Horsham Knocked Out!

Our MSL Knock-Out team played its first match of the season last night (5th December). Our opponents were Lewes 1 - they've entered 2 KO teams. Being their first team, it was anticipated that they might come in strength, although this is always a bit of guesswork until you see who turns up on the night. We therefore countered with a team based more on strength than possible handicap advantage. In the event, Lewes were missing some of their top players and were significantly the weaker side on paper.

Double Match

It's Tuesday

Another packed week with a double match and another six games going on.

I was a bit preoccupied with my own match so not sure I saw all the matches. Alex Taylor played Mike Forster in the quickplay and Mike won the day and is now due to play Paul Taylor. Also in the quickplay Richard Barrowclough managed to beat Mick Harris in a typically good humoured game to reach the final of the Plate. Don't forget that the Quickplay is scheduled for 19 December.

Late Result

Horsham 4 result

Horsham 4 played against an entire team of Juniors at Worthing last Monday...

Tough battle in first rapidplay match of the season

Horsham hosted Crowborough as we kicked off this season's matches in the Mid Sussex League Rapidplay division...

Lucky 13

It's Tuesday

Week 13 of our 42 week season tonight - week 13 was lucky for some.

It was great to see the rapid play team playing Crowborough . Anthony will provide a full report so I won't steal his thunder but there was some great chess being played on the green baize.

Upcoming weeks

Horsham 1 narrowly defeat Eastbourne 1

Horsham 1 secured a narrow home win over Eastbourne 1 last Tuesday after some nervous moments.

For the first time this season (and the last, as Morgan Blake will be heading off), Horsham were able to field their strongest side, but several players misfired, leading to a tight contest.

Mike Forster ran into early trouble, giving up material but not gaining sufficient attacking chances. His opponent was able to consolidate and win.

It was not all bad news for the Forsters, however, as Matt secured a comprehensive win with a typically energetic performance.

Horsham 3 v Hastings 3

Victory

Only last week Horsham 3 travelled to Hastings to play Hastings 2. Now it was Hastings 3 turn to travel and we out graded them quite substantially.

Lucy played a typically assured performance in a Semislav and was first to bring home a victory. Meanwhile on boards 1 and 2 the Hastings players vied to make the earliest draw offer with borad 2 offering after four moves and board one after just eleven!

Horsham 3 vs Hastings 2

Always a tricky venue to play at but felt we had good chances with a fine team. I was playing on 5th board and although a pawn up my attacking chances dwindled after a queen exchange and a draw was agreed. Next to finish was Phil on board 1 with another draw, having played through a very sharp position there was little left to work with once the dust settled. Alex meanwhile was down to a rook and 6 pawns each and some very rapid play by Alex who was on 1 minute with 10 second increment for 30-40 moves and could not gain time due to the Bronstein setting being used unknown to him.

Horsham Four Pushover Opponents

Horsham 4 win 5-0

Horsham 4 had a very successful trip to Brighton recently..

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