Gerry has once again broken clear after last Wednesday’s third round, with three challengers just a half point behind.
The first match to finish was the youngest match-up, with Felix playing a topical line of the Fried Liver against Ben, but getting undone by a Greek Gift on h2, which was followed up on fairly clinically. Eddie and Desmond played out a quick enough draw, with Desmond almost getting his queen trapped after nabbing a pawn on b2, but it had two squares to oscillate between, and moves were repeated. Meanwhile, William pinned a knight to mate against Denis Dempsey, and attacked it with a pawn to win it and quickly force resignation.
The top four boards, meanwhile, all lasted into the final half hour. I “hung” a piece against Ross, which he thought for half an hour over before taking; I got an advanced passed pawn out of it, and then with victory in the bag (Fritz scores +5), I opted to sac my rook for no good reason, and went from +5 to 0 (where I could at least force Ross to accept perpetual) to mate in 6 against in the space of a couple of moves…
Mariusz had a topsy-turvy game against Tim where he sacced for a plethora of passed queenside pawns, but Tim was able to hold the pawns up and win a bit more material, before a final combination finished Mariusz off. Dylan turned down a free exchange against Ciarán and ended up taking a draw, while John played a bit of a wild game against Gerry on the top board, with kings moving in towards the centre after just one set of minor pieces had come off – Gerry noted it was partly to prepare for the endgame, but that never came as Gerry managed to pick up a queen for a rook and piece, and John’s piece co-ordination wasn’t up to the task of keeping Gerry’s queen out, and once more material fell, the game was over.
So the top two seeds will be on top board next week, with Tim having the white pieces. The rest of the draw is pending a couple of bye arrangements, and we’ll publish the whole thing here shortly.
So the final round 3 results were –
|1||Gerry O’Connell (2)||2086||1-0||3||John Healy (2)||1851|
|7||Ciarán Ruane (1½)||1707||½-½||5||Dylan Boland (1½)||1747|
|6||Mariusz Lokasto (1)||1720||0-1||2||Tim McCarthy (1½)||1944|
|8||Ross Beatty (1)||1682||1-0||9||Kevin Burke (1)||1653|
|13||Eddie Gahan (1)||1374||½-½||16||Desmond Beatty (1)||1260|
|18||Denis Dempsey (½)||1206||0-1||11||William Kenny (½)||1499|
|15||Felix Jordan (½)||1341||0-1||20||Ben Murray (½)||879|
|19||Des Carroll (0)||1012||+ –||21||Paddy Power (0)||782|
|4||Vjekoslav Novak (1)||1754||½-½||Bye|
|10||Ciarán Mahon (1)||1643||½-½||Bye|
|12||Liam Kelly (1)||1386||0-0||Bye|
|14||Finn McDonnell (1)||1342||0-0||Bye|
|17||Aodhán Keane (2)||1238||½-½||Bye|
|22||David Dooley (½)||770||0-0||Bye|