David Spence recently returned from Malta where he played in a strong Open tournament which featured 4 GMs, 5 IMs and 8 FMs. David (2221) scored 6½/9, losing only to an IM. He finished in joint 8th place, just one point behind the winner, GM Bart Heberta (2556).
Several other English players competed but David finished above all of them. A total of 161 players entered.