Sussex League

Articles relating to the Sussex League (Mid Sussex League prior to 2023-24 season).

So Near, Yet So Far

Mark Baldock submitted the following report on the recent Horsham 5 vs Horsham 4 match.

Earlier this week saw the first fixture in Division 3 of the Mid-Sussex League. And what a fixture! A keenly competitive match between Horsham 4 and the new newly promoted Horsham 5. The latter faced an average deficit of 20 grading points on each board and, as the home team, played black on 3 out of 5 boards. But did this didn’t curb the enthusiasm and fighting sprit of the home team? No it didn’t as they ground out 4 very solid draws on Boards 2 to 5 and were just edged out on Board 1 right at the death.

Horsham scoop awards at Mid Sussex League AGM

Horsham 2 and Horsham 4 both won cups for winning their respective divisions this seasons - congratulations to both!

Mid-Sussex League tankard performances

Now that the MSL season is over the best individual performances of the season have been calculated and Horsham players were close to winning in a couple of categories...

Breaking news...

Further to Ian's post below celebrating Horsham 2's achievement, it looks like we are also Division 4 champions, as Horsham 6 upset Hastings 4 in dramatic style to hand Horsham 5 the division title...

Horsham 2 win Division 2 !

Winner picture

Horsham 2 fielded a strong team to completely outgrade Brighton 3 and win handsomely their final match of the season 3.5 -1.5. This seals a clear win in division 2 , only having dropped half a point all season!

We look forward to chess in division 1 next year and thanks to all the players who participated in Horsham 2 success.

A Hoare 1-0 R Jones
P Stimpson .5-.5 O Weiss
P Taylor 1-0 M Cain
P Harbott 0-1 M Hamilton
I Comley 1-0 S Chadwick

Horsham 1 finish season on a high

The first team completed their fixtures with a win away to Haywards Heath 1 on Wednesday night. Resounding victories for our supersubs and a long overdue win from the captain sealed the deal...

Horsham 2 set to win Division 2 !


The winner of Horsham 2 v Eastbourne 1 was always going to decide the winner of the second division and promotion to division 1 .Phil played a great game to beat Rasa and Ian played accurately to convert a slightly better position. We have 2.5 points with just Peter's game outstanding and are expecting to be claiming a win.

So barring an embaraassing disaster in the final game against lowly opposition we look well set to collect some silverware.

Horsham 1 narrowly defeated by division leaders

A visit to the Avenue Bridge Club resulted in defeat last Thursday, which leaves Brighton well placed for the title...

Horsham 4th team secured their position in the 3rd division on Tuesday with a great victory over Brighton & Hove 5.

We had a rather strange start to the night with one of the opposition arriving on time with the message that their top board player would be racing over from Brighton to play. Thankfully the other team members arrived at 7.45 and we were able to being on boards 2-5.

Horsham 2 Underpromote to Overwhelming victory!


Horsham 2 managed an impressive 4.5 - 0.5 victory against Worthing 3 last night. We completely outgraded the opposition and took good advantage with some great results.

On board 3 (Comley - Wallis) Black is threatening to mate White so I underpromoted to a knight with check! After the game Chris Heath recommended Rh5 which was much better...but the computer spotted another tactic...see if you can spot it - clue: turns out I underpromoted the wrong pawn!


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