Pontefract hope to clinch promotion

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Pontefract Chess Club maintained their promotion push in Yorkshire Chess League Division Three with a 7-1 home win against lowly Harrogate C.

Can Guven was gifted a default win when Harrogate arrived a man short.

Mateusz Szczepaniuk took advantage of numerous pawn weaknesses to notch a quick win, as did Norman Carr who gained a knight after only 10 moves.

Pontefract’s flying start to the match continued when Peter Gray made it 4-0 by winning a rook.

Pontefract held an unassailable lead with a victory by Chris Roche who came out on top when he promoted his pawn in a bishop versus knight (plus pawns) ending.

Pontefract led 6-0 after Dave Hatfield’s opponent got into time trouble but Harrogate avoided a whitewash when Steve Parker, already winning and two pawns up, failed to see and fell for a back rank mate.

Dave Parton, who was last to finish, let a comfortable winning position slip.

The game was heading for a drawn rook and pawns each ending before Parton eventually gained the upper hand with a neat tactical trick which resulted in him queening a pawn.

Pontefract’s last match is away to Hull DCA B.

It promises to be a tense clash because it will decide which of the two teams will be promoted to Yorkshire League Division Two next season.