: 1984|
WANSTEAD’s attention was focused by the prospect of a unique Cup and Plate double, their B-team having already won the plate by 7½-2½ over Loughton (see post below). All bets were off as WANSTEAD swept the first round in the KO Final against BARKING A.
WANSTEAD retained the Sims Cup for a hat trick1 of successes and achieved the double, when John Hodgson accepted Jeff Goldberg’s draw offer. Colin chalked up BARKING’s only win of the evening, Peter and James posted draws and despite the lop-sided score, only Oliver recorded a win-win double as BARKING salvaged some respectibility by sharing the second round.
Congratulations to WANSTEAD on a fine performance, completing a unique Cup and Plate double – never done before, the Plate having been introduced in 2003.
1 In 2019 it was WANSTEAD B who beat WANSTEAD A by 7½-2½. Trivia question: what is the longest period over which an Essex KO hat trick was achieved? Answer: five years. 2019-2023, 2020 and 2021 being lost to covid lockdowns. In fact, Wanstead’s hat trick took longer to achieve than Barking’s run of four-in-a-row ten years earlier, 2009-2012.