After their close first match against Haverfordwest A, the B Team’s second match, against Gwyddbwyll.com on Tuesday 18th October, was also very well contested. Iwan Griffiths and I had a tense if unspectacular battle in an unusual line of the Tarrasch defence, which abruptly resolved into a drawn position. James Cook, returning to the club after several years away, also drew with Owen Llywelyn in the main line Caro-Kann, an opening both players know well. On Board 3, Ian Finlay dropped a piece against David Moore, an evenly matched but inexperienced opponent who showed great composure in driving home his advantage. Only on bottom board was there a significant discrepancy in rating between the two players, and John Basterfield justified his higher rank by working up a fine attack in the Ruy Lopez. Tegwyn Jones didn’t seem to do a lot wrong, but he was already lost when he hastened the end by touching his queen in error and resigning immediately. It was the first home match this season to be held in the St David’s Club, and it was particularly gratifying that several other players (including some new ones) turned up and played friendly games at the same time. The singing of the Heartsong choir in the next room didn’t seem to put anyone off (for my part I find it helps me concentrate). The match was drawn, 2-2.

Iwan Griffiths – Matthew Francis ½-½

James Cook – Owen Llywelyn ½-½

David Moore – Ian Finlay 1-0

John Basterfield – Tegwyn Jones 1-0

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