Forest Hall A team, the reigning Northumberland Summer Knockout Cup champions from 2022, have reached the Final of the 2023 KO Cup, beating Jesmond 4-0 in the Semi-Finals at Forest Hall Social Club on Thursday 31 August.
The A team have so far defeated three other Open teams – scoring 3-1 v. Gosforth Empire in Round 2 of the competition, 3-1 v. Morpeth in the Quarter-Finals, and now a clean sweep against Jesmond.
Individual scores were as follows.
Forest Hall A v Gosforth Empire
Tim Wall 0-1 Gustavo Leon Cazares
Andy Burnett 1-0 David Armbruster
Zheming Zhang 1-0 Nathan Chaik
Nathan Ekanem 1-0 Jinfan Chen
Morpeth v Forest Hall A
Roger Coathup 0-1 Tim Wall
James Turner 0-1 Andy Burnett
Martin Seeber 0-1 Zheming Zhang
Alan Welsh 1-0 Nathan Ekanem
Forest Hall A v Jesmond
Tim Wall 1-0 Chris Izod
Matthew Forster 1-0 Andy Trevelyan
Zheming Zhang 1-0 Robert Archer
Nathan Ekanem 1-0 Sam Trevelyan
Forest Hall A now go on to meet either Gosforth Salters or Gosforth Woodbines in the Final.
Here is Tim Wall’s win v Chris Izod from the Semi-Finals.
[Event “NCA Summer KO Cup”]
[Round “Semi Final”]
[White “Izod, Chris”]
[Black “Wall, Tim”]
1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.c4 e6 4.cxd5 exd5 5.Nc3 c6 6.Qc2 Be7 7.Bg5 g6 8.e3 Bf5 9.Bd3 Bxd3 10.Qxd3 Nbd7 11.O-O O-O 12.Rab1 Re8 13.b4 a6 14.a4 Ne4 15.Bxe7 Rxe7 16.Nd2 Nxd2 17.Qxd2 Nb6 18.b5 cxb5 19.axb5 a5 20.Qa2 Rc7 21.Na4 Nxa4 22.Qxa4 Rc4 23.Qa3 b6 24.h3 Rac8 25.Rfc1 Qd7 26.Rxc4 Rxc4 27.g4 Qc7 28.e4 dxe4 29.Qe3 Qd7 30.Qxe4 Qxd4 31.Qf3 Rc3 32.Qe2 Rg3+ 33.Kh2 Rd3 34.Kg1 Kg7 35.Rc1 a4 36.Rc8 Rd1+ 37.Kg2 Qd5+ 38.Kg3 Rg1+ 39.Kh4 Qh5+ 40.gxh5 g5# 0-1