A surprise defeat of Wrexham’s first team by Chester 2 at the start of March finally put paid to any hope of Wrexham retaining their League 1 title.
Missing their captain and talisman Richard Dineley Wrexham were at a disadvantage which Chester capitalized upon, winning 3½ to 1½. The only good news for Wrexham was the continued impressive form of Ray Holland who notched up his third victory in a row.
The first team were able to bounce back from this defeat though with a impressive display against Rhyl & Prestatyn. With Richard back at the helm wins by David James and David Simpson saw Wrexham through to an eventual 3½ to 1½ victory.
Jixan Yang played his first league game of the season for Wrexham 2 in their league 3 match against Corwen and Ruthin. The offer of a poisoned pawn led to a quick victory for Gary Slegg and victories by Jixan and team captain Peter Fisher soon followed. Ray Holland’s opponent put up a strong defence and seemed to be holding his own, but Ray doggedly piled on the pressure to record yet another win.
Richard Dineley Leads Wrexham 1 to victory over Rhyl & Prestatyn
Spokesperson Mike Hughes said “It is a pity that the first team are now out of contention to retain their League 1 title; however, victory tonight does mean they are in a good position to take runners up spot. The second team put on an impressive display to win against Corwen and Ruthin and with only 3 matches left we are hoping they can retain their lead to earn promotion into league 2.” Further details about Wrexham Chess Club can be obtained from Mikes Hughes on 01978 854676 or firstname.lastname@example.org