The grand winks cuppers tournament 2022

Cambridge University Tiddlywinks Club Cuppers 2022 is a tiddlywinks tournament for teams of four, consisting of an all-play-all stage, from which the top two teams will be placed into a final match for the title. This competition is open to anyone who is a current undergraduate or postgraduate at either the University of Cambridge or Anglia Ruskin University.

As usual, no prior experience is required; training will be available. The winner will receive the Cuppers Trophy and a spirits-based prize.

In other terms, CUTwC has played the Nick Ashley ladder tournament.

For the 2020 Cuppers competition, see the 2020 Cuppers tournament.

See also the 2018 Cuppers tournament — the 2019 tournament, while theoretically happening, seems to have been hypothetical.

Registered teams

Squidgemmanuel (Emmanuel College)
Team captain: Linnea Roberts
The Sleepy Team
Team captain: Megan Vaughan
QWXCL
Team captain: Maja Seremak
Furchill College
Team captain: Anjalee Suthakaran
Forty Twinks (Newnham College)
Team captain: Bertie Politi

As of March 11th, Squidgemmanuel had not completed a match, and forfeited twelve of sixteen games; in the interests of fairness to the other teams, their results have been voided.

QWXCL and Furchill were given a deadline extension to complete their remaining games and determine the second finalist. One of the two remaining games was played, but the extension period expired without the other, so that result was deemed 0-0 — meaning that QWXCL qualified for the final.

Final

The final of Cuppers was held in the Fisher Foyer of St John's from 7:30pm on Wednesday 15th of June.

The Sleepy Team defeated QWXCL 13-11½.
Note: Singles games contribute half points, and in games of three, half the points of the singles player are transferred to their opponents, per the standing Cuppers rules.

After adjustment

The Sleepy Team
TotalMeganChizzy
&
Fred
Q
W
X
C
L
Total

13

11½

 

 

Alexei
&
Maja

 

6

2

5

6

1

Katherine

 

2

3½*

3½*

Before adjustment

The Sleepy Team
TotalMeganChizzy
&
Fred
Q
W
X
C
L
Total

13

15

7

 

6

 

Alexei
&
Maja

 

4

4

3

6

1

Katherine

 

11

3

4

0*

7*

Match report

Edward Brown

The Cuppers Final was a long time coming, having meant to be played at the end of Lent term; however due to the group matches requiring an extra week to complete, the final was postponed until Easter term. It then transpired that getting 8+ people in the same place during exam term, in a post-COVID era where few colleges are prepared to let us book a room, was incredibly difficult! In the end, the match was agreed to take place on Wednesday 15th June, at the same time as the Relle, as a particularly enthusiastic President had booked the Fisher Foyer for that week despite knowing about the Relle. Due to the date being set, and immovable, both teams were disheartened to discover that they had a player each who could not attend the final, namely Joe from The Sleepy Team, and Alex from QWXCL. Both teams were instructed to find appropriate substitutes. On the night itself, 6 players and 2 umpires arrived excited to see which team would emerge victorious. The Sleepy Team had enlisted the services of Ex-President Drew to complete their team. QWXCL had less good fortune, and not only failed to find a substitute, but in fact managed to lose an additional player in the form of SJ. This left Maja and Alexei facing the near insurmountable task of winning despite either forfeiting two of the four games in the match or playing all four games as singles and hence losing half of their points from each game to their opponents. It was at this point that The Sleepy Team stepped up with all the spirit of Cuppers and CUTwC, and, not wanting to win such a hollow victory, donated their substitute Katherine Drew to QWXCL so that the match could be played as a 3v3. Such sportsmanship is wonderful to see, and warms this author's old and cynical heart. The games began with Edward Brown and Zach Bond umpiring a table each. Arguably, the umpires had the most to do in the first round of games, with more than half a dozen difficult calls needing to be made with the fate of their respective games in the balance; Zach even found time to polish the Cuppers Trophy in between decisions. The match eventually concluded a mere 45 minutes later than it was supposed to, much to the annoyance of those waiting for us at the Relle, and the Trophy was presented to The Sleepy Team along with a selection of prizes; two bottles of gin were awarded, along with some bonus chocolates for being such good sports. A consolation prize of chocolates was awarded to the runners up. Megan was warned that there will be consequences if she fails to return the Trophy next year.

