The Bodley A almost matched their B team’s feat earlier in the week when a 3-2 win over Blanchardstown earned Jamie a board prize but left them needing a tantalising half point in their last game to secure third.
Jamie, Finn and Anastasija brought home the points for us. Jamie’s game in particular perhaps betrayed nerves about his board prize status – needing just one more win for the board prize, he quickly went an exchange and two pawns up…but was then variously a piece up, two pawns up, a piece for three pawns and then in a losing endgame! With under a minute left on his clock, he turned down a draw offer, at which point, his opponent immediately blundered, allowing Jamie to steal victory. Still, they all count!
The win leaves us tied not only on points with Blanchardstown, but also on head-to-head record, having each won the away game 3-2. However, by virtue of having won on lower boards overall – Blanchardstown won on board 1 in both ties – we are behind them with them having finished their season, and us facing into a final game against Round Tower…who beat us 4½-½ last time. It’s not often you say this, but a repeat would be nice!