Alan Merry, our home-grown International Master, is enjoying some excellent results this year.
In early January he entered the Shropshire Congress, where he scored 4½/5 to take the first prize of £1000. His only draw was against top seed GM Mark Hebden.
February saw his first loss, when he was beaten by GM Stephen Gordon (2506) in the 4NCL, but bounced back the following day by beating GM Tamas Fodor (2511). Finally, last weekend he won both his games in the EACU County Championship.
Here’s a full list of his results:
|Shropshire Congress (6-8 Jan)||T Sygnowski||202||Win|
|GM M Hebden||246||Draw|
|IM J Cox||218||Win|
|4NCL (14-15 Jan)||J Blackburn||198||Win|
|IM R Bates||231||Win|
|Norfolk Rapidplay (29 Jan)||P Walton||147||Win|
|4NCL (11-12 Feb)||GM S Gordon||241||Lost|
|GM T Fodor||245||Win|
|EACU First Team (19 Feb)||FM G Kenworthy||204||Win|
|B Van der Velden||208||Win|
That’s 15 wins, one draw, and one loss.
Alan’s ECF grade is 232 and his grading performance over these 17 games is 250. Meanwhile, his Elo rating has crept up to 2411.