Meanwhile, over in sunny Majorca (where the temperature is 29 degrees today), Alan Merry is nearly halfway through his all-plays-all IM tournament. With two wins and two draws to date, he is handily placed for his target of 6½ points that will earn him a second IM norm. Alan is currently in second place, half a point behind top seed IM Pedro Mascaro (Spain), whom he has yet to play.
Still on international matters (but not directly chess related), last Sunday Bury St Edmunds' Mike Harris competed in (and completed!) the Amsterdam Marathon. Congratulations Mike!
Finally, German born Yvonne Freiherr (Bury St Edmunds) returned to her native country in September to get married. She will now be known as Yvonne Freiherr-Fenton (Dave Wild please note).