Former Woodbridge School pupil Justin Tan (right) finished as runner-up on 7/9 in the recent Colin Crouch Celebration Chess Congress, gaining his first GM norm in the process.
Justin played four of the six Grandmasters in the 44-player tournament, drawing with all four.
His ‘live’ rating is now 2469. He will of course need to attain a 2500 rating, as well as gaining two further norms, before he can be awarded the coveted GM title.
The event was staged in memory of IM Colin Crouch, who died a year ago, aged only 58.