Mid-Sussex League Division 1 2021-22: Horsham 1 – Hastings 2

Horsham 1, not entirely surprisingly, did rather better against Hastings 2 than Hastings 1. Mike Forster secured a quick win with the Evans Gambit on board four, I managed to build up and convert a dominating position on board three, and Gavin Lock won on board one; only some scrambling defence from his opponent and time pressure forced Mark Broom to accept a draw on board two to avoid the whitewash. Still a 3.5-0.5 win was a highly satisfactory result.

My opponent adopted a rather eccentric and passive strategy right from the start, which allowed me to built up a big space advantage in a closed position. The resulting situation was something of a dodgy French Defence with colours reversed. Still, it was only after he unwisely opened the position that things definitely turned in my favour. Although he did struggle on to move 48, for a long time the result had not been in doubt.

I give the game below with some notes.

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