Horsham Chess Club Quickplay Knockout 2022-23: Mansson – A.Taylor

I played my first round game in the quickplay knockout last night. I was up against Alex Taylor. While my results in this event have been good over the years, this time I was defeated in the first round of the main competition, meaning that I go into the plate for once.

While my results have been good against Alex over the years, it has to be said that I have enjoyed a fair deal of luck, so the bare scores haven’t told the whole story. This time things definitely did not go my way.

In the first of the two games, I was White and soon managed to build up a strong position. Alex defended with determination, but I still had a couple of chances to establish a winning advantage, which I failed to take; the game ended in a draw when it was clear I couldn’t break through.

In the second game, I gained a decent position with Black, but then a couple of weak moves followed by an outright blunder left me a piece down; I decided to resign at once as my opponent had plenty of time on the clock, while there was no sensible way to continue.

I therefore lost the match 0.5-1.5 and will now continue in the plate competition.

I give the games below with some notes.

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