County Match (Open) 2023-24: Sussex – Norfolk

Sussex and Norfolk traveled to a neutral venue in Great Baddow, Chelmsford, for their Minor Counties semi-final match. The match finished 8-8, with Sussex winning on board count. My game was the penultimate one to finish; I managed to win in dramatic (if ultimately somewhat fortunate) fashion, taking the score to 7-8, before Feliks finally converted his advantage to take the score to 8-8.

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Horsham Club Knockout 2023-24: Forster – Mansson

The second game of my knockout semi-final against Mike Forster was also a draw. The tie will therefore go to a quickplay playoff, to be contested at a future date yet to be agreed.

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Horsham Club Rapidplay 2023-24: Rankin – Mansson

Following on from my last post, here is my second win against Pete Rankin, this time with the black pieces.

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Horsham Club Rapidplay 2023-24: Mansson – Rankin

Last Tuesday, I played two games against Pete Rankin in the club rapidplay, both of which I won. In this post I’ll look at the first game, where I was White.

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Horsham Club Knockout 2023-24: Mansson – Forster

I was up against Mike Forster in the semi-final of the club knockout last night. The game eventually ended as a draw with only kings left. This means a replay will be required, the date of which remains to be confirmed.

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Horsham Club Championship 2023-24: Edgson – Mansson

Last Tuesday was the eighth round of the club championship; I was up against Ian Edgson with the Black pieces. After a long struggle I managed to prevail. This gives me at least a share of the lead with 6.5 out of 8, and perhaps the lead, depending on the result of the game between Mark Broom and Phil Stimpson.

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County Match (Open) 2023-24: Sussex – Worcestershire

Last Saturday, Sussex narrowly beat Worcestershire in the Quarter-Finals on the Minor Counties championship 8.5-7.5.

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Playing the Semi-Slav: The Meran and Anti-Meran

In the basic starting position of the Semi-Slav, which arises after 1 d4 d5 2 c4 c6 3 Nf3 Nf6 4 Nc3 e6, White has two main options: 5 e3 and 5 Bg5. In this post I will be taking a look at the lines after 5 e3 from the perspective of Black.

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Sussex League Division 1 2023-24: Horsham 1 – Brighton 1

Horsham 1 secured the Sussex League title last night, following an exciting match which they overcame a strong Brighton 1 team at home. I was pleased to be able to contribute a win to the team effort, which saw us win the match 2.5-1.5.

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Horsham Club Championship 2023-24: Mansson – Stimpson

Last night, I won a hard-fought game in the club championship against Phil Stimpson. This put me into the joint lead with 5.5 points out of 7. Two rounds remain, and I have played all the leading players, which puts me in a good position.

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