Round 2 is now over: Caerphilly travelled to Neath on Thursday evening hoping to repeat their result of last season and the match soon produced its fair share of interesting openings, certainly more interesting than most of the Cardigan - Cwmbran match, not that I'm in a strong position to criticise.
On board 1, Richard Jones stopped to think, against Ioan Rees, on about move 13 while most of the other games had reached move 2, and the match seemed evenly balanced for some time. Gwynfor Rees had early problems against Andrew Gibbons on board 3, but later on Gareth Harley Yeo and Dave Perrett were successfully fighting back, against Rob Moore and Alan Bennett, for Caerphilly.
At the time control, at move 35, the board 1 game had fizzled out in a draw after a brief period of excitement and the board 2 game between John Thornton and Rob Saunders had done the same, except without the brief period of excitement. Soon after, Gareth Harley Yeo and Andrew Gibbons had converted their advantages into wins, leaving the match resting on the Perrett - Bennett game.
After a long think, just after the time control, Dave Perrett decided to play safe. He returned his exchange for an extra pawn in a rook ending which was difficult to lose, but more difficult for Alan Bennett to defend. The game, and the clocks, were gradually going Dave's way and eventually Alan lost on time just as his position was getting hopeless.