Promotion bid maintained

Pontefract maintained their excellent start to the new chess season.
Pontefract maintained their excellent start to the new chess season.
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Pontefract maintained their 100 per cent record in Yorkshire Chess League Division Three with Saturday’s 7-1 victory at Wakefield B.

Pontefract were gifted their first point because weakened Wakefield were without their top two players and could only field seven.

Bill Pinder made it 2-0 by winning a pawn after a slow development by his opponbent led to a blunder.

Chris Roche also earned a pawn, with a successful pawn charge forcing another resignation. Dave Parton, who had earlier also won a pawn promoted to queen, put Pontefract 4-0 up.

Steve Spencer, who was two pawns up, gave up rook for knight to prevent mate and failed to capitalise on his many winning options. However, a drawn ending was still enough to ensure Pontefract won the match.

Roy Thomas was also two pawns up but then lost one and found himself with a draw when he was unable to promote his extra rook pawn.

The last two games were both Pontefract wins.

Steve Parker won on time when his opponent’s flag fell, a pawn down in a difficult ending. New board two Peter Gray won the exchange rook for knight to crush his opponent slowly in the ending and round off an excellent overall Pontefract performance that keeps them firmly on course for promotion.