Relegation-haunted Pontefract edged out

Pontefract were pipped by Calderdale B.
Pontefract were pipped by Calderdale B.

Pontefract Chess Club remain in relegation trouble in Yorkshire League Division Two.

Despite a brave showing, they lost 5½-4½ at Halifax team Calderdale B.

After gaining the better position, Pontefract’s Jonathan Mahoney couldn’t break through and had to accept a draw. It was a similar story for Steve Spencer who, after exchanging both rooks, also had to accept a draw.

With Dave Parton’s solid play ensuring anther draw the teams remained deadlocked.

The match then swung Calderdale’s way when Pete Gray’s exposed king cost him dear.

Steve Parker appeared to have a good attack going but suddenly lost exchange rook for bishop and Pontefract found themselves 3½-1½ down.

New player Peter Cooper pulled a point back with a better pawn ending.

Chris Roche, with a knight versus a bishop ending, had to settle for a draw.

It left Bill Pinder needing to win to draw the match overall but a pawn down he did well to get a draw.