Mid-Sussex League Division 1 2019-20: Horsham 1 – Brighton 1

In mid-November, Horsham 1 scored a fine 4-1 win over Brighton 1. I managed to build up a strong position in my game against Geoff James, but because I was running short of time and because of the match situation, I decided to force a draw. As it turned out, subsequent analysis confirm that I was winning. Continue reading

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County Match (Open) 2019-20: Sussex – Essex

Sussex recently scored a very good win at home against Essex. I was able to contribute a draw with the Black pieces. The game opened with the Catalan Opening and I took the pawn. I had a chance to hold on to it, but did not take it. Subsequent play was interesting, but ended in a position where neither side could make progress; we therefore agreed to a draw. Continue reading

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Mid-Sussex League Division 1 2019-20: Horsham 1 – Haywards Heath 1

The Horsham 1 team continued its good form with a 3.5-1.5 win away to Haywards Heath 1. I drew as White against Viv Cole in an interesting game. At one point my opponent appeared to have blundered a piece, and indeed he thought it was a blunder; however, after looking at the position for a while, I correctly decided that winning the piece was too risky, and chose a quieter line. Indeed, when I agreed the draw I stood very well, but because of my time shortage, and also the match position, I accepted my opponent’s proposal. Continue reading

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Horsham Club Championship 2019-20: Roberts – Mansson

My third club championship game of the season, against regular opponent Dix Roberts, ended in a draw by repetition. As Black I not only equalised, but also gained the initiative. However, I didn’t make full use of my chances and my opponent took the opportunity to force the draw. Continue reading

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Horsham Club Championship 2019-20: Higgs – Mansson

I followed up my win against Alex Taylor in the club championship with a draw as Black against Anthony Higgs. An unorthodox opening saw us reach an endgame that was favourable for Black; however, I misplayed the position and gave my opponent some chances. Fortunately, these didn’t in the end amount to much, and we agreed a draw with both players running short of time. Continue reading

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Mid-Sussex League Division 1 2019-20: Horsham 1 – Horsham 2

Horsham 1 defeated Horsham 2 3.5-1.5 in the traditional Mid-Sussex League opener. I was up against Matt Forster as Black on board two. I managed to gain the better position out of the opening, and after some adventures in a complicated game, achieved a win. Continue reading

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Horsham Club Championship 2019-20: Mansson – Taylor

I started my campaign in this season’s club championship with a hard-fought win against Alex Taylor. Following a complex struggle where both sides committed inaccuracies, I finally managed to establish a winning advantage and press it home. Continue reading

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Horsham Club Knockout 2019-20: Mansson – Ashby

I got off to a winning started in the club knockout, winning with White against new club member Nick Ashby. He failed to find an effective plan as Black in a typical Maroczy Bind position; then several weak moves led to defeat. Continue reading

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County Match (Open) 2019-20: Sussex – Surrey

At the end of September, Sussex played Surrey in the first county match of the season. Unfortunately, Sussex lost 7-9 against the higher-rated team. I did, however, have the satisfaction of winning an interesting game. Continue reading

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Horsham Club Quickplay Knockout 2019-20: Mansson – Slade

I started the Quickplay Knockout for 2019-20 with a 2-0 win against Richard Slade in round one. The first game saw me succeed with an aggressive approach for a promising position. The second game was closer, as the position was balanced before my opponent’s final move; he lost on time when making it, but it was in any case a mistaken piece sacrifice that should not have worked. I therefore move on to round three, as I have a bye in round two. Continue reading

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