YP Article 9 – 12th December 2015

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As the local evening chess leagues across Yorkshire get towards the half way stages it seems like an appropriate moment to begin covering some of the action. We begin this week with Calderdale.

League 1

The reigning champions, Todmorden A, look odds on favorites to retain their title having opened a two point gap on their nearest rivals after six rounds of fixtures. League rules in Calderdale award the home side the White pieces on all five boards in each match and Todmorden have taken full advantage of this by beating their perennial close rivals Halifax A, Hebden Bridge A and Huddersfield all at home. They also boast two of the top three highest scoring individuals in the league. Their board 5 player, Dave Patrick, has a one hundred per cent record so far and their board 1, Martin Hamer, is in joint second place with 5/6.

League 2

Halifax ‘C’ top the table with four wins and 8 points. Hebden Bridge B and Todmorden C are level on 4 points each but have a match in hand against each other still to play. The top scoring individual in League 2 is currently Vivienne Webster of Halifax ‘C’ who is on 4/4.

The Winning Move

From Hebden Bridge A vs. Brighouse 2015. Although he ultimately went on to win, White missed a thematic tactic that would have been immediately decisive. Can you do better? Last week: 16…Bxh2+! 17.Kxh2 Qh4+ 18.Kg1 Qxf2+ 19.Kh2 Rf3 the mating attack is unstoppable. The game continued 20.Be5 Bc8 21.Qe2 Rh3#

From Hebden Bridge A vs. Brighouse 2015. Although he ultimately went on to win, White missed a thematic tactic that would have been immediately decisive. Can you do better?
Last week: 16…Bxh2+! 17.Kxh2 Qh4+ 18.Kg1 Qxf2+ 19.Kh2 Rf3 the mating attack is unstoppable. The game continued 20.Be5 Bc8 21.Qe2 Rh3#