For the past year or so 12-year old Alex Sheerin of the Ipswich Chess Club and the Bury Knights Junior Club has been seeking the required ‘norms’ to qualify for the England Junior Squad. He and his so-supportive Mum Jane have travelled up and down the country, seeking an elusive ‘half-norm’ that he still needed. At least two trips to Liverpool were involved, but last weekend it was off to Swindon to play in the West of England Junior Championships, one of the toughest events on the circuit.
Alex played very well, scoring 4 out of 6 with three wins and two draws. This means he has got the required half-norm and has been invited into the National Junior Squad. He will not be able to go on any of this year’s trips as they have all been selected but will be invited later in the year to trips for 2015.
Well done Alex!