Return to Chess Club on Monday June 21!

Champagne glasses clinking

Great news that we are returning to chess club on Monday June 21 at 7.30pm at London Road Methodist Church Hall - and we welcome new members so just come along and join in!

We have all very much enjoyed the online chess we have been playing for the last year but we can finally return to over the board chess.

Even more importantly it will be great to see all our friends again after so long. It will be an exciting moment.

Of course this will all be linked to the scheduled national changes on June 21 - fingers crossed!

Horsham 2 promoted in 4NCL league

As referenced in my most recent posting, the final week of 4NCL season 3 saw Horsham 2 facing their closest rivals for the remaining promotion slot from their section of division 6. The opponents in this final round had substantially outperformed their ratings to get so close but the grading differences made for a largely comfortable evening for Horsham, running out winners by 3.5-0.5 and thereby securing promotion to division 5.

Penultimate round of 4NCL season number 3

There were mixed fortunes for the 3 Horsham teams in the latest round of the 4NCL season.

Horsham 1 tied 2-2 although until very late on it could have gone either way. Mark’s Reti on board 1 always seemed under pressure but he found the correct defence and a truce was called with opposite-coloured bishops. In glancing at Dix’s Sicilian from time to time my superficial assessment was pessimistic but subsequent analysis suggested there was never much in it until he smoothly converted his advanced queenside pawns.

4NCL Congress

I played in the under 2000 section of this weekend's 4NCL congress. Whilst Stockfish was suitably scathing of my efforts in scoring 2.5 out of 5 and despite my general discomfort of playing 'on screen', the absence of normal pressure (no spectators, no grading impact and no team 'responsibility') added to my enjoyment and I may well try again at some future date.

4NCL Round 3

On Tuesday 23rd February Horsham 1,2 and 3 played in 4NCL.

Chess Article about John

John Cannon Chess article for web

Members will be interested to see this article from Chess Magazine.

4NCL 2021 Season. Round 2

Round Two of Horsham s 4NCL online season continued on the 9th february.

Tata Steel

Jorden Van Foreest Grandelius

I am busy watching the final round of the Tata Steel Chess and there is an amazing game between Jorden Van Foreest v Nils Grandelius where White has just played an amazing move - can you spot it ? I am sure he is still in preparation on move 21.

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.


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