Aberystwyth A’s first match of the season was against Carmarthen, the team who beat them into third place last season, at the Emlyn Cafe, on Wednesday 14 October. On Board 1, Rudy van Kemenade did well against Gerry Heap’s surprise choice of the Bishop’s Opening,helping to create the kind of complex position both players enjoy. However, it quickly resolved into an ending neither really fancied, and they agreed an early draw. Julie van Kemenade was facing an unknown quantity in Robert Narayan-Taylor, who had not played over the board for many years, and was probably playing too high up the order – a player’s current strength is always difficult to assess in such circumstances. Julie happily accepted his pawn sacrifice in a Ruy Lopez, and soon found a tactic that won a piece and the game. Adam Robinson seemed to have chances in a King’s Indian against David Buttell, who had taken too many moves to bring his king to the queenside. But Black’s pawn sac produced nothing, and Adam could only take advantage of the exposed king to force a draw. On bottom board, my English-type formation against Paul Orton’s Sicilian gave me a big space advantage after he lost his stronghold on d4, and I was able to clinch the game quickly with a kingside attack. Wins with White and draws with Black gave Aber a 3-1 victory.

Good luck to Rudy and the other Dyfed players who are currently in Skopje, Macedonia, representing Cardigan in the European Club Cup.

Gerry Heap – Rudy van Kemenade ½-½

Julie van Kemenade – Robert Narayan-Taylor 1-0

David Buttell – Adam Robinson ½-½

Matthew Francis – Paul Orton 1-0

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