Author Archives: James Mansson

Book Review: Opening Repertoire: …c6

One interesting piece of advice I have come across more than once, which relates to creating an opening repertoire, is to use a particular player as your model. The idea is that they player has already done the hard work … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Modern Vienna Game

The first chess opening repertoire book I bought was An Opening Repertoire for the Attacking Player by Raymond Keene and David Levy. This presented a wild and woolly collection of systems for the “Attacking Player” for both White and Black. … Continue reading

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Book Review: Silman’s Complete Endgame Course

It is a while ago now, but I think the first endgame textbook I bought was Practical Chess Endings by Paul Keres. I certainly went through the first chapter (“Elementary Endings”, which includes the less-than-elementary mate with Bishop and Knight), … Continue reading

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Horsham Club Knockout 2019-20: Higgs – Mansson

In my last club game before the coronavirus-enforced shutdown of club and league chess, I played out a rather dull draw with Anthony Higgs. Possibly he could have made more of his pressure, but the game soon resolved into equality, … Continue reading

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

Horsham 1 scored an important win over Worthing 1 last Tuesday. I was able to make an important contribution by holding a draw in my game, with the score at 2.5-1.5 in our favour; this gave us a 3-2 win.

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Horsham Club Championship 2019-20: Mansson – Broom

Last night I played Mark Broom in the club championship. I gained a comfortable position out of the opening, but then my attempts to complicate didn’t bear fruit. A series of inaccuracies saw my position go downhill; eventually I ended … Continue reading

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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 … 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.

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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.

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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 … Continue reading

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