Sad News

John Cannon

I am very sad to report that John Cannon passed away at home on Sunday night with his family following a period of illness. John's contribution to the club was absolutely enormous and the club owes him a great debt. I was pleased to speak of him shortly before Christmas and there was no doubting the great pride he had in Horsham Chess Club and the great joy it had brought him over the years. He will be very sorely missed.

Horsham Blitz Tournaments

Horsham is running blitz tournaments on LiChess once a fortnight under the team page: https://lichess.org/team/horsham-chess-club. The time control is 5minutes and 5seconds increment running 7:30-9:30pm on alternate Tuesdays. This coming Tuesday is the next tournament and everyone is welcome.

Happy New Year

Happy New Year 2021

Happy New Year lets hope 2021 sees you all safe and well and back at the board at chess club!

In the meantime we will continue with our online tournaments - do get involved, its great fun and everyone is welcome.

Ian Comley
Chairman of Horsham Chess Club

Chess960 proves a hit

A Chess960 (or Fischerrandom) tournament was held between Horsham players on Lichess last Tuesday night. This chess variant begins with all the pieces in randomised locations on the first rank and throws opening theory out the window!

4NCL Match Report 17 Nov

In terms of league fixtures, Tuesday saw the final week of the current 4NCL online season but with the top 4 teams in each division going through to their particular semi finals, Horsham 1 secured their place in the league 3 play offs with an emphatic win by 3.5-0.5. Their semi final is on 1 December (and can of course be watched online) with the hope of a final on 15 December.

4NCL Match Report 3rd November

Our teams were battling it out again last week with the 4NCL tournament entering the final stages.

Horsham 2 lost had a narrow loss, 2.5-1.5 which was unfortunately decided with a 'mouse slip’ in Richard's game which was looking solid. Marian managed a solid win and Chris secured a draw but it wasn’t enough to beat Hackney Hungry with John defeated on board 2.
Horsham 3 managed a nice win against Uxbridge Bombers C with a nice win from Samuel and a default on their bottom board meaning we managed a 2-1.5 victory.

Horsham win monthly Mid-Sussex Team Blitz

David Fryer runs a blitz tournament on the last Thursday of the month on LiChess, which is open to all teams in the Mid-Sussex league. Horsham has been competing in these tournaments since they started at the start of lockdown. Every Horsham player is welcome to play, the more the merrier.
At the end of August we didn't really realise the tournament was running and with only two players - Chris and Marian - Horsham managed a very creditable 3rd.

4NCL Match Report - 20th October

Last Tuesday in the 4NCL there was some close matches, back-and-forth games, and plenty of surprises.
The 1st team were up against Chessmates, who we strongly outgraded. Things appeared to be going smoothly with Nick and I wrapping up quick wins on the bottom boards, only for the top two to go down in tricky, time-pressured, tactical positions to leave us with a 2-2 draw.

4NCL Match Report- 6th October

As we approach the midway point, Division 3 was starting to look hopeful for Horsham 1, with three wins & a draw so far.
This week we took on Streatham B which looked like a match that we should win based on the average grades.

I was first to finish with the black pieces, my opponent started with the English. I quickly managed to get in an early pounce and prevent the white king from castling and then built a solid attack, white soon after resigned.

Horsham Blitz Tournaments

Every other Tuesday Horsham Chess Club is running a blitz tournament on LiChess.org. The time control is 5minutes + 5seconds increment and they run 7:30-9:30pm. If you are interested you will need to join LiChess.org and then join the Horsham Team: https://lichess.org/team/horsham-chess-club. The tournaments are listed on the Team page.

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