The reincarnated Dyfed League is proving as close and exciting as the World Chess Championship which is taking place concurrently, even if the standard isn’t quite so high. On Tuesday 11th April, Aberystwyth Town had a tight home tie against Cardigan, played at the University. On top board, Luis Sanchez went down a pawn against FM Howard Williams in a Semi-Slav Defence, White missed the best line, though, and Black was able to hold the draw with his powerful bishop, an excellent result against the League’s strongest player. Peter Windows got a knight trapped against Ben Brewer in an Anglo-Dutch Defence, after which he couldn’t hold his position together. My queenside pressure against Awne Osinga’s passive play eventually prevailed in a Caro-Kann, while on Board 4 Sam Holman won a piece against Andre Bann in a Ruy Lopez, but still had to weather some Black counterplay before landing the win. A 2½-1½ win for Aber leaves us tied for first place with Pembrokeshire, with three rounds to play.

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