If a pattern can be said to be emerging so early in the season, it seems to be the B teams putting up strong performances against the As. Following creditable scores by Cardigan B against Aberystwyth A and Aber B against Cardigan A, there was another close match this week between the two Aber teams in the home surroundings of the St David’s Club. The biggest upset was on Board 1 where I had White for the B team against Mark Talbot. In a sharp line of the Petroff with the players castled on opposite sides, my attack got through first. The Bs did less well on the middle two boards: Ian found himself under a lot of pressure against Rudy, who won a piece in complications (Ian might have found a better defence but was losing anyway), while John lost an exchange early on to David Ferguson and never recovered. The B team’s second good result was on Board 4, where Tony lost a piece against Julie but had good compensation and secured a draw. So the match finished with our usual score of 2.5 – 1.5. On this club night, two other players, Georgina Gray and Cai Lewis, were also present and played a rated friendly (Cai’s first ever rated game), which Georgina won.

Matthew Francis – Mark Talbot 1-0

Rudy van Kemenade – Ian Finlay 1-0

John Basterfield – David Ferguson 0-1

Julie van Kemenade – Tony Geraghty 0-5-0.5

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