Pontefract’s lack of concentration punished

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Pontefract Chess Club’s promotion push in Yorkshire League Division Three suffered a setback with a 5-3 home defeat against West Leeds.

Bill Pinders’ imprecise play led to defeat with the loss of two pawns but Ian Haley gave Pontefract a boost when he levelled at 1-1.

Haley won a pawn when his fast play unnerved his opponent.

He came out on top by converting his extra pawn to a queen.

Can Govern briefly put Pontefract ahead when his constant pressure was rewarded with a win but West Leeds struck back.

Chris Roche gained three pawns only to give up his rook to save his queen later on and his inaccurate play was punished as West Leeds levelled.

The match swung in West Leeds’ favour when they won the next two games to lead 4-2.

Dave Parton missed an opening trap, losing a bishop for a pawn, and Peter Grays’ poor development led to him being the exchange down rook for knight.

Steve Parker pulled a point back by making his extra pawn tell in a difficult rooks plus pawns ending.

Pontefract could have drawn the match when Norman Carr looked a likely winner but an incorrect bishop sacrifice led to a lost ending from a promising start.

Lack of concentration from certain players was costly in the end.

It meant that a match that could have been won 5-3 was instead lost by the same margin.

Pontefract dropped two vital points in their bid to move up a division.