The A team are on top, as they have been for several weeks now, but only by 1.5 points over Phibsboro and Gonzaga. Phibsboro have been steadily creeping up the table and are now making it a three-horse race (even a four-horse race, if Bray/Greystones can get a couple of big results!). It is looking like the A team’s match versus Phibsboro (on 5th March) could have a huge bearing on who wins the title this year. Before that, we have Celbridge to play and we can take nothing for granted. We finish against St. Benildus.
We suffered our first (close) loss on Saturday, to a top-heavy Kilkenny team. Kilkenny were missing several strong players, but welcomed back GM Baburin on board 1. In the end, we lost 4.5 to 3.5, but it could have been a lot better, with Mel fighting all the way in a rook and pawn endgame (albeit that Baburin always had the advantage), Killian losing unexpectedly, and Paul looking OK until time trouble hit.
The B team are in a heck of a fight at the bottom of the table, with probably 6 teams not safe at this time. They won their match against Elm Mount A 4.5 to 3.5, on Monday last, a tremendous result at just the right time. They also play Phibsboro in the last match, which could be critical to both the A team’s chances of winning the title and their own chances of staying up. No pressure then.