Organiser Martin Simons sent out the email below 2 June ’18 summarising another excellent KO Cup competition

Dear all

Well done to both Poole and Wimborne for producing an entertaining final played in a competitive, sporting and friendly manner.  Also, many congratulations to Poole for winning it.

Poole Chess Club seems to have swept the board this season by winning 5 trophies out of the 7 leagues and cups they have competed in so well played Poole, probably the best season they have ever had, and possibly the best ever season for any club!

My understanding is that the Final went to the last individual match to finish so a very exciting yet tense affair.

Final:    Wimborne (137)  2½ – 3½  Poole (140)

The full results have also been recorded on LMS on the link below.

http://ecflms.org.uk/lms/node/10229/efixtures

Interestingly enough, in this year’s competition, all the semi-final and final matches were won within a half point of the required score and that, in all 7 matches, the away team won 5!

My thanks to all captains and players for making this competition so exciting and so easy to manage.

Let’s hope next season’s competition is just as fun!

Hope you all have a great summer!

Best wishes

Martin

This post appeared on the website following the final on 23 May ’18

B&DCL Team Handicap Final 23051823 May. Played at Merley, home of Wimborne Chess Club.

Many congratulations to Poole who are the 2017/18 Team Handicap Champions. According to Poole’s non playing Captain Ciprian Stanciu it was a “very close match which went down to the final game“.

On aggregate scores, the teams were almost identical with Wimborne average 137 and Poole 140. So the average difference was <5 meaning if would have been decided by the tie break rules if the score was 3-3. But on the night Poole were the winners, albeit by the narrowest possible margin.

As the scoresheet alongside shows, 3 games were drawn and 3 ended decisively. Dave Fuller and Adam Jaggard were winners for Poole and Tim Joyce scored a full point for Wimborne.

The closeness of the final follows a pattern of extremely close matches in this brilliant competition which was devised by Martin Simons, who is also the Controller. Time and again the rules give lower graded teams a real chance.

But the night belonged to Poole and very well done to them! It is their 4th trophy so far this season in County & B&DCL competitions. And a word too for Wimborne who played their full part in making it such an exciting final!

Poole and Wimborne go head to head again tonight (24 May) in B&DCL Div 4. This is a rearranged match from 1 March when….. (would you believe!) snow caused postponement. Their respective D and E teams meet in a match which will decide who will be champions of this Division.

Sent out by Martin Simons

Team Handicap Controller’s Report at 14 April ’18

Dear all

Many thanks to all captains and teams for completing both semi-final matches on time.

These were tense, close and exciting affairs so well done all teams.  The matches were also both drawn but, as we know, there are no such thing as drawn matches in the Knockout Cup.

Congratulations to Poole as it won its semi-final match against Dorchester on the tie break rules (as there was no handicap due to the average team grades being so close).  Dorchester drew first blood on board 6 to take a 1-0 lead but then 3 consecutive wins on the top 3 boards secured Poole the match although great credit to the Dorchester team for winning the remaining 2 games to level the match.

In last night’s match, Southbourne needed to beat Wmborne 3½ – 2½ and after two hours play, were looking favourites leading 2½ – 1½ after 3 draws and a great win by James Forster on board 2.  However, into the final hour and with the bottom 2 boards remaining, Wimborne then found an unlikely hero on board 6 with the lowest graded player across the two semi-finals, in the form of its secret weapon, Joseph Wikramaratna-Clarke (97).  Against a much higher graded opponent, he found a neat tactic to sacrifice a Bishop to eliminate his opponent’s dangerous d-pawn which could not be taken as Joseph would then win it back with a series of checks.  At 10.30pm, and with both players’ flags tottering, Joseph (Mr Calmness Personified) delivered checkmate to become Wimborne’s only individual winner in the match but, as the match on board 5 was drawn at about the same time, this was sufficient to take the Wimborne team through to the final.  Real ‘Roy of the Rovers’ stuff!

So well played all teams for ensuring both semifinals were entertaining and for playing them in a competitive yet friendly and sporting manner.

