All ECF members (and therefore most readers of this website) should have received an email recently from the English Chess Federation. 14 players have been short-listed for the ECF Player of the Year. This list includes 18-year old Alan Merry (right).
If you feel that Alan is deserving of this award, please vote for him by clicking this link. Alan is on the verge of becoming the first Suffolk IM since the Perts (he just needs to gain another 58 rating points). Nick Pert achieved his GM title at the age of 20, so Alan still has a couple of years to match him.
It would be great to see a Suffolk player becoming the Player of the Year, so please send in your vote soon!