Aberystwyth A are competing strongly in the Dyfed League this season, having lost only once, to champions Cardigan.They were favourites against Haverfordwest A at the Emlyn Cafe, Tanygroes, on Wednesday 3rd February, with a higher grading on every board. In the event, however, their opponents gave them a much harder time than anticipated. Rudy van Kemenade played the unusual Tennison Gambit against Martin Jones on Board 1, looking to get a White equivalent of the Budapest Gambit he favours with Black. Martin handled the unfamiliar position well and defused the kingside attack with a well-judged queen exchange that left a White rook out of play. Rudy’s attempt to force his way back into the game made matters worse, and he soon resigned. Adam Watkin-Jones was also in trouble on second board, where John Miller had worked up a dangerous kingside attack against his Sicilian. Desperately short of time, White missed a decisive bishop sacrifice, and ended up giving the bishop away for nothing. On a bad evening for the van Kemenade family, Julie got no advantage from her quiet opening against Scott Hammett and agreed an early draw. Finally, after middlegame complications and mistakes on both sides, Sam Holman reached a king and pawn ending against Robbie Coles which he won with a dramatic advance of an apparently immovable pawn. Wins for the two newer members of the team clinched the match 2½-1½.

Rudy van Kemenade – Martin Jones 0-1

John Miller – Adam Watkin Jones 0-1

Julie van Kemenade – Scott Hammett ½-½

Robbie Coles – Sam Holman 0-1

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