Category Archives: The Catalan Opening

Horsham Club Quickplay Knockout 2017-18: Mansson – Taylor

I was up against Paul Taylor in the semi-final of the Horsham Chess Club Quickplay Knockout. The match was a tough encounter that I could easily have lost, but I managed to prevail in the sudden death playoff game.

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Blast from the Past: Scruton – Mansson, BPCF Open Championship Preliminary Round

The last game from my first BPFC Open Preliminary Round section that I’d like to look at is my Black win against R.Scruton. This was a rather gritty struggle in which neither side’s play was especially distinguished; I eventually prevailed … Continue reading

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County Match (Open) 2012-13: Sussex – Bedfordshire

Sussex managed to qualify for the Minor Counties this year, and were paired against Bedfordshire in the first round. The match was played at the Open University in Milton Keynes under what were very good conditions for a county match.

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4NCL Division 2 2012-13: e2e4.org.uk 2 – Poisoned Pawns

Last weekend saw rounds 5 and 6 of the 4NCL season played at Staverton Park for Divisions 1 and 2. I was in the second team this weekend. On a personal note I achieved a decent result with two draws … Continue reading

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4NCL Division 3 2011-12: e2e4.org.uk 2 – AMCA Rhinos

Going into the final weekend, the e2e4.org.uk second team had a chance of gaining promotion, but there was little room for error. KJCA Kings and North East England were leading the league on 14 match points, followed by AMCA Rhinos … Continue reading

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4NCL Division 3 2011-12: e2e4.org.uk 2 – Cheddleton 2

The e2e4.org.uk second team had a successful couple of matches over last weekend in 4NCL Division 3.

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4NCL Division 3 2011-12: e2e4.org.uk 2 – Guildford 3

Unlike the match on the previous day, our match against Guildford 3 was a much tighter affair, which we just managed to win 3.5-2.5. An amusing aspect of the line up, for me anyway, was that our opponents, Guildford 3, … Continue reading

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Mid-Sussex League Division 1 2010-11: Horsham 1 – Crowborough 1

The crucial match between Horsham 1 and Crowborough 1 was played on Tuesday night, and the current situation does not look good for Horsham. Dix Roberts and I drew our games against Robert Elliston and Gareth Anthony fairly quickly, while … Continue reading

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Main line Catalan: 6…dxc4 7 Qa4 Bd7 and related lines

The traditional main line of the Catalan Opening arose in two of the games of the recent Horsham 1 – Eastbourne 1 match in the Mid-Sussex League. On board two, I was White against Oliver Froom, and the game started … Continue reading

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Mid-Sussex League Division 1 2010-11: Horsham 1 – Eastbourne 1

The final result of the match between Horsham 1 and Eastbourne 1 in the Mid-Sussex League has not yet been decided. The score stands at 2.5 to 0.5 in Horsham’s favour, with two games unfinished.

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