Know your classics...

Horsham 2 travelled down to title holders Brighton 1 yesterday and put in a creditable performance against a strong team...

On board 3 Paul faced John Henshaw, and played a strange setup with Bf1-e2-f3 against the Najdorf. He had a perfectly playable position but unfortunately overlooked a Bxf2+ tactic later on and his position folded soon after. On board 2 I recovered from a poor opening against Geoff James and equalised, soon after which Geoff missed a classic tactic straight out of the manual (see diagram and moves below) and was lost in the blink of an eye. On board 5 Ian's double fianchetto English went down to talented England junior Callum Brewer, after Callum's queenside pressure netted too many pawns.

Tim had fought very well on board 4 against Paul Batchelor but was eventually pushed back by Paul's advancing central pawns. Faced with a mating attack and the loss of a rook Tim resigned. Finally Phil played a very interesting variation of the Trompowsky against Brian Denman on board 1 which ended up in a sort of Benoni structure. Brian agreed the draw when the match was safe for Brighton in a position where Phil still held some pressure.

B.J. Denman 1/2-1/2 P. Stimpson
G.H. James 0-1 A.R.J. Higgs
J.C. Henshaw 1-0 P. Taylor
P.A. Batchelor 1-0 T. Pavlovic
C.D. Brewer 1-0 I.S. Comley

3.5-1.5 to the reigning champions.

The diagram shows James-Higgs after Black's 25...Rd5. Geoff rightly rejected 26.Rxd5 exd5 27.Qe5 Qxe5 28.Nxe5 Ne2+ 29.Kh1 Rb8 when White is in trouble. However his choice of 26.Ne3?? was unfortunate, what was the sudden conclusion? Answer below in the comments.


Anthony Higgs's picture

Black wins with Anastasia's Mate: 26...Ne2+ 27.Kh1 Qxh2+! and White resigned, 28.Kxh2 Rh5+ and mate next move.