Tod take Hebden’s chess crown

A LARGE contingent from Hebden Bridge Chess Club travelled to the Belgrave Club, Claremount, Halifax, for the annual Team Lightning tournament - the traditional closer to the Calderdale Chess League season.

This is a good chance to get together for the regular league players, and the event is fairly light-hearted, with moves being played every 10 seconds on a buzzer, giving plenty of chances for oversights and errors.

Even so, all the clubs want to pick up the trophy, and when Hebden Bridge A, the current holders, saw the Todmorden A line-up (Hamer, Mulleady, Wright, Suttie and Edwards) they knew they had a hard task on their hands.

The two teams were only one board point apart until round five, when they met each other.

The match was won 3-2 by Todmorden A, who went on to take the trophy.

The upper boards were dominated, however, by Darwin Ursal of Hebden Bridge, who was playing for his old team Halifax for the evening.

He scored 6/6, a remarkable achievement against most of the strongest players in the league.

The individual medals for best board score went to Darwin Ursal (Halifax), Peter Mulleady (Todmorden), Alastair Wright (Todmorden), Neil Suttie (Todmorden) and Martin Syrett (Hebden Bridge).