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 game emerged from the opening the position was roughly balanced. My opponent then made a serious mistake, which allowed me to gain a big, probably winning advantage. However, the position remained double-edged in that my opponent had some counterplay based on his passed a-pawn. I went wrong in the subsequent complications, and it was my opponent in the end that managed to win.

I give the game below with some notes.

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