All square in chess derby

HEBDEN Bridge Chess Club started the new Calderdale Chess League season with a bang, with all four teams in action.

The A team, playing away against Todmorden A, were held to a draw by the home side, who were aided by a win for Alastair Wright, former Hebden A team captain now playing for Todmorden, against the new captain, Dave Shapland.

However, a win by new A team member Pete Leonard levelled the account.

Individual results were: M. Hamer ½, M. Parsons ½; A. Clarkson 0, D. Ursal 1; A. Wright 1, D. Shapland 0; C. Edwards 0, P. Leonard 1; D. A. Innes 1, N. Sykes 0.

The B team, playing at their home venue, the Trades Club, found it hard going against Courier A and went down 4-1. Matthew Wedge-Roberts and Andy Leatherbarrow, on boards 1 and 2, managed creditable draws, but the visitors’ lower board players proved too strong for Hebden B.

Individual results were: M. Wedge-Roberts ½, J. Morgan ½; A. Leatherbarrow ½, D. Patrick ½; M. Syrett 0, R. Clegg 1; P. Olley 0, D. Colledge 1; D. Sugden 0, G. Thompson 1.

The C team, also playing at home, held a strong Todmorden B side to a 2 ½ - 2 ½ draw, this time with strong play on the lower boards.

Individual results were: T. Sullivan 0, R. Tokeley 1; T. DeLuca 0, P. Logan 1; J. Kerrane 1, G. Bowker 0; S. Priest ½, R. Stoelman ½; N. Bamford 1, R. Pratt 0.