Aberystwyth A continued their recent good form on Wednesday 12 March with a win against Haverfordwest at the Emlyn Cafe, Tanygroes. On top board, Mark Talbot finally broke his jinx against Colin Denham, a player he had never beaten despite a rating advantage of around 500 points. His advanced d-pawn gave him a useful space advantage, which he used to win material with a tactical trick. Rudy van Kemenade won the exchange early on with his King’s Indian against John Miller, but took some time to wear his opponent down, eventually reaching a winning rook ending. I was under pressure in the opening against Gavin Jones’s Sicilian, but once I had castled into safety the game swung round remarkably quickly, and Black had no answer to my powerful bishops and domination of the half-open f-file. Finally, Tony Geraghty had reached a level position with rooks and opposite-coloured bishops against Scott Hammett when he was presented with the gift of a back-rank mate. A whitewash to Aberystwyth A, 4-0.

Mark Talbot – Colin Denham 1-0

John Miller – Rudy van Kemenade 0-1

Matthew Francis – Gavin Jones 1-0

Scott Hammett – Tony Geraghty 0-1

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