Pontefract make right moves in opening match

Pontefract made a winning start to their chess league campaign.
Pontefract made a winning start to their chess league campaign.

Pontefract won their opening fixture in Yorkshire Chess League Division Three after surviving a late fightback from Wakefield B to record a rather fortunate 4½-3½ home victory.

Norman Carr lost after failing to repel an attack on his king but Pontefract won the next three games to lead 3-1 at half way.

Chris Roche forced through a pawn to queen promotion and Bill Pinder did the same after a four-pawn attack gained him two pawns. Dave Parton accepted a pawn sacrifice and witheld pressure for a winning ending.

With good positions on all four remaining boards, Wakefield B still had hope and they cut the gap when Pontefract’s Can Govern had to part with his queen after a rook check.

Steve Spencer’s opponent failed to find a winning combination in a difficult position and took the wrong option, leaving Steve with a draw which he probably deserved in the long run.

New player Adam Rouledge was forced to play on board one due to absences. He was under constant pressure but good defence saw him earn a draw.

Dave Hatfield, who was last to finish, had a knight and two pawns versus bishop and two pawns. He was a pawn down but his opponent was in time trouble.

Dave’s tactic in a lost ending was to play quickly.

His opponent found the correct moves and queened a pawn with seconds left and was just about to mate Dave when his clock flag fell, signifying a loss.

Dave declined the lucky win and graciously accepted a draw, giving Pontefract a narrow overall victory.