Wrexham Chess Club win Knock Out Competition
Wrexham Chess Club defeated Chester 4-2 in the final of the Chester & North Wales League’s Knockout Cup in what proved to be an exciting and tense finish to the season.
Charles Morris’ victory gave Wrexham and early lead; however, Chester hit back inflicting a rare defeat on Ray Holland. Wrexham appeared to gain the upper hand with wins by Brian Davies and David James, but Chester had the advantage in the remaining two games and wins on these boards would tie the score, giving Chester the match on board count. Chester duly won the first of these but tension rose on the remaining board where Captain Richard Dineley was short of time and material down but had the more active pieces. As players from both teams crowded round the board Richard’s queen and knights broke through to win the match for Wrexham.
Richard Dineley said “This was a fantastic result for us and a real team effort against a Chester side that has been undefeated in League 1 this season. Our victory tonight has proved they can be beaten and we can enter the off –season with renewed confidence and determination that we will put up a real fight for the League 1 championship next season. I’d like to thank everyone who played in the first and knock-out teams for Wrexham this season and winning the knock out competition is just rewards for their efforts.”
Wrexham Club President Mike Hughes commented: “This was an excellent achievement for the whole Wrexham team and an outstanding performance on the night against a strong Chester team that has dominated the league this season. The match was one of the tensest I have ever watched and for a time I thought that Chester were going to snatch it away from us; however, a magnificent effort by our Captain, Richard Dineley, in the last game to finish finally decided the match in our favour.”
Wrexham Chess Club members are reminded that the club is now closed for the summer and will reopen on Tuesday 4 September. The Secretary will contact members with details of the AGM when the date is fixed and this will also be advertised in the local press. Prospective members are welcome to come along to the AGM to find out more about the club and to celebrate Wrexham’s League 3 and Knock Out titles.