Horsham Club Championship 2018-19: Stimpson – Mansson

My game against Phil Stimpson in the Horsham Club Championship was a frustrating draw for two reasons. First, I missed a tactical shot that would have won on consecutive moves. Second, I managed to obtain a winning position later, but then frittered it away. The draw leaves Phil in pole position in the competition. Continue reading

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

Just under a month ago, Horsham 1 faced Hastings 1 at home in a crucial league match. Unfortunately, Horsham were not at full strength, with two of the first choice five missing, while Hastings had their strongest team; it was therefore not surprising that Hastings won comfortably in the end. Continue reading

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

Horsham 1 registered a comfortable 3.5-1.5 win away against Lewes 1 at the start of April. My game was the last to finish; I agreed a draw as I was very short of time and was unsure of the position, although subsequent analysis suggested that there was a strong continuation available to me. Continue reading

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Horsham Club Championship 2018-19: Mansson – Richardson

I scored a quick as White against Paul Richardson in the club championship. My opponent made the mistake of both not casting, and then creating a weakness that I could exploit to open the position decisively. Continue reading

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County Match (Open) 2018-19: Sussex – Surrey

Sussex went into their match against Surrey at the start of March hoping to boost their chances with a win, but in the end Surrey ran out comfortable 9.5-6.5 winners. I drew against Marcus Osbourne in a game that went into an endgame fairly early on; despite some lively play, neither player could get the better of things. Continue reading

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McArthur Cup 2018-19: Horsham – Brighton

Back in February, Horsham crashed out of the McArthur Cup, after losing 1.5-4.5 to Brighton. My individual game was a disasterous loss against Luke Rutherford. Continue reading

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Mid-Sussex League Division 1 2018-19: Horsham 1 – Hastings 2

Back in mid-February, Horsham 1 suffered an unexpected defeat away against Hastings 2. We lost on the top two boards, while drawing the other three games. On top board, Gavin suddenly collapsed in a good position when short of time, while I suffered a massive reversal in my game against Howard Tebb. Continue reading

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Mid-Sussex League Division 1 2018-19: Horsham 1 – Worthing 2

I scored a quick but flawed win in Horsham 1’s big win against Worthing 2 last month. If my opponent had responded correctly to my flawed 16th move, he would have had a won position. However, he responded with his own blundered and resigned following my response. A more sensible 16th move by me would have retained a definite advantage. Indeed, looking at the game, there were several mistakes by both players before then. Continue reading

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County Match (Open) 2018-19: Sussex – Middlesex

Back at the start of February, Sussex scored a big win against Middlesex, helped by the fact that Middlesex defaulted five boards. My game should have been a win for me, but I overlooked how good my position would be after a forced sequence of moves; I chose something else that wasn’t as good. When my opponent offered a draw shortly afterwards, I was happy to accept, as my position did not look good. Continue reading

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Horsham Club Championship 2018-19: Mansson – Roberts

I have always had tough games against Dix Roberts, and our game in this season’s club championship was no exception. I obtained a decent position out of the opening, but lost control of the position; in the resulting play I was extremely lucky that my opponent failed to make the most of his chances. Indeed, even in the final position he could well have played on; however, but then both players were very short of time, so he decided to bail out. Continue reading

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