Horsham 1 finish season with good win vs Brighton 1

Horsham 1 finished the season with a good win against Brighton 1. Depending on the result of Hastings 1 against Worthing 1, Horsham 1 will either end up in second or third.

Gavin Lock scored a fairly quick win in a sharp line of the Modern Benoni. His opponent made a serious error in a tricky position and resigned at once following Gavin's reply.

The game between Phil Stimpson and Paul Selby saw Phil launch a sharp attack, against which Paul was unable to defend. Horsham went two up with this game.

There was a fascinating struggle between Mike Forster and Paul Batchelor on board three. Mike sacrificed a piece for a dangerous-looking armada of pawns; it seemed that he might be able to win with them, but his opponent managed to wriggle out and the game was a draw.

James Mansson ended up in an inferior but seemingly defensible position against Luke Rutherford. However, his opponent managed to outmanouevre him and eventually his position collapsed.

This took the score to 2.5-1.5 to Horsham, which meant that in theory Brighton had a chance to draw the match. However, Dix was by this point completely winning and his technique held firm to secure the full point.

With this final result, Horsham secured a 3.5-1.5 victory.

Lewes 1 (Home)   Horsham 1 (Away)
John Henshaw 0-1 Gavin Lock
Luke Rutherford 1-0 James Mansson
Paul Batchelor 0.5-0.5 Mike Forster
Chris Lake 0-1 Dix Roberts
Paul Selby 0-1 Phil Stimpson

Horsham 1 had White on odd-numbered boards.