Last night saw the first round of the Club Knockout competition. This year everyone was playing using the Mid-Sussex League Knockout time control: 30 moves in 60 minutes, followed by the remaining moves in 30 minutes. I was paired against Anthony Higgs.
Our encounter was a complicated affair. Initially Anthony’s rather risky play seemed to have rebounded, as I was able to break in the centre with his king still in the middle. However, the position proved to be rather complex, as first I then Anthony missed good chances before the time control. The position just after move 30 was probably slightly in my favour, but a series of weak moves allowed Anthony to build pressure, before I finally cracked.
I give the game below with some notes.