The final game of our opening O’Hanlon match took place up the club last night, with us the customary (for this season anyway!) 100 points out-rated on the board.
As has also been customary on the Heidenfeld and O’Hanlon this season, we didn’t really let that worry us, with Ross seeming to hold an advantage for a long while – his opponent had doubled c-pawns and had played g5 in a Dutch, seemingly asking to be attacked – before appearing to overstretch, pushing a pawn too far deep into enemy territory, where it wound up surrounded and lost. By this stage, time was also a factor, as we were down to 3 minutes v 30, and the game went quickly downhill from there, ending in a rook and knight mate in the corner.
Still, 2-4 is a respectable score from the first round given we’ve lost the top three boards from the side that got promoted last season. There’s no time to dwell on defeat though, as next Wednesday, the O’Hanlon are in action again when they host Trinity in their postponed first-round game.