2016-17 Season

New Member...New Rules

Trump with 4d chess

I couldn't resist sharing this even though it is such a frightening thought. I mean who would have believed it...chess in 3d.

First Winner!

Winner

The final of the Quickplay plate took place on Tuesday between Lucy and Zevon.

The fact that this was fought out between two such talented Juniors is excellent in itself. Our congratulations to Zevon who managed to overcome his higher graded opponent.

Well done to both finalists.

Horsham 2 v. Woodpushers 1

Important wins by Phil Stimpson and Paul Taylor on Boards 2 & 5 respectively secured a vital win for the 2nd team against struggling Woodpushers 1.
Phil was the first to finish executing a beautiful attack against Ian Kelly’s exposed King. I made a couple of poor decisions in my game and could manage no better than a drawn rook, minor piece and pawn ending. Paul won a piece and duly turned his game into a win and Ian secured a draw to get to the all-important 3 points !

First team 2016 match report roundup

A catchup to summarise the results of the first team up to Christmas as I've been remiss in my reporting...

Horsham 2 v. Brighton 1

A very strong Brighton team gave the 2nd team an extremely tough match last night – the visitors were taking no chances after we had held them to a draw last year.
As I spent most of the evening concentrating on my own game I am not able to provide any commentary about the other games, save to say Paul played very solidly with the Black pieces to gain an impressive draw against Geoffrey James. Although I was a pawn up at adjudication the Queen, Rook & Pawn ending was technically drawn, so we ended up going down 1-4.
P Stimpson (171) 0-1 R Cumming (213)

Junior chess returns 10th January

Just a quick reminder that although the adult club returns tomorrow, junior chess restarts the week after (10th Jan) due to my holidays! See you then.

Merry Christmas!

Merry xmas with chess piece

Tonight is the last chess of 2016 (as we are not meeting on 27/12) but before you rush off for yule log we have an evening of quickplay to look forward to.

Enjoy the festive season and if you are partying already we look forward to seeing you again in 2016 when we return on 3 Jan for the Knockout/Plate.

Merry Christmas!

Out-classed, But Not Humiliated

Horsham 5 came up against East Grinstead 1 last night. We were out-graded by an average of 17 points across boards 1 - 4, whilst their 5th board player was on his first MSCL outing after a long absence from competitive chess. He was last graded 167 in 2000. It could be argued he should have been higher up the playing order, but I recognise East Grinstead would have had little evidence on which to judge his current strength and will no doubt take account of his first few results.

The 2nd team hold Worthing 1

The 2nd team entertained a strong Worthing line-up who out-graded us on the top boards. We were again strengthened by Dix playing on Board 1 and yet again he secured a draw against a higher graded opponent, this time with the black pieces.

A Poor Night for Horsham 5

Unfortunately, Horsham 5 only fielded 3 players against Hastings & St Leonards 4 on Tuesday. We were caught out by an ineligibility that had been overlooked - not something that was expected to catch us out this early in the season, but between agreeing to play and the actual event Roger notched up a 4th match for higher teams. The other default was an unexplained no-show. I succumbed quite quickly on board 1, putting the match beyond contention, but Richard Barrowclough and Peter Helliwell both drew, ensuring at least some honour for the team.

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