Last year, Alan Merry had an amazing tournament, gaining a Grandmaster norm with his score of 6/9 and a rating performance of 2620. He beat three GMs and scored an unbeaten 3/4 against IMs. He now stands just 31 rating points shy of 2400 and the IM title. Still only 18 years old, another strong performance should see Alan past the post.
As of today's date, 106 players have entered, including 37 GMs (four rated over 2700) and 26 IMs.
For more information on the tournament, see their website here.