Sunday, 26 March 2017
Sunday, 19 March 2017
Aberystwyth's B team had a good evening on Tuesday 7 March, while the A team were losing narrowly to Cardigan in the cosy space of the small function room at the Brynamlwg Tavern. Julie van Kemenade, continuing her return to chess, played a typically enterprising piece sacrifice with Black against Iwan Griffiths to get a dangerous attack which he was unable to defend. James Corrigan dominated the centre against Owen Llywelyn's King's Indian, and the Black counterplay on the queenside was not enough compensation. Ian Finlay, playing another King's Indian, missed a chance to go a piece up, but Tegwyn Jones lost on time. On fourth board, Sam Holman did win a piece, and by the time Emyr Llywelyn had regained it, White's attack was unstoppable. A clean sweep for the B team, 4-0.
Saturday, 11 March 2017
The capacity of the small function room at the Brynamlwg Tavern was tested to the full on Tuesday 7 March, when the A and B teams had matches at the same time. With the addition of another table, we were able to fit everyone in, and it is at any rate a cosier venue than the St David's Club was in its latter days. News of the B team match will follow in the next post. Cardigan were once again visiting, this time to play the A team. On top board Rudy van Kemenade had prepared carefully for his Leningrad Dutch against Howard Williams, but seemed to lose patience in the middle game, loosening his kingside in search of an attack that was not really there; instead it was White who broke into his opponent's castled position. Robbie Wright tried for pressure on the queenside in his London System against Iolo Jones, but ended up getting his rook pinned and losing the exchange, resigning rather prematurely when he still had some play. Adam Robinson also seemed to have pressure for a while against Tony Haigh's Trompowksy, but apparently missed a chance of an advantage just before the draw was agreed. I got a free gift from Awne Osinga when he dropped a piece on move 5 - not the first time that mistake has been made in the same postion in rated games, according to Rudy's database - after which I had no real problem clinching the win. As with last week's match, the top two boards secured victory for Cardigan,
Friday, 10 March 2017
There is a time in almost every chess season when one or other of the Aber teams seem to be playing Cardigan almost constantly (though, to be fair, this was truer in the days when Cardigan also fielded two teams). That time has now arrived, and on Tuesday 28 February, it was the B team's turn to host the League Champions, the first time we have played them at our new venue of the Brynamlwg Tavern. On top board, Adam Robinson could never quite match Howard Williams's piece activity in a constantly changing ending, and by the time it got down to opposite-coloured bishops the two-pawn deficit was enough to ensure his defeat. Julie van Kemenade, in her first match for some time, played an ingenious exchange sac against Iolo Jones, whose defence was ingenious enough to cope with it. Julie might have had a draw, but lost while trying for more. My game against Tony Haigh was a French Exchange that never looked like being other than a draw, a complete contrast to the game on Board 4, where James Corrigan played the wild Danish Gambit against Awne Osinga, and eventually got the attack he was seeking, winning a piece with more material to follow. The result was 2½-1½ to Cardigan.
Monday, 6 March 2017
Here is a blitz win by Rudy van Kemenade against a German grandmaster, played at Gibraltar recently.He says he had a little help from the GM's IM daughter.