It is still very early in the season, but the Aberystwyth team looks to have a ruthless streak about it at the moment. Steynton A were competitive in every game at the Emlyn Cafe, Tanygroes on Monday 29th October but Aber scored another whitewash. Rudy van Kemenade won a pawn in a Reti against Martin Jones, and kept control of the endgame, though Black missed the chance to transpose into a drawish rook-and-pawn position. Adam Watkin-Jones had a complex struggle against David Pinch in a Modern / London hybrid opening, until White suddenly blundered, handing him a rook with mate to follow. Julie van Kemenade's King's Indian Attack against John Miller's French was also double-edged, with both sides having vulnerable kings, but White's attack proved more dangerous. Finally, James Cook could not find a way through in a major-piece battle against Scott Hammett's Bird's Opening, and offered a draw, which White should have accepted, as the position opened up for Black a couple of moves later. Another 4-0 win for Aber.
Meanwhile the club championship has started, and the first game was a solid positional win for Dan Hardman against Francis Headley in a King's Indian Defence.