Nidum White Knights
L Williams 1-0 A Young (w)
R S Jones 1-0 J Garcia
C Walsh 1-0 D Guy
A Bennett 1/2-1/2 C Evans
A Gibbons 1-0 S Ellum
On board 1, Alan and Leighton contested a Philidor. Alan seemed to have a comfortable position but a nice exchance sac by the IM made white's position collapse.
A crazy game on board two finished not long after. Richard sac'd the exchange on h1 against Jason's centre-counter, and in the ensuing flurry of tactics Jason returned the exchange for a rook and opposite colour bishop endgame. However the Nidum man played it well and picked up some pawns and the full point.
Another sharp game on board 3 saw David Guy's pet anti-nimzo line against Chris, but the Nidum man was left with the bishop pair and all the chances, which he duly converted into the point.
On board 5, Steve Ellum played the closed system against Andrew's sicilian, but the standard queenside advance forced a speculative piece sacrifice out of Steve, which was duly refuted by the Nidum man.
I think it's fair to say board 4 was the most watched game of the night. Right from the opening the stage was set when Alan's hopes of a standard scotch four knights were dashed after 1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.d4 exd4 5.Nxd4 Nxe4. The game took on crazy proportions when Alan soon sac'd on h7, and instead of the winning Qg4 chose the "win" of the black queen for three pieces, with black's bishops on c8, f8, and black's knights on d8 and e8 after the combination. Indeed, the only piece off the back rank for either side was black's king on f6! However, black managed to consolidate, and with the help of a pawn sacrifice activated all his pieces. In an incredible time scramble after the first time control both sides missed wins, and as both flags fell almost simultaneously the players agreed a peaceful conclusion.


From the West Wales League Newsletter by Craig Evans...

?Ymosodiad Dewr; Amddyffyniad Sicr?