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

Sussex were up against Kent last weekend in a County Match at Hassocks. In the end, Kent won by the narrowest margin (8.5-7.5), despite defaulting the bottom two boards. In my game I was up against Alan Hanreck. When the game emerged from the opening the position was roughly balanced. My opponent then made a serious mistake, which allowed me to gain a big, probably winning advantage. However, the position remained double-edged in that my opponent had some counterplay based on his passed a-pawn. I went wrong in the subsequent complications, and it was my opponent in the end that managed to win. Continue reading

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

Horsham 1 beat Lewes 1 at home recently, by a 3-2 scoreline. I managed to beat Barry Maufe with Black in a complicated game, where both sides made definite mistakes. Continue reading

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McArthur Cup 2019-20: Horsham – Hastings

Horsham defeated Hastings in the semi-final of the McArthur Cup. The score was tied at 3-3 but Horsham won on board count. Continue reading

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Mid-Sussex League Division 1 2019-20: Horsham 1 – Worthing 3

Horsham 1 scored a decisive 4-1 victory against Worthing 3 last Monday. I managed to win my game after obtaining first the advantage of the bishop pair, then an extra pawn. My opponent was unable to create any counterplay, so I was able to build up steadily before breaking through. Continue reading

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

Horsham 1’s recent match against Hastings 2 was a frustrating draw. Both Mark Broom and I had chances to win our games, but failed to do so. Continue reading

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Horsham Club Knockout 2019-20: Heath – Mansson

I scored a decent win with Black against Chris Heath in the club longplay knockout. The game started as a typical Closed Sicilian, where I was able to equalise with accurate play. Later on, my opponent went wrong as we both ran short of time, allowing me to wrap up the game quickly. Continue reading

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Horsham Club Quickplay Knockout 2019-20: Mansson – Ashby

I suffered a disappointing exit from the quickplay knockout at the last club meeting of 2019. I was up against Nick Ashby, one of our new recruits. In the first game, I missed a chance to win a piece early on; then I let things slip in a balanced position, and Nick finished things fairly effectively. In the second game, I was rather fortunate to win as my opponent messed things up in a won position. As the score was 1-1, the match now went to sudden death. Unfortunately, I made a couple of serious misjudgements, castling queenside then weakening my position, which my opponent exploited well to secure victory. Continue reading

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

Horsham 1 scored a hard-fought win over Worthing 2 at the start of December. My game was last to finish, when we were already 3-1 up, so the fact that I lost in the end did not matter. Continue reading

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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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