Congratulations to Rudy, who finished an excellent 4th in the Welsh Championship with 4.5/7. Julie scored 2.5/7 in the Major / Open section. Here is one of Rudy’s games from the tournament:

E. Michael White – Rudy Van Kemenade 0-1

In the Dyfed League, Aberystwyth beat Gwyddbwyll.com 3-1. Results below, but at present I only have the game on top board (19/4/10 – I now have the game on second board as well):

Gwyddbwyll.com vs Aberystwyth 31/3/10 1 – 3

Ian Finlay – Owen Llywelyn 0-1

Tegwyn Jones – Tony Geraghty 0-1

Emyr Llywelyn – Georgina Gray 0-1

DEFAULT – A.N Other 1-0

In February Rudy was a member of a Welsh Seniors team that played in the European Team Championships and scored 50% on the bottom board. As part of the event there was a 13 round 5 min a game tournament, where the following game was played against an IM (who forgot a little of his theory!):

Klaus Klundt – Rudy Van Kemenade 0-1

However in round 4 Rudy came up against Evgeny Vasiukov, a GM, even so the GM only mated with 37 seconds left against Rudy’s one and a half minutes. Rudy finished above the halfway mark, although the 3rd weakest in this competition. (It should be pointed out that Rudy is at an unfair advantage in blitz, since he plays at that speed all the time.)

Finally, the club had an impromptu visit recently by three talented juniors from Bridgend, Damon, Lauren and Thomas Davies. The result was a sort of friendly Youth vs Age match in which Ian, Tony and I took them on over several exciting games. Honours were about even, I’d say, and it was a fun evening. We hope any other players who are passing through Aber will think about dropping in – all levels welcome, and there is no fee for a first visit.

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