Nov 272010

This week was Division 2 week in the Calderdale Chess League. John Kerrane brings us a report on one of the last fixtures in the summer individual knockout as well as news of the ‘D’ team’s home fixture. But first, has anyone seen our ‘C’ team? Pete Rawlings’ men were due to play away against Todmorden ‘C’ on Monday night but it would appear that they did not! All the games were defaulted according to the League website. If anyone finds our ‘C’ team please return them to the Trades Club on Holme Street.

Now for John’s report which appeared in this week’s Hebden Bridge Times.

On Monday evening, the second semi-final of the Calderdale Chess League Summer Individual KO Competition was decided at Hebden Bridge Chess Club, between Dave Wedge and his son Matthew. After a close endgame, Matthew found himself in zugzwang — the only moves left to him all led to disaster — and resigned. The final of this summer competition will be an all-Hebden Bridge affair between Dave Wedge and Martin Fairhurst, and with luck, we may get it played before Christmas!

At the same time, the club’s training team, Hebden Bridge D, were playing at home against Halifax B, and found themselves outclassed by the visitors, going down ½ – 4½. The only bright spots for the home team were Dan Crampton’s draw in a crazy game on board 5, and Paul Dearden’s fine play on board 4 before he succumbed to his opponent’s greater experience.

The individual results were:

Hebden Bridge ‘D’ – Halifax ‘B’
D. Pugh 0 – 1 A. Dawson
J. Todd 0 – 1 B. Wadsworth
B. Fernley 0 -1 J. Nicholson
P. Dearden 0 – 1 D. Summerskill
D. Crampton ½ – ½ J. Gilhooly
½ – 4½

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