Essex Knockout Final – Unique double and Wanstead hat-trick
Played 19 September 2023, at Wanstead
|Board||WANSTEAD A||R1||R2||BARKING A|
|1||Hodgson, John H 2118 (W, B)||1-0||½-½||Goldberg, Jeff A 2146 (B, W)|
|2||Gill, Oliver 2086||1-0||1-0||Ismailov, Roman 2107|
|3||Spearman, David 2034||1-0||½-½||Jaszkiwskyj, Peter 1958|
|4||Cawdery, John 2027||1-0||½-½||Robinson, James M 1863|
|5||Mulay, Partha 2001||1-0||0-1||Ramage, Colin R 1844|
|Average: 2054||5-0||2½-2½||Average: 1984|
When John Hodgson accepted Jeff Goldberg’s draw offer in Round 2, Wanstead completed a unique Cup and Plate double, the B Team having beaten Loughton – also by 7½-2½ – in the Plate Final two weeks earlier. Unique double. Never been done before.
On the accepted way-of-the-world, that Wanstead-Barking matches are always close – we’re talking ‘the odd point’, ‘draw’ and ‘board count’ here – what happened in Round 1 of this latest encounter, defied reason. A whitewash. Barking needed to reverse the result on every board in Round 2 to force a replay. Such was Barking’s plight that it was Jeff who offered the R2 draw, having succumbed to a searing Hodgson K-side attack in R1, which decided the match. Colin reversed his R1 defeat, while Boards 3 and 4 were agreed, leaving Ollie to complete the only win-win double of the match and Barking to retrieve some self-respect sharing the points in R2.
And the hat-trick? Well, it’s a “Wanstead” hat-trick: Wanstead B defeated Wanstead A in the 2019 Final, Wanstead A beat Barking A in 2022 (the only competition since 2019 due to covid) and the above Wanstead A repeat success.
A short slideshow…