All this half-term week, ten players have been battling in the nine-round Bunratty Classic in Ireland. They include the Woodbridge pair of Adam Hunt and Justin Tan. Included in the field are three GMs, six IMs and one FM (Justin). Neither Adam nor Justin had a particularly good start, both drawing four and losing one of the first five rounds. Justin drew with two GMs, but lost to the lowest-rated player in the field! In Round 6, Justin managed to beat Adam Hunt, a real feather in his cap.
The latest cross-table can be seen here.
Meanwhile, the Graz International tournament has also finished, and Manningtree’s Adam Taylor had a disaster. Instead of gaining the 22 points he needed for his FM title, he ended up losing 89 points! After his Round 2 loss to a GM (reported here), he only scored 50% against the next seven opponents, none of whom were rated over 2100. As a Junior, he has a K-factor of 40, which means that any rating change can be considerable. He now needs to regroup and find another event to regain the lost points.