Played 19 June 2023, at Ilford CC
|1||Barton, Tom A 1893 (W, B)||1-0||0-1||Diniz Afonso, Davi 1720 (B, W)|
|2||Ghose, Rahul 1871||0-1||1-0||Nickals, Peter A 1640|
|3||Twitchell, Neville H 1850||1-0||1-0||Lataille, Matthias 1635|
|4||Subramanian, Venkatesh 1899||1-0||1-0||Li, Colin 1606|
|5||Obiols, Biel 1650As (1929)*||1-0||1-0||Segat, Davide 1332|
|Average: 1889||8-2||Average: 1587|
Commentary by Jef Page
Obviously Ilford outrated Wanstead’s third team quite heavily in this competition so no surprise that Ilford won, particularly all six games on the bottom three boards, but losing two games out of the top two boards was a bit of a surprise. Biel won a nice endgame with a B, N and pawns against Segat’s R & pawns with a neat fork with his N to win the Rook. Neville sacrificed his Q in the first game to force a back rank R&B mate whilst Venkatesh seemed to be in trouble but won well in both games.
Ilford now have a Bye to the Semi-Finals, where they will meet the winners of the R2 match [CHELMSFORD or Loughton] v [Barking B or WANSTEAD A].
Wanstead C go into the Plate Competition where they have a Bye to the Plate Semi-Final where they await the losing team from [CHELMSFORD or Loughton] v [Barking B or WANSTEAD A]