The Suffolk Final of the Norfolk & Suffolk Cup took place this evening, between Bury St Edmunds and Ipswich.
The result was as close as possible. With the final score of 3 – 3, it was down to tie-breaks to decide the winners. With the bottom two boards finishing as draws, it was Ipswich’s win on Board 4 that gave the match to Bury St Edmunds. Here’s the winning team:
The final game between Ed Player and Tim Lunn went down to the wire. Earlier in the game Ed had succeeded in reaching the 30-move time control with four seconds remaining (having made his last six moves within the final minute). With both players running very short of time, Ed managed to checkmate Tim, bringing the final result to 3 – 3. Rule 47 decides a tied match by “elimination of bottom boards until a result is achieved.” So Bury St Edmunds go forward to play Norfolk winners Broadland, probably at the end of May.
Individual results were:
David Spence 1 – 0 Shaun Munson
Mike Harris 0 – 1 Steve Gregory
Ed Player 1 – 0 Tim Lunn
Steve Ruthen 0 – 1 Mike Cook
John Peters ½ – ½ Nick Savage
Rob McCorry ½ – ½ Ted Matthewson