Pontefract strike back to notch historic chess victory

Steve Parker, who was last to finish, gave Pontefract an excellent win.
Steve Parker, who was last to finish, gave Pontefract an excellent win.
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Pontefract ended their relegation worries in Yorkshire Chess League Division Two by beating Wakefield A for the first time in the club’s history.

Pontefract came out on top 4½-3½ after recovering from a slow start.

Colin Procter was first to finish on top board. Outgraded by 35 points, he battled well but was undone by his opponent’s clever play.

Chris Roche, having exchanged queens early on, gained a creditable draw in a rook pawn ending.

Norman Carr also achieved a draw. With a queen pawn ending, perpetual check was inevitable and a draw was agreed.

It also finished all square in Steve Spencer’s match in a rook pawn ending.

Adam Routledge’s opponent had two advanced pawns which caused havoc so he was forced to resign.

Leading 3½-1½ at that stage, Wakefield were favourites but Pontefract rallied superbly.

Peter Cooper, with a rook up for a knight, won with a strong attack on king.

Pete Gray was unable to castle which caused problems but he eventually won a knight versus bishop ending to put Pontefract level.

Steve Parker, who was last to finish, was involved in an even end game. He managed to promote a pawn and give Pontefract an excellent win.