Rathmines continued their losing streak in the Armstrong with another baffling and inadequate performance on Thursday night. This was a credible enough performance of course, with 3.5-3.5 in the seven played games. However, we suffered a walkover on board 4 and were deducted a point in consequence. We just don’t need these self-inflicted deductions at this critical time. The actual result was then a 4.5-2.5 win for St. Benildus.
Abul appeared to have a very strong middle game position and I didn’t see the crucial turning point, except to say that one minute he was winning (it appears) and the next minute completely lost. Killian swindled a win from a seemingly lost position by counter-attacking strongly with his queen and rook against Oisin’s cornered king. Oisin had been several pawns up and looked to be cruising to an easy win, but neglected his king’s position until it was too late. Even then, he might have salvaged a draw with a perpetual check if he had sacrificed a rook. I’m hoping Killian will send me the game for the website, because the ending was interesting.
My game was a Sicilian Najdorf that resulted in black, a pawn down, having counterplay against white’s exposed king that appeared to be enough compensation. However, white offered a draw and I wasn’t inclined to refuse it. Jack had agreed a very early draw. Peter was overwhelmed on board 2 at the end, when black had multiple pins on the seventh rank against a stranded knight. David reached a sterile drawish position quite early and couldn’t translate a little initiative into anything substantial. I didnt see enough of John’s win on board one to comment.
RATHMINES ST. BENILDUS
1. John Delaney 2211 1-0 Gerard O’Connell 2098
2. Peter Cafolla 2035 0-1 Pawel Madynski 2109
3. Killian Delaney 1980 1-0 Oisin Benson 2093
4. Mindaugas Janusaitis 1869 0 def-1wo Mark Bernie 1998
5. Tony Scannell 1856 0.5-0.5 Tim McCarthy 1938
6. Abul Kalam 1993 0-1 John Gibson 1798
7. Jack Killane 1860 0.5-0.5 John Healy 1838
8. David Goggins 1817 0.5-0.5 Kiaran Ruane 1471