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A winning formula

18-year old Alan Merry (19 in a few days’ time) just can’t stop winning. His grading record this season shows he has played eleven games – and has won them all!   His grading performance over these eleven games is a staggering 246.

He won the Suffolk Closed Championship (5/5), won both his County First Team games (on Board 1), and then won all four games played at the recent Bury Congress.   Had he not taken a bye in Round 3, he would’ve had the opportunity to play GM Matthew Sadler.   But as it happened, both Alan and Matthew shared first prize on 4½ points.

Here is a game from Alan’s Bury Congress (Round 4), when he beat Steven Jones, graded 203:

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