World Chess London Candidates

The top 8 players in the world will be competing to qualify to play against Vishy Anand for the world championship...

Horsham 2 fight hard against Lewes 1

Horsham 2 fancied their chances against a Lewes team who were missing 2 of their top 4 players, but the visitors deservedly triumphed in some interesting games.

Horsham 5 defeat East Grinstead 2

Horsham 5 defeated East Grinstead 2 at home on Tuesday. The team is 3.5-0.5 with only the top board game unfinished.

UPDATE: Richard Barrowclough has been awarded the win, giving a final score of 4.5-0.5 in Horsham's favour.

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

Gavin Lock beats Alan Barton in style

Gavin Lock scored a neat win against Alan Barton, in the recent Horsham 1 match against Hastings 2. The game is given below, with some detailed notes by Gavin.

New ECF January grades are out!

The new grades are out at - this is for all games played up until the end of December.

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.


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