13-year old Alex Sheerin, from Ipswich, was selected to play for England in the annual Glorney Gilbert International, which took place in Co. Meath, Ireland in July. Teams from Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Ireland competed in four sections:
The Glorney Cup is for teams of five Under 18s; the Jessica Gilbert Cup is for teams of three Under 18 girls; the John Robinson Cup is for teams of six Under 14s; and the Bernadette Stokes Cup is for teams of six Under 12s.
Alex played on Board 6 in England’s John Robinson Cup team. He scored 4/6, losing only one game and received the board prize for gaining the most points for England in his section. England finished second to Ireland. See the full results here.
The photo shows Alex when he won the Under 13 section of the UK Chess Challenge Megafinal in May. He is being presented with his trophy by Neil Tetley, Headmaster of Woodbridge School.
Oh, by the way, Alex is now officially taller than his Mum, Jane!