With the Students' Union closed for the Easter holiday, the return match between the Town and University teams, following the latter's unexpected victory earlier in the season, took place at the Marine Hotel on the Promenade. On top board, Rudy van Kemenade showed that strong players can get away with oversights that the rest of us get punished for, when his miscalculated Nxf7 sac against Marcus Perry in a Ruy Lopez was met almost immediately by Black dropping a rook, leaving him the exchange up with a simple win. On Board 2 Adam Watkin-Jones managed to trap Dan Hardman's queen in a Sicilian, and White was only able to escape by giving up too much material. The bottom board was also a Sicilian, where Sam Holman's strategic dominance in the centre led to material advantage and an eventual win against Kit Barker. The longest game, on Board 3, was a repeat of last week's friendly between Kieran Judge and myself. Once again, the result was a draw after the lower-rated player had the best of the struggle; at one point under the pressure of time and tactics, I made an illegal move, which led to a welcome intermission as the remaining players retired to the other room to try to add the statutory two minutes to Kieran's clock. Digital clock technology being what it is, the process took about ten minutes, which was a useful breather for both of us. The match finished 3½-½ to Aberystwyth Town.
The club is now adjourned for the holiday, and our next club night will be Tuesday 30 April.