Pontefract lost their 100 per cent record in Yorkshire Chess League Division Three but still remain unbeaten after drawing 4-4 with a determined Sheffield F team on Saturday.
Pontefract, who are still two points clear at the top, started well when Bill Pinder’s opponent blundered away a bishop.
But it was 1-1 when Chris Roche, after being the exchange rook for bishop ahead. unexpectedly suffered his first defeat this year
When Can Govern was massacred after allowing a queen rampage and Dave Parton lost his rook for bishop it looked bad for Pontefract.
However, Parton showed grit and found numerous tricky moves to earn a precious draw.
With Dave Hatfield, despite being a pawn up, gaining no advantage, Sheffield still led 3-2 after another draw.
Norman Carr, who had been battering away with his queen and two rooks, briefly levelled only for Steve Spencer to lose with incorrect endgame play.
Last to finish Steve Parker proved two bishops allied with a queen is better than a rook with queen as he forced through a pawn promotion for a victory to draw the match.
Sheffield F, who also held second-placed Dewsbury to a 4-4 draw, are now third and are proving to be dark horses for the championship.