A large contingent of Suffolk players has travelled to Southend for the 59th Easter Congress. No fewer than ten of the 70 entrants in the Premier Open are from Suffolk.
The final round will be played tomorrow (Monday) morning, but after six rounds, the Suffolk players are doing well.
Alan Merry has played three Grandmasters and has drawn against all of them. He stands unbeaten on four points and plays IM Richard Pert in the last round.
Dagne Ciuksyte is guaranteed at least a share of the £500 prize for best female player; she has 3½ points and one other female has 2½ points.
Ian Wallis is also doing well on 3½ points, and faces Ed Player (3 points) in Round 7.
Running alongside the Open are three weekend tournaments, over five rounds. 13-year old Alex Sheerin came equal second, unbeaten on 3½ points, in the Under 150 Intermediate section, with a grading performance of 160. In the Minor (Under 120) section, Roger Smith scored 3 points.
The full results will be published here tomorrow.