Congratulations to Rudy van Kemenade and the Welsh team on their performance in the European Seniors Team Championship in Halkidiki, Greece, in April. The team finished an excellent 4th, only narrowly missing out on the bronze medal, while Rudy scored 4/7, and came close to winning against a Grandmaster.
In Rudy's absence, the A team played a match against Gwyddbwyll.com at the St David's Club on Tuesday 26th May. Julie van Kemenade obtained a crushing kingside position against Iwan Griffiths with her King's Indian, while his queenside advance came to nothing, leaving him with a hopeless defensive task. Adam Robinson had a slight advantage in a Caro-Kann with a long way to go when Owen Llywelyn got a knight trapped and resigned. On fourth board, Tony Geraghty won a piece early on against Emyr Llywelyn, and clinched the game with a deadly pin. My game on Board 3 came to an early and unfortunate end when Tegwyn Jones was taken ill with a stomach bug. Happlily, he felt well enough to drive himself home after a while, and the game was abandoned. League Controller Iolo Jones, in Greece with the Welsh Seniors team, ruled that the game should be awarded to Aberystwyth, but neither player's grading should be affected by the result. Aberystwyth therefore won the match 4-0.
Iwan Griffiths - Julie van Kemenade 0-1
Adam Robinson - Owen Llywelyn 1-0
Tegwyn Jones - Matthew Francis 0-1 (default)
Tony Geraghty - Emyr Llywelyn 1-0