County Match (Open) 2021-22: Sussex – Surrey

Yesterday, I played in my first county match for a while. We were at home, in our usual venue at Hassocks, against Surrey, and managed to to win a well-contested match. I was Black against Peter Hasson on board five. The game gradually moved in my favour, as I build up a positional advantage. Having established this advantage, I then gradually let things slip, and the game turned in my opponent’s favour round about the time control. However, both players were by then running short of time, so although the position was in my opponent’s favour, he was unable to work out how to continue, and so agreed to a repetition of moves. The game was therefore a draw, and pushed the Sussex score to 8.5, securing the match win.

I give the game below with some notes.

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