Our second match in the new Dyfed League was played against Cardigan Chess Club at the familiar venue of the Emlyn Cafe, Tanygroes, on Tuesday 31st January. There were some new players involved but the rivalry between the two clubs and the setting in which it’s played out remains the same. On top board, Murray Smith had a cagey draw in the Queen’s Indian with Howard Williams; the tension dissipated early, leaving a level ending. Peter Windows’s Sicilian against Ben Brewer was complex and double-edged; in the end, with both players short of time, White’s kingside attack prevailed. Sam Holman dominated the game in a Ruy Lopez against Andre Benn; White’s space advantage soon led to both material gains and a crushing attack. Samuel Raybone got back on terms in a Caro-Kann against Awne Osinga after dropping a piece early on, only to succumb in a difficult rook and pawn ending. A close match ended in a 2½-1½ wind for Cardigan.

Meanwhile we have held their first AGM of the new era. We have elected the following officers: Matthew Francis (Chair); Samuel Raybone (Secretary); Peter Windows (Treasurer); Murray Smith / Luis Sanchez (Joint Team Captains). We are currently holding our club nights upstairs at The Scholars pub in Aberystwyth on Tuesdays from 6.30 onwards (all welcome).

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