LAST Sunday a team from Abergavenny Chess Club took on the full might of Cardiff in the penultimate round of the Welsh Chess Premier League (WCPL) and beat them convincingly.

Abergavenny are now in second place one point behind Cwmbran with one round remaining.

The town's chess masters had already soundly beaten teams from Newport, Swansea, Cardigan and the Vale of Glamorgan, and only lost by the smallest of margins to top team Cwmbran.

The top two teams in the WCPL are invited to take part in the chess equivalent of the Champions League this autumn.

Abergavenny last played in this prestigious event in 1997 where, as history would have it, they beat Cardiff in the penultimate round in order to qualify. Let's hope history repeats itself.

Abergavenny still need to win their last round match against fourth place Neath to guarantee qualification. So watch this space.

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