Horsham 2 beat Eastbourne 1

A tough Friday night for the 2nd team who travelled down to Eastbourne - four of the five games went the full session but it was worthwhile as we gained a 3-2 win, thanks in part to a little bit of good fortune.
The team was strengthened by the appearance of Dix on Board 1 and he played strongly against Rasa and held a slight advantage throughout the game but did not have quite enough to convert the endgame into a win. Paul had been the first to finish accepting his opponent’s offer of a draw in a level position that resulted from the exchange variation of the French.
Peter’s passed pawn more than made up for being the exchange down but he wasn’t sure that he was winning after 42 moves - he had a sufficient time advantage to make his opponent play another 7 moves, at which time he had a win!
I was also the exchange down but managed to create some attacking chances which my opponent repelled until his final move before the time control when, in time pressure, he overlooked a knight check that meant he had to give up his queen to avoid mate.
R Norinkeviciute (185) ½-½ D Roberts (177)
O Froom (179) 1-0 P Stimpson (171)
A Pickersgill (171) 0-1 P Harbott (170)
M Reddie (160) ½-½ P Taylor (168)
L Butt (150) 0-1 T Pavlovic (166)