The O’Sullivan A picked up their first points of the campaign with a typically topsy-turvy O’Sullivan win in Naomh Barróg last night.
The first two games were shared and were fairly decisive. David Dooley’s opponent hung a queen and there was no way back from there; David was immodestly excited at having beaten a 10-year-old girl, but in fairness, it was his first win for the club. Meanwhile, Diarmaid had played one move wrong in the King’s Gambit and was facing a horrible attack as a result, which ultimately cost him his queen.
The other three games, however, all swung wildly. Declan was three pawns up but then took a fourth, missing a queen-king fork; he ended up with four pawns and a piece for the queen, but his pawns were too weak to try hold a draw. Paddy had dropped an exchange early on, but then trapped a bishop and later on was somehow queen and two pieces for two rooks up. One of those pieces was soon dropped, but he had enough still to convert the win. Meanwhile, Daniel had been a pawn down, but had compensation in the form of a weakened pawn structure around his opponent’s king. This enabled him build up an attack which won an exchange, and his opponent’s flag fell later as Daniel was about to queen.
So a 3-2 win which really could have been anything from 4-1 to us to 4-1 to them – but a win is a win, and it gets the team off the mark after the 5-0 defeat against Gonzaga A in the first round. Next up is a tough home tie against Rathmines on Wednesday, part of a triple-header alongside the O’Sullivan B and the Bodley.