Bodley victory for Rathmines Juniors

Following on from a great victory 3.5 to 1.5 away to Balbriggan, Rathmines Juniors had an another successful outing away to St. Benildus A.

Thanks to Kevin Burke and Frank Scott for organising extra matches between St. Benildus  and Rathmines Junior players, including  Philip French, Peter Carton, Nikita Koush, Alex Mulligan, John Carton, Tara Coveney, Matthew Gallagher, Stephen Higgins and Cillian Scallan, with lots of wins amongst the many games played.

The Bodley Team, Scott Mulligan, Liam Coman, Fiachra Scallan, Michael Higgins and Oscar Twomey had a fantastic 3-2 victory over St. Benildus A.

Leading the team on Board 1, Scott , won a piece early against Andrew Kyne-Delaney to get our first win of the night. this puts Scott on 3.5 out of 5.

On Board 2 Liam had a very exciting game, after losing a pawn early he came back to a piece for 3 pawns but came under great pressure from the in form Tom Kearney. Tom went on to win a very complicated position.

Oscar Twomey, who was on 3 out of 3 in the Bodley, was paired with James Kearnes.In a very instructive game, James, after winning 2 pawns showed fantastic technique and end game play to convert his advantage.

Michael Higgins’ first match for the Bodley was pretty even for most of the opening but once in the middle game Michael outplayed his opponent and trapped his rook in the middle of the board, winning with a clever back rank mate threat.

Top scorer in the Bodley League on 4.5 out of 5, Fiachra Scallan. had the last game of the evening to finish clinching the win for Rathmins Juniors. In a very impressive performance he forced his opponent to resign in a King pawn ending with Fiachra having the only piece, a Knight, on the board.

A great night was enjoyed by everyone. Many thanks to our hosts and players.

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