Semi-Final Results (Individual scores attached):

Dorchester    (140)   3 – 3  Poole (142)
Southbourne (147)  3 – 3  Wimborne (141)

Draw for the Final:

Wimborne v Poole

Both teams have played one match at home and one match away this season.  Wimborne has been given the home draw for the final as it played its only match away last year whereas Poole played two matches at home (including the final) and one match away last year.

Based upon the previous matches this year, the average grades for both teams look similar and the tie break rules may again be required but will either team tactically go lower or higher for the final?  As Eric Sachs has recently observed, this tournament is akin to a game of poker over 64 squares!

The captains / contacts are:
Wimborne – Phil Wallace (Phil is not the captain but will co-ordinate.  Colin Wilson has also been copied in on this email).
Poole – Ciprian Stanciu (please copy in Eric Sachs)

Please can you ensure all matches are played by Friday, 25th May 2018.  This gives you 6 weeks to play the match.  Please remember that you can select a different set of players and average team grade for the semi-final without penalty so this will mean there is no pressure to play the same 6 players and also gives each club more flexibility when selecting teams.  The handicap system is designed to give clubs who play with a lower average team grade a sporting chance to win the match.

Could the home captain please contact the away captain within 7 days to agree a date
.  Please contact me if you are having any problems or if you have any questions.

Once again, I attach the latest set of rules and a match scoresheet (please familiarise yourselves with rule 7 on tie breaks).  I am happy to receive the result and detailed match scoresheet by email and/or you can enter the results on LMS.

Good luck to both Wimborne and Poole in the final!

Martin

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Sent out by Martin Simons

Team Handicap Controller’s Report at 1 March ’18

Thank you for completing all your 1st round matches ahead of time and just before the snow blizzards arrived.  That’s excellent timing!  All matches appeared to be tense and close.  In particular, the Wimborne v Purbeck match played last night was very exciting with the required score only just being achieved.  Well played all winning teams.  Hope all losing teams enjoyed their matches and we look forward to seeing you next year.

1st Round Results – winning teams underlined (Please see below for the detailed results)

Weymouth (141)     2 – 4      Dorchester (137) … No Handicap

Wimborne  (141) 3½ – 2½   Purbeck (133) … Wimborne were required to win by 3½ – 2½

Poole          (135)  4½ – 1½    Highcliffe (128) … Poole were required to win by 3½ – 2½

New Milton (127) 1½ – 4½   Southbourne (136) … Southbourne were required to win by 3½ – 2½

Semi-final draw

Dorchester v Poole …. a repeat of last year’s semi-final clash but this time Dorchester are at home and have a chance to seek revenge.

Southbourne v Wimborne

The captains are as follows: Dorchester – Mark Potter, Wimborne – Peter Wilcock, Poole – Ciprian Stanciu (please copy in Eric Sachs), Southbourne – John Harris (please use the Southbourne Chess Club email) Hopefully people’s email addresses will be obvious based on this distribution.

Please can you ensure all matches are played by Friday, 13th April 2018.  This gives you just over 6 weeks to play the match.  Please remember that you can select a different set of players and average team grade for the semi-final without penalty so this will mean there is no pressure to play the same 6 players and also gives each club more flexibility when selecting teams.  The handicap system is designed to give clubs who play with a lower average team grade a sporting chance to win the match.

Could all home captains please contact the away captain within 7 days to agree a date.  Please contact me if you are having any problems or if you have any questions. Once again, I attach the latest set of rules and a match scoresheet (please familiarise yourselves with rule 7 on tie breaks as the average grades used in the 1st round were similar amongst all teams).  I am happy to receive the results and detailed match scoresheets by email and/or you can enter the results on LMS.

Good luck! Martin

1st Round result details are below (pl click to enlarge)

B&DCL Team Handicap Cup_010318

Please click to open Knockout rules: BDCL Team Handicap Knockout Rules (revised 2015) pdf

Please click to open score sheet: B&DCL Match Score Sheet pdf