BEA team vs Longford

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The BEA team travelled to Longford on Saturday November 23rd and came away with one and a half points.
Four of our boards were out rated by between 400 and 150 points so the result was reasonable. Austin on Board one got a great draw against a player 350 points above him in a rook endgame. Des on Board two was outrated by 400 points but kept the game going for three and a half hours and both players had only a few minutes left on the clock.
Suzanne on Board three again outrated by over 300 points lost a pawn early and after being forced to exchange off all the pieces lost in the endgame. Sean on Board 4 got a good draw. Sean was under pressure but secured counter play with a passed pawn which was soon drawn. Seamus on Board five also secured a good draw against an experienced played who was 150 points above him. Our next match is at home on the 11th of Dec to Malahide and will be our last before Christmas

BEA vs Drogheda

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We played Drogheda in the BEA on the 2/11/19 and we won three two. The match ended in a welter of excitement when both Paddy and Seamus won  great games. Paddy was a piece down but had his opponents King trapped in the centre of the board. He put pressure on and not only won his piece back but also went a piece up before Checkmating. Seamus went into the endgame with Queens and pieces on the board. He won a piece and after forcing the exchange of Queens both players queened a pawn and Seamus then won the Queen with a skewer.
Earlier Sean lost a pawn early in the game and after a lot of exchanges could not hold the endgame. Des ended up in a Knight endgame with even pawns but his opponent had a passed pawn. After blocking the pawn a draw was agreed. Austin also drew when the entire board appeared to be blocked.
Overall a good result and our next match is away to Drumlish on the 23rd of November.

BEA League Match vs Skerries

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Our second round match was away to Skerries last Tuesday and we won 3 1/2 to 1 1/2.

Paddy had a fine win on Board one against the tricky Nikolai Dimitrov. After the Middle game, Paddy was the exchange up with three passed pawns and duly converted the win. Sean on board two seemed to have a drawish position but then unfortunately lost on a technicality. Des, on board three won a pawn and ended up in Knight vs Pawn end game which was drawn.
Suzanne, on board four won a fine game when she advanced her centre passed pawn to great effect and forced her opponents resignation. Austin on board five had a great win. The endgame was reached in a Knight vs Bishop and Austin forced his opponent to give up his Bishop for a passed Pawn. Austin then won in fine style. There is no substitute for experience.

Our next match is against Drogheda at home on Saturday the 2nd of November.

League Match Sept 2019

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Our BEA team played their first league chess match of the season at home which was lost four to one to Finglas. Paddy secured a draw on Board One despite been a pawn down. Des lost on Board two after a blunder in which he could not prevent a mating attack. Suzanne drew on Board three after what appeared to be a difficult game. Austin, on Board four lost a King and Pawn ending after rightly turning down a draw offer after a few moves and Seamus lost a game in which he was at one stage two pawns up but was boxed in and lost material. Not a great start to the league but results will improve. Next game away to Skerries.

Club Championships Prize Giving

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Our prize giving for the 2018-2019 Club Championships followed our AGM on June 11th.

It was an enjoyable competition with a rush to finish games before the end of the season!

Final results were:

1st Paddy Byrne

2nd Michael O’Dwyer

3rd Suzanne Barry

Michael Bolger was awarded most improved player. Prizes were presented on the night by Seán Waldron.