Chris Baker (Battersea) v Silverio Abasolo (Kingston)

Alexander Cup final played at the Adelaide pub, Teddington on 14 April 2023

This was the board 3 game which ultimately decided the fate of the 2023 Alexander Cup final. Kingston’s Silverio Abasolo had to beat IM Chris Baker, or the match would have been drawn 5-5 and Battersea would have taken the title on board count. Fortunes swung both ways, time became a factor, spectators became anxious, but Abasolo was the calmest person at the Adelaide pub and eventually prevailed to ensure that Kingston retained the trophy.

Abasolo about to deliver checkmate as Kingston president John Foley watches on. Photograph: John Saunders