Horsham 1

Articles relating to the Horsham first team.

Horsham 1 endure drawfest

Last Friday night Horsham 1 visited Crowborough for a league match against their first team. In the end both teams deserved to get something from the match and that was how it ended...

Horsham 1 start season with comfortable win

The Horsham first team hosted Lewes 1 on Tuesday, and ended up 4.5-0.5 victors against an under-strength opposition that nevertheless acquitted itself well...

Horsham 1 set to take Third Place

A somewhat depleted Horsham 1 faced Knoll Knights on the dreaded Friday night (can't the League ban Fridays?)...

Crowborough defeated by Horsham 1

Horsham 1 hosted Crowborough 1 last night and despite a strong visiting lineup including two of Sussex's best juniors, Horsham prevailed without conceding a game. Phil was acting captain in Dix's absence and there were two subs in the form of Mike and myself promoted to cover for James and Dix.

Horsham 1 defeat Worthing 1

Horsham 1 scored an excellent win away at Worthing, defeating their first team by 3.5-1.5. This opens the league up, as Brighton 1 now have the chance to overtake the leaders.

The results of the individual games were:

Bd.1: Therrien, Alex L (207) 0-1 Lock, Gavin R (202)
Bd.2: Graham, David B (205) 0.5-0.5 Stimpson, Philip M (179)
Bd.3: Jones, Chris (189) 0-1 Roberts, David N (170)
Bd.4: Payne, Matthew J (172) 1-0 Taylor, Paul (176)
Bd.5: Homeyard, Keith (164) 0-1 Harbott, Peter (166)

Horsham 1 narrowly defeat Eastbourne 1

Horsham 1 achieved a narrow 3-2 victory over Eastbourne 1 in their match last night. Gavin Lock, Dix Roberts and Paul Taylor all won, but Phil Stimpson lost a safe-looking endgame, while James Mansson managed to blunder his queen against Oliver Froom.

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

Horsham 1 on top against Hastings 1

Horsham 1 are poised to defeat Hastings 1 following a successful performance last Tuesday. The score was 2-1 on the night, with a result not agreed in the games Mansson - Howell and Almond - Higgs. In both cases Horsham has at least a draw. Subsequent examination of the final position in Mansson - Howell indicated that it was a book draw, but we still await a final verdict on Almond - Higgs.

The top board encounter Sugden - Lock saw Black adopt the Stonewall against White's passive line with e3, and he seemed to hold the draw easily enough.

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.

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.

Horsham 1 go down to defeat against Brighton 1

Horsham 1 suffered a decisive defeat against Brighton 1 at home on Tuesday night. The tone for the match was set by Phil Stimpson's disastrous early loss against Brian Denman. Dix Roberts sacrificed several pawns, but was unable to demonstrate sufficient compensation. James Mansson played a promising piece for two pawns sacrifice, but was unable to keep up the pressure, and lost on time just before the time control. Only Paul Taylor managed to win, beating John Henshaw on bottom board. Gavin Lock drew after a massive time scramble against Luke Rutherford.

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