Horsham's draw in the online 4NCL round 5 and 6

A couple of weeks ago Horsham were pitted against MK Phoenix 2 in the Online 4NCL. MK Phoenix 2 were a team we aimed to beat with our team being noticeably higher graded and a win would put us comfortably into mid-table. The bottom two teams in each group get demoted so we are aiming to stay well above that.
Disaster struck straight away as one team member forgot about the game and defaulted their board. This meant that we not only lost the game but got a 1-point penalty on top for the default. This meant we were effectively 2-0 down with 3 games going.

Horsham wins Sussex Team battle

Last Thursday we took part in a team arena tournament on LiChess against Bognor, Brighton, Crowborough, Eastbourne, and a team of other Mid-Sussex League players.
Playing for Horsham were Anthony, Chris, Dix, Marian, Monika, Nick, Richard and myself. Anthony repeated his form from last Thursday being the best player in the tournament with 5.5/6 and with pretty much everyone else in good form Horsham won the tournament comfortably.

Online 4NCL rounds 3 and 4

Two weeks ago, Horsham faced Crewe in the online 4NCL.
On board 4 Marian was in a bit of trouble after his opponent managed to grab a couple of queen side pawns with tactics. Unfortunately, those pawns marched and Marian had to surrender.

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Anthony and Nick win blitz tournaments

Over the last few weeks Horsham Chess Club has been hosting tournaments on chess.com on Thursday evenings at 8:10pm, with a time control of 5minutes + 5second increment that is open to all.

Two weeks ago on Thursday it started out as a close race, with Anthony, Chris, Ian, and Nick all in the mix. Nick and Anthony managed to break away and Nick managed to get a 1 point lead, which went down to their final games. They both won so Nick won the tournament with a commendable 6 wins 2 draws and 1 loss.

Horsham beats a strong team in the online 4NCL rd 2

Last Tuesday Horsham faced Warley Mighty Quinborne in round 2 of the 4NCL online league and we had white on even boards. Warley Mighty Quinborne are ranked first in our group on initial seeding so this was going to be a tough match.

Lucy and Chris win blitz Tournaments

Horsham Chess Club is running tournaments on chess.com on a weekly basis.

On Sunday we played a Swiss blitz tournament with 3 rounds. Lucy showed her prowess with a convincing 2.5/3 to win the tournament with ease.

On Thursday we tried the hectic Arena format where you get repaired instantly. It was generally agreed to be a lot better with some players getting in as many as 9 games. After the initial rush I managed to grab the lead and held it for the middle of the tournament. But Chris came storming through to snatch the lead and hold of all challengers.

Horsham play first round of 4NCL online

The 4NCL has set up an online tournment taking place every Tuesday over the next ten weeks. Horsham's team is in the third division and today we faced our first opponents, 3 Smarties 1 Tube, who are one of the top teams in our division. Things got off to a smooth start with every game starting on time with no technical issues.

Horsham 1 Leading Suspended Division 1

Horsham 1 leading Division 1

I thought it was time to replace the suspension news with a more jolly post - so here you go Horsham 1 dominating a very strong Division 1!

In the meantime we are looking into how best to promote chess in the new strange times - we are hoping to arrange some online tournaments so watch this space.

Horsham Chess Club Closed With Immediate Effect

Sorry we are closed

The club has closed with immediate effect as the church has been forced to close its premises:

It is with sadness that I email to let you know that as of this Friday the 20th March we will be closing our premises and cancelling all bookings for the time being. Unfortunately this will mean that you will be unable to meet next Tuesday. We do hope that we will soon be open for business and look forward to welcoming you back as soon as it is safety do so.

Junior club suspended until Easter holidays

All parents should have received an email from me announcing the suspension of the junior club until the Easter holidays due to the coronavirus.

Stay safe everyone.

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