Round 9 Armstrong Completed

Phibsboro maintained the pressure at the top with a 5.5-2.5 win over Kilkenny. Honors were even over the top five boards, but Kilkenny had to field a weakened bottom two boards (as they did against the A team too), so lost out in the end.

That leaves Phibsboro vs. Rathmines A on Monday 5th March as a top-of-the-table penultimate (almost) decisive encounter!! I say almost, because of course Gonzaga are very much in the race too. (They still have one adjourned game from their most recent match). It is always tempting fate to try and predict these things, but I guess that a 4-4 draw or better against Phibsboro on Monday would make us clear favourites for the title. Anything less and it will be too close to call. No pressure!

UPDATE: Gonzaga won their delayed game against Dublin and were also awarded an extra point against St Benildus because of the 150-points rule (St Benildus fielded a weaker player on a higher board). And quite right too! I am delighted to see the 150 rule being strictly enforced by the league controller.

Rathmines B can do themselves and the A team a massive favour by holding Phibsboro in the final match. The B team have an edge over the bottom 3 teams and I’d be confident they can avoid relegation.

By the way, check out the latest ratings for all Rathmines players here: https://rathmineschessclub.wordpress.com/membership-rating-list/. Tony Bermingham has jumped onto the top-rated Irish players list with a fantastic Gonzaga performance and a FIDE rating of 2029! Congratulations Tony.

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6 Responses to Round 9 Armstrong Completed

  1. leon fagan says:

    Gonzaga won there spare game and are on 46.5 the reason for this appears to be the result in round 8 appears to be changed in the GonzagaVst benildus game to 5-3 to gonzaga where it was down as 4-4 previously.I have e-mailed peter scott on this to clarify the correct score for that game

  2. Michael says:

    It looks like St. Benildus may have broken the 150-point rule here, unfortunately. There’s 153 points between Willow and Gibson, so technically they can’t switch board order…

  3. leon fagan says:

    i’m surprised at this st benildus being a top school.i think a maths lesson is in order.

  4. Kevin says:

    Just for the record, I think we had our team together – and had played board 6 in advance (the Wednesday, with the rest on Saturday) by mutual agreement – when one of our players pulled out. That left us kind of stuck; we had nobody else to jump in ahead of board 6 without breaking the 150-point rule. We couldn’t change board 6 to being board 5 partly because we’d already played with us as black, and partly because their 6 couldn’t play 5 by virtue of the 150-point rule.

    Very annoying (it hits us in our attempt to finish ahead of the last two league winners as much as much as it affects things at the top), but for what it’s worth, that’s the reason for it.

  5. leon fagan says:

    kevin many thanks for the explaination most unlucky.Kevin do you know is gerry o’connell still your team captain this year.

  6. Kevin says:

    Yeah, Gerry’s our team captain alright. I don’t think we’ve had a season without him as captain tbh.

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