Title goes down to wire again
THE West Wales Chess League division one title has once again gone down to the final league game of the season.
In the latest matches Nidum A trounced Morriston A 5-0. Richard S Jones, Rob Saunders, Alan Bennett, Andrew Gibbons and Gareth Harley-Yeo all won their games against Chris Howells, Peter Bevan, Ian Eustis, Adrian Davies and Alan Williams.
This was matched by White Knights A, who beat Upper Killay Falcons 5-0.
Alan Young, Gerry Heap, Bill Hewitt, Adam May and David Buttell all won against Fred Clough, Ralph Cook, Sietse Los, Eva Los and Bill Flew.
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Although Nidum A are strong favourites, the title is still up for grabs.
Llanelli side White Knights C defeated bottom-placed Morriston B 3-2. Keith Downey and Nicholas Evans won on the middle boards against Les Philpin and Paul Scott.
Tony Goodchild pulled a point back by beating James Evans, but the other games were drawn between David Buttell and Chris Daniel against Andrew Smith and Sam Pritchard.
The division two title could have been won by Port Talbot- based G6 with a win last week but they ended up losing to third- placed Castell Nedd Emperors 3-2.
With two games left for G6, one win would still give them the title. In the above match, Martyn Griffiths and Steve Smith won on the top two boards against Mark Jones and Neil Stuart.
Mike Kearn and Andrew DiVetta levelled matters with wins over Wayne Prescott and Dennis Thomas.
The match hinged on the result on bottom board, with Angharad Jenkins outplaying Bob Owen and winning deep into the second time control with minutes to spare.
Woodman A stayed second with a tight 3-2 win over White Knights D.
Alan Rosser won for the home side over Conor Poole, while James Evans returned the favour with a win over Peter Smith.
David Cleverly and Gary Harber drew with Chris Daniel and Mike Richards.
Woodman B beat Llangyfelach Rooks 3-2. Ken Huntley and Tony Scanes beat Alwin Thomas and Steve Lockley, while Mateusz Sieduszewski and Joseph Cura beat Lee Godfrey and Mike Osborn.
Briton Ferry Giants remained top of division three with a 4-1 win over Upper Killay Harriers.
Damon Davies, Robert Wood, Colin Chambers and Karl Fredriksson all won. Clive Gosling replied with a win on board three over Lauren Davies.
Second-placed Castell Nedd Tribunes slipped up with a 3-2 defeat by Upper Killay Eagles.
Hywel Griffiths and Wayne Prescott won on the top boards, but Joe Cunningham and Akshay Chugh won on boards three and four to secure the points.
Bottom team Upper Killay Hawks defeated Morriston C 3.5-1.5.
Norman Speak and Mohammad Farhadi beat Tony Goodchild and John Ward, Joe Cunningham drew with Griff Davies, and Les Philpin pulled a point back with a win over Nick Hale.
Meanwhile, round five of the Welsh Premier League took place last weekend, with West Wales' stop two sides, White Knights and Nidum, meeting in Llanelli.
The match was tied 3-3. Richard S Jones beat Alan Young on top board, but this was cancelled out by Bill Hewitt winning on board two against Alan Bennett. All of the other games ended up as draws between David Buttell, David Guy, Keith Downey and Nicholas Evans against Rob Saunders, Andrew Gibbons, Gareth Harley-Yeo and Matthew Davies.