We’re still waiting for the result of the final game in the Club Championship, so here, meanwhile, is the second of my reports on the Aber players at the Dyfed Congress in Fishguard. In the Minor, John’s opponent allowed a knight to be trapped, and later missed a chance to get back in the game. Scott Hammett against Ian Finlay was a repeat of their recent encounter in the Dyfed League, but with a different result. This time Ian neglected his development and lost material to his opponent’s kingside attack. Georgina, after her impressive victory in the first round, had an anticlimactic game here, shedding a lot of pawns before being finished off by doubled rooks on the seventh. In the Open, Rudy sacrifice an exchange but never had enough compensation. Julie’s Modern Defence led to a position where White was attacking on the kingside and Black on the queenside, but an exchange of queens killed both attacks. I played a nice move against Huw Morcom and was deluded into thinking it ought to give me a winning attack instead of a slight positional advantage. In the end my aggressive moves ran out, and I ended up on the losing side for the second round in a row, the only Aber player still without a point.

Alan Spencer – John Basterfield 0-1

Scott Hammett – Ian Finlay 1-0

Brenda Miles – Georgina Gray 1-0

Paul Byway – Rudy van Kemenade 1-0

Gordon Cadden – Julie van Kemenade ½-½

Matthew Francis – Huw Morcom 0-1

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