Having already called a recent post Black Wednesday, I am at a loss what to call my description of Aberystwyth A’s match against Haverfordwest B at the Emlyn Cafe, Tanygroes on Wednesday 16th March. It sometimes happens in chess that a player will lose to an opponent graded 3-400 points lower: it adds an element of unpredictability that helps make the game interesting. But it doesn’t usually happen three times in the same evening. On top board, Rudy van Kemenade played a very sharp game against Martin Jones, and both players got a bit lost in the complications. Mating combinations were missed, before White eventualy emerged with an extra rook. Adam Robinson was the one Aber player who came out on top, keeping his cool as Scott Hammett plunged into more complications that never looked soundly based with his Latvian Gambit. Tony Geraghty tried to sacrifice his way out of trouble against Robbie Coles, and was soon a rook down without compensation. On fourth board, Jamie Friel dropped a piece against Ray Greenwood, but had a chance to draw the king-and-pawn ending, which would have made Aber’s defeat a little less devastating. 3-1 to Haverfordwest B.

Martin Jones – Rudy van Kemenade 1-0

Adam Robinson – Scott Hammett 1-0

Robbie Coles – Tony Geraghty 1-0

Jamie Friel – Ray Greenwood 0-1

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