On Wednesday 16th February, the Emlyn Cafe, Tanygroes was the scene of yet another chess confrontation between Cardigan and Aberystwyth. This time it was the A teams who took part, but Cardigan were at a disadvantage, being a player short. On top board Mark Talbot played a Benko Gambit against the League’s strongest player, Howard Williams, who eventually prevailed in the complications. Rudy van Kemenade surprised Iolo Jones with the Bishop’s Opening, which soon transposed into an Italian Game, and got a decisive kingside attack. Tony Haigh against David Ferguson was another transposition, from a Trompowsky into a Sicilian. White was left with a favourable ending, and forced Black to give up a piece for two pawns, but finally had to settle for a draw. With the default on fourth board, it was a second win this season for Aber A against the League champions, 2½-1½.

Howard Williams – Mark Talbot 1-0

Rudy van Kemenade – Iolo Jones 1-0

Tony Haigh – David Ferguson ½-½

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