West Wales 2007-8
Finals night in the West Wales KO Cup took place in the Visteon Club, Treboeth. White Knights A beat Morriston A to take the West Wales Open KO Cup while White Knights B did the same in the Major (under 1700) section to Rhyddings A to make it a successful outing for the Llanelli teams.
There was early excitement in the Open match, as Alan Young on board one beat Peter Bevan in a mere six moves, after the latter dropped a piece and resigned immediately. After this things settled down somewhat and eventually Jason Garcia agreed a draw with Malcolm Jones on board two. Almost immediately, Craig Evans, who was a pawn up on board three, offered the draw to Ian Eustis who had little choice but to accept, effectively conceding the match. The last remaining game between Keith Downey and Adrian Davies also ended all square, leaving the Knights winners by 2Ѕ - 1Ѕ.
In the Major contest, on board one Steve Edwards drew for the fifth time in three years with Peter Thomas following a particularly stodgy variation of the QGD, but Aled George on board three dismantled Alan Rosser's Nimzo-Indian to give White Knights the lead. The spotlight then fell on board two, where Malcolm Probert was up against it with the black pieces against the experienced Ken Huntley. White was a pawn up and had a marching protected passed pawn, but fortunately for the Knights the march went a bit wrong, a pawn fell and white's advantage evaporated. A draw was rather timidly agreed and the cup was won by the Knights. On board four, Adam Jones could now relax, and he enjoyed an endgame victory over Derek Bellamy. 3 – 1 and the double for the Llanelli club completed.
In the Under 1400 the pundits had put their money on Castell Nedd Senators, but Swansea Valley Dynamos came and upset the odds. On bottom board, Dennis Thomas checkmated Karanjeet Arora after one hour and a quarter. Arora ran into trouble with with the Spanish bind - The Ruy Lopez. All the other Senators had to do was play for draws but unfortunately this did not happen as they forgot that the clock and both Wayne Prescott and John Dawes lost on time. Steve Smith just about scrambled to move 50 and offered a draw which Joe Spooner did not have to accept, but he magnanimously did. Emrys Davies and Daniel Griffiths deserved their wins, because they kept the pressure up throughout. A well earned victory for the Dynamos and a new name on the trophy.
West Wales youngsters were also involved in junior matches against the English regions held in Monmouth. Sam Pritchard, Ivan Remot and Daniel Wilmot of the Bishop Vaughan Club and Roshan Daniel and Minshi Yuan of Upper Killay turned out for the Welsh Under 14 team. In the Under 12s, Bishop Vaughan provided Philippe Rodgers and Jack Brenton, Upper Killay turned out Eva Los, Jerry Zhou and Morgan Taylor.
Sam Pritchard’s good form continued with 2Ѕ points out of 4. Ivan Remot found the going hard with only Ѕ a point from his two games. Daniel Wilmot scored 1 from 2. Roshan Daniel made 1Ѕ from 4, but Minshi Yuan had no luck in his two games. Phillipe Rodgers scored 1Ѕ from 2 against the South West, but failed to add to his account against the South East. Jack Brenton made 1 from 4. Jerry Zhou scored one draw out of his two games.
Richard E. Jones