The Bodley B picked up their first win of the season last night when beating Inchicore 3-2 in a game which we could, amazingly, have won 5-0.
As with the first round against Skerries, Dylan Boland and Luke-Andrew Feeney led the way, with both going a full rook up inside 20 minutes. Despite this, they weren’t the first ones finished – Andrew Kyne-Delaney had a big space advantage but material was level (when I saw it) at Q, 2R, N + 5 each, and yet the game was finished within two minutes of this when Andrew’s knight started forking various pieces, leading to ruinous material loss.
1-0 did become 3-0 soon after as Luke-Andrew and Dylan both finished off their opponents to move to 2/2 for the season. By this stage, Colm Hehir was two pawns up with doubled rooks exposing his opponent’s king while Jack Donovan was a pawn up for nothing on board 4. Only our second ever 5-0 win in since rejoining the Bodley in 2006 was on the cards.
It all went downhill after that though. Colm missed a chance to give his opponent a straight choice between mate and losing a rook, gave up a pawn instead and then disconnected his rooks while his opponent pushed a passed pawn which, with the backing of his own rooks, queened decisively. On 4 meanwhile, Jack went for an ill-advised king-side pawn storm despite the presence of his opponent’s queen and rook on that side of the board. Once his opponent broke through the pawns, Jack’s demise was swift.
Still, 3-2 is an excellent win against an established team like Inchicore, who had out more or less the same team that beat our Bs and drew with our As last season. Strangely, all four of our Bodley games this season have ended 3-2, with us winning three of those. A fourth 3-2 win on Saturday certainly wouldn’t go amiss; the As travel to the Curragh to bring 2012 to an end.
We’ll update league tables at the end of 2012 when they become available. In the meantime, it’s a well-earned rest for all teams ahead of a very hectic January – 13 league games, the club blitz and two weekends of Leinster underage competitions! Team captains are advised that league games can usually be postponed if they clash with the Leinster underage championships; just contact the opposition captain and the league controller well enough in advance to arrange.