The 34th Bury St Edmunds Congress ended this evening, with prizes to the value of £2,280 being paid out to 27 winners. The entry of 151 players enjoyed some excellent chess in the splendid surroundings of the Apex.
Congress Secretary Steve Lovell is to be congratulated on the smooth running of the event; an enormous amount of preparation is needed to ensure that all goes well on the day. Steve was ably assisted by John Wickham, Congress Director for the event, who made all the announcements and acted as chief arbiter. Others involved included Paul Kemp, League Treasurer, as well as several members of the local chess club, who arrived early on Saturday morning to set up the auditorium.
The full results, as well as the prizes paid out, can be viewed on the Congress website. The results were posted on the website at the end of each round, as well as the pairings for the following rounds.
The only person to score a maximum 5/5 was top seed in the Open, GM Matthew Sadler, pictured right receiving his winner’s cheque for £350.