Aberystwyth B faced a depleted team from Gwyddbwyll.com at the St David’s Club on Tuesday 5th March, so only three boards took part, with Aber captain Ian Finlay standing down. On top board I got nothing against Iwan Griffiths’s French (by transposition) – he seemed to play all the aggressive moves, but, for no very clear reason, turned out not to have anything either, and an early draw was agreed. On board 3, James Corrigan scored his first win for the club in only his second competitive game, against Emyr Llywelyn. Both players made mistakes but James will draw a lot of confidence from his success. But it was the board 2 game that provided the drama. Owen Llywelyn seemed to be cruising against Tony Geraghty’s Owen’s Defence – a couple of pawns up, with aggressively posted rooks, and a generally superior position. When he carelessly let his opponent’s bad bishop back into the game, he was still OK, but Tony had a sneaky trap prepared and Owen walked right into it, losing a piece. Shellshocked, he compounded the error by choosing the wrong option of the two available and dropped a rook into the bargain – an outrageous swindle for Aber, who won the match 3½-½ (including the defaulted game).

Matthew Francis – Iwan Griffiths ½-½

Owen Llywelyn – Tony Geraghty 0-1

James Corrigan – Emyr Llywelyn 1-0

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