Last year’s club championship was not well attended, so this year we have decided to hold it on club nights, as and when the players are ready to play. The first night of this new event coincided with an influx of new players to the club, courtesy of the newly reinvigorated university club, to which several of our regular players already belong. My own game against Adam Robinson lasted longest, and was a fierce struggle, ending in a win for Adam.

Matthew Francis – Adam Robinson 0-1

Sam Holman – Tony Geraghty 0-1

Damian Clarke – Joel Greenwood 0-1

Alex Cooney – Francis Headley 1-0

Joel Greenwood – Jamie Friel 0-1

Meanwhile, on Tuesday 17 November, the A team took on Gwyddbwyll.com at the St David’s Club. Our opponents were outgraded on all boards but put in a strong performance. Rudy’s Ruy Lopez against Iwan Griffiths resulted in an incongruous black rook sitting on a1. It was not clear for a while who this favoured, but eventually Rudy was able to unmask a battery against it for a winning advantage. Adam was soon in trouble against Owen Griffiths, who offered an enterprising piece sacrifice against his Sicilian and went on to win an exchange. Owen’s next combination went wrong, however, and he offered a draw though analysis shows he still had good chances. I missed a winning chance early on against Tegwyn Jones with my Vienna Game, and then let my intiative peter out and agreed another draw. Ian Finlay on Board 4 dominated the centre with his Sicilian against Emyr Llywelyn, and when White allowed his kingside to be weakened too, the win was sealed. A 3-1 win to Aber.

Rudy van Kemenade – Iwan Griffiths 1-0

Owen Llywelyn – Adam Robinson ½-½

Matthew Francis – Tegwyn Jones ½-½

Emyr Llywelyn – Ian Finlay 0-1

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