Megan vs Katherine
A fast paced game with both players putting winks in the pot early. The score line arguably acts as a fair reflection of both players having to balance promoting their own potting threat while defending from their opponents. Neither player had a clear advantage at any stage. There were a lot of very marginal squops on which Zach had to pass judgement.
Chizzy and Fred vs Alexei and Maja
Not what one could call a conventional game of winks. Several winks were potted very early by both Chizzy and Fred, who then proceeded to not threaten a pot-out all game, instead opting to try and win a squoping game with fewer winks in play. Surprisingly, this worked, as their opponents were too distracted to pot winks before the game ended. Key piles changed hands multiple times. The score is perhaps not a fair reflection of what was ultimately a fairly balanced game, but the early potting never being countered was the downfall of QWXCL.
Megan vs Alexei and Maja
Another game where early potting did the damage. It pains me to report that an attempt at the Dave Taylor tactic led to a win (despite the fact that a pot-out was never achieved). However, I am here to report the events as they happened, so here they are. Megan attempted to rush the pot, and potted 4 of her green winks before stalling out and being squoped. The rest of the game was very open, with few sizable piles to speak of, particularly after the pile containing the squoped green was destroyed. At the conclusion of the game, there were only a handful of squoped winks, with most being flat singletons and some being in the pot. Ultimately, their late game potting cost QWXCL the chance to recover the win here.
Chizzy and Fred vs Katherine
A lesson in how to deal with a pot-out threat. Clearly brimming with confidence from her previous win, Kat won the squidge off, brought in very consistently around the pot, and then proceeded to pot several yellows while threatening the rest. Her opponents brought in less consistently, however they did manage to squop a single little yellow, after Kat foolishly decided it should be part of a pile in an attempt to rescue a green wink. Kat would have the last laugh though, as she detonated the pile to free her remaining yellows later in the game. What followed was most definitely a tactical learning experience for the Sleepy Team pairing. After Kat potted all but one of her yellow winks, the Sleepy Team pair proceeded to chase down the remaining greens while potting some winks of both of their colours but never committing to freeing sufficient winks of either colour to threaten a counter pot-out. Critically, the final yellow wink was completely ignored, which gave Kat the time she desperately needed, as the apparently cursed final wink sailed over the pot nearly a dozen times before eventually the pot-out was completed. The green winks were then potted competently. A lesson learned for next year.

Qualifying

Team Matches
played
W/D/L Total
Points
per game
The Sleepy Team 33/0/0524⅓
QWXCL 2+¾1/0/141½317/22
Furchill 2+¾1/0/140½315/22
Forty Twinks 30/0/327
Squidgemmanuel ½+¼×20/0/09

