Manningtree’s Adam Taylor travelled to Graz in Austria during half-term to play in an international tournament, the ‘Casino Open‘.
16-year old Adam (2045) was ranked 65th out of 88 competitors, who included 11 GMs and a similar number of IMs. He performed extremely well to score five points out of nine, with a rating performance of 2231. His 33-point rating improvement was the best of all competitors.
As the name of the tournament implies, it was played in a casino where U18s were banned. So Adam (the only UK representative) and other juniors had to play in a small side room. As it happens a fair number of top board games were also played in the side room! As Manningtree captain Jim Buis points out, “Adam is in cracking form for us at the moment and his ECF performances for 2014 are running at c215”.
Adam’s results at Graz can be seen here.