Pontefract survived another tough encounter to maintain their 100 per cent record in Yorkshire Chess League Division Three on Saturday.
They recorded a 5-3 home win over relegated Dewsbury after being gifted a 2-0 lead because their opponents arrived two men short.
Steve Spencer’s steady play was enough to earn a draw but Pontefract then suffered a setback when Dave Parton, who made the better opening, allowed a speculative attack to succeed after some poor moves.
At 2½-1½ behind, Dewsbury tried hard to get back in the game.
Pontefract’s Chris Roche, who had been two pawns up, made a wrong move and lost his bishop.
He did well to survive for a draw to leave Pontefract 3-2 ahead.
Top board Steve Parker was a pawn ahead but agreed a draw when time control was reached in a difficult position.
Adam Routledge allowed a passed pawn but blocked the position which his opponent surprisingly allowed for another draw.
Peter Gray was a rook for a bishop and pawn down but good play from the Pontefract man forced a pawn to queen.
His opponent, who had to win to save the match for Dewsbury, refused to give up rook for queen which would have resulted in a drawn game. He played on and lost a few moves later.
Although Pontefract have won their opening two matches against Wakefield B and Dewsbury, they must play better if they are to improve on last season when they narrowly missed out on promotion.