Aberystwyth A is looking unlikely to repeat last season’s success in the Dyfed League, as they lost a second match, on Wednesday 4 February at the Emlyn Cafe, Tanygroes. The beneficiaries this time were Carmarthen, a strong club which regularly has trouble raising a full team. This match was no exception, but three players were enough for Carmarthen to take the match. Rudy van Kemenade misjudged the transition to an endgame against Gerry Heap in an English Opening, allowing a bank-rank pin that bogged his pieces down long enough for White to gain a winning advantage. Julie van Kemenade, with characteristic sang-froid, turned down a draw against David Buttell in a double-edged position where she had an extra pawn. Both players were soon short of time, and both missed mates in the ensuing scramble before Black managed to land one. Mike Weston was also involved in time-trouble complications, and missed his way, wrongly sacrificing the exchange against Paul Orton before losing on time. With the default on Board 4, the match finished 3-1 to Carmarthen. Meanwhile, perennial champions Cardigan A have won all of their matches so far.

Gerry Heap – Rudy van Kemenade 1-0

Julie van Kemenade – David Buttell 0-1

Paul Orton – Mike Weston 1-0



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