The Bodley A won their second game of the season in perhaps slightly fortuitous circumstances this afternoon.
Shankill threw a spanner in the works when unveiling a new board 1, whom they reckoned was about 1500 strength. Jamie castled queenside in a French exchange, which left his king fairly exposed. As his opponent picked open Jamie’s position, his phone went off (not once, but twice in quick succession; probably the same person), and Jamie claimed victory. Not exactly a satisfying win, but rules are rules, and mobile phones going off during chess games are really annoying.
That made it 2-0; Conor Devilly had overcome a quiet opening to pick up first a piece, then a queen and finally deliver mate – all within 19 moves. Conor made his leagues debut almost four years ago, but this was his first win! It was only his fifth game in that time in fairness… During the analysis of Jamie’s game, Mihailo was surprised to be able to deliver a fairly basic mate after lining queen and bishop up against h7; he probably had a decent position, but wasn’t going to be asked twice to take the win. Mihailo has now won 7 and drawn 2 of his 9 league games for the club.
Shankill fought back though; Anastasija got a horrible position out of the black side of a Scotch and white had such a natural game that, by the time he pinned Anastasija’s queen to her king, he had used five minutes to Anastasija’s 45. The game went on a while beyond that, but the result was never in doubt.
Strangely, as that game was finishing, the final board was only starting. Two of the games had started at 2pm, two had started at 2:30 (including one which was 105 minutes a side while the rest were 60 minutes each) and Finn’s game started at 3:30. Within ten minutes, however, Finn had inexplicably dropped a rook, and was never in the game thereafter.
So we ended up with our second 3-2 win of the season – about the expected result going on ratings, but the way in which it was reached was unexpected. Still, we’ll take our luck when we can get it! The Bodley B play Skerries – who’ve already beaten Naomh Barróg B 5-0 – on Wednesday and both sides have byes in round 3, so there’ll then be no more games until the middle of next month.