The Bodley A recorded another big win tonight, while we’ll end a busy week for the club with some up to date league tables!
The As’ opponents this time were Inchicore, down towards the bottom of the league having only beaten our Bs so far this season. It’s almost exactly a year to the day since Inchicore unexpectedly took two points off us which ultimately cost us promotion from the Bodley last season, but any nerves were quickly settled when sub Seán Devilly got things underway early on with a simple 16-move win inside an hour – his opponent hanging a pawn, then a queen, then mate.
An hour later, we had winning advantages on two more boards – Jack was a piece up while Finn was two pawns up in a minor piece ending; both converted in due course. That left just William – the last board is to be played in Benildus next week – who was in a quiet IQP position. But it took a turn for the interesting as time trouble got closer, with William having 2R+2B for a Q, R, B and P, with a few other pawns on the board as well. William had 12 minutes to 4 though, and that, coupled with his (new!) rating advantage, told in the end as his opponent blundered in time pressure to hand us the win. If Desmond can win next week, it’ll be a third 5-0 whitewash in five games. Even if he loses, it means our worst result all season is still 4-1. Malahide surprisingly dropped 1½ points to Rathmines B this round, while Curragh dropped 2 points to Rathmines A, meaning the gap back to third has extended, even if we won’t pull away from Enniscorthy, who beat Blanchardstown 5-0.
Next up is Rathmines B for the B team, and Naomh Barróg for the A team. Round 6 also sees the first meeting between one of the top four as Enniscorthy host Curragh.
In the O’Hanlon, any relegation fears are over after our 4½-1½ win over Bray, while Phibsboro lost 5½-½. The question now is how well we can do against the top half teams, while we’ll be aiming for a promotion challenge next season.
I’ll just leave the Heidenfeld table here, because no more comment is really needed other than to note how completely unbelievable the table continues to be! The last two matches in round 6 were tonight – Phibsboro v Celbridge and Rathmines B v Inchicore B. And we play second, third and fourth next!
The Armstrong are on their own in second, though – just like the other four teams! – they’ve still to face almost all the top teams.
Finally, the O’Sullivan resume their season next week with a home game against Naomh Barróg, probably needing a 4-1 win to keep promotion play-off hopes alive.