|Bury St Edmunds||31/2 – 1/2||Saxmundham|
|1||Steve Lovell||1796||1 – 0||Mike Usher||1767|
|2||Bob Jones||1703||1 – 0||Dominic Carter||1663|
|3||Mark Heffer||1682||1/2 – 1/2||Matthew Lawes-Wickwar||1300|
|4||Laureano Garcia||1690||1 – 0||Lee Osmon||1375|
Saxmundham kicked off their campaign in the U1800 Cup (a competition for teams of four, whose players are all rated below 1800) last week with a tough trip to Bury St Edmunds.
For Sax, this was essentially our B Team playing. Bury were much the stronger team on paper and duly won convincingly 3.5 -0.5. For us, Matthew’s sterling effort on board 3 earned a draw and prevented the whitewash. Lee was quickly dispatched on board 4 and on top board, Mike managed to drop a vital pawn in a complex middle game and that was enough. Dominic seemed to have reached a drawn R+P endgame, but then went wrong and lost quickly, to cap a very disappointing night.