2018-19 Season

Tactics time... with Mr Kington?

Horsham Juniors - latest match results

Horsham Juniors have been in action in three successive weeks recently, here's how they got on...

Good win for Horsham 2

With one result still to be agreed, Horsham 2 have already done enough (3-1) to ensure an encouraging win against Haywards Heath 1.

I saw very little of Paul's game which finished relatively early with decisive gain of material ensuring a good start to the evening for Horsham.

Peter for his part sacrificed a piece for a pawn whilst still in the opening which I understand was subsequently analysed to be unsound but which led to a lasting initiative in practical play and ultimately to an agreed draw after considerable adventures on both sides.

Horsham 1 defeat Eastbourne 1 by big margin

Horsham 1 scored a big win away against Eastbourne 1 on Friday evening.

Anthony Higgs against Mike Reddie seemed to be moving along quietly, before Mike made a miscalculation and his position rapidly collapsed.

Both Gavin Lock and Mike Forster made use of the White pieces to score good wins against their opponents.

Matt Forster won what looked like a tough game against Paul Carpenter.

Close but no cigar for Horsham 2

Despite a significant grading deficit, Horsham 2 only narrowly lost out to Brighton 1.

First to finish was Peter whose Petroff came under immediate pressure, initially on the kingside but subsequently on the other wing where the entanglement of his pieces led to the early demise of his queen.

Meanwhile Lucy’s Sicilian saw a promising queenside advance balanced by some weaknesses elsewhere. In late middle game, the latter proved more crucial with a series of combinations leading to loss of material and resignation.

Happy New Year

2019 Happy New Year

Hope you all had a lovely festive break and I look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday 8/1/19 which has Knockout and Knockout Plate games as the main focus. Make sure you prompt your opponent to set up these games and progress the competition.

Otherwise there are the all play all to move on! There are 25 weeks of the season remaining but many games to be played especially in the Bishop.

See you all on Tuesday.

Christmas Tree Festival

Christmas Tree Festival

Despite the rain last Saturday, the Methodist Church’s Christmas Tree Festival raised £700 for Children in Need. The Chess Club’s tree was the same as four years ago (same photo shown) and the club’s donation and tree were much appreciated.

Horsham's KO Jinx Continues!

The Horsham KO team began, and ended, its 2018 / 19 campaign with an away match against Sussex University last night (3rd December). Robert drew on board 5 against an opponent 32 points his junior. Alas, that was the high point of the evening for us.

Horsham 1 defeat Brighton 2 by big margin

Yesterday, Horsham 1 scored a big win against Brighton 2.

Gavin Lock, James Mansson and Phil Stimpson all scored decisive victories over their opponents.

Anthony Higgs had a tough struggle against Robin Jones, who eventually slipped up, allowing Anthony an immediate win.

The last game to finish was Dix Roberts against Michael Hamilton. Dix appeared to have gained a decisive advantage in the endgame, but his opponent defended doggedly, and he was unable to find a way through; he therefore agreed to a draw.

This gave Horsham 1 a 4.5-0.5 win.

Horsham 1 defeat Worthing 1

Horsham 1 scored a good win away at Worthing 1 last Monday.

Horsham was able to field its strongest team, which was important against a typically tough Worthing side.

Matthew Forster was first to finish, with a good win as Black against Mike Nicholas.

Seeing this, Anthony Higgs decided to offer a draw to Cassie Graham in a balanced position, which was accepted.

Mike Forster had a complicated struggle against Dominic Miller, which ended as a draw, as such things often do.

This left the two games on boards one and two.

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