Chess players often go astray in the opening, but not usually before the game begins. On the evening of Tuesday 4th February, Aberystwyth’s A team turned up at the Emlyn Cafe, Tanygroes, to play gwyddbwyll.com, and found it in darkness. A quick phone call revealed that the gwyddbwyll team were at the St David’s Club in Aberystwyth, where at least they got some friendly games as it was club night. The match was postponed to the following week, 11th February, in Aberystwyth. A strong Aber team had too much firepower for their opponents, despite some resistance on the top two boards. Mark Talbot grabbed a pawn against Iwan Griffiths’s French, allowing some dangerous counterplay in a complex game where Black was a little unlucky not to get at least a draw. And Rudy van Kemenade was under pressure against Owen Llywelyn’s Ruy Lopez, but benefited from an unfortunate oversight. White picked up a rook to make what looked like a decisive move, not realizing he was in check. The only legal move he could now make would have lost the rook, so he resigned instead. Tony Geraghty had an easier time on Board 3, catching out Tegwyn Jones with a couple of simple tactics, and James Corrigan also got on top quickly, taking advantage of Emyr Llywelyn’s uncastled position to win material.4-0 was a result worth waiting for.

Mark Talbot – Iwan Griffiths 1-0

Owen Llywelyn – Rudy van Kemenade 0-1

Tony Geraghty – Tegwyn Jones 1-0

Emyr Llywelyn – James Corrigan 0-1

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