The annual East Anglian Chess Union Congress took place last weekend at the Turner Hall, Newmarket. A total of 76 players took part, in three graded sections.
Suffolk players were few and far between, with most entrants coming from Cambridge, Peterborough and points north.
In the Open (21 entrants), Chris Davison of Cambridge City and Bury St Edmunds was joint first on 4 points. Alan Merry (Bury St Edmunds) was 6th= on 3 points, with Ian Wallis (Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds) close behind on 2½ points. Both Shaun Munson and Adam Taylor withdrew at the end of the first day, having scored only one point out of three.
There was only one Suffolk player, Andrew Shephard (Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds), playing in the Under 170 section. He scored 3 points to finish 7th= (out of 27 entrants).
There were 28 entrants in the Under 130 section, including six from Suffolk. Abdulla Mufti and Colin Gardiner (both Newmarket) scored 3 points, the same score as 9-year old Anita Somton (Bury St Edmunds). With a win, three draws and a bye, Anita was unbeaten. Other scores were Zac Vane (Bury St Edmunds 2; Gareth Young (Stowmarket) 1½; and Rob Scott (Newmarket) 1.