2020-21 Season

First week of new 4NCL season

Last Tuesday saw the start of season 3 of the 4NCL online league (time control 45 minutes plus 15 seconds increments) with all three Horsham teams involved.

Horsham 3 (division 7) were heavily out graded by Dundee C (c270 points per board) and duly lost 3.5-0.5 but not before a well fought draw by Alex Thorndyke on board 1. Harry and Simon each lost out to opening preparations and Andrew missed a tactic when reasonably placed.

John Cannon Thanksgiving Service

John Cannon Thanksgiving Service

I was honoured to be invited to join them in person at John's Thanksgiving representing all his friends from the chess world. It was nice to meet so many of his family who he has proudly mentioned over the years.

It was a lovely service with some fitting memories of all his activities including chess, Gilbert and Sullivan local history and so much more. The service remains online for a further 7 days. See previous posts for details and also how to give donations.

John Cannon's Tribute and Funeral Details

John Cannon

Please find below the link to a tribute to John Cannon in the
West Sussex County Times:

John's funeral will be he funeral will be on 29th January at 12:00 noon and can be attended online via webcast which can be provided.

Donations to St Catherine’s Hospice can be made in John’s memory at 

Mixed fortunes for Horsham as online MSL kicks off

Two teams of Horsham's online players faced off against two from Crowborough last Wednesday as the online Mid Sussex League got underway...

Sad News

John Cannon

I am very sad to report that John Cannon passed away at home on Sunday night with his family following a period of illness. John's contribution to the club was absolutely enormous and the club owes him a great debt. I was pleased to speak of him shortly before Christmas and there was no doubting the great pride he had in Horsham Chess Club and the great joy it had brought him over the years. He will be very sorely missed.

Horsham Blitz Tournaments

Horsham is running blitz tournaments on LiChess once a fortnight under the team page: https://lichess.org/team/horsham-chess-club. The time control is 5minutes and 5seconds increment running 7:30-9:30pm on alternate Tuesdays. This coming Tuesday is the next tournament and everyone is welcome.

Happy New Year

Happy New Year 2021

Happy New Year lets hope 2021 sees you all safe and well and back at the board at chess club!

In the meantime we will continue with our online tournaments - do get involved, its great fun and everyone is welcome.

Ian Comley
Chairman of Horsham Chess Club

Chess960 proves a hit

A Chess960 (or Fischerrandom) tournament was held between Horsham players on Lichess last Tuesday night. This chess variant begins with all the pieces in randomised locations on the first rank and throws opening theory out the window!

4NCL Match Report 17 Nov

In terms of league fixtures, Tuesday saw the final week of the current 4NCL online season but with the top 4 teams in each division going through to their particular semi finals, Horsham 1 secured their place in the league 3 play offs with an emphatic win by 3.5-0.5. Their semi final is on 1 December (and can of course be watched online) with the hope of a final on 15 December.

4NCL Match Report 3rd November

Our teams were battling it out again last week with the 4NCL tournament entering the final stages.

Horsham 2 lost had a narrow loss, 2.5-1.5 which was unfortunately decided with a 'mouse slip’ in Richard's game which was looking solid. Marian managed a solid win and Chris secured a draw but it wasn’t enough to beat Hackney Hungry with John defeated on board 2.
Horsham 3 managed a nice win against Uxbridge Bombers C with a nice win from Samuel and a default on their bottom board meaning we managed a 2-1.5 victory.


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