Horsham Club Championship 2018-19: Mansson – Bennet-Stevens

My campaign in the Rook this year ended with a draw against one of our most promising junior players, Lucy Bennet-Stevens. If I had won, I would have finished equal on points with Phil Stimpson, although he would have been champion in any case, because of his superior tie break. As it happens, I finished half a point behind. From Lucy’s perspective, it was essential to secure at least a draw, to avoid relegation from the top section (the Rook). Continue reading

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Horsham Club Quickplay Knockout 2018-19: Mansson – Donnelly

Last Tuesday, I played the final of the Quickplay Knockout against Brian Donnelly. Continue reading

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Horsham Club Championship 2018-19: Mansson – Higgs

Last Tuesday I played my club championship game against Anthony Higgs. I was White and my opponent choses the Czech Benoni as his defence against 1 d4. He made several provocative but possibly dubious moves, which allowed me to build up a strong position; although I missed a couple of more incisive moves, I was able to prevail in the resulting position. Continue reading

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Horsham Club Quickplay Knockout 2018-19: Mansson – Higgs

After winning my third round tie in the Quickplay Knockout, I then, following a brief break, played my semi-final. I was up against Anthony Higgs, and it was a tough match, going to sudden death after the first two games finished one apiece. I managed to win the decisive game to progress to the final. Continue reading

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Horsham Club Quickplay Knockout 2018-19: Mansson – Rogers

As I had a bye in round two, my next tie in the Quickplay Knockout was in round three, where I took on one of our newer members, Joe Rogers. I managed to win the match comfortably 2-0, taking me into the semi-final. Continue reading

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Horsham Club Knockout 2018-19: Higgs – Mansson

I managed to win the final of the knockout competition, following a tough game against Anthony Higgs. The game started with an unusual opening; both players found reasonable moves for a while, until an exchange of mistakes saw Anthony get the upper hand. However, he subsequently not only lost the advantage, but fell briefly into a lost position. It was then my turn to miss my chance. The position was then roughly equal for a long time, as both players gradually ran short of time, until Anthony finally blundered and promptly resigned, following my reply. Continue reading

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Horsham Club Championship 2018-19: Heath – Mansson

I scored what was a rather fortunate win in the club championship against Chris Heath earlier this month. I managed to fall into a passive position, and allow it to gradually drift downhill. My opponent had several chances to deliver a decisive blow, but missed them. Then, as both players ran short of time, he threw away the win with one move, then the draw with the next. A couple of moves later, he made a further blunder, then resigned at once on seeing my reply. Continue reading

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County Match (Open) 2018-19: Sussex – Greater Manchester

This year, Sussex qualified for the National Stages of the County Championship. We were drawn against Greater Manchester, and the match was played at Tyseley & District Working Mens Club in Birmingham. Even though the match was reduced to twelve boards, we were still only able to raise a team of ten, which meant that we defaulted on two of them. This handicap meant that we were up against it from that start, and in the end we were unable to overcome the deficit. Continue reading

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Horsham Club Knockout 2018-19: Bennet-Stevens – Mansson

My game against Lucy Bennet-Stevens, one of our best juniors, in the club championship ended in a steady win for me. A balanced hedgehog position arose out of the opening. My opponent then failed to prevent me from playing …b5, with a comfortable game. After I started to build up pressure on the queenside, she tried to break through in the centre, but this did not work well, especially as she blundered almost immediately. I was able to convert my advantage easily enough. Continue reading

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Mid-Sussex League Division 1 2018-19: Horsham 1 – Brighton 1

Horsham 1 finished the season with a good win against Brighton 1. On a personal note, it was disappointing to finish with a loss. However, Luke Rutherford is a formidible opponent, and at least this time I made more of a game of it. Continue reading

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