The annual EACU Congress took place at the weekend at the Turner Hall in Newmarket. Entries were up from last year – 83 compared to 72 in 2016.
The Open section was predictably won by top seed IM Alan Merry, who scored 4½/5. He drew with FM Terry Chapman in Round 4 and needed to win his final game to ensure the title. This he achieved, with a win against Ipswich’s Graham Moore.
There were five players on 3½ points sharing first place in the u170 section. These included Tim Lunn (Ipswich) and Phil Hutchings (Manningtree). Also sharing first place was 11-year old Julia Volovich, from Cambridge.
The Under 130 section was won on 4½ points by 12-year old Jaden Jermy, of the Bury St Edmunds and Bury Knights clubs. He quickly drew his final game against the section’s top seed to guarantee the title.