Last weekend, whilst the Bury Congress was in progress, Alan Merry was in Dortmund, representing England in a match organised and sponsored by the German Railway Company (Deutsche Bahn)- the Trans-Europe Chess Express. See their excellent website. The event carried the by-line, "Logic meets Logistics".
Alan played on Board 2 in an 8-board team headed by Nigel Short, which included three 'railwaymen'. Quite an honour to be playing on the next board to Anatoly Karpov and Nigel Short.
Alan scored 3 out of 8. His opponents outgraded Alan by an average of 100 points.
After the main event, Alan played in a 13-round Rapidplay, scoring 8½ points, finishing equal 7th out of 76.