Saxmundham came within a whisker of doing the ‘double double’ on Tuesday with both teams contesting their divisional Rapid Play Cup finals. This involves teams of four playing a double round match with a time limit of 25 minutes each per game with a ten second increment.
|Saxmundham A||4 – 4||Ipswich B|
|1||Simon Wilks||2078||0 – 1|
½ – ½
|2||Malcolm Lightfoot||1756||½ – ½|
1 – 0
|3||John Feavyour||1978||1 – 0|
0 – 1
|4||Sam Gaffney||1683||1 – 0|
0 – 1
The A Team had an intense struggle with Ipswich B with the advantage swaying back and forth. Sax edged the first round 2½ – 1½ with Sam and John’s wins making up for Simon’s loss on board 1 with Malcolm drawing his game. The scores then reversed in the second round with Sam and John losing, Simon drawing and it needed Malcolm’s win to keep the loss to 1½ -2½, thus tying the match 4-4. Unfortunately the tie break favoured Ipswich.
|Saxmundham B||6 – 2||Clacton|
|1||Mike Usher||1767||1 – 0|
1 – 0
|2||Matthew Lawes-Wickwar||1862||1 – 0|
0 – 1
|3||Hugo Brown||1737||1 – 0|
0 – 1
|4||Lee Osmon||1417||1 – 0|
1 – 0
Sax B were playing Clacton and things got off to a flying start with a 4-0 clean-sweep in the first round. However, things didn’t continue so well in the return when first Hugo lost, followed shortly after by Matthew, and with Mike having dropped a whole Rook it looked like there might be a complete reverse. Luckily, he still had enough pieces to complete a deadly attack on my opponent’s King, and Lee romped home to his second win and we had a comfortable 6-2 result.
|Saxmundham||1 – 3 (R 2 – 2)||Ipswich|
|1||Mike Usher||1797||1 – 0||Simon Riley||1704|
|2||Matthew Lawes-Wickwar||1636||0 – 1 (R 1 – 0)||Yarolsav Orishko ||N/K|
|3||Hugo Brown||1328||0 – 1||Les Jones||1732|
|4||Lee Osmon||1323||0 – 1||Piotr Dolwka||1527|
Another hard day at the office for the Sax U1800 team, losing to second place Ipswich at Benhall last night. Mike managed to win on top board but the other three, Matthew, Hugo and Lee, were all heavily out-rated and duly lost. Two more matches left but it’s going to be hard to avoid the wooden spoon.
NB. The result was later revised to 2-2 after it was deemed that the Ipswich Board 2 was ineligible to play as he was clearly stronger than 1800.
|Saxmundham||1½ -2½||Bury St Edmunds|
|1||Mike Usher||1797||1 – 0||Steve Lovell||1849|
|2||Dominic Carter||1646||½ – ½||Mark Heffer||1685|
|3||Matthew Lawes-Wickwar||1675||0 – 1||Robert Jones||1690|
|4||Lee Osmon||1328||0 – 1||Danny Harrison||1629|
The League may have finished but Saxmundham have still a few games to play in the U1800 Cup. On Tuesday Sax played host to top-of-the-table Bury, who out-graded us on every board. The 1½ – 2½ defeat was not surprising but a bit closer than last time. Dominic was first to finish with a draw on Board 2 but then Lee tragically blundered away a won ending on 4. Mike had a good win on top board (revenge for his loss in the first leg) which left Matthew, who fought long and hard, but ultimately in vain, to save the match.
|Woodbridge B||2 -2||Saxmundham B|
|1||Alan Lewis||1551||0 – 1||Mike Usher||1797|
|2||Daniel Such||1568||1 – 0||Dominic Carter||1646|
|3||Bernard Ross||1346||1 – 0||Matthew Lawes-Wickwar||1675|
|4||Harry Elman||1360||0 – 1 (DEF)||Lee Osmon||1328|
The B Team’s League campaign came to a rather disappointing end on Wednesday night after a 2-2 at Woodbridge. Sax started with a free point due to a default on board 4, and after Mike won on top board we were looking good. However, as the evening wore on the tide turned against both Dominic and Matthew, and they both went down fighting. Although the result moved Sax B to the top of the table, we still had to wait and see if either of the two Bury teams could overtake us…..
In the event, Bury C lost 3-1 to Bury D the following night, so Bury C fell a point short. Bury D could now overtake us with a 4-0 win in their last game, but they to fell short, drawing 2-2 with Felixstowe.
