Lack of players sees Wheatley bow out

WHEATLEY Chess Club have been forced to withdraw from the Calderdale Evening Chess League after suffering from a shortage of players.

However, it is hoped that they will recover from their problems and re-enter the competition next year.

Consequently the Division Two table has been amended accordingly and the result against Halifax ‘A’ is no longer valid.

Although Halifax ‘A’ won the match 5-0, which would have placed them joint second, the Calderdale League’s Committee has deemed it necessary to forfeit the result and Halifax ‘A’s position as second bottom is therefore misleading.

Wheatley players, not having registered for a club, are now free to play for other clubs until the end of the season. It is hoped that they will take this opportunity and continue playing and reform when they have sufficient players to avoid defaulting boards.

On the positive side the Todmorden Club are on the up.

Their ‘A’ team will no doubt be in the mix when it comes to the end of the season for a chance of challenging for top spot in Division One, such is the strength of the players they have acquired.

Meanwhile, their ‘B’ and ‘C’ teams sit proudly at the top of the second division.

Their ‘B’ team, having the highest graded players in the division, will be pushing for promotion and their ‘C’ team will, at least have a good mid to top of the table position at the end of the season

Courier ‘B’ slipped up against Hebden Bridge ‘C’ and dropped to mid-table, whilst Hebden Bridge ‘C’ climbed to third place.

CALDERDALE EVENING CHESS LAEGUE

DIVISION TWO: Halifax A 3 Todmorden C 2: C Velosa 1 T Webster 0, P Moss 0.5 R Pratt 0.5, H Wood 0 R Stoelman 1, R Cully 0.5 JP Ellis 0.5, A Dawson 1 B Joyce 0.

Halifax A 0.5 Todmorden B 4.5: B Wadsworth 0 R Tokeley 1, J Aldridge 0 DM Innes 1, G Cash 0.5 P Edwards 0.5, J Gilhooley 0 P Logan 1, P Summerskill 0 M Huett 1.

Hebden Bridge C 3 Courier B 2: J Blinkhorn 1 P Hughes 0, S Priest 0 D Colledge 1, N Bamford 0 JB Smith 1, C Greaves 1 J Whitehead 0, D Crampton 1 R Bottomley 0

P W D L Pts Brds Def

Todmorden B 3 2 1 0 5 11 0

Todmorden C 3 2 0 1 4 9.5 0

Hebden Bridge C 2 1 1 0 3 5.5 0

Courier B 3 1 0 2 2 7 2

Halifax B 3 1 0 2 2 5 1 Halifax A 2 1 0 1 2 4.5 0

Hebden Bridge D 2 0 0 2 0 2.5 0