A week after their 3-1 defeat to Haverfordwest’s A team, Aberystwyth B had the less demanding-looking task of playing the same club’s B team at the Emlyn Cafe, Tanygroes, on Monday 29th April. On top board, I got a good initiative with my Sicilian against John Miller, and, after tactical oversights by both players, reached a favourable ending with an extra pawn and the two bishops. Not for the first time this season, I frittered away the advantage with inaccurate play and had to settle for a draw. Tony Geraghty arrived at a quiet-seeming middle-game from his London System against Scott Hammett, with both players castled on the queenside. Then the complications started and Tony – again following recent precedent – went in for a slightly dodgy piece sacrifice. His opponent missed the best line and Tony played the attack vigorously to secure the win. Ian Finlay also reached a level position with his King’s Indian against Robbie Coles, who then made a number of small slips, any one of which would have been enough to give away the advantage. After missing some opportunities, Ian finally took control, and White resigned, perhaps a bit prematurely, though certainly in a lost position. Finally, on Board 4, playing his first away match for the club, James Corrigan had an easy game against Margaret Baron, picking up a steady supply of material before giving mate. The match finished 3½-½ to Aberystwyth B.

John Miller – Matthew Francis ½-½

Tony Geraghty – Scott Hammett 1-0

Robbie Coles – Ian Finlay 0-1

James Corrigan – Margaret Baron 1-0

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