The B team suffered another defeat this week against Cardigan B, despite playing some adventurous chess – all four games could have gone the other way. On Board 1, Julie van Kemenade won a pawn against Caerwyn Owen but had to negotiate a long and difficult rook ending, eventually losing on time in an attempt to level the match score with a win. I managed to create some complications against Howard Leah, despite being comprehensively outplayed in a Scandinavian Defence. At one point, desperately short of time, I moved my queen to an illegal square to claim checkmate, withdrew it when my error was pointed out, then moved another piece, an infringement of the touch-move rule which neither player noticed in the heat of the moment. After several more adventures I scored a lucky win. John Basterfield was just back from the South Wales Winter Congress in Penarth, where he finished joint first in the Minor Section. He might have trapped Roland Spencer’s queen, then went the exchange down but with excellent compensation in the form of two connected passed pawns. He missed several winning chances to let the game slip, a no-doubt temporary setback in his recent run of good form. Finally, Georgina Gray took the initiative against the higher-rated Awne Osinga but overlooked a pin which won him a piece, a disadvantage from which she could not recover.

Julie van Kemenade – Caerwyn Owen 0-1

Howard Leah – Matthew Francis 0-1

John Basterfield – Roland Spencer 0-1

Awne Osinga – Georgina Gray 1-0

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