Horsham 3 - Double report

Horsham 3 played a home game versus Woodpushers on Tuesday, we were missing our star performer Matthew but Roy Page was able to step into board 1 for us.

Only one game was finished before time control, Ian on board 2 had a great attack going and looked like a mating net was close after an exchange sacrifice but his opponent was able to get his queen back into the defence and hold.

First team marches on...

With a few regulars missing, Horsham 1 still ran out comfortable winners down at Eastbourne 1...

New Gradings are out!

Grading distribution

The new gradings have come out to reflect recent results. I thought the graph of the distribution of gradings might interest you (see graphic) - our average grade is 138 but we range all the way from 201 to 66.

Biggest improvers were Alex Freeland (+10 to 182) Ian Comley (+18 to 169 ), Lucy Bennett-Stevens (+9 to 141)

Check out your own grading at:

http://www.ecfgrading.org.uk/new/menu.php

Season proper

24

Amazingly there are still 24 weeks of this season so this is a good time for a little reminder about keeping up to speed with your games.

If you dont have a match please prioritise the knockout then all play all (Rook, Bishop or Knight) before the quickplay. It is particularly important that we keep the Knockout on track.

Junior chess returns tomorrow

Just a quick note to remind all parents that the junior club returns after the Christmas break tomorrow... See you at 6:25pm.

Happy New Year (updated)

Happy New Year

2016 kicks off with the knockout on Tuesday...an opportunity for some excellent chess with always a good chance of an unexpected result!

The latest version of the KO shows these games to be played and the web version is completely up to date...let me have any updates! Please check with your opponent to ensure that we can keep on track with this tournament.

Knockout

Taylor - Lock
Comley - Roberts
Forster (Sr) - Freeland (date to be arranged)
Heath - Higgs

Plate

Yes we are meeting on 29th

Calendar page for December 29

Just a reminder that we are meeting tomorrow at chess..I know many people have already arranged their games.

A great opportunity for a fresh start after Christmas!

No chess on Tuesday 22/12 and Hastings Tournament

xmas pudding

A final reminder that we are not meeting this Tuesday so it gives extra time for chess players to begin xmas shopping :) The club will next meet on 29 December so you wont miss out for long.

Many of you will be keen to play in Hastings Tournament over christmas and full details can be found:
http://www.hastingschess.com

If you are travelling by train please take special care as it seems there is wide spread disruption.

Christmas Quiz ...who signed this?

signature of top chess player

My boss went to a Christmas party with a supplier , those fine people at NIIT, and very unusually amongst the other festivities he found himself playing a simultaneous chess match against a very strong player.

He was kind enough to get an autograph addressed to me ...I am absolutely delighted and the account manager has promised that I will be there for the next opportunity.

So the quiz question is ... whose signature is this .... answer to follow

As Mark Baldock reveals below...it is none other than former World Champion Vishy Anand

Horsham fail to KO old foe

A team that married experience with youth travelled down to Brighton but was ultimately unsuccessful in their knockout match...

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