The first two rounds of the Southend Easter Congress were completed today. The standout performance was David Spence‘s draw with top seed GM Timur Gareyev, rated 441 points higher! In fact, David accepted a draw when he might have been able to win, as he was about to go a pawn up in the endgame. This was the final position, with David (White) to play:
After 46. Rxa5 Rxb2 (if 46…Nxa5, 47. Ra2) 47. Rxa4.
In addition to David (1½/2), three other Suffolk players are amongst the 67 entrants in the Open: Alan Merry, who has won both games, Ed Player (1/2) and Alex Sheerin (also 1/2). Alex had a good win this afternoon against an opponent rated 1927 (279 points higher than Alex).
More news on this four-day seven-round tournament when it has finished on Easter Monday.