As Horsham 1 and Horsham 2 are both in the top division this year, the rules require that they pay each other before any other teams. The match between the two sides was played last Tuesday and ended in a 4.5-0.5 victory for Horsham 1, although the match was closer that the scoreline suggests.
I was selected on board five for Horsham 1 and was faced – for the first time – with Roy Page. The game was a complex Nimzo-Indian, where I was close to consolidating a decisive advantage, but let things slip in time trouble. When we reached the time control, my opponent had obtained good compensation for his pawn; after some overnight analysis, I agreed a draw, rather than go to adjudication.
I give the game below with some notes.