February 2nd 2022
The Sleepy TeamForty Twinks
Megan
Fred
6-1Bertie
Evan
Megan
Fred
6-1Roz
Tabby
Joe
Chizzy
6-1Roz
Tabby
Joe
Chizzy
3-4Bertie
Evan
SquidgemmanuelQWXCL
Linnea
Maddy
4-3SJ
Alexei
SquidgemmanuelFurchill
Zoe
Tom
1-6Sam
Aaron
February 9th 2022
The Sleepy TeamSquidgemmanuel
Megan
Izzy (sub)
4-3Zoe
Tom
Joe
Chizzy
6-1Linnea
Maddy
The Sleepy TeamQWXCL
Megan
Izzy (sub)
4-3SJ
Alexei
Joe
Chizzy
-Alex
Maja
February 16th 2022
The Sleepy TeamFurchill
Megan
Fred
3-4Sam
Aaron
Forty TwinksQWXCL
Yaz
Bertie
1-6SJ
Maja
Roz
Belinda
4-3Alex
Jack
(the Blonder; sub)
Yaz
Bertie
1-6Alex
Jack
(the Blonder; sub)
Roz
Belinda
4-3SJ
Maja
February 23rd 2022
The Sleepy TeamFurchill
Megan
Fred
-Anjalee
Faaiza
QWXCLFurchill
Maja
Alex
4-3Sam
Aaron
The Sleepy TeamQWXCL
Megan
Fred
4-3Maja
Alex
March 2nd 2022
The Sleepy TeamFurchill
Joe
Chizzy
4-3Anjalee
Faaiza
Squidgemmanuel officially forfeit against The Sleepy Team
March 6th 2022
Forty TwinksFurchill
Roz
Tabby
4-3Anjalee
Faaiza
Bertie
Anna
3-4Sam
Aaron
Roz
Tabby
0*-7*Sam
Aaron
Bertie
Anna
3-4Anjalee
Faaiza
March 9th 2022
The Sleepy TeamFurchill
Joe
Chizzy
2*-5*Sam
Aaron
The Sleepy TeamQWXCL
Joe
Chizzy
 3
(=5)
- 4
(=2)
Alexei
(Singles)
QWXCLFurchill
Maja
Alex
5-2Anjalee
Faaiza
March 12th 2022
QWXCLFurchill
SJ
Alexei
3-4Sam
Aaron
March 16th 2022
The final QWXCL/Furchill game was unplayed after a deadline extension, and decreed 0-0

Team sign-up

There is a sign-up fee of £10 per team. This fee covers tournament entry and provides all members of the team with a nominal membership to CUTwC for the entirety of Lent term (this allows members to turn up to CUTwC sessions throughout the term including Cuppers but does not entitle these members to vote on any Club issues unless they are also full members of CUTwC).

In order to form a team, all members of the team must be part of some common group, traditionally Cambridge colleges or departments. This group can be linked by something other than college/department, however it must be a reasonable link and what is considered reasonable is at the discretion of the tournament organiser. Collaborations are permitted (e.g. St John's and Trinity Colleges could form an unlikely partnership) but this should be acknowledged in the team's name where possible.

In order to enter the team the team captain must email the tournament organiser (Edward Brown) with:

This must be done by the entry deadline, which is was 10:00pm Saturday 29th January 2022.

Participants cannot change teams midway through the tournaments; however, substitutes for absent players are permitted at the tournament organisers' discretion. The tournament organiser must be informed of the name and college/department of all team members prior to their first involvement in a Cuppers match.

By entering the tournament, you acknowledge that you will have to pay the £10 entry fee for your team. This can be paid by either:

In the event that the tournament is cancelled due to COVID-related issues, then each team is entitled to a £5 refund.

Equipment

Each team member will be provided with a personalised squidger for participation, and mats and winks will be provided at Wednesday CUTwC meetings. If you need to rearrange matches then it is your responsibility to ensure that you a have a mat and a set of winks to use; these can be bought from the club or borrowed from other players.

If you have any specific requests for your team's squidgers, please contact the tournament organiser by Wednesday 2nd of February — this relates to colour, team name, logo design if not a college crest, etc. The Club squidger smith may be able to accommodate requests where possible, but all squidgers made for the team must be identical.

The rules regarding the game and the tournament

A "Cuppers' Committee" consisting of Edward Brown, Zach Bond and Meghan Vaughan has been nominated to oversee the tournament. Any one of these may be considered "the tournament organiser" for the purposes of the below rulings, but any significant decisions will be discussed by all three.

The games themselves will be played using the standard ETwA rule set. A link to the simplified version of the rules (covering most aspects of play and being vaguely understandable for beginners!) as well as a link to the full rules are included below.

http://www.etwa.org/rules/simplerules.pdf

http://www.etwa.org/rules/rules2016.pdf

The rules and format of the tournament are to be as follows:

Any rule disputes should be brought to the attention of the tournament organiser immediately. The Cuppers' Committee's decision regarding any rule dispute is final.

The Cuppers' Committee reserves the right to alter or add rules to the tournament in order to prevent rule abuse.

For further information, please email the tournament organiser or see the CUTwC web site, https://cutwc.org.