CHESTER broke their duck in the sun at Church Road where a Mark Beesley double and a comeback goal from Dean Spink clinched victory.
It was a particularly satisfying day for Spink who had been out of action for the whole of last season with a knee injury.
He made a spectacular return with a 12th-minute goal after a David Kerr shot had been blocked, and then showed his versatility by moving back to the centre of defence after Carl Ruffer went off with an injured foot.
Blues had to play second fiddle territorially in the first period, despite taking the lead early on, as Hayes launched a number of attacks yet failed to produce an equalising goal.
And it was a blow when Chester hit them on the break later in the half, cutting inside and smashing a stunning shot past keep Bertrand Bossu.
Hayes were finally rewarded for their efforts when Dean Clark curled a free-kick home while City goalkeeper Wayne Brown was still lining up his defensive wall.
Brown saved at point-blank range early in the second half from Mark Molesley and as Hayes pressed forward for an equaliser Chester again counter-punched as Beesley fired in his second goal following a pass by Jimmy Haarhoff.
With the hot sun beginning to drain the energy from the players Hayes ran out of steam and Chester had little trouble protecting their two-goal cushion.
Hayes: Bossu, Ashton, Sterling, Dick (Watts 45, Case 68), Warner, Molesley, Dyer (Stevens 80), Clark, Hodge, Currie, Brown. Sub: Highton.
Chester: Brown, Ruffer (Haarhoff 56), M Rose, Porter, S Rose, Lancaster, Hill (Wright 58), Kerr, Spink (Roberts 90), Beesley, Ruscoe. Subs: Kilgannon, Hopwood.
Booked: Kerr, Lancaster, S Rose.
Referee: M Russell.