Sax B Do the Double!


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 A4 – 4Ipswich B
1Simon Wilks20780 – 1
½ – ½
Yaroslav Orishko2000
2Malcolm Lightfoot1756½ – ½
1 – 0
Simon Riley1680
3John Feavyour19781 – 0
0 – 1
Les Jones1693
4Sam Gaffney16831 – 0
0 – 1
Thomas Sheat1650

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 B6 – 2Clacton
1Mike Usher17671 – 0
1 – 0
Marek Ciorga1597
2Matthew Lawes-Wickwar18621 – 0
0 – 1
Melvin Steele1560
3Hugo Brown17371 – 0
0 – 1
Warwick Estlea1394
4Lee Osmon14171 – 0
1 – 0
Andrew Todd1394

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.

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