After last week’s draw between Aberystwyth A and Cardigan B, this week’s match was a mirror image, with our B team “at home” (actually the Emlyn Cafe, Tanygroes) to champions Cardigan A. Four of the players, however,(the bottom two boards for Cardigan and the top two for Aber) were veterans of the earlier match. On top board, Howard Williams gradually outplayed Julie van Kemenade in a King’s Indian, winning two pawns and then grabbing a piece with a knight fork as Julie tried to win a pawn back. I lost the exchange early in the game against Iolo Jones, but seemed for a while to have compensation until Iolo’s accurate defence ensured a won ending. On board 3, Ian Finlay also lost the exchange but did better with his attack, as Caerwyn Owen went wrong and allowed mate. Finally, John Basterfield on bottom board did well to hold Seamus Cunnane to a draw in a blocked position arising from a Ruy Lopez. A good performance by our team, almost equalling Cardigan B’s achievement of last week; although heavily outgraded on every board, we lost the match by the narrow margin of 2.5 – 1.5, which, as you may remember from last season, is a score we specialize in.

Howard Williams – Julie van Kemenade 1-0

Matthew Francis – Iolo Jones 0-1

Caerwyn Owen – Ian Finlay 0-1

John Basterfield – Seamus Cunnane 0-5-0.5

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