Two of the top three seeds have broken clear of the pack after the second round of the club championships – and they’re joined on 2/2 by a somewhat unexpected name!
It hardly needs saying that Eddie was first finished, although Paddy maybe resigned prematurely, as he was only a pawn down with not a huge amount extra in the position for Eddie. And it probably doesn’t need saying either that John was next finished, after I went in for trade of three pieces for queen, picked up a central pawn, but then failed to deal with an annoying pin before completing development, and quickly got tangled up. An exchange sac for pressure looked fun, but it was easily defused, and John was the first on to 2/2.
Des sacced a piece for two pawns against Ciarán M, but didn’t have enough for it, and Ciarán consolidated and picked up the point. Vjekoslav – beaten by Aodhán in the first round – looked in trouble again against Denis Dempsey, being just a pawn down, but a sac on g7 paid dividends later on, and he got off the mark.
With a large number of byes again this round, that left just four games in play. Gerry had a squeeze against Mariusz, Tim had sacced a pawn against Ciarán R but didn’t seem to have gotten much out of it, Liam and Finn were as closely matched as the 44-point rating gap – the closest match by far of this year’s competition – would suggest, while Aodhán and William were also quite closely matched.
Finn and Liam finished first with a draw, while all the other three games went down to the wire. Gerry picked up a pawn against Mariusz, and like in his first round match managed to get it running down the board with decisive effect. Ciarán missed a win in a knight and pawns ending against Tim, but after the knights came off, both players queened at the same time, and a draw was agreed with Ciarán still up his pawn, in a Q v Q+1 ending. Aodhán and William also went down to a pawn ending, with Aodhán winning to be the unexpected name on 2/2, along with John and Gerry.
So the results in full were –
|6||Mariusz Lokasto (1)||1720||0-1||1||Gerry O’Connell (1)||2086|
|2||Tim McCarthy (1)||1944||½-½||7||Ciarán Ruane (1)||1707|
|9||Kevin Burke (1)||1653||0-1||3||John Healy (1)||1851|
|11||William Kenny (½)||1499||0-1||17||Aodhán Keane (1)||1238|
|12||Liam Kelly (½)||1386||½-½||14||Finn McDonnell (½)||1342|
|4||Vjekoslav Novak (0)||1754||1-0||18||Denis Dempsey (½)||1206|
|10||Ciarán Mahon (0)||1643||1-0||19||Des Carroll (0)||1012|
|21||Paddy Power (0)||782||0-1||13||Eddie Gahan (0)||1374|
|5||Dylan Boland (1)||1747||½-½||Bye|
|8||Ross Beatty (½)||1682||½-½||Bye|
|15||Felix Jordan (0)||1341||½-½||Bye|
|16||Desmond Beatty (½)||1260||½-½||Bye|
|20||Ben Murray (0)||879||½-½||Bye|
|22||David Dooley (0)||770||½-½||Bye|