The new Cup and Plate Competition has ended with wins for Ipswich A and Saxmundham in the Cup and Plate respectively.
The Cup Final was between Ipswich A and Ipswich B, with the former winning impressively by 3½-½. There were wins for Steve Gregory, Shaun Munson and Michael Clapham, with Nick Savage drawing.
The Plate Final was won on tie-break by Saxmundham, against Ipswich F. The outstanding individual result was Alex Sheerin‘s Board 1 win against Saxmundham’s David Brown, graded 41 points higher. Alex has enjoyed an excellent season, which included a win against Phil Hopkins (173) in the League.
The rules for this competition may need to be reviewed if it is to continue next season. The initial pairings threw up some odd matches, with four 4-0 whitewashes and several matches where one team was outgraded by more than 50 points per board. There was also a problem with the rule that states that participants in the Final must have played before in at least one of the previous rounds. Where a team used the same four players throughout the competition and then faced a situation where one of these players was unavailable for the Final, this had the potential of an enforced default. Fortunately, the problem was solved by the generosity of the opposing captain, but this rule certainly needs to be amended for next season.