The Bodley B face a long second half of the season after going down to a fourth defeat in five matches last night.
It was a fairly up-and-down evening overall, with Richard first to finish despite going a queen for two pieces up early in the game. His opponent was forced to throw caution to the wind, while unfortunately for us, Richard focussed on his own game! This meant he first allowed his opponent an attack down the open h-file, then allowed a very dangerous attack, and finally allowed mate in 2. Strangely, his opponent – a blind player – didn’t realise it was mate, and after delivering mate, calmly sat back waiting for Richard’s next move. He had thought there was one escape square, but it was covered by a pawn, and he was more than happy to be corrected.
Cal continued a decent season with a win on 1 again a 1100 who was a bit too passive with his opening choice. Tim picked up a draw on 4 – his first non-defeat in the league for the club – in a hairy game where he seemed determined to play on the side he’d castled rather than the side his opponent had castled. His opponent, fortunately, swapped material off when keeping it on could have resulted in quite a strong attack, and then offered a draw.
Aodhán lost an exchange early on but was then gifted an advantage when his opponent hung a piece. His two pieces for rook were stronger, particularly when he got a supported knight in on e3. Unfortunately, he then put a bishop on c3, protected by the same pawn, which meant his opponent won back the material deficit and got a pawn into the bargain, and wound up in a simply lost position. That left Paddy, who went from a position where nothing was really happening to one where he was lost, packed and ready to go home while I was analysing the last couple of games.
Our last four games are against the top five teams (our As aside), so the challenge now is to rack up a couple of match wins in our next two games on the next two Wednesdays if we’re to steer clear of the drop!