Horsham 1 survive trip to Hastings 2

Horsham 1 travelled down to Hastings last night to take on their second team. James Mansson won quickly on board 2 against an unsettled Alfredo Luaces, then Phil Stimpson and Bernard Cafferty bailed out with a draw. Hastings 2 came back into it as Paul Taylor made an oversight that lost a piece against James Wheeler. However, Gavin Lock was always on top against Alan Barton, and it was no surprise when he broke through on the kingside to force mate. It was therefore all down to the last game between Mel Young and Dix Roberts.

London's Chess Candidate Match March 14

Levon Aronian (Armenia); Magnus Carlsen (Norway); Boris Gelfand (Israel); Alexander Grischuk (Russia); Vassily Ivanchuk (Ukraine); Vladimir Kramnik (Russia); Teimour Radjabov (Azerbaijan); Peter Svidler (Russia).

All these leading players will be competing for the right to play Vishy Anand for the World Championship. It starts on March 14 and looks like the most amazing competition.

Snow stops match

Horsham 2 v Eastbourne I has had to be cancelled due to the blizzard! New date to follow..

Horsham eliminated from McArthur Cup

Horsham was defeated by Brighton in the McArthur Cup match at Horsham last night. Brighton were always on the front foot in the match. Horsham in fact managed to draw 2-2 on the top 4 boards, but Brighton won on both boards 5 and 6 for a 4-2 scoreline in their favour.

The results of the individual games are given in the table below:

Horsham 3 v Brighton 3

We hosted Brighton last night and the match hangs in the balance !
Nick Warren scored a crushing win against the higher graded Arthur de Silva to put us ahead, before John Cannon went down fighting in time trouble. John Marshall rescued a half point even though the exchange down to leave the match all square.

Tata Live Games

http://www.tatasteelchess.com/tournament/livegames

This is a very good site! Especially look out for today's game where Anand demolishes Aronian.

"A chess dispute"

I saw this on tv and thought it might amuse you - a 1903 film of just one minute.

Horsham 4 defeat St Francis 3

Dave Britton reports:

The match results from Thursday night are as follows: A good result on the night with Jon Taylor winning on his debut in the mid Sussex being the exchange up while both Richard and myself got in some time trouble but managed to secure the wins. Rons game was adjourned for further analysis which we have now conceded in a rook pawn endgame.

The results of the individual games are given in the table below:

Horsham 2 avoid whitewash

Not a very impressive headline but we were up against a very strong Worthing first team.

Horsham 5 match against Uckfield 2 in the balance

Roger Waddingham reports on the Horsham 5 vs Uckfield 2 match from last Tuesday:

It's in the balance. A stirling win by our 'secret weapon', Matthew, who showed good endgame skill in a balanced encounter. Two other losses and a draw from Mark Baldock that was oh so close to being a win. Finally, board 1 has been adjourned, with some hope of claiminmg a win according to Richard Barrowclough. This would gain us a hard won, and much needed, half point.

UPDATE: A draw was agreed on board one, leaving the result 3-2 in Uckfield 2's favour.

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