This eleven-round event concluded yesterday, with the two Suffolk players Justin Tan and Adam Taylor finishing on 8 points and 6½ points respectively.
Justin, on his Facebook page, comments on his ‘shaky start’, which included a loss to his Australian compatriot IM Rishi Sardana. But he finished with a flourish, beating the only opponent with a higher rating, GM Alekseenko (2539) in the final round. Justin’s rating will improve marginally to just over 2450. Seeded eight, he finished in joint fourth place (fifth on tie-break).
Adam lost four games, all to higher-rated IMs. Three of these opponents also finished on 6½ points, the same score as Adam. He lost 11 rating points to 2281. His six wins tended to be against low-rated opponents.
The final standings in the Open can be viewed here.
The photo above shows Justin Tan (left) at the Closing Ceremony, about to shake hands with the winner of the Open, the untitled Iranian Masoud Mosadeghpour.