So Sax B win the Division 3 title, and promotion to Division 2, to match the A Team winning the Division 2 title and promotion to the top flight. Congratulations to all involved.
|Saxmundham||½ – 3½||Manningtree|
|1||Mike Usher||1797||0 – 1||Robert Stephens||1712|
|2||Matthew Lawes-Wickwar||1675||0 – 1||Simon Webber||1700|
|3||Hugo Brown||1332||0 – 1||John McAllister||1659|
|4||Lee Osmon||1328||½ – ½||Adrian Sanderson||1497|
The Under-1800 Cup is proving to be a graveyard for the club, which is anchored to the bottom of the table after a thrashing from visitors Manningtree. Lee saved the whitewash with a solid draw, but Hugo lost in short order and Matthew let slip a winning endgame. On top board, although Mike lasted 52 moves, he was effectively lost after 14 moves when he played two moves ‘the wrong way round’ which just blundered a pawn and ruined his position.
|Bury C||1½ – 2½||Saxmundham A|
|1||Adam John||1922||½ – ½||Malcolm Lightfoot||1881|
|2||James Pack||1874||0 – 1||John Feavyour||1831|
|3||Steve Lovell||1861||0 – 1||Sam Gaffney||1837|
|4||Robert Jones||1688||1 – 0||Lee Osmon||1336|
Congratulations to the Sax A Team on a thrilling win over Bury B to clinch the Division 2 Championship, and promotion to Division 1 for next season. Despite not being able to field our strongest team, and being outranked on every board, we still managed to triumph on the night. Wins on Boards 2 & 3 by John and Sam, with Malcolm holding the draw on top Board, made up for Lee’s loss on 4, and sealed a memorable night for the club. Now let’s hope the B Team can match this success!
|Saxmundham B||2 – 2||Felixstowe B|
|1||Mike Usher||1786||1 – 0||1616||Gary Hemsworth|
|2||Dominic Carter||1644||½ – ½||1576||Mark Weidman|
|3||Matthew Lawes-Wickwar||1697||½ – ½||1380||David Robertson|
|4||Lee Osmon||1336||0 – 1||1308||Trevor Wright|
The B Team slipped up again last night, only drawing with bottom-of-the-table Felixstowe B, who we really should have beaten easily. All the games were well contested. Mike’s win on top board was soon cancelled out when Lee, who was winning, walked into a mating net. Matthew was doing well but after a costly mistake was lucky to get the draw. Dominic likewise started well but gradually the tide turned and he was also happy to take the draw when it was offered.
The result leaves Sax B tied at the top with Bury C, so it will all go down to the last round matches next month. Sax are away at Woodbridge whilst Bury C play club-mates Bury D.
|Saxmundham A||3½ – ½||Manningtree B|
|1||Simon Wilks||1916||1 – 0||1757||Graeme Jones|
|2||Malcolm Lightføot||1881||1 – 0||1719||Robert Stephens|
|3||John Feavyour||1831||½ – ½||1697||Simon Webber|
|4||Sam Gaffney||1837||1 – 0||1674||John McAllister|
Sax A notched up another convincing win, this time against Manningtree B – a result that lifts them to the top of the Division, just half a point ahead of Bury B, who they play in the deciding match on Thursday.
|Saxmundham B||2 – 2||Ipswich C|
|1||Mike Usher||1786||1 – 0||Tom Gordon (DEF)||1500|
|2||Dominic Carter||1644||½ – ½||Thomas Sheat||1500|
|3||Matthew Lawes-Wickwar||1697||0 – 1||Piotr Dolewka||1509|
|4||Lee Osmon||1336||½ – ½||Adam Wilson||1446|
Sax B had a disappointing 2-2 draw with Ipswich C on Tuesday, despite the visitors only arriving with three players, thus gifting us a default on top board. Sadly, we couldn’t capitalise on that, with Lee and then Dominic getting no traction in their games and having to settle for draws. This left Matthew pressing hard, but at the eleventh hour he fell for a trick that lost a Rook, and had to resign on the spot.
The result leaves us in second place in the table, two points behind Bury C but with a game in hand. So it’s shaping up for a tight finish to the season.
|Saxmundham A||3½ – ½||Sudbury|
|1||Simon Wilks||1921||½ – ½||Robert Sanders||2021|
|2||Malcolm Lightfoot||1886||1 – 0||Andrew Donnelly||1796|
|3||John Feavyour||1842||1 – 0||Andrew Last||1520|
|4||Sam Gaffney||1851||1 – 0||Sam Kerruish||1469|
Sax A earned a comfortable win over Sudbury at Benhall on Tuesday. Simon held the draw comfortably on top board, settling for a perpetual check. Malcolm built up a small plus but his opponent managed to simplify and seemed to be headed for an even endgame when Malcolm managed to trick him to clinch the win. John had a smooth victory on board 3 and Sam also won, having gained an advantage, he survived a mutual time scramble to bring home the full point.
So Sax A stay in second place but close the gap on Bury B (who lost at Manningtree) to just 1½ points with two to go. These two are well ahead of the field so it looks like it will come down to a thrilling last match showdown at Bury at the end of the month.