Aberystwyth B had a close match against Haverchess A on Monday 9 March at the Emlyn Cafe, Tanygroes. Adam Robinson looked in trouble against Martin Jones’s Sicilian after his pawn sacrifice came to nothing, leaving Black dominating the centre. But he was able to turn the tables as both players ran short of time, eventually prevailing in the ending. After my fierce battle against Howard Leah in the last round of the Dyfed Open, I had a similarly stressful encounter with another old rival, Colin Denham. It was one of those games where nothing is what it appears: my “blunders” turned out to be good moves, while several of my “good moves” were errors. Fittingly, I was relieved to end up with a draw in a position where I actually had an easy win. Mike Weston has generally played cautiously in his games for the team so far, but had a rush of blood against John Miller, sacrificing a piece in a good position, and not only getting no advantage but actually letting Black in for a winning attack. Ian Finlay was disappointed with his defeat on fourth board, but it has to be said Scott Hammett played a really good attacking game, and is looking a very dangerous player now he has a more consistent opening repertoire. The match finished 2½-1½ to Haverchess A.

Adam Robinson – Martin C. Jones 1-0

Colin Denham – Matthew Francis ½ – ½

Mike Weston – John Miller 0-1

Scott Hammett – Ian Finlay 1-0

This will be my last report for the blog for a month or so. I leave you with a report from Rudy on the recent Town versus Gown match

A recent Town vs Gown evening proved a success, with an interesting first round set of results. This was followed by a lot of random mixing of partners in a number of subsequent games. With an odd number it was decided to have board one doubled up.

Rudy van Kemenade- Adam Robinson 1-0

ditto – James Corrigan 1-0

Julie Van Kemenade-Jamie Friel 0-1

Tony Geraghty-Robbie Wright 0-1

Mike Weston-Josh Edwards 1-0

Garfield Williams-Alex Cooney 1-0

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