League Round-Up

Well done to the Rathmines O’Hanlon Cup team, who won their final match on Sunday last and, with it, the title. John Maher was the standout player on 9/11, winning a board prize. Well done John! But the entire team scored better than 50%, with James Osbourne on 7.5/11, John Gaffney on 7/11, and Atanas on 5.5/9, being the main contributors to the win. Liam King also scored a very good 3/4.

Meanwhile, the Heidenfeld A team came second, earning the right to promotion to division one next year, the Armstrong. Again, strong individual performances were everywhere – with John Burns (8/9), Michael Kennedy (8/10), and Leon Fagan (8/11) all just missing out on a board prize by the narrowest of margins. But their other players also chipped in with some fine percentage scores, such as Philip Doyle on 3.5/4, John Crowley on 4/6, and Lukasz on 4.5/6. Not to be forgotton was the fine last-round win by the Rathmines B team, of 4.5-3.5, over Drogheda. This helped the A team come second. However, it wasn’t enough to prevent the B team slipping down themselves.

In the Armstrong, the Rathmines team finished very strongly, with three match wins in their last three, to finish comfortably mid-table. At one point, we were hovering dangerously near the drop zone, but managed to finish 7 points above relegation in the end.

The BEA Cup team finished just below the promotion places in third. The Bodley Cup team finished joint bottom of their table, over a short season of only 6 games. But it is an important starting ground for players to gain some experience, so it is more about enjoying the learning than winning.

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1 Response to League Round-Up

  1. Congratulations on your promotion to the Armstrong Cup! Hopefully we can push a little harder to join you there next year. Donal O’Boyle, Drogheda Chess Club

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