Played at Ilford CC, 21August 2023
|1||Ghose, Rahul 1861 (W, B)||1-0||1-0||Hodgson, John H 2152 (B, W)|
|2||Twitchell, Neville H 1850||½-½||½-½||Spearman, David 2044|
|3||Page, Jeffrey 1757||0-1||0-1||Cawdery, John 2019|
|4||Jaiswal, Adhar 1652||0-1||0-1||Mulay, Partha 1976|
|5||Faheem, Muhammad 1628||0-1||0-1||Freeman, Ashley 1976|
|Average: 1750||1½-3½||1½-3½||Average: 2034|
A match remarkable for two features: the scores in both rounds were identical – board-for-board, score-for-score – and Ilford’s only success was on Board 1, where Rahul Ghose, giving 291 rating points, took the scalp of John Hodgson twice: John won’t be visiting a barber any time soon!
Wanstead were expecting a tougher task given Ilford’s list of registered players. So, while the home team scored 3-1 over the top two boards, where Neville supported Rahul with a notable draw-double against David, Wanstead cleaned up 6-0 on the other three boards, to secure the match by 7-3 and reach the Final, where they will defend the Sims Cup against the winners of the other Semi-Final, the heavyweight bout between BASILDON and BARKING A, playing on Thursday, 24 August.
Whoever wins on Thursday, WANSTEAD A will be at Home in the Final.