Facing the strongest team in the Dyfed League, Cardigan A, and heavily outgraded on the top three boards, the A team tried to emulate the B team’s recent 1.5 performance. Chances looked good when Mark Talbot scored an early draw against Howard Williams, as a series of piece swaps led to an opposite colour bishop ending. Dave Ferguson was always on top against Tony Haigh and netted an exchange which eventually won comfortably. Julie van Kemenade faced early central pressure against Caerwyn Owen, but held her forces in readiness for the queenside break that led to the destruction of the White centre. And so the match was won. The final seal was put in place when Rudy van Kemenade made life as difficult as possible for his opponent in a losing position (after various ups and downs) and finally won when Iolo Jones miscalculated the complexities in severe time time trouble. So it’s the first defeat for Cardigan A in several years (since the disbandment of the erstwhile powerful Carmarthen team) 3½–½.

(Report by Rudy)

Mark Talbot – Howard Williams ½-½

Iolo Jones – Rudy van Kemenade 0-1

David Ferguson – Tony Haigh 1-0

Caerwyn Owen – Julie van Kemenade 0-1

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