TAFCA Knockout Semi Final

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St Andrews A 3½ – 4½ Dundee A

BrdGradeSt Andrews A1st2ndv1st2ndDundee A Grade
1 1747 Benjamin Ridge 0 ½v 1 ½ Alastair Dawson 1764
2 1698 Jan Thiel 0 1v 1 0 Joshua Crofts 1629
3 1600 Kevin Lee 0 1v 1 0 Keith Emery 1533
4 1490 Alexander Corke 1 0v 0 1 Adam Clark 1500

The Knockout is typically a match format where the time handicap can be a significant factor, but here the grading difference between each pairing was unusually very close. Dundee were very slightly behind, meaning a draw would have put them through on tie-break, but our guys were determined to win outright, and were straight out of the blocks with a 3-1 lead from the first round of games. This meant they could even afford to lose 3-1 2nd time around, but secured just a 2 ½-1 ½ deficit to march into the final, where they face either St Andrews B or Newport Knights.

Best of luck to the team as they attempt to win back the trophy we held for a few years because of the pandemic! And this time they don’t have the additional handicap of having me in the side.