Despite gifting their opponents a point start because they were a man short, Pontefract put up a brave show before losing 5-3 at Hull DCA B in Yorkshire Chess League Division Two.
Bill Pinder made it 1-1 with a back rank check, winning a queen and the game.
Hull regained the lead when Norman Carr, already exchange down, lost another piece and resigned
With Steve Parker’s solid position earning only a draw Pontefract trailed 2½-1½.
A draw for Chris Roche was followed by a defeat for Peter Cooper who after multiple exchanges found himself in a hopeless position.
At 4-2 down it looked grim for Pontefract before Dave Parton gave them hope with a subtle trap to gain a rook for a knight and winning end game.
Unfortunately, Steve Spencer’s doubled pawns led to a defeat and Pontefract were left to rue their missing board three player.