Manuel 1-0 David Fitzsimons
John D. 1/2 – 1/2 Ciaran Quinn
Mel 1/2 – 1/2 Zygimantas Jakubauskas
Killian 1/2 – 1/2 Gerard MacElligot
Darren 1-0 Matthias Rahneberg
Tomasz 1/2 – 1/2 Liam Porter
Tony 1-0 Bernard Boyle
Leon 1/2 – 1/2 William Ffrench
Rathmines again went undefeated on every board as they recorded a 5.5 to 2.5 win over Elm Mount’s finest. The result was sealed at the death when Manuel, superstar, beat David Fitzsimons on board 1. There were wins too for Darren and Tony, with all other games being drawn.
The result was tighter than the final result suggests. Certainly, Leon was in a losing position for most of his game, Manuel was worse out of the opening, and Tony was in a very complex game that could have gone either way. But as in soccer, where a game lasts 90 minutes, chess requires concentration over all phases, and all three were able to capitalise on mistakes from our opponents.
Well done to the team, who now head into the New Year top of the table.