The O’Sullivan’s tough start to the season continued in Skerries last night, where their first win of the season was their only point of the night.
Richard on 1 had the best position early on, though ultimately he paid the price for focussing too much on his own attack while ignoring his opponent’s one. Stephen had misplayed the black side of a Fried Liver and was facing mate in two – which his opponent fortunately missed, allowing Stephen to escape just a piece up. When next his opponent set up mate, he’d overlooked that Stephen also had mate in one, and it being Stephen’s move, we fairly thieved the full point.
On the other two boards – as we were again short the full team – Daniel dropped a piece early on and never really recovered, while Diarmaid had a repeat of his game in Enniscorthy when he was a pawn up with a nice position before making an ill-advised h6 and g5 charge with the major pieces still on the board, which fatally weakened his king’s position.
It doesn’t get any easier for the squad with Blanchardstown at home next week, before a trip to Gonzaga in December.