There are exactly two weeks to go and so far 101 people have entered (it says 97 on the Congress website, but four others have entered but not paid yet).
If you plan to play, get your entry in soon as there’s a ceiling of 172 entrants, the maximum we can squeeze into the venue.
Click here to enter (and pay) online.
On the Isle of Man, Alan Merry is having the tournament of a lifetime. With one round still to play, he has already achieved his third (and final) International Master norm. He currently stands on 5/8, having played four GMs (beating two of them) and four IMs (scoring an unbeaten 3 out of 4). Every opponent has been graded over 100 points higher than him. His tournament performance rating (TPR) is currently 2586. If he wins his final round tomorrow against yet another GM, he will achieve a Grandmaster norm!
Alan’s Round 7 win with Black against an Israeli IM was an amazing affair. Be sure to tune in tomorrow when the game will be published. Warning – it involves a queen sacrifice and an extraordinary final position.