Aberystwyth’s A and B teams were in action on successive nights recently against the B and A teams of Cardigan. On Monday 26th November, in Cardigan, Aber A met some determined resistance from a team outgraded on three boards. Rudy van Kemenade, on Board 1, has a good record against Tony Haigh, and had previously beaten him three times with Bird’s Opening. This time Black was ready for it, and played well to reach a complex middlegame. Both sides had chances to win, and Black was ahead in the final position but accepted a draw due to time trouble. Julie van Kemenade played cagily against returning veteran Seamus Cunnane, and the game, unusually for one of hers, never really took off. On the other hand, David Ferguson, who has been a little rusty recently, had an outstanding game against Jamie Sen, clinching it with a combinative kingside attack. Georgina Gray, the only Aber player to be outgraded by her opponent, Nick McIlvenna, also had attack in mind, and came very close to winning on a couple of occasions, especially a missed chance to pick up a rook, but eventually her game too was drawn. 2½-1½ to Aberystwyth A.

Rudy van Kemenade – Tony Haigh ½-½

Seamus Cunnane – Julie van Kemenade ½-½

David Ferguson – Jamie Sen 1-0

Nick McIlvenna – Georgina Gray ½-½

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