The Armstrong B took an unexpected draw away from Bray/Greystones last week, with the club’s O’Sullivan in action in the same venue on the same night.
John Gibson had taken a draw the previous night, and Mihailo won in an hour to put us 1½-½ up. And as the second hour came and went, there still wasn’t a huge amount separating us across the boards against a team who’d beaten our As 6-2 last year. Brendan soon put that right by dropping a piece, but Zdravko put us back in the lead when going two pawns up in an endgame and taking a straightforward win from there.
Elsewhere, Dylan was starting to get squeezed out by Johnny Joyce, Tim had Colm Daly pegged back a bit – with a rook on h8 blocked in by a king on g8 and with Tim’s queen on f6 – but Colm, a pawn up, was able to swap off queens and unravel his way to the full point. Ross was under a lot of pressure and was down to his last minute (plus increments), but his opponent then went for an unnecessary sac, banking on Ross going wrong in time trouble. That didn’t happen, and very quickly his opponent lost a piece, then another and then a rook before resigning.
That just left Mariusz, whose opponent had given up a piece to get a pawn to d6, protected by a queen on e7. But Mariusz was able to rescue the position with a perpetual, and we had a rather unlikely draw.
The league table after two rounds looks quite healthy for both teams so –
Bray host our A team this week, so maybe our Bs will be able to help with the home preparation! For the Bs, it’s a home game against Dublin, who appear to have strengthened considerably after a couple of near escapes from relegation.
Meanwhile, the O’Sullivan could only muster three players – not helped by not having a team to sub up from of course – but put in a decent performance against a strong Bray side. Tim won a piece early against the same player who’d beaten Ben in the Bodley earlier in the month, but unfortunately gave it back in dribs and drabs as a couple of pawns started to fall, before he bailed out with a quite respectable draw. Daniel, on his league debut, also took a draw – albeit one he was curiously offered while a piece down! Diarmaid couldn’t quite make it an unbeaten outing, but overall, three encouraging performances against a team of 1100s.