Pontefract battling to avoid the drop

Pontefract remain at the foot of the table.
Pontefract remain at the foot of the table.

Pontefract Chess Club remain in relegation trouble in Yorkshire Chess League Division Two after being pipped 4½-3½ at a strong Sheffield D team.

Norman Carr, who was first to finish, accepted defeat when he was two pawns down.

Adam Routledge had a good knight combination but settled for a draw in a complicated position. Pontefract levelled when Peter Cooper won with a knight pin.

Dave Hatfield, with equal materials in a pawn-knight ending, gained a good draw.

Pete Gray, who was a pawn down and under pressure on his king, lost a knight and the game.

Steve Parker, back on top board, gained a draw against a higher graded player in an evenly-contested match. Bill Pinder accepted the offer of a draw.

Pontefract’s Chris Roche needed to win to make the overall scores level but he could only draw.

Pontefract remain at the foot of the table.

They need to start winning in the New Year if they are to avoid relegation.