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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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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