Photo: © John Upham Photography
Alan's current Elo rating is 2237, but in this event, the average rating of his opponents was 2241; indeed he was fifth seed of the ten competitors.
Alan's best win was against Lithuanian IM Gediminas Sarakauskas (2404), but he also beat IM Jack Rudd and drew with IM Gyula Meszaros from Hungary.
All of Alan's games can be downloaded from the Big Slick website or by clicking here (scroll down to IM section). Alan tends to grind down his opponents with precise play, waiting to pounce on the smallest error. This was a good example from his seventh round game against Caspar Bates. In the position below, with material level, Alan has just played the innocuous 45... N(h4) to f5.
Let's hope Alan can gain two more IM norms in the coming months to add to his growing honours list (which includes becoming Suffolk Champion at age 14).