Winning Against Champions Gonzaga Is Nice
From what was an unlucky match for Bray CC against the super strong Armstrong Champions Gonzaga, and in which Bray CC lost out only after a freakish bit of bad luck that saw a likely match win turn into a 5-3 defeat, only after a default loss by phone, a loss on the clock in a drawn position a pawn up, and after a gift of a whole rook was given in a ending that that been easily drawn, the match was not without it’s high points too, and against such a dominating team this season as Gonzaga this was still a credible result.
One of the high points was a very nice game by Garrett Curran who played a nice positional and attacking game against Eoghan Casey
Fans of the Gramd Prix attack in the Sicilian will doubtless enjoy and delight in this instructive game that sees White hit all the right notes at the right time. The winner Garrett Curran has annotated the game, and from the position below, compared wth the position above, it should be clear that a nice transition from positional advantage to tactical and attacking play was made in the course of the battle, in a skillful manner.
A key moment in the transition between positional and tactical attacking play can be seen below in which White correctly takes the opportunity to change gears and go on the attack at just the right moment. Thereafter it is rather surprising how quickly Black’s position came apart.
The other two wins by Robert Pye and John Masterson were pretty sweet for Bray CC too. John Masterson has annotated his game with the critical moment in the game below.