The B Team were well below their best against Gwyddbwyll.com in the unfamiliar setting of the Ffostrasol Arms on Wednesday 29th February, perhaps still tired after taking part in the Dyfed Congress the previous weekend. On top board I launched a kingside attack against Iwan Griffiths, who countered on the queenside and in the centre; I missed a couple of winning chances, and when the smoke cleared after the time control Black’s cool defence had left him with an easy ending. In the battle of the Caro-Kann players, James Cook moved his king off the e-file in the misguided belief that he had an attack there against Owen Llywelyn, but found that it was his position that collapsed. Ian Finlay lost through a similar miscalculation; in a strong position, he played a combination against Tegwyn Jones that just didn’t work. Finally, Georgina Gray may well suspect that Emyr Llywelyn, one of the lowest-rated players in the Dyfed League, has been taking lessons from his Welsh International brother Iolo Jones; she found White’s defence very difficult to break down, and eventually went wrong trying to find a way through. A whitewash to Gwyddbwyll.com, 4-0.

Matthew Francis – Iwan Griffiths 0-1

Owen Llywelyn – James Cook 1-0

Ian Finlay – Tegwyn Jones 0-1

Emyr Llywelyn – Georgina Gray 1-0

It was a happier story in the Dyfed Congress at Fishguard on 25th-27th February, where Aber was well represented, with seven players taking part. In the Open section, Rudy van Kemenade scored 3/5, and Julie van Kemenade scored 2. In the Major, I finished in a six-way tie for second, with 3½, and James Cook scored 1. Finally in the Minor, John Basterfield and Ian Finlay shared first prize on 4, while Georgina Gray scored 3. I hope to put some games up at some point.

The club championship will be held at the St David’s Club on the weekend of 17th /18th March.

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