Penultimate round of 4NCL season number 3

There were mixed fortunes for the 3 Horsham teams in the latest round of the 4NCL season.

Horsham 1 tied 2-2 although until very late on it could have gone either way. Mark’s Reti on board 1 always seemed under pressure but he found the correct defence and a truce was called with opposite-coloured bishops. In glancing at Dix’s Sicilian from time to time my superficial assessment was pessimistic but subsequent analysis suggested there was never much in it until he smoothly converted his advanced queenside pawns.

4NCL Congress

I played in the under 2000 section of this weekend's 4NCL congress. Whilst Stockfish was suitably scathing of my efforts in scoring 2.5 out of 5 and despite my general discomfort of playing 'on screen', the absence of normal pressure (no spectators, no grading impact and no team 'responsibility') added to my enjoyment and I may well try again at some future date.

4NCL Round 3

On Tuesday 23rd February Horsham 1,2 and 3 played in 4NCL.

Chess Article about John

John Cannon Chess article for web

Members will be interested to see this article from Chess Magazine.

4NCL 2021 Season. Round 2

Round Two of Horsham s 4NCL online season continued on the 9th february.

Tata Steel

Jorden Van Foreest Grandelius

I am busy watching the final round of the Tata Steel Chess and there is an amazing game between Jorden Van Foreest v Nils Grandelius where White has just played an amazing move - can you spot it ? I am sure he is still in preparation on move 21.

First week of new 4NCL season

Last Tuesday saw the start of season 3 of the 4NCL online league (time control 45 minutes plus 15 seconds increments) with all three Horsham teams involved.

Horsham 3 (division 7) were heavily out graded by Dundee C (c270 points per board) and duly lost 3.5-0.5 but not before a well fought draw by Alex Thorndyke on board 1. Harry and Simon each lost out to opening preparations and Andrew missed a tactic when reasonably placed.

John Cannon Thanksgiving Service

John Cannon Thanksgiving Service

I was honoured to be invited to join them in person at John's Thanksgiving representing all his friends from the chess world. It was nice to meet so many of his family who he has proudly mentioned over the years.

It was a lovely service with some fitting memories of all his activities including chess, Gilbert and Sullivan local history and so much more. The service remains online for a further 7 days. See previous posts for details and also how to give donations.

John Cannon's Tribute and Funeral Details

John Cannon

Please find below the link to a tribute to John Cannon in the
West Sussex County Times:

John's funeral will be he funeral will be on 29th January at 12:00 noon and can be attended online via webcast which can be provided.

Donations to St Catherine’s Hospice can be made in John’s memory at   

Mixed fortunes for Horsham as online MSL kicks off

Two teams of Horsham's online players faced off against two from Crowborough last Wednesday as the online Mid Sussex League got underway...


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