Cwmbran travelled to Cardiff without their usual captain, Jon Gilbert, on Tuesday evening to try to continue their impressive start to the season.
Cardiff were also worried at the start of the match by the non-arrival of Gabor Pinter. He had turned up, on time, at Pontypridd railway station only to find that his train had been cancelled. He spent 35 minutes, listening to repeated apologies for any inconvenience caused, before being able to make any progress.
My game, on board 4 against Freddie Brown, got off to a promising start when my opponent thought for 45 minutes over his first 7, reasonably normal, moves. This progress on the clock, however, was not repeated on the board where there was absolutely no sign of any advantage. Meanwhile, Cardiff were making progress on the two boards that I could see clearly: Tim Kett was slowly getting the better of Robert Taylor on board 3 and Keith Thompson had a clear advantage against Paul Tew on board 5. My game was the first to finish as Freddie's flag fell, in a position where there was still absolutely nothing happening, while making his last move before the time control.
After my cigarette break, Tim had converted his advantage into a win and Gabor, who had had some early problems against Peter Varley, won his game shortly after. Alan Spice, after over-pressing earlier for a win on board 2, was defending desperately against Dave Robinson and Keith Thompson, having missed a mate in two in the time-scramble, was now trying to dodge all of Paul Tew's attempted counterplay. Alan finally failed to defend, and Keith finally failed to dodge all of Paul's counter play.