Cardigan B had the normal difficulty at the start of the season in raising a full team, so started one board short. Mark kept a slight edge against Tony Haigh’s favourite Trompovsky, and accurate rook endgame play brought the result
(though of course computers can always find quicker wins). Roland Spencer chose a Black line that was uncommon for him, but unfortunately it allowed one of Rudy’s favourite lines, where the Black side lay passive, waiting for the final onslaught. Dave, perhaps a little rusty after the break, had several good chances to try for tricks, but missed a key defensive move. Perhaps a little fortunately, Awne Osinga seemed impressed by Dave’s higher grade and offered the draw. 3½-½ to Aber, an improvement on last year’s rather uncertain start against the same team.[Report by Rudy.]

Tony Haigh – Mark Talbot 0-1

Rudy van Kemenade – Roland Spencer 1-0

Awne Osinga – David Ferguson ½-½

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