This year four of our players are being awarded for their achievements Scott Mulligan
Represented Ireland on u14 Team in Robinson Cup 2012,
Board prize winner Bodley 2012
2nd in Irish u14 Championships
U16 Leinster Champion 2013 Top improver in the ICU rating list
Leinster u12 Champion 2012
Represented Ireland at the European Chess Championships
Represented Ireland on the Ireland u12 team Stokes Cup 2012
Placed 2nd Irish Championships u12’s
U19 Leinster Champion 2013
Represented Ireland at the World Youth Chess Championships
And European Chess Championships 2012
Placed 3rd in the Irish Championships u10s
U11 Leinster Champion 2013
1st Place Galway Congress Minors 2012
Represented Ireland on the u12 team Stokes Cup 2012
Board prize winner Bodley 2012
St Benildus B………………. 6………..16 .5 Balbriggan/ Cavan
Inchicore…………………..6…………. 15 BrayA/BenA
Bray Greystones A ………6…………14 Naomh Barrog / Inchicore
Naomh Barrog……………..6………. 15 Bray A/ Rath
Cavan……………………….. 5………..16 Rath/ BrayB/ Ben b
St Benildus A……………….6…………12.5 Inch/ Bray B
Bray Greystones…………. 6…………6.5 Bal/ Cavan/ Ben A
by Nick Scallan
Jobstown have pulled out of the Bodley. All results against them will be annulled, and all points gained will be lost and the target for a board prize is now 6/8 instead of 7/9 . The games will still count for rating purposes.
The new updated points table below puts us in first place, but still awaiting results from games played last week and today. As soon as I hear any news I will update it.
The ongoing adventure of the Rathmines Juniors first season in the adult Leinster leagues continued on Saturday, when the team came up against a very experienced Bray/Greystones A squad. Moral within the team was good after our recent victories over Ballbriggan and St Benildus A, and the team were hoping to record our first home win of the season.
The team lined out with one change from the St Benildus match, with a line up of Scott Mulligan, Fiachra Scallan, Michael Higgins, Liam Coman and Philip French.
The early exchanges were not going Rathmines way, and our hopes took a setback when Philips match on board 5 was first to finish. Philip had a strong attack going, and was putting strong pressure on the opponents king, when he got caught with a sucker punch, counter attack mate. We were One Nil down, and things were not going our way on the other boards. Michaels opponent had worked a rook advantage, Liam was a rook for a bishop behind, and both Scott and Fiachra were in very technical positions against highly rated opponents…
But slowly but surely the tide began to turn. Word came from the room that Michael had won back the rook, and then Liam worked his way into a strong advantage capturing his opponents bishop and rook on board 4. His opponent pushed his F pawn trying for a Queen pawn mate, but Liam expertly got in behind for the win, before his opponent could finish off his attack. One all and we were back in the match.
Next up Fiachra on board 2 had worked an advantage. He pinned his opponents rook, and then followed up with a decisive bishop rook attack to force a mate. Suddenly after and hour and a half we were 2-1 up, and we had also worked advantages on the other boards.
Michael went into the endgame with rook, minor piece and 6 pawns to rook minor piece and 5 pawns, whilst Scott was also a pawn ahead. Michael played a great endgame to promote his pawn first, and secure victory to bring the Score to 3:1 after a long 2 hour battle against the Bray captain.
It was now down to team captain Scott on Board 1. After a 2 ½ hour epic battle, Scott converted a Knight and 5 pawns to Knight and 3 pawns endgame to a fourth victory on a great afternoon for the team.
Afterwards the shocked Bray team were very complementary to how well and composed the team played in a series of very tense matches.
The Result now sees the team up to third in the table with 3 games remaining
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.