Our BEA team gained a win over third placed Aer Lingus on Tuesday 4th.
First to finish was Des on Board 2 in a Kings Indian Defence where he forced a pawn to the seventh rank where to prevent Queening, Black had to lose serious material and resigned. Austin then secured a good draw on Board 3 in what looked like a deadlocked position. Séamus on Board 5 was next to finish where he again drew in what was a level game. Suzanne then drew her game despite her King been in the middle of the Board and been checked by Queen , Rook, and Bishop. Paddy was last to finish where he sealed a draw in fine style with a blockade.
Next up is Royal Lopez away on the 17th of February.
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
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.
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.