There are three 'Johns', all with first names beginning with 'A'. The oldest is 12-year old Alan, currently graded 111 but heading for 130+ in January. Then there's 9-year old Adam (93 ECF) but also expecting to be around 130 in January. Both Alan and Adam are regularly beating adults in the Suffolk League and the Bury Area League. The youngest is 7-year old Amy (13R).
All three played in the Basildon Junior Congress on Sunday, where strong opposition can always be expected. Alan played in the Under 14s (he's eligible for the same section next year) and scored 4½/6 to finish joint second. Adam, in the Under 10s, scored 5½/6 and shared first place. Amy played in the Under 8s, scoring 5/6, also sharing first place.
The three Johns were joined by five other Bury Knights' members. 11-year old Tom Roy (67 ECF) was joint second in the Under 12s, with 4½/6 (beating a 115 grade in the last round). Tom's 6-year old sister Tania, playing in her first tournament, scored 1½ in the Under 8s. Other Bury Knights playing were the three Martins: Toby 3 (u10s), Tia 3 (u8s), and Ralph 2 (